Author: Robert Stephens

Coconut Oil Observational Studies

Very few scientific studies have been done comparing coconut oil to other types of fats. A few studies found fats from coconut oil to be helpful in reducing LDL oxidation and lipoprotein (a) (Nevin, Rajamohan, 2004). This suggests that coconut oil might actually protect against…

The Lowdown on Coconut Oil

By Terry Stephens Perhaps you have read the recent headlines: “Coconut oil isn’t healthy. It’s never been healthy” – USA Today. “Nutrition experts warn coconut oil is on par with beef fat, butter” – Chicago Tribune “This popular health food is worse for you than…

Is PCOS an Autoimmune Disease?

PCOS is the most common cause of infertility in women. Poly-cystic Ovary Syndrome is associated with cysts on the ovaries, but isn’t always the case. Women with PCOS often have irregular periods, or no periods at all, and often do not ovulate. High insulin, or insulin resistance is usually present.

PCOS is not an autoimmune disease, but is rather a sign of imbalanced metabolism. PCOS usually (but not always) comes from a combination of factors that lead to a lack of ovulation. These factors include

  • Insulin resistance, which leads to increased production of testosterone, and other androgens
  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Slow liver detox pathways. The liver must clear out discarded hormones, as well as environmental toxins. If liver detox pathways are not working well, hormones will not be cleared well.
  • High blood sugar and/or insulin.

Ovulation is a miraculous process that requires a very delicate symphony of hormones, working in careful balance. An imbalance of one of these hormones can derail this process. If ovulation does not occur, the egg will not be released, and the corpus luteum will not be formed. The corpus luteum is supposed to make progesterone, to balance the production of estrogen and testosterone (and to prepare the uterus for possible pregnancy).

The most common offender is insulin. If insulin is too high, it will cause increased luteinizing hormone (LH), stimulating excess hormones production, including testosterone and DHEA, and cause the ovaries to be excessively stimulated, resulting in abnormal follicle growth.

What if you eat healthy? You have normal blood sugar? You’re not overweight? Being a normal weight doesn’t mean your metabolism is healthy. If you feel healthy but were diagnosed with PCOS, you should seek help from a qualified practitioner. Other factors should be considered, including genetics, toxic exposures, sleep, and stress management.

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (non-classic) is sometimes misdiagnosed as PCOS, and is treatable. So ask your doctor to check for this. This condition can be easily ruled out with a genetic test.

Frequently, women are prescribed hormonal birth control to manage the symptoms of this condition. This is symptom management, and can exacerbate nutrient deficiencies.

In a future blog post I will discuss natural treatments options.

Is Fibromyalgia an Autoimmune Disease?

If you were diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, you’re probably aware of the unrelenting pain, soreness, and fatigue that this disease causes. Pain and fatigue are the most significant symptoms of fibromyalgia. People with fibromyalgia often have difficulty sleeping, and might have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) Medications…

Why You Shouldn’t Use a Burn Barrel

Burn barrels are frequently used in rural areas. It is a convenient way of getting rid of a mess, but can result in smelly and dangerous air pollution. A lot of plastics end up in the trash. Many plastics contain chlorine-containing compounds, such as PVC (polyvinyl…

Are There Natural Treatments for Familial Adenomatous Polyposis?

If you’ve gotten a diagnosis of Familial Adenomatous Polyposis, or FAP, you’ve probably been told that surgery is your only option. Without treatment, FAP results in a 100% chance of developing into colon cancer. That’s scary! Is there anything you can do?

First of all, if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, then GET MEDICAL TREATMENT! Necessary treatment should not be delayed.

FAP is an inherited condition that causes the cells of your colon to grow abnormally and develop into growths, called polyps. These polyps can grow to become cancerous. After a diagnosis of FAP, you must have more frequent colon cancer screenings.

Are there natural protocols for FAP? Yes! But don’t use natural products in place of necessary medical treatment. Recently, a study was done on rats with certain inherited diseases, showing that giving high doses of certain nutrients can, to some extent correct mis-behaving DNA and allow the rats to grow normally.¹ There’s no guarantee that cancer can be prevented, but by giving your cells what they needs to be healthy, you might be able to reduce your chances, or delay the onset.²

Here are the five supplements that may be helpful in managing FAP:

    1. Vitamins to support cell division: Certain vitamins are needed to tell genes to turn on and off correctly. Vitamin A is critical in this process, and many of us don’t get enough in our diets. There is evidence that vitamin A is helpful in making cell division occur normally. With FAP, make sure you’re using an active form of vitamin A, or consume foods high in vitamin A, such as beef liver or egg yolks. Also supplement with vitamin B12, folate, and choline bitartrate.
    2. Probiotic: A probiotic is a supplement that contains certain beneficial bacteria that are natural inhabitants of the digestive system. Certain bacterial strains produce vitamins and fats that nourish the cells lining the intestines. To get the best results, look for a high-potency product, such as Vital 10 by Klaire Labs.
    3. Hormones: Find a doctor or naturopath who can make sure your hormones are well balanced. Your thyroid hormones should be within optimal ranges. Progesterone is a sex hormone that is helpful in promoting the health of your organs and tissues, allowing newly formed cells to have good oxygen levels, possibly reducing the chance that a cell in your digestive tract will develop into cancer.
    4. Vitamins D and K2 help the immune system to work properly and eradicate cancer cells. I recommend a product that has all of these vitamins, such as Vitamin D3 Complete, by Allergy Research Group.
    5. Eat a healthy diet! The best thing for your digestive health is to eat a healthy diet. Vegetables are rich sources of fiber, and other cancer-fighting compounds. Regardless of what type of eating plan you choose, make sure it includes plenty of vegetables, fruits, and spices.

Above all, keep a positive attitude, and work with your healthcare provider to find the solution that works best for you.

References:

  1. Maternal epigenetics and methyl supplements affect agouti gene expression in Avy/a mice. //www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9707167
  2. Familial Adenomatous Polyposis //progressyourhealth.com/podcast/familial-adenomatous-polyposis-genetic-miracle-case-study/