Inflammation

is actually a positive reaction of the body. In the case of injuries the acute inflammation helps to protect damaged regions and starts the repair.

An acute inflammation lasts only days or a couple of weeks. If the inflammation lasts longer then we talk about a chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation is the result of injury, auto immune processes or infections.
Leukocytes involved in the process of a chronic inflammation are monocytes and macrophages.
The problem is the production of pro-inflammatory mediators which cause tissue damage.
If we look further into the immune system involvement then we find CD4 classified immune cells. They produce cytokines, which are chemical messengers.
Other immune cells involved in the immune system response are Thymus Helper Cells for short Th. There are several branches of TH cells like the TH1, TH2, TH17 and Treg (regulatory T cells).
If you have Hashimoto’s then you probably know about TH1 or 2 dominance. TH17 pathway is often times overlooked, but is as important as the other pathways.
TH1 cells are activated in the case of microorganisms while TH2 cells protect against parasitic infections.
Interesting to know for women is probably the fact that during a pregnancy the immune system dominates shifts toward TH2.
Therefore the babies are most likely born with a th2 dominance. Once they are exposed to germs, microorganisms then the body develops the immune system and the body will balance TH1/2.
So, what is the TH17 pathway? It plays a major role in the Gastro intestinal tract. Th17 pathway will attract neutrophils and promote inflammation. Neutrophils are white blood cells and are involved in the innate immune system / meaning it is the first line of defense, acting in the case of infections but it will not cause a long lasting protective immunity in the host.
Treg cells (Regulatory T cells or suppressor cells) limit chronic inflammation by suppressing the activation of the immune system and are very important in preventing autoimmunity.

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Toxins in Personal Care Products and the Environment

toxins in cosmetic

Toxins are present in the environment, drinking water, food, food containers and maybe cleaning products. Toxins can also be found in chemical ingredients that are used in personal care products. Care products we use every day such as shampoo, conditioner, hair styling products, body lotion, make up, foundation, facial creams, perfumes, and shaving cream have toxin in them. These chemicals can have impact on your body because your skin easily absorbs whatever you rub onto it – body lotion or magnesium gel.

There are certain chemicals which are often used in personal care products that could affect your health. These personal care products that contain some dangerous chemicals need be avoided. Let us look at some of these chemicals that could be hazardous to your health.

Parabens

There are certain chemicals that made up Parabens and these include Methylparaben and Propylparaben. These two chemicals are found in hair products, shaving cream, body lotion and cosmetics as antimicrobial preservatives. They act as endocrine disruptor and they interfere with estrogen activity and bind to alpha and beta estrogen receptor in female. Besides, these two chemicals increase the risk of breast cancer. They cause breast cancer because parabens mainly accumulate in breast tissue.

Phthalates

Phthalate has Ethylparaben, 4-Hydroxybenzoic acid and many other chemicals that could be dangerous. Phthalates are used in plastic bottles because they soften the material. Every personal care product that is sold in soft containers is being contaminated with phthalates. Phthalates are also found in frequencies, paint pigments and flooring as well as in plastic milk containers.

Phthalates are also endocrine disruptor with estrogenic activity. Women who suffer from endometriosis often times have elevated levels of phthalates as well as children on the autism spectrum. Phthalates are linked to birth defects, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

These chemicals that made up Phthalate can decrease male fertility by lowering sperm count and testosterone. However, it is important to remember that the law in the USA does not require full disclosure of fragrance mixtures. Therefore, it is hard to know if the products you are purchasing contain phthalates or not. Phthalates are fat-soluble. Foods such as butter, milk and cheeses stored in plastic container have higher amounts of Phthalates than foods that do not contain fats.

Bisphenol-A

Bisphenol-A, also called BPA, is found in food containers especially food cans with epoxy lining. It can also be found even on some sales receipts. BPA is present in plastic containers with the #7 recycling code as well as in water bottles and sometimes in water supply pipes.

BPA exposure can occur through store receipts and personal care products. It often bypasses liver metabolism and thereafter enters the bloodstream directly. BPA is an endocrine disruptor with estrogenic activity. Foods such as butter, milk and cheeses stored in plastic container have higher amounts of BPA than foods that do not contain fats.

When BPA get into foods, it can cause a higher than normal risk for type II diabetes, interfere with infertility, increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, prostate and testicular cancer.

Perfluorinated Compounds PFC’s

These are teflon chemicals which repel oil and water and are basically indestructible. They are found in food packaging such as fast food wrappers, and of course in cookware coated with PFC’s. Furniture, carpets and clothing can be treated with PFC’s to become stain-resistance.

