Fibromyalgia

Dr. Chris Heimlich, DC, DACNB, Phoenix Doctor Comments:

If you are suffering with low thyroid symptoms,  Hashimoto’s,  or Fibromyalgia, then you need to avoid Genetically Modified Foods.

In March, Hungary introduced a new regulation that states seeds must be checked for GMO before they are introduced into the market.  As a result, almost 1,000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds have been destroyed throughout Hungary.  They ploughed it under and made sure the pollen has not spread from the maize.

The United States, meanwhile, is beginning to see the consequences of widely planted GMOs. In the mid-’90s, Monsanto introduced seeds genetically engineered to withstand its Roundup brand of herbicide. Today, these “Roundup Ready” crops are planted all across the U.S. — 94 percent of soybeans and more than 70 percent of corn and cotton contain the Roundup-resistant gene.

Here is why this should matter to you?

Several U.S. farmers reported sterility or fertility problems among pigs and cow fed on GM corn varieties.

Investigators in India have documented fertility problems, abortions, premature births, and other serious health issues, including deaths, among buffaloes fed GM cottonseed products.

GM peas caused lung damage in mice.

Bacteria in your gut can take up DNA from GM food.

Although it is important for everyone, it is critical for people suffering with Chronic Fatigue, Low Thyroid Symptoms, Hashimoto’s, and Fibromyalgia to only put the best food into their bodies. One good way to eat healthier is to join an organic co-op or shop at your local farmers market.

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Dr. Chris Heimlich DC, Scottsdale Thyroid Doctor Comments:

 

I read an article yesterday from Biotics Research that I just have to share.  Many dieters, in their quest to consume fewer calories, often opt to drink diet soda instead of sodas with sugar in them. It turns out that drinking diet soda may not be a very good strategy for losing weight.

Research was performed at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (and presented at the June 25, 2011 American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions) found a connection between diet soda consumption and girth. The researchers monitored 474 subjects between the ages of 65 to 74 years for nearly a decade. They measured the weight, height, and waist circumference of the subjects every 3.6 years. They also kept track of diet soft drink intake.

They found that the weight and waist circumference of the subjects increased proportionally to the amount of diet soda consumed.

“On average, for each diet soft drink our participants drank per day, they were 65 percent more likely to become overweight during the next seven to eight years, and 41 percent more likely to become obese,” said Sharon Fowler, who was a faculty associate in the division of clinical epidemiology in the Health Science Center’s department of medicine at the time.

The fact that something that does not have any calories can actually cause weight gain may change how we think about calories and weight loss. Another study, presented at the same meeting by Sharon Parten Fowler, Ganesh V. Halade, and Gabriel Fernandes showed a connect ion between aspartame consumption and weight gain in mice. Mice fed food that was high in aspartame (an artificial sweetener sold under the brand name Nutrasweet) actually had higher blood sugar levels than mice not fed aspartame. Fowler postulated that aspartame could trigger an increase in appetite, but it does nothing to satisfy it. It can also interfere with the body’s ability to feel full and can cause overeating. The taste buds may perceive that the drink is sweet, but the brain knows the difference.

One study found that women could not tell the difference between sugar and Splenda in taste tests. When the brain was viewed with functional MRI scans, it was determined that the brain’s reward center responded more completely to sugar than to artificial sweetener.

“Your senses tell you there’s something sweet that you’re tasting, but your brain tells you, ‘actually, it’s not as much of a reward as I expected,’” stated Dr. Martin P. Paulus, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Diego and one of the authors of the study.

Even if  you don’t have a chronic health problem like Fibromyalgia or Hypothyroidism, you should not be putting artificial sweeteners into your body.

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If I don’t get the proper Fibromyalgia Treatment, Will It Just Go Away Over Time?

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Dr. Chris Heimlich DC, Founder of the Arizona Fibromyalgia Institute Comments:   I commonly get asked this question as I am in consultation with a fibromyalgia sufferer. Of course this is usually only asked by the newly diagnosed or those who exhibit mild signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia. Anyone who has suffered with this dreaded [...]

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