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May 18

Gut Health

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

How to Heal Your Gut

Most Natural Health Practitioners will tell you that all disease begins in the gut.  Think about that.  It’s a pretty important statement.  With all the diseases (dis-ease) we have in our society today, wouldn’t it be nice if we could trace everything back to a common source?

The way I see it, our health, or lack of health, comes primarily from the food we eat.  We eat food.  The nutrients get absorbed (if our gut is working correctly.)  The nutrients get transported to all parts of our bodies, allowing those body parts and systems to work correctly and do the job of keeping us healthy.

So, dis-ease happens when our body parts and body systems aren’t working correctly.  This happens, I believe, when we eat unhealthy food or when the nutrients we eat are not being correctly absorbed which leads to a host of health issues.  These health issues can present themselves in any number of ways including joint issues (arthritis), blood sugar and pancreas issues (diabetes), heart issues, cholesterol issues, blood pressure issues, cancer, nervous system disorders, brain disorders, intestinal issues, etc.

Rather than treating the disease with drugs (which are inherently toxic to your system), I usually first look at the gut.  If we can heal the gut and get it working correctly, that could clear up a lot of our health issues.  Then, we can go back and look at your symptoms and see which are still present.

How do we heal the gut?  Today, I want to talk about three things:  probiotics, herbs and spices, and essential oils.

Probiotics
Probiotics are live, good bacteria needed to keep your gut healthy.  Probiotics have become quite popular over the past few years, and I am a proponent.  Many people have taken antibiotics for an illness.  In doing so, they are killing both the bad bacteria and the good.  Hence the need for probiotics.  Common probiotics include:  Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium.

Some health issues that probiotics help include:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Infectious diarrhea (caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites)
  • Antibiotic-related diarrhea
  • Skin conditions, like eczema
  • Urinary and vaginal health
  • Preventing allergies and colds
  • Oral health

Probiotics can be taken in liquid or pill form or can also be found in foods such as:

  • Yogurt. dairy product made from fermented milk.
  • Kefir. ferTmented milk drink.
  • Sauerkraut. finely shredded cabbage that has been fermented by lactic acid bacteria.
  • Tempeh.
  • Kimchi.
  • Miso.
  • Kombucha.
  • Pickles.


Herbs and Spices

The following comes from GutHealthProject.com

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Just as you are what you eat, your gut health can control more in your body than you can possibly imagine. By becoming mindful of the foods that you put into your body, you can do wonders to heal yourself from the inside out. Promoting a healthy gastrointestinal tract can directly resolve a number of troubling issues in your body, such as: bloating, gas, constipation and inflammation.

From the food that you eat to the life that you live, there are a number of factors that can take a toll on your overall gut health. Simply consuming these 7 essential herbs and spices can have you feeling happy and healthy in no time all while healing your body. Here is the list of spices and herbs that can change your life:

1. Turmeric

This commonly used Indian spice works to aid digestion while soothing your digestive tract as an added bonus. Turmeric has long since been used to settle the stomach for the reason being that its astringency works to maintain the balance of stomach acid. An anti-inflammatory spice like this is great for healing, but it’s important to note that too much of a good thing can also affect the body. Practice its use in moderation so that you can receive all the many benefits of this wonderful spice.

2. Cumin

This is a common spice in many Hispanic dishes that is excellent for eliminating bloating and gas after a meal. Cumin works to stimulate your digestion, and serves as a natural laxative to prevent constipation. Which if not relieved can lead to painful hemorrhoids.

3. Fennel

Originally found in Mediterranean cultures, fennel is used for a number of culinary and medicinal purposes. Fennel can be found as an ingredient in many popular antacids, prized for its ability in calming indigestion, along with relief of constipation and flatulence.

4. Ginger

Regarded by many for its abilities to relieve gastrointestinal distress, this healing spice is also trusted by many to cure nausea—especially in pregnant woman. For centuries people have relied on ginger to quiet their queasiness, but this amazing spice also works as an antispasmodic agent to calm your intestinal system and prevent diarrhea.

