Dealing with Gluten by Walter J. Crinnion, ND

Dealing with Gluten by Walter J Crinnion NDWalter J. Crinnion ND

Gluten-free is becoming one of the new food and supplement marketing buzz-words. Restaurants chains including Dominos Pizza have gluten-free offerings, and regular grocery stores have gluten-free sections for shoppers. Many websites are solely devoted to gluten-free living, along with cookbooks and cooking classes. Yet, there is a lot of confusion when it comes to wheat sensitivities (also mistakenly referred to as ‘wheat allergy’), gluten intolerance and Celiac disease.

Celiac disease is classified as an autoimmune illness, and also fits the general description of intolerance because humans don’t have the enzymes necessary to properly digest the gluten protein (gliadins). In Celiac disease antibodies to all of the following are found: antibodies to tissue transglutaminase, the endomesium and gliadin. Gluten intolerance typically refers to one who is intolerance of gluten-containing grains (again no enzymes to break down the gliadins) but only antibodies to gliadin are present. Theoretically, the absence of anti-transglutaminaseand anti-endomysial antibodies should indicate that the villi are not damaged sufficiently to cause malabsorption. But, clinically these individuals (with only positive anti-gliadin antibodies) exhibit an inability to absorb Vitamin D supplementation[i] and 2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid[ii].So, some degree of malabsorption is present, even when the celiac antibodies are absent. Wheat sensitivity is an adverse reaction to all wheat products and typically is not associated with gluten intolerance/celiac disease.

Dealing with Gluten by Walter J Crinnion ND

Wheat is one of the main food sensitivities that is found by alternative medicine practitioners and some published studies[iii][iv]to be the main underlying cause of debilitating health symptoms. Interestingly, one group of researchers has found that all the participants with non-celiac and non-IgE mediated wheat reactions (non-food allergy) did have positive anti-gliadin antibodies[v][vi]. Dr. Peter D’Adamo, in his book Eat Right 4 Your Type, recommends that wheat be excluded from the diet for all of the blood types (along with dairy and sugar- covering all of the most common food sensitivities) and his adherents have reported dramatic health improvements[vii]. Wheat elimination is also recommended by several major diets including the new popular Paleolithic diet.  So, it appears clear from several vantage points that eliminating wheat and gluten appears to be a positive step towards better health. What is not clear is what role our inherent lack of gluten-digesting enzymes plays in wheat sensitivity. Since all human are deficient in these enzymes, it is likely that their absence is a major contributing factor to wheat sensitivity[iv].

One of the main problems with wheat elimination is the fact that wheat products are ubiquitous in our food supply, and a prominent component in many of our dietary staples. Fortunately, research has shown that the addition of thebacterially-derived enzyme dipeptidyl peptidase IV(DPP IV)to the small intestine is able to break down the gliadin protein. Rats who are deficient in DPP IV rapidly loose weight when fed gluten, while those with DPP IV showed no adverse reaction to gluten[viii].  Since then it has been established that DPP IV is a rate-limiting enzyme for the digestive breakdown of gluten proteins[ix]. Adding DPP-IV to ones digestive supplements prior to, and after a gluten-containing meal (or a gluten-contaminated meal) may reduce the onset of symptoms associated with intolerance by breaking down gluten and gliadin proteins.*

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease
^This blog was written by an outside source. This blog does not necessarily reflect the views or positions of Natural Partners.
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11 Ways to Maintain Your Mojo and Age Gracefully

Maintain your mojo and age gracefully

1. Create Movement Dance. Do a jig. Go hiking. Play a sport. Garden. Practice yoga. Walk like an Egyptian. It all counts. Movement shifts lymph, aides in the detox process, boosts endorphins, diminishes emotional stress, and oxygenates tissues. Exercise really is natural medicine.