Effects of PFC’s on animal

PFC’s are hormone disruptors. Several studies conducted on animal revealed abnormal thyroid and testosterone levels after exposure to certain PFC’s. Other animal studies found that PFC’s can cause certain types of cancer such as kidney and testicular cancers.

According to pubmed, “Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interfere with the hormone system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immunological effects in mammals.” Further studies found that even substances that were banned a long time ago can be detected in the body of almost every tested animal and human. This can be explained by the fact that endocrine disruptors are highly lipid soluble which leads to their bio accumulation in adipose tissue. Estrogen disruptor acts on estrogen receptor sites in the cell nucleus as well as changing the expression of genes by binding to DNA.

Why chemicals are difficult to remove from the body

The liver is the number one detoxification organ in humans’ body. It works in two phases to get rid of waste products to keep us healthy. Phase I is the Hydroxylation phase where molecules such as hormones, neurotransmitter, drugs and toxins become activated. The enzyme CYP450 converts such molecules and those can act as carcinogens and free radicals.

In Phase II detoxification the liver inactivates and detoxifies the substances from Phase I. The waste products are sent via the bile into the intestines and can get re-absorbed into the liver. This is the stage it gets difficult to remove chemicals from the body.

Problems with the detoxification process can occur when we lack phytonutrients because we eat a poor diet. Fried foods, processed foods are especially harmful to the body. What we need are fresh vegetables and fruits, grass fed beef and free roaming chicken for proteins, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Another reason why chemicals are difficult to get rid of has to do with gene variations that we are born with, which down or up regulate enzymatic activities. These enzymes metabolize estrogens.

Metabolism of estrogens is a complex process and can be monitored with a combination of gene test and a urine hormone test which also measures the metabolites of estrogen and other hormones.

What can you do to reduce your exposure to toxins?

If you are looking to get more information on how to reduce toxins generally, login to www.ewg.org      The Environmental Working Group’s

References: 
  • Charles, Ak, Darbre, Pd. Combinations of parabens at concentrations measured in human breast tissue can increase proliferation of MCF-7 human breast cancer cells. J Appl Toxicol. 2013; 33(5); 390-8
  • Dodge LE, Williams PL, Williams, Missmer SA, Souter I, Calafat AM, Hauser R, Associations, between paternal urinary phthalate metabolite concentrations and reproductive outcomes among couples seeking fertility treatment. Reprod Toxicol. 2015; Oct 6
  • Lin J, Chen W, Zhu H, Wang C. Determination of free and total phthalates in commercial whole milk products in different packaging materials by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. J Dairy Sci. 2015; Oct 7
  • Naraanan KB, Ali M, Barclay BJ, et al. Disruptive environmental chemicals and cellular mechanisms that confer resistance to cell death. Carinogenesis. 2015; 36; S89-110
  • Urinary Paraben Concentrations and Ovarian Aging among Women from a Fertility Center / Kristen W. Smith Irene Souter, Irene Dimitriadis, Shelley Ehrlich, Paige L. Wiliams, Antonia M. Calafat and Russ Hauser
  • http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tf.asp?id=900&tid=183
  • http://www.watoxics.org/chemicals-of-concern/perfluorinated-compounds-pfcs
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  • http://www.organicandhealthy.com/carpet.html

7 Steps to Regain Your Health

7 Steps to Regain Thyroid Health

published in Thyroid Nation.com

Thyroid problems, such as hypothyroidism or an autoimmune thyroid condition, are never just the result of one or two causal factors; they stem from a number of different causes.

Therefore, in order to overcome thyroid issues, a complex approach is necessary.

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto Thyroiditis in 2009 and developed multiple health issues which left me unable to care for myself. All of this changed when I started looking at underlying causes as to why my immune system and my adrenal glands were overactive.

Lets take a look at what Symptoms are:

Symptoms appear last, after the body begins to develop malfunction. Therefore, nothing that will “treat” a particular symptom will support the body in its quest to reach homeostasis again.

What we actually need to do is search for

underlying causes of symptoms

What makes this oftentimes a difficult task is the fact that the same symptom can have different causes in different people.

For example, take headaches. Say you are suffering every day from a headache; could it be because you are dehydrated or because of stress in your life, or do you have food sensitivities?

Create a game plan

You know yourself better than anyone else. If you don’t feel well and any approach you or your doctor have tried didn’t make a difference, then you  need to take matters into your own hands and seek help from someone who listens to you and knows what to do to get you feeling better.