5. Coriander

Although many may confuse this seed with the leafy plant (cilantro) that grows from it, coriander contains powerful gut health benefits. In a recent study, after 8 weeks of use among subjects suffering from irritable bowl syndrome (IBS), coriander helped to ease the pain and discomfort of IBS sufferers three times as much compared to placebo users.

6. Cayenne

Contrary to the popular misconception that intensely spiced flavor can lead to indigestion, a spice like cayenne actually works to ease digestion. This digestive stimulant encourages healthy food flow, while activating the proper production of digestive acids, and can even help to repair a damaged gut.

7. Peppermint

This potent plant is known by many for its breath-freshening purposes, but it can also be used like an internal workout for your body. Peppermint works to tone and strengthen your liver, stomach and intestinal tract all while relieving the symptoms associated with indigestion.


Essential Oils

According to Dr. Eric L. Zielinski, the following essential oils can help heal the gut:

  • Anise
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Peppermint
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Cumin
  • Clove
  • Tea Tree
  • Oregano
  • Bitter Orange

The types of gut issues that essential oils can help include:

  • SIBO & Dysbiosis – an overgrowth of bad bacteria
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • GERD – acid reflux
  • Nausea
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Yeast Infections
  • Candida
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Stomachaches
  • Diarrhea

Essential oils can be taken internally in capsule form or topically.  They can also be put in a diffuser and used as an inhaler in aromatherapy.
Essential oils are quite potent, so you need to take care in using them.  They should not be used in the eyes, ears, or in open wounds.  If used topically, essential oils should be mixed with a carrier oil.  If taken internally, they should be mixed with an oil (ie. coconut oil) or something like honey, etc.

Many essential oils have the following healing properties:

  • antimicrobial
  • antibiotic
  • carminitive
  • aromatic
  • disinfectant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • muscle relaxant
  • antifungal
  • gastroprotective
  • chemopreventive
  • antispasmodic

As you can see, there are many natural ways for you to help with gut issues.  By healing your gut, you may also allow your body to heal other dis-eases in your body.

Natural products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  That being said, I don’t focus on treating any dis-ease.  I look at how natural products can help promote the health of certain body parts or body systems that can lead to health issues.

I suggest adding probiotic foods to your diet.  I suggest using more herbs and spices in your cooking.  Try that first.  Buy a diffuser and some essential oils, and try some aromatherapy.  A diffuser is a much better choice than using a chemical air freshener.

If you’d like to talk to me about getting healthy, please call, text, or email me.  We can put together a holistic wellness program that combines massage, exercise, detox, nutritional supplementation, aromatherapy, etc.

Be Healthy!

Bill Shuttic
310.413.0514
Ultimate Health
www.ulti-health.com

May 12

Weight Loss – You May Be Doing It All Wrong

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

Weight Loss (and Metabolism)

We just recently finished an 8-week weight-loss community challenge with the Biggest Loser.  The goal was to get people to lose weight, not by focusing on weight-loss, per se, but by focusing on being healthy.  Because, if you work on being healthy and you are overweight, then you will begin to lose weight.

When I introduce people to my Complete Wellness System, I don’t necessarily focus on their particular health issue.  I focus on making the body healthy.  So, if you’re trying to lose weight, the last thing you want to do is go on a weight-loss diet fad.  It’s been proven time and again that they don’t work.  The idea is not to kill yourself for three months to lose weight and then go back to your old unhealthy habits.  Guess what?  You’ll gain the weight back.  The idea is to change the way you think about health and weight-loss, make permanent healthy changes to your life, and the rest will fall into place.

 

There was an article out recently in the NY Times where they went back and checked on all the people who had won the Biggest Loser tv show.  It turns out that most of them gained a lot of the weight back.  Some are even heavier now than they were before the show!  The article talked about how the people had lowered their metabolism and because of that, so many of their calories were turning to fat.  Without getting too deep into the weeds, the article focused on the old theory of calories in vs. calories out.  Let me tell you why I think this is wrong.

