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MItochondrial failure

By on Sep 4, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  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...

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Imbalance of Hormone

By on Jun 28, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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

By on Jun 28, 2018 in Autoimmune Disease, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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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How Vitamin D works to helps Autoimmune disease
Carol Stowell

How Vitamin D works to helps Autoimmune disease

By on Feb 1, 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

People in Utah are at a high risk of cancer because 4 months out of the year, we don’t get any sun!  Why is vitamin D important?  Read below… It could change your life.   Autoimmune disease can be caused by a break in our immune system and by a chronic inflammatory condition.  What most people don’t know is the role that Vitamin D plays in protecting our immune system.  Check out this neat video that with give you a very clear understanding of what Vitamin D does for us.  Day by day, Vitamin D works hard to protect us from a break down of our immune system and even cancer.  After reviewing this video, go check your cupboard and make sure that you find your supplement of Vitamin D3.   Take at least 5,000iu of Vit D per day until May.  Then take 2,000iu daily.  If you don’t have a Vitamin D3 supplement, I advise that you get some and start on it right away.  We will be talking about further benefits from Vitamin D in future postings, so stay tuned.   Vitamin D in Utah is crucial for your well being and preventing cancer. Please come in and let me draw your blood.  I will check your levels and tell you if your body is sufficient or deficient for vitamin D. 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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