  1. Change your diet  to a gluten free, dairy free, nightshade free diet. Your immune system will have a better chance to calm down. Oftentimes, TPO antibodies go down as well.
  1. Heal Leaky Gut
  • Find out if you have a parasite and /or Candida overgrowth.
  • Tackle biofilm. Parasites, bad bacteria, Candida, and viruses all hide from the immune system by wrapping themselves in layers of cells called biofilm.

Hippocrates said

All disease starts in the gut.

Today, with the study of the microbiome, we know that this statement is very true. We have more bacteria in the gut than cells in our body. We also don’t have enough genes to perform all functions in our body. So, the question arose — who is actually performing those functions our body can’t? Your gut bacteria take on those jobs.

Dysbiosis of the gut microbiome (meaning an imbalance of good versus bad bacteria) can lead to a whole host of health issues. The good guys in your digestive system help:

  • Keep the bad guys in check
  • Train the immune system
  • Produce digestive enzymes
  • Produce vitamin K2
  • Keep the mucosal lining intact

Therefore, choose your probiotic wisely. Only a spore-based probiotic survives the harsh environment in the GI tract.

  1. Adrenal issues are basically HPA axis issues.  The Hypothalamus – Pituitary- Adrenal axis sends hormonal messages from one gland to the other to stimulate or reduce hormone production. There are a number of adaptogenic herbs which can be very helpful, such as Ashwagandha and Holy Basil.

  1. Blood sugar issues can lead to adrenal issues and lack of sleep. We all know that our body needs sleep to be ready for the next day.
  • Get a glucose meter to monitor your blood sugar and adjust your diet accordingly.
  • Eat a protein rich breakfast.
  • Eat protein snacks in between meals such as nuts, seeds.
  • Stick to healthy fats such as coconut oil and olive oil.
  • Eat fiber rich foods.

  1. Check for mineral imbalances with a hair analysis.    Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
  • The Calcium/Potassium ratio and the single levels of those minerals are very important for thyroid function. This ratio gives us the trend of thyroid dysfunction. A blood test oftentimes looks “normal” and, therefore, thyroid issues are dismissed.
  • Sodium, Magnesium, Selenium, Iron and Copper are also very important minerals for proper thyroid and adrenal function, and thyroid hormone conversion. You have to remember that the thyroid function will slow down when the adrenal gland function slows down.
  1. Methylation issues can occur with the presence of gene mutations. We need cofactors, vitamins and minerals, for proper function. Having gene mutations doesn’t mean that your gene doesn’t produce adequate amount of enzymes. It all depends on your lifestyle, the diet you eat, the toxic load on your body, etc. With proper nutrition, gene mutations can be bypassed. Vitamin B6, 12, and folate are very important for the immune system and brain function. The gene test, 23andme, can be ordered online if you are interested in the status of your gene mutations.
  1. Get a blood test. A chemical panel and a complete blood count will give you a lot of information about hydration status, infections markers, and liver enzyme function. Only a functional analysis of the blood test result will look at patterns. Looking at single high or low blood markers doesn’t tell you anything and only leads to “treating” the test result. Only when blood levels fall into the optimal ranges can the body can start to heal itself.

The bottom line is to pay attention to stress. You can identify and minimize a lot of external stressors, and with the help of a professional, using functional lab tests, you can find internal stressors.

With the removal or reduction of stress, the whole body has a chance to recover.

Contact me if you need any help

Linda Wilbert – Stewart, FDN-P, HHP

Testimonial

I would like to send some praise out for the healing that Megasporebiotic did in saving me from the horrible infection called C. Diff. I followed all of the doctors directions and took all of the expensive medications several times. Nothing worked that they gave me. Then I was told that I needed a fecal transplant and would have to pay for 3/4th of it up front before I could have it. I prayed and cried out to God for help. I was already looking up everything that I could find on healing naturally. I just happened to come across Linda Wilbert Stewart on Facebook. I looked at every single one of her posts. I commented on one post asking if there was any thing natural to eliminate the infection C. Diff. To my surprise she said yes ! I was like..Oh Thank you Lord !! Even more to my surprise.she did not live that far away from me. She told me about Megasporebiotic ( A Miracle) . I bought 3 bottles. She came to my house and we discussed my health and diet. She also told me to start Saccharomyces Boulardii + MOS and add Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth to my food. I did this faithfully with every meal. I slowly started to heal. When I ran out I thought I wouldn’t need them anymore. But after being sick with C. Diff for over a year there had been a lot of damage done to my gut. So I called her back and ordered more. I am now on just a maintenance dose of once a day. Linda is extremely knowledgable and very trustworthy. I feel like Megaspore and her advice is what healed me. My doctor was thrilled with what I was taking and that it worked. For any of you that are suffering with C.Diff ( And I do mean Suffering) there is hope and Linda can guide you through this. I have been well now over a year! Most people seem to get it back very easily because C.Diff destroys your immune system. If you take meds for Reflux ..then get off of them and just take 2 to 4 ounces of Aloe Vera juice on an empty stomach and before meals. PPI meds is part of what destroys out gut immune. God bless Megasporebiotic and God bless Linda Wilbert Stewart !! Thank you Linda you are a God send !    Debbie, NC

