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What is BioMeridian Testing?

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What is BioMeridian Testing?

So, what is BioMeridian testing and why do you need it?   You can see a section from my webpage that describes what actually happens during a BioMeridan Test, but for now, here is a simple breakdown of the process: You come in and sit in a chair; we have a chat about how things are going in your life, diet, exercise, etc.  I will then use a prob on certain points of your hands and feet.  This process takes about 15 minutes.  When complete, we will go over the results in detail and you can find out how your body is doing.  See which levels that your body shows that are different from the norm.  Each BioMeridian scan includes a consultation with a medical provider to discuss how to repair any issues discovered in the BioMerdian test.  We can set up a diet and exercise plan for you to follow to help get the results you want! The reason BioMeridian Testing is so important is because it can show us early signs of autoimmune diseases, health issues, and even cancer!   Here is what the definition of BioMeridian testing: The Biomeridian scanner is a sophisticated piece of equipment designed to measure 58 different electrical “circuits” in your body related to specific organs and systems. Your measurements are then compared against a database of over 1.5 million tests to identify areas of your body that have moved away from the norm. With that powerful information we will effectively formulate a comprehensive nutritional support program that includes detailed recommendations for an optimal supplementation regimen customized to your specific needs.   If you feel like your body is constantly  tired, you feel pain, you are fatigued, or out of energy, I would deeply recommend coming in and seeing what’s going on with your body and we can start treating these symptoms the functional way, without the use of medicines.  It’s helpful to know and starting treating these diseases before they get worse… treat them now.     Carol Stowell Family Nurse Practitioner Salt Lake City, Utah 801-634-2651 I am available at American Wellness or call me to set up an appointment. American Wellness and Rehab Clinic 677 West 5300 South Murray, Utah 84123 tel: (801)...

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MItochondrial failure

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  Mitochontria of the cell   Each cell in our body has an ‘engine room’ where all the energy is produced. This room is called Mitochondria  which is responsible for generating 90% of the energy that is needed to sustain life and to support each organ and its function. It does this by processing oxygen and convert substances from the foods we eat into energy. It takes about 3000 of our genes to make each one of the mitochondrion. Each mitochondria contain special enzymes that are needed to make RNA and DNA, so our cells cannot even make the RNA and DNA they need to grow and function without mitochondria.   The function of the mitochondria is so important that it can take up as much as 25% of the cell volume. Cells contain from 1000 to 2500 mitochondria. When one had a mitochondrial disease, this is considered long term or chronic.  It most likely is a genetic, often an inherited booboo that occur when the mitochondria fail to produce enough energy for the tissues and organs to work properly.  A mitochondrial disease can present itself at birth or can show up at any age.  Mitochondrial diseases can affect almost any part of the body, including the cells of the brain, nerves, muscles, kidneys, heart, liver, eyes, ears or pancreas. Because the brain uses 70% of ATP (energy), this helps explain the strong tie between mitochondrial malfunction and neurodegeneration diseases. The mitochondria are especially susceptible to nutrient deficiencies, environmental toxins, and oxidative damage. Essential Nutrients for ATP Production For the B-oxidation of our fats, we need Riboflavin, Niacin and CoQ10 Caritine is needed to transport the fatty acids For appropriate function of our Citric acid cycle we need Iron, magnesium, manganese B1, B2, B3 Cysteine for production of glutathione, and lipoate For the Electron transport chain we need CoQ10 Riboflavin NIacin Magnesium Symptoms of mitochondrial diseases can include: Poor growth Muscle weakness, muscle pain, low muscle tone, exercise intolerance Vision and/or hearing problems Learning disabilities, delays in development, mental retardation Autism, autism-like features Heart, liver or kidney diseases Gastrointestinal disorders, swallowing difficulties, diarrhea or constipation, unexplained vomiting, cramping, refluxDiabetes Increased risk of infection Neurological problems, seizures, migraines, strokes Movement disorders Thyroid problems Respiratory (breathing) problems Lactic acidosis (a buildup of lactate) Dementia https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/15612-mitochondrial-diseases Daily exposures associated with increased Mitochondrial damage….. Oxidants leak while ATP is being produced *usually caused by a lack of very important nutritional ingrediants Toxic metals built up in our bodies Persistent organic pollutants – pesticides, insecticides, and herbicide exposure Many of our prescription drugs Alcohol Genomic susceptibility  *inheritance from mother Aging (this is an accumulation of oxidative damage) Treatments for mitochondrial disease may include: Conserving your energy.  Pace yourself and forcast the things you need to get done, be smart and prioritize. Exercise –  Try to include both cardio with resistance/strength training as tolerated Vitamins and supplements, including Coenzyme Q10; B complex vitamins, Alpha lipoic acid; L-carnitine (Carnitor); Creatine; and L-Arginine Watch your exposures – such as too hot or too cold, starvation, lack of sleep, high stressful life, use of alcohol, cigarettes, MSG *which is found in Chinese foods, canned soups and processed meats. Detoxify your body from the chemicals, heavy metals and other oxidative stressors I find it very critical to discuss with you about Mitochondrial failure or dysfunction as it is playing a very important piece of the puzzle to...