 

First of all, all calories are not the same.  Compare a 2,000 calorie diet of fresh fruits and vegetables versus a 2,000 calorie diet of cake and ice cream.  Huge difference.  One diet is full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc.  The other is full of empty calories.  It’s kind of a silly comparison, but I think you get my point.  Dr. Katz puts it this way:

“…you’ll look at the literature at large that a diet made up mostly of, and folks, here’s the epiphany, shocker, diet made up mostly of vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds with or without fish and seafood, with or without dairy, with or without some lean meat and poultry, with or without eggs, but mostly vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds, and when you’re thirsty, drink water, that’s it.  That’s the formula.  We don’t need to bog down into cutting saturated fat or not.  The answer is if you eat those foods mostly, your diet is low in saturated fat.”

The same goes with sodium and sugar.  The point is that if you eat healthy, you don’t have to worry about fat, salt, sugar, etc.  Therefore, I try not to count calories.  It puts your mind in the wrong place and gets your focus off the important stuff.  Typically, when people try to lose weight, they try to cut calories.  Here’s the problem.  If you’re eating a diet high in calories with no nutritional value, and you reduce those calories, are you getting any more nutritional value?  No.  You’re just eating less junk food.  And if you reduce your calories too much, your body will go into starvation mode and hang on to your fat storage in order to keep you from dying.  It will reduce your metabolism to save energy.  By cutting your calories too much, you’re resetting your metabolism at a lower rate, so when you start eating again, you’ll get fatter faster!

 

So what do we do to lose weight and keep it off?  I look at the type of food you’re eating and the nutrients you’re putting into your body.  Here are some of the nutrients needed for weight management:

Asparagine:  an amino acid that increases insulin sensitivity which helps your body store energy in muscle rather than fat.

Biotin:  improves glycemic control (stabilizes blood sugar) and lowers insulin.  It boosts metabolism

Carnitine:  Helps to reduce belly fat (visceral adiposity).  Carries fatty acids into the cell where they are burned for fuel.

Calcium:  inhibits the formation of fat cells and helps burn fat cells.

Lipoic Acid:  helps burn carbs more efficiently and improves glucose uptake into cells.

Chromium:  makes body more sensitive to insulin which helps reduce body fat and increase muscle.

Vitamin B5:  activates the enzyme lipase which burns fat.

Magnesium:  increases insulin sensitivity by stimulating metabolism.  Low magnesium impairs your ability to use glucose for fuel, instead storing it as fat.

Glutamine:  Reduces fat mass by improving glucose uptake into the muscle.

Cysteine:  reduces body fat in obese people

Inositol:  may increase adiponectin levels.  Adiponectin is a weight-loss hormone secreted by fat cells.

Vitamin B3 (niacin):  increases adiponectin.  Niacin bound with chromium can reduce body weight.

Vitamin A:  reduces size of fat cells, and reduces a person’s tendency to store food as fat.

Vitamin E:  inhibits pre-fat cells from changing into mature fat cells, reducing body fat.

Vitamin D:  deficiency in D linked to poor metabolism of carbs.

Vitamin K:  helps metabolize sugars.  Deficiency linked to excess fat tissue.

Zinc:  deficiency reduces leptin, a hormone that regulates appetite.

(list provided by Spectracell Labs)

 

You may notice that a lot of these nutrients affect insulin.  Insulin plays a key role in fat metabolism (and diabetes.)  So, my question to you is this, are you getting the nutrients you need (whether in food or supplements) that help you lose weight?  My guess is no.

Another factor in weight-loss is boosting your metabolism.  Some of the nutrients that help boost metabolism include:

Capsicum: a fruit extract from hot peppers.  Helps manage appetite and increases thermogenesis.