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Linda is very thorough in her discussion and sharing of information.  She walked me through a very difficult time in my healing and shared valuable information to kick start that process.  Linda is very professional and knowledgeable.  I would recommend working with her again in the future. Lory, CA


I was suffering from chronic cystic acne around my chin before working with Linda. I would try and keep a food journal to try and figure out what I was eating that was causing this debilitating condition. The problem is that food sensitivities can show up 72 hours later, and it was too hard to figure out which food item it was. I finally decided to just work with Linda and take the MRT test. I had enough of guessing what foods were causing the cystic acne. When I got the results back, I was surprised about the items I tested sensitive to. I simply removed all those items from my diet, and my face got to its clearest in years within three weeks! No more painful nodules on my face! I’ve noticed that if I eat items from my list, I can feel a reaction on my face coming, so I know the test is accurate. I just stop eating those items, and my face clears again. I highly recommend working with Linda. She is very attentive to detail, and is committed to you having the best results for your condition related to diet. I only wish I did this earlier.    Rich, CA


This has been a year of learning experiences.  I have gone to several doctors over the years. And each time I have come away frustrated with all of them.  They don’t listen or they hear what they want.  I have listened to their advice and stuck with it for years.  I was on BP meds, two diabetic medications, and  Cholesterol meds. when I met Linda.  Linda told me things no one had ever mentioned before.  She told me that from the test results I gave her that I was Gluten intolerant and had leaky gut.  She worked up a protocol and supplements for me. I changed my diet with Linda’s help and the results were incredible.  I  have lost over 50 pounds but, more important than that is I feel so much better.  My children have only known me as a large (size 20-22) person.  They are getting used to the new and happier (size 10) person I am now.  I am off both diabetic meds and cholesterol meds.  My BP meds have been lowered.  Linda is very caring, listens to you and answers all your questions.  She is diligent when giving you advise. She is a wealth if information.  My suggestion for everyone is to listen to Linda’s suggestions and advise, and as the saying goes “Just do it.”  Thank you so much Linda.      Doreen,NC


I suffer from Hashimoto’s Disease and when I started with Linda almost 3 months ago, I had gained a lot of weight, had brain fog, and was extremely tired with absolutely no energy. It took me a lot of effort to get out of bed every morning and I had to take a 2 hour nap every day in order to be able to go through the day. In addition, I also had insomnia, muscle pain, irritability, drastic mood changes, and depression. I knew I needed some help, and conventional doctors where not providing any. When I started with Linda’s program, I was desperate bc I knew I was sick and and I needed to do something about it.
Linda reviewed all my previous tests and tested my adrenals and minerals and sure enough, I had adrenal fatigue stage II, and high mineral imbalances. I started taking all the recommended supplements and applied her stress reduction program: within 2 months I started to feel the difference in my energy levels, and my muscle pain disappeared.
We are still in the healing process, but now I feel completely normal again, I can go through the day with a good energy level, sleep well, and my emotional fluctuations are completely gone. There’s no depression or mood swings, and I’m fully emotionally stable. I also started exercising which is something I couldn’t do before. I’m happy again.
Linda is an excellent professional, very caring, dedicated, and truly cares for her clients. She answers every question with diligence, and offers excellent guidance with the needed protocols. I couldn’t choose a better practitioner and I fully recommend her.
A. Netherlands


I’m so happy to report that the inflammation in my knee is gone and I am able to walk without a cane. Linda recommended to get off gluten and gave me the right kind of supplements. I am 88 years old and not being dependent on a cane is the best thing that happened to me in a long time. I have more energy, can think better, can clean my apartment and cook my own meals.  Elfriede, Germany