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Lectins and your autoimmune disease

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Hello everyone I am very excited to share with you today a new twist to looking at and dealing with your autoimmune disease.  In all the research out there, a lot is said about your gut, the disruption in your microbiome and how this disrupts your health.  Well, I would like to focus your thoughts and attention to an even better look at how the gut plays such an important role in ones overall health. A dear friend of mine gave me a book to read, asking me for an opinion.  The book is by Dr. Steven Gundry – a well known pediatric cardiologist, called The Plant Paradox. I was very impressed and quite intrigued with his introduction to a substance found in quite a few plants called Lectin.   Now, lectin is in the plant for a very important purpose – to protect the seed from its predators, one of them being US!!  So, when we eat a plant that is loaded with this substance, it fights against us – or our gut. Lectins have an agenda in its protection strategy.  It will do anything to stop the predator from eating them, starting by first, breaking down our wall of defense (or the wall of our gut).  Once the Lectin has destroyed our tight junctions (leaky gut syndrome), it now meets up with our Immune system with an agenda to confuse it using Molecular mimicry (the proteins in the Lectin resembles many of OUR OWN PROTEINS in our body!).  Our poor immune system is so confused, it does not now what is real and what is not.  It tries very hard to stop the invasion, but ends up attacking our own proteins.  This is AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE!!.  The next strategy set up in the Letins  line of defense is to enter into our cells and disrupt all communication!  Imagine how a very controlled and peaceful city just got attacked and taken over by the enemy….How horrible for the future survival of this city (or our cell)……is it going to end up dead, or can it recover and destroy this invader? Lectins are in any fruits or vegetables with seeds.  These nutritious foods were placed on the planet for us.  The strategy is to learn how to tame or get rid of the Lectins.  One thing Dr. Grudy introduced to help us control this opponent is with the miracle of heat or fire.  Cooking the vegetables that are high in Lectin under a pressure cooking method will indeed kill these Lectins. Going on a Lectin free diet could be the answer for many of my patients with autoimmune disease, and with what I have learned and studied, I am going to ask all of you to consider doing this.  Dr. Grundy has an article that summarized his book quite nicely for those interested in trying the Lectin free diet. 15 Ways to Reduce Lectins in Your...

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Imbalance of Hormone

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Our hormones are very important for our day-to-day function.  Hormones are the messengers that ensure to the daily cell functions.  Without hormones, our cells would never get the message to do their jobs.     Estrogen is quite influential in regulating menstruation, hunger and satiety, insulin sensitivity, the metabolism of cholesterol,  helps with bone density, maintain good healthy skin, and so much more.  When a woman runs low on Estrogen, she will suffer with vaginal changes that lead to painful sex and urination, hot flashes, moodiness, weird periods, fat storage around hip and middles, good heart function, and brain fog to name a few. Progesterone is classified as a “neurosteroid” and is quite essential to the brain and myelin sheath, protecting the nerve fibers.  It also plays a very important role in the adrenal glands and the second half of the menstrual cycle with a goal to preserve a pregnancy.  Progesterone is known to produce a calming, anti-anxiety affect along with enhancing memory.  The body will make approximately 20mg of progesterone a day.  Some signs of low progesterone includes, anxiety, depression, mood swings, irritability, headaches, sleep problems, low libido, thyroid involvement, brain fog, allergies, weight gain, and sugar cravings. Problems become an issue when the estrogen/progesterone ratio is off balance.  In our world today, there is a dominance of estrogen as they are coming from chemicals, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and stress.  More times than not, it is an excess of estrogen and NOT a depletion of progesterone.  However, it is becoming more and more common to see a poor production of progesterone due to poor fat choices in our diet. We are experts in identifying and treating progesterone and estrogen imbalance.  Come see us today!  ...