2. Manage your stress If the weight on your shoulders really is starting to tax you beyond your means to balance, it might be time to re-evaluate your professional and personal relationships and release whatever is causing you to feel drained. Unproductive stress increases cortisol levels, which is associated with less than ideal gene expression. Don’t stress about stressing. Just do something about it. Even if that means seeking temporary professional support.

Maintain your mojo and age gracefully

3. Enjoy a diet of Nutrient dense, hydrating foods This is really just a fancy way of saying eat your fruits and veggies and drink your water. But since you already knew that, consider this a courtesy reminder. Proper diet is such a large part of creating wellness. It’s a pillar of your health!

4. Emotional Balance So, you can’t control everything that happens in your life but you can choose how you respond to it. Exercise. Do Yoga. Practice deep breathing. Enjoy time with family and friends. Things such as these help balance you and make dealing with the ups and downs of life easier.

Maintain your mojo and age gracefully

5. Minerals Inside and Out Fantastic to soak in and even better to eat, get your minerals. Our soils are pretty depleted so supplementing these minerals is not a bad idea. One major stand out is Magnesium. It’s responsible for nearly 300 different metabolic processes within the body, keeps muscles from cramping, and soothes frazzled nerves.

6. High Quality Omega 3s Studies show omega-3’s from animal sources are the most bioavailable, but not all omega 3’s are created equal. Make sure you are choosing a high-quality Omega 3 supplement. Omega 3’s keep systemic inflammation in check, nourish the nervous system to ward of depression, and keep those joints nice and lubricated.

Maintaining your mojo and aging gracefully

7. Sleep Quality sleep decreases cortisol levels, increases your ability to concentrate, and may even help to keep excess weight off your body. Get your beauty rest!

8. Play You are never too old to be a kid. Play connects us directly to our personal joy. Feeling happy can reduce blood pressure, lower heart rates and reduce stress. Plus it’s just plain fun!

Maintain your mojo and age gracefully

9. Spend Time in Nature Besides the oxygen rich environment created by all the green, leafy goodness, being in nature brings us back to our natural rhythms and significantly decreases stress. Go hug a tree! Or better yet sing and dance among them.

10. Learn One of the best parts about aging is losing one’s inhibitions. If there is something you’ve always wanted to try or learn, there is no time like the present! Not only will you have new things to chat about with your friends, you’ll get to broaden your experiences and keep those neurons nice and cobweb free.

11. Antioxidants inside and out Antioxidants quench free radicals to keep systemic inflammation in the body in check. Studies show supplementing quality CoQ10 can have a positive impact on health and can offer much needed support to the cardiovascular system. Quality CoQ10 is one of the most important antioxidants you can take for and apply to your heart, liver, skin, and pretty much all of your organs.

Dr. Stephanie Gajus NMD of Naturopathic Primary Care and Cardiology,

*This blog was written by an outside source. This blog does not necessarily reflect the views or positions of Natural Partners.

Hormone Replacement Therapy by Dr. Matthew Cavaiola

Saving Grace For Many Aging Baby-Boomers

By Dr. Matthew Cavaiola

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Face it – sometimes aging just stinks!  You are tired, feel worn down, your muscles hurt, you feel crabby, have a hard time sleeping and your libido is in the tank.  All of these symptoms are part of aging, an inevitable, natural process that involves many different systems in the human body.  These include the endocrine, gastrointestinal, immune, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems.  The diseases that are so often tied to aging usually affect one or all of these systems.  Menopause, hypothyroidism, low testosterone, autoimmune diseases, heart disease and arthritis all are examples of age-related conditions.

Those feeling the effects of the aging process the greatest are Americans classified as “Baby-Boomers,” who total about 78 million people of the total U.S. population.  These individuals want answers for their health issues and want to feel better as they age.  As such, they are now seeking out newer and more natural treatments to help them slow the aging process down and optimize their health as they age.   One such treatment that has garnered much attention recently is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).