Garcinia Cambogia: from a tropical fruit.  The main ingredient is hydroxycitric acid (you may have heard of Hydroxy-cut.)

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA):  found in meat and dairy and some vegetable oils.  Helps maintain normal fat metabolism and muscle.

 

What is the answer to losing weight?  First, stop counting calories.  You’re looking in the wrong place.  Focus on the calorie to nutrient ratio.

Next, do a detox to get rid of all the toxins in your body that are slowing down your system.  By the way, toxins are stored in fat cells, so getting rid of toxins and fat cells go hand-in-hand.  By removing toxins from your system, it allows your internal organs to operate more efficiently.

Next, get rid of all the junk food in your house.  If it’s in your cupboard, it’s more likely than not that you’re going to eat it in your hour of weakness.

Next, go to your farmers market and buy locally grown fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

Next, get a high-quality vitamin/mineral supplement that has all (or most) of the items listed above.  (I have a special Weight Management formula that I sell that expressly focuses on nutrients needed for weight loss.)

Next, exercise a little.  Anything is better than nothing.  Walk around the block a few times.  Go to the gym.  Bike, jog, rollerblade, dance.  Whatever you can do, move your body!

Next, when eating, think about portion control and glycemic index.  Don’t over-eat.  Eat slowly to give your brain time to realize that you’ve had enough.  If you eat too quickly, you’ll over-eat.  Eat foods lower on the glycemic index.  The glycemic index ranks the amount of carbs in food.  The lower the number, the better.  Under 55 is considered good.  The foods with a low glycemic index are more slowly digested, absorbed, and metabolized, and cause a lower rise in blood sugar.

 

There you have it.  This is a brief and simple way for you to begin losing weight.  Give it a try and let me know how it goes.  I have workouts online if you want to workout at home.  I have pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements if you need some.  If you need a diet plan specifically for you, we can do that.  If you want more information, I wrote a book on how to lose weight naturally.  You can download it from my website.  www.ulti-health.com.

 

Feb 04

Essential Oils

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

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Essential Oil

Essential oils are one of many modalities I use to promote health.  Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in places like Cyprus, Pompeii, and ancient Egypt.  They were also used in Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine.  Where do essential oils come from?  They are extracted from plants, trees, roots, nuts, leaves, bark, etc.  Oils can be used internally or externally.  They can be used in extracts, poultices, salves, and massage oil.  They can be mixed with things like honey, flax oil, or coconut oil to be eaten or put in tea.

I put Essential Oils in the same category as herbal therapy and aromatherapy.  For example, oregano can be a spice or an essential oil.  Oregano is also used in nutraceuticals.  Eucalyptus is used topically in massage oil and also used in diffusers for aromatherapy.    Lavender is used in aromatherapy to enhance sleep, improve mood, and decrease moodiness.  It is also used topically for cuts, burns, and various skin conditions.  Many of you know the story of Jesus where the Magi brought gifts including frankincense.  But did you know that recent research has suggested that frankincense can kill cancer cells and promote health in non-cancerous cells.

Some of the top essential oils include:

Clove

Eucalyptus

Frankincense

Lavender

Lemon

Oregano

Peppermint

Rosemary

Sandalwood

Tea Tree

According to BoiSource Naturals, compared to food and vitamins, essential oils have much more antioxidant capacity (antioxidants are needed to combat free radical damage.)  For example:

Food and Vitamins:

Vitamin E – 3,309

Pomogranates – 3,037

Blueberries – 2,400

Kale – 1,770

Essential Oils:

Clove – 1,078,700

Myrrh – 379,800

Coriander – 298,300

So, you can see the incredible amount of antioxidants contained in essential oils.

Let’s take a couple of samples.  The essential oil of Cloves is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, analgesic, and antiseptic.  Many of today’s current diseases are inflammatory diseases.  (Anything that ends in “-itis” is inflammatory}.  As an anti-fungal, Clove oil is effective against such things as candida.  In dentistry, Clove oil was used for numbing and pain relief as well as slowing decay and de-mineralization.