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Autoimmune and Your Gut Microbiome

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Autoimmune and Your Gut Microbione There have been quite a few studies recently on the relationship of the human gut microbiome and autoimmune diseases.  The human gut microbiome is given to us from our mother, but after birth, it is greatly influenced by our lifestyle and eating habits. A normal gut flora is made up of a very complex community of bacteria that work together to protect the gut lining from invaders along with digesting our food.  The gut flora is also in charge of making special protein molecules that help with our daily brain function. This colony of bacteria in our gut is a very important part of our overall health. According to an article in the January issue of the Journal of Experimental Medicine, any change in this gut bacterium causes a “runaway inflammation characteristic of autoimmune conditions”.  There are now more that 80 known autoimmune diseases in which the immune system disrupts and begins to produce antibodies that instead of fighting infections, attack on the body’s own tissues.  The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) report that there continues to be an increased rise of autoimmune diseases and is presenting as quite a major health problem Using an approach to balance the gut microbiome or flora is showing promise in the prevention of or in controlling and existing autoimmune disease.  Dr. Yuying Liu and her partner from the university of Texas have shown that increasing certain strains of healthy bacteria in a person, has shown to have corrected the imbalance in the gut bacterial community along with a reduction of inflammation.  There is a new shift in health care using our natural healthy “bugs as drugs” to treat human diseases – even beyond the gut itself. Schedule your appointment today to discuss your concerns or worries regarding autoimmune...

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Autoimmune diseases

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One may ask…..”why are there so many autoimmune diseases seen today?” In our world today, there are quite a few environmental toxins and or chemical that constantly attack and hit at us daily.   Also, there are many of us with a deficit in basic nutrients that our body is needing.  We are lacking in many of the minerals, vitamins, amino acids, water, and fiber that  our body is needing to maintain good health. There is a current article – Why An Apple Today Is Not Good, explaining some of the reasons  health care providers are findings nutritional deficits. “Modern farming methods are blamed for the decline in minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium and potassium in fruit and vegetables. Crops are being grown in soil stripped of its goodness”. “Vitamin loss could be exacerbated by fruits being picked before they are ripe”. Dr Thomas said: “We found that since 1940, the minerals and other nutrients that help to make fruit and vegetables good for you have been in startling decline. Eating fruit and vegetables is still beneficial for health, but continuing falls in nutrients could lead to deficiencies in some consumers”. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-207652/Why-apple-today-good.html   Another major concern as an autoimmune risk factor is the changes we are seeing in our microbiome – our invisable organ’ .  Our gut is very involved in a ‘cross talk’ with the brain and our immune system.  A disruption of our gut microbiome is the beginnings of most all autoimmune diseases.  Anything that we eat will affect or gut whether it is positive or negative. There are 6 different changes that takes place in the gut when we have a negative outcome 1. Gut lining gets disturbed 2. Gut begins to absorb nutrients improperly 3. Gut becomes inflamed 4. Leaky gut – which affects your memory, causes joint pain, causes skin rashes 5. Begin to develop a food sensitivity 6. Autoimmune disease Come in and lets talk! We will help you find out the best option to get your health turned around to avoid autoimmune disease.  We will  be able to help identify your health baseline including your gut health.  We will discuss diet, lifestyle changes along with doing  a bioscan to assess where you stand in the 6 different gut changes. We will be able to help you avoid getting an autoimmune disease!!  If you already have an autoimmune disease, we will help repair the gut damage, bring down the inflammation and teach you how to “tame the lion”, keeping your symptoms and inflammation down to a minimum, allowing you to live a pretty productive and normal life.  Don’t let Autoimmune disease in your life!!  Take control NOW!! My name is Carol Stowell, I’m your Family Nurse Practitioner. Come see me at American Wellness:...