What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

*    BHRT is the use of hormones like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid hormone and cortisol to correct underlying deficiencies of the female reproductive organs, the male reproductive organs, thyroid gland and the adrenal glands.

*   Bioidentical hormones differ from their synthetic counterparts in that they closely resemble the hormones that are made natively by the human body.

*   When applied topically, injected or taken orally, these medications are recognized by the body as “self” and do not have to be synthesized or changed by the body.

*   BHRT allows for greater absorption, easier processing and less adverse reactions as compared to synthetic hormones.

Can Men and Women Use BHRT?

*    Women are using BHRT to help with many unwanted symptoms of menopause and other age-related endocrine disorders including fatigue, poor mood, hot flashes, low libido, dryness of skin and hair, insomnia and weight gain.

*   Men may also benefit tremendously from using bioidentical hormones.  The most common reasons men seek hormone replacement therapy are erectile dysfunction, low libido, fatigue, loss of muscle mass, weight gain, mood changes and insomnia.

Do I go to a Doctor to get BHRT?

*    With respect to BHRT, naturopathic physicians (NMDs) and other integrative practitioners are specially trained in accurately assessing hormone imbalances and effectively and safely treating using bioidentical hormones.

*   Other therapies offered by naturopathic physicians that may benefit those with age-related decline include: clinical nutrition and nutritional supplementation, acupuncture and intravenous vitamin and mineral infusions.

What are the Other Benefits of BHRT?

*    BHRT is a very powerful therapy that not only has the potential to treat unwanted symptoms of aging but it can also reduce body-wide inflammation, the precursor to disease.

*   It has also been shown to reduce the risk for developing a whole host of other conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease.

*   Obviously, BHRT can have amazing effects on the body, however quite possibly one of the most important effects of BHRT is the ability to help people improve the quality of their life as they age.  Wouldn’t we all like to feel better as we age?

Written by Dr. Matthew Cavaiola.

Dr. Cavaiola is a licensed naturopathic physician and acupuncturist who treats a variety of conditions and illnesses associated with the aging process.  He currently practices in the Ahwatukee community of Phoenix.  For more information about Dr. Cavaiola and all the services that he offers, please his website at  He can also be reached at (602) 432-2900.

6 Quick Tips for Maintaining Bone Health

Quick Tips for Maintaining Bone Health

The bones perform some of the most important functions in your body, including keeping you standing upright, carrying your body weight and acting as the largest reservoir of calcium. Calcium is a critical mineral used in many bodily functions, including muscle contractions – yes, your bones even help keep your heart pumping.Read more

5 Reasons to Consider Herbal Skincare Products

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Naturopathic skincare has gained greater mainstream acceptance in recent decades. Much of this acceptance is due to the changing healthcare landscape and a stronger desire among patients to incorporate a blend of ancient and contemporary healthcare techniques that specifically target individual skincare needs.Read more

What is a GMO and Why Should it Be Labeled?

What is a GMO?

The fight for labeling GMOs (genetically modified organisms) is far from over. As a matter of fact, the fight is gaining momentum as more Americans are being educated on how their food is being altered. Studies dating back to 1996 have shown that genetically modified foods are NOT safe.Read more

National Eczema Awareness Month

National Eczema Awareness Month

October is  National Eczema Awareness Month. Thorne Research and Natural Partners are teaming up to make sure your patients with eczema are choosing the right products for their skin.

The term eczema is used to describe a number of chronic, lifelong skin conditions, and is thought to be caused by a mixture of genetic and environmental factors. Studies show that nearly 30 million adults and children suffer from eczema, making it is one of the most common conditions that bring people to doctors office.

As there isn’t yet a cure for eczema, controlling the symptoms, soothing the redness, and keeping the skin as healthy and moisturized as possible is a top priority for those afflicted. The ingredients found in normal soaps, shampoos and other hygiene products can compromise delicate skin. Below is a list of some of the ingredients that should be avoided for those with eczema.