I just wanted to send a thank you to Linda for all of the help she has provided while I worked through a severe adrenal fatigue issue. Her ability to order the right tests and then create a personalized plan for me with supplements and diet has helped turn around my exhaustion. She stayed with me even when I could not think clearly. Thank you  so much for caring and for your patience! Day 5 into the MRT (food sensitivity test / see Service  elimination diet and I feel great. Having a few minor detox reactions but the body pain, swelling, inflammation, stomach issues / ALL GONE.I can completely close my fist and my joints are not swollen. I lost 6 lbs. in 12 days 🙂   Sheila, NY


Linda gave me a supplement which was supposed to help me gain muscle strength. I am 89 years old and walk with a cane wherever I go, even in the house. Today, I started walking without a cane, even climbed up the stairs without a problem. This is the greatest gift I could get at my age. I now can walk on the treadmill during the winter months which will keep me fit.  Erwin, Germany


I’d like to thank you very much. After many long years of being bedridden and suffering thousands of symptoms, I am feeling so much better / a lot better / that I can now start living my life again. I can go shopping again, play with my son and life seems positive again. Without you I would never have managed this. I can only recommend your help to everyone. You are really superb. A thousand thank you.   Katja and Jordy, Luxembourg


It’s a shame that this disease (Hashimoto’s) is just pushed aside and we’re pretty much told to just deal with it…/ If it was not for you, Linda, I still would be feeling horrible… I do have my off days still… but you have helped me, educated me, informed me so much more than my endo who is cashing in.  I have been told everything under the sun and in just a few short days and reading lots of info from Linda, I’ve gone from crying on the couch to more and more energy everyday.. and getting better!!!   Kristine


Linda was one of the first people that helped me when I found out I had Hashimoto’s, adrenal fatigue and gluten sensitivity. I was very confused and sick and she pointed me in the right direction with articles to read and information that I needed to get healthy. She is very knowledgeable and if there is something she isn’t sure of, she will look it up and figure it out. I can very annoying with my forgetfulness, but Linda has been very patient with me and just keeps reminding me of what I need to do, reminds me of the information that I am forgetting gently leads me back on the right path for my healing. Any time I have a question about a product, a specific herb or supplement she has always taken the time to answer me and help me find what will work best for me and my body. I will be forever grateful to Linda and all the help she has given me. She is a Godsend for sure! If you are unsure of anything in the health area, Linda can definitely help!    Traci B., MI

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This has been a year of learning experiences. I have gone to several doctors over the years. And each time I have come away frustrated with all of them. They don’t listen or they hear what they want. I have listened to their advice and stuck with it for years. I was on BP meds, two diabetic medications, and Cholesterol meds. when I met Linda. Linda told me things no one had ever mentioned before. She told me that from the test results I gave her that I was probably sensitive to Gluten and had leaky gut issues. She worked up a protocol and supplements for me. I changed my diet with Linda’s help and the results were incredible. I have lost over 50 pounds but, more important than that is I feel so much better. My children have only known me as a large (size 20-22) person. They are getting used to the new and happier (size 10) person I am now. I am off both diabetic meds and cholesterol meds. My BP meds have been lowered. Linda is very caring, listens to you and answers all your questions. She is diligent when giving you advise. She is a wealth if information. My suggestion for everyone is to listen to Linda’s suggestions and advise, and as the saying goes “Just do it.” Thank you so much Linda.
Rich, CA
I was suffering from chronic cystic acne around my chin before working with Linda. I would try and keep a food journal to try and figure out what I was eating that was causing this debilitating condition. The problem is that food sensitivities can show up 72 hours later, and it was too hard to figure out which food item it was. I finally decided to just work with Linda and take the MRT test. I had enough of guessing what foods were causing the cystic acne. When I got the results back, I was surprised about the items I tested sensitive to. I simply removed all those items from my diet, and my face got to its clearest in years within three weeks! No more painful nodules on my face! I’ve noticed that if I eat items from my list, I can feel a reaction on my face coming, so I know the test is accurate. I just stop eating those items, and my face clears again. I highly recommend working with Linda. She is very attentive to detail, and is committed to you having the best results for your condition related to diet. I only wish I did this earlier.


Elfriede, Germany
I’m so happy to report that the inflammation in my knee is gone and I am able to walk without a cane. Linda recommended to get off gluten and gave me the right kind of supplements. I am 88 years old and not being dependent on a cane is the best thing that happened to me in a long time. I have more energy, can think better, can clean my apartment and cook my own meals.

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