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Low ‘T’

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Low T – the buzz word today of having low testosterone is  becoming quite an epidemic.  Many of my male patients are frustrated with low energy levels, poor focus, mood changes, weight gain, little desire for sex and even suffer with erectile dysfunction.  After blood work, there is evidence of very low testosterone.  They cannot understand how this happened to them, and what their options are to correct this problem. Sad to say…..most of them are 30 years old or younger! In the health care profession, we are noting a trend that on average, a young man in his 20’s and 30’s have a testosterone level lower than their grandfathers!! There are many reasons this could be happening.   Our environment is definitely not like it was in grandpa’s day!  Just having a little more understanding of the exposures out there that is destroying your bodies ability to maintain its balance in testosterone will help you move forward in fixing the problem. Dr. David Friedman talks of several exposures in a mans daily life that puts him at risk for low testosterone. “During the past decade, while men’s T levels have rapidly been declining, there’s been a proportionate increase in the use of laptop computers. ”  “In January 2012, the journal Fertility and Sterility published a study showing that men who have been exposed to a wireless internet-connected laptop showed a significant decrease in sperm motility and decreased fertility.  The solution?  Men should never put their laptop on their lap unless there’s a 12-inch cushion under the notebook, as this is about how far the EMF field transfers.  EMF shields are also available to put under laptops, which protects the body from these dangerous frequencies.” http://www.doctordavidfriedman.com/low-testosterone-could-your-cell-phone-or-laptop-be-to-blame/ Going on Testosterone replacement therapy in a man age 50 or younger, is not the best or safest option.  TRT – (testosterone replacement therapy) could place you at risk for heart attacks, strokes, and cancers later on in life. Come in and see me to discuss the best and safest option of treatment for you.  ...

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6 Signs Involving Your Gut Function Leading To Possible Autoimmune Disease

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One may ask…..”why are there so many autoimmune diseases seen today?” In our world today, there are quite a few environmental toxins and or chemical that constantly attack and hit at us daily.   Also, there are many of us with a deficit in basic nutrients that our body is needing.  We are lacking in many of the minerals, vitamins, amino acids, water, and fiber that  our body is needing to maintain good health. There is a current article – Why An Apple Today Is Not Good, explaining some of the reasons  health care providers are findings nutritional deficits. “Modern farming methods are blamed for the decline in minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium and potassium in fruit and vegetables. Crops are being grown in soil stripped of its goodness”. “Vitamin loss could be exacerbated by fruits being picked before they are ripe”. Dr Thomas said: “We found that since 1940, the minerals and other nutrients that help to make fruit and vegetables good for you have been in startling decline. Eating fruit and vegetables is still beneficial for health, but continuing falls in nutrients could lead to deficiencies in some consumers”. – Read more about this from this article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-207652/Why-apple-today-good.html Another major concern as an autoimmune risk factor is the changes we are seeing in our microbiome – our invisable organ’ .  Our gut is very involved in a ‘cross talk’ with the brain and our immune system.  A disruption of our gut microbiome is the beginnings of most all autoimmune diseases.  Anything that we eat will affect or gut whether it is positive or negative. There are 6 different changes that takes place in the gut when we have a negative outcome 1. Gut lining gets disturbed 2. Gut begins to absorb nutrients improperly 3. Gut becomes inflamed 4. Leaky gut – which affects your memory, causes joint pain, causes skin rashes 5. Begin to develop a food sensitivity 6. Autoimmune disease Come in and lets talk! We will help you find out the best option to get your health turned around to avoid autoimmune disease.  We will  be able to help identify your health baseline including your gut health.  We will discuss diet, lifestyle changes along with doing  a bioscan to assess where you stand in the 6 different gut changes. We will be able to help you avoid getting an autoimmune disease!!  If you already have an autoimmune disease, we will help repair the gut damage, bring down the inflammation and teach you how to “tame the lion”, keeping your symptoms and inflammation down to a minimum, allowing you to live a pretty productive and normal life.  Don’t let Autoimmune disease in your life!!  Take control NOW!! My name is Carol Stowell, I’m your Family Nurse Practitioner. Come see me at American Wellness: 677 West 5300 South Murray Ut 84123...