  • Preservatives, such as benzoic, sorbic, and lactic acid, will frequently upset skin, exacerbating existing skin conditions or creating new ones.
  • Dyes have also been known to cause problems, yellow and blue dyes specifically tending to pose a much higher risk.
  • Fragrances, like those in cologne, perfume, and even scented body washes and shampoos, are very common irritants.
  • Anti-bacterial products, as well as deodorants, cause skin to dry out rapidly, which poses another threat to dermatological health.

Natural, moisturizing products are by far the best option for those with eczema, as they’re both non-irritating and nurturing. Thankfully, Thorne Research’s DermaQOL line is entirely gluten free, GMO free, and doesn’t interact with natural hormone levels. By avoiding harsh ingredients, every product offered by DermaQOL is as safe and gentle as possible for people with skin conditions.

As a valued wellness provider,  we know it's  important to you to make sure your patients are informed about how to treat eczema and prevent flare ups. Thorne Research’s DermaQOL is a great place to start along with other great skin care products through Natural Partners.

National Naturopathic Medicine Week

National Naturopathic Medicine Week

National Naturopathic Medicine Week, from October 7th to the 13th, has been a long time coming. Over the course of the past fifty years, naturopathic medicine has made a miraculous integration into many mainstream venues of medicine as people start to seek out natural alternatives to prescription medications. To celebrate National Naturopathic Medicine Week, renowned TV personality and celebrated surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz covered alternative medicine techniques and explained how they’re making their way into the traditional medical world all over the country.

Neti pots, an ancient Indian invention used to help with sinus pain and congestion, get a blue ribbon for allergy relief from Dr. Oz. “They’ve gone from a holistic happening to a mainstream movement,” he says, and for good reason. Mucus buildup and pollen stuck in the sinuses are notorious for exacerbating illness symptoms and allergy issues, as well as stubbornly retaining infected fluids even after the rest of a virus has been flushed out of the body. The neti pot, without the help of pharmaceuticals, flushes out the sinuses by channeling water through the nostrils. It’s a simple, natural, and most importantly, effective solution for an issue that plagues many.

Pain can be a tricky thing to address, especially in the traditional medicine world. Many common pain relief prescriptions can double as powerful narcotics when misused, and come with a host of discomfiting side effects and potential risks. A technique long used in Chinese medical practices, however, could be just the answer to this dilemma. Acupuncture uses extremely thin needles to pierce shallowly into specific points in the tissue, helping break up muscle spasms and relieving all sorts of pains: “everything from migraine headaches to menstrual cramps,” according to Dr. Jill Blakeway, even including postoperative pain. With over 20 million Americans swearing by acupuncture, it’s no wonder it’s Dr. Oz’s blue ribbon alternative treatment for pain relief.

Stress is an increasingly prevalent concern in the lives of many, with social, monetary, and general free-floating anxiety becoming debilitating for a huge portion of the population. It’s not all in your head: stress has been proven to cause headaches, sleep issues, irritability, and even hair loss. Prescription medications for anxiety, like those for pain, can be a slippery slope, the many different variations coming with just as many alarming potential side effects. With all of these considerations, it’s no wonder so many people have been looking for a natural, non-chemical alternative, with many of them coming up with a Dr. Oz favorite, ujjayi breathing.

Used frequently in Taoist and Yoga practices, it helps relieve many kinds of stress from many different sources. This simple method broadly encomasses all different kinds of anxiety. Placing your right hand on your stomach and your left hand on your clavicle, you take a deep breath through your nose and then exhale forcefully, making a point of expelling all the air in your lungs and compressing your stomach and chest back towards your spine. Remove your hands once you get the feel of things, and continue the motions. It’s simple, quiet, and best of all, as Dr. Oz interjects, “nobody knows you’re doing it.” Trapped in a crowd, feeling crowded in a subway or terrified of an upcoming event, ujjayi breathing can be used anywhere at any time, improving quality of life for people all over the globe.