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Understanding Infertility Using a Functional Medicine Approach

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Understanding Infertility Using a Functional Medicine Approach

Functional medicine is getting to the root of the cause of disease or a health imbalance.  Instead of chasing around a symptom, feeling miserable, not feeling any better; choosing to use a function medicine model helps to get right to the cause allowing you to fix the problem.  This includes infertility. If one could understand some of the different causes of infertility and how to apply the functional medical model approach, this would make an incredible difference for the chance of conception.   In the case of poly cystic ovarian syndrome, there are several disruptions that may be involved with the inability to conceive.  Did you know that your choice of eating a sandwich instead of a lettuce wrap could make a tremendous difference in your having a baby?  Or, taking that serving of lasagna instead of a salmon steak with broccoli?  For some of you suffering with poly cystic ovarian syndrome, that one decision in diet will determine if you are going to release an egg for that particular month. Just understanding a little more about food choices and the insulin testosterone balance may be life changing for you. For some of you who are facing quite a bit of daily stress, this extra release of cortisol is throwing your hormone balance so far off the chance of conception is slim to none.  If you do happen to conceive, the job of maintaining that precious window of implantation and the beginning stages of growth of the pregnancy is quite challenging, ending up in 1st trimester failure. To the newly married couples wanting to start out with their families, I caution you to understand how important the health of both mother and father is.  How is your overall health and wellness?  Is it in a condition to promise a good pregnancy outcome and a healthy baby?  What are you allowing to be part of your life – such as your diet, your exercise, your sleep, your stress, and your thoughts believe it or not, will affect your baby or your chances of conception. Infertility is on the rise…..both in men and women.  It is a big bad world out there, be wise in your endeavors and your life choices.  Think of the future, your future posterity.  It is the choices that you are making right now that will determine this outcome. My name is Carol, I’m here to help. I practice out at the American Wellness Clinic in Salt Lake City 677 West 5300 South Murray, Utah 84123 801-327-8700 Please visit my other pages on functional medicine in Utah to see all the areas I can help you!...

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A Functional Medicine approach to BiPolar disease

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A Functional Medicine approach to BiPolar disease

Looking into the brain with a functional medicine eye glass will give all bipolar sufferers a glimpse of hope.  There is a lot of research data available introducing the importance of Lithium for mental disturbances.  Lithium, however, is just one of the many nutrients the brain needs for optimal function. Eating a clean diet, avoiding processed foods and simple sugars along with mega dosing of the EPA/DHA has been proven to help with neurotransmitter function and decrease the bipolar swings. Using a functional medicine approach, we here at American Wellness & Rehab Clinic address the cause of bipolar disease.  Looking into the MTHFR gene is one of several tests that is included in our work up. Check out this short video for a introductory explanation of the MTHFR test we address for those who suffer bipolar or other mental health struggles.   I would be happy to help answer any questions you have or help you or your loved one work through this disease to help balance your mental health.  Please give me a call today Carol Stowell American Wellness Clinic 677 West 5300 South Murray, Utah 84123...

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Liver Detoxification

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Liver Detoxification

Hi everyone! Each one of us are bombarded with toxins – from medications we take to the daily chemicals that we are exposed to.  Amazingly enough, our Liver is there for us, every second of every day – neutralizing these harmful agents and flushing them from our body.  We all make choices in life that will lighten this toxic load or exacerbate it, making things worse. Today, I’d like to introduce a  video I found that explains what happens when our Liver begins to struggle with the job of detoxification.  When our body struggles with a heavy load of toxins, the bile salts within the liver get quite thick causing a mucky sludge.  This sludge will begin to affect our gallbladder, pancreas, small intestine….pretty much our entire gastrointestinal system.  Soon we are not absorbing the nutrients from our diet and our cells are literally starving!  After completing this video, you will have “the rest of the story”, giving you power to avoid, fix, or prevent this horrible monster from overtaking our health. I love functional medicine and I love taking care of chronic illness.  I would love to help you with any of your health problems.  Please give me a call!! Please check out this...

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