Eucalyptus is one of my favorite essential oils.  It is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.  It is very effective in respiratory support because of its anti-inflammatory properties.  A recent study showed that inhaled eucalyptus oil was effective in treating COPD.  Eucalyptus is also an expectorant which comes in handy when you have a head cold or the flu.  You can also use eucalyptus as a scalp tonic by mixing it with a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil.  It will help moisturize your scalp.  Personally, I put eucalyptus in my massage oil (along with some other essential oils), so that when you receive one of my massages, you are getting both the positive effects of aromatherapy and the external effects of the oil on your skin.

Frankincense has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for such things as wound healing, arthritis, and hormonal issues.  It has enormous anti-cancer potential, can boost immunity, and is anti-inflammatory and a pain-reliever.    Lab tests have shown that one of the main ingredients in Frankincense, boswellic acids, are cytotoxic to ovarian cancer.  Other studies have demonstrated similar effects on bladder, breast, colon, skin, stomach, and pancreatic cancers.  Hopefully, as science progresses, we will find more ways to utilize Frankincense in cancer treatment and other health treatments.

As you can see, essential oils offer a lot of health benefits for a myriad of health issues.  The quality of oils you use is very important.  Essential oils are highly concentrated, therefore there are right ways and wrong ways to use essential oils, so please consult a professional before using them (especially if you plan to take them internally.)

Jan 30

An Argument for Natural Medicine

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

Typically, when we talk about medicine, we think about pharmaceutical drugs.  Therefore, the first thing I want to do is take the “medicine” out of Natural Medicine.  Hippocrates (the Father of Medicine) once said, “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.”  Even back then, he understood that nature and food provides what we need to be healthy.

Let’s talk briefly about pharmaceuticals.  How do these companies come up with pharmaceutical drugs?  Many times, they will start with an herb and try to find the one chemical compound that they believe makes that herb effective in treating some underlying dysfunction in the body.  Then they take that compound to the laboratory, boost that compound, and create a synthetic drug that they can patent and trademark, so they can make billions of dollars.  Pharmaceuticals, by their very nature, are toxic to your system.  That’s why they come with a list of side effects.  Some people are taking drugs to counteract the side effects created by another drug.  That’s why many people are taking multiple drugs.  For example, you may take one drug for depression which may cause headaches, so you take another drug for headaches which causes intestinal discomfort, so you take yet another drug for your intestines.  Its kind of crazy, yet we’re conditioned to think that is normal.  One thing that most drug companies won’t tell you is that when you take their drug, it is not only toxic to your liver or kidneys (your main detoxifiers) but it also interferes with your absorption of needed vitamins and minerals.  If you then look at the side effects associated with a lack of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, you may find that those are the exact same side effects listed in small print on the drug.

For example, some drug side effects include muscle weakness, jitteriness, muscle cramps, body aches, etc.  Interestingly, a deficiency in calcium could lead to body aches, nervousness, and muscle cramps.  Other drug side effects include gas, bloating, constipation, and food sensitivities.  Would it surprise you if I told you that lack of enzymes could lead to bloating, constipation, gas, food sensitivities, and toxic conditions.  I just saw a drug ad on TV, and one of the side effects was urinary tract infection and bowel issues.  Can you guess the deficiency signs of probiotics?  You got it – yeast overgrowth, bowel disease, gas and bloating, etc.

There have been many doctors across the country who have cured people of various diseases from diabetes to cancer to irritable bowel syndrome by utilizing natural means.  Unfortunately, one can get into some serious legal trouble by stating that you’ve “cured” any disease.  So what is the answer?

As a Natural Health Practitioner, I cannot cure or treat any disease.  What I can do is look at the underlying cause of your disease and work on facilitating your own body’s regenerative abilities to heal itself.  Your body was made to heal itself.  Think about a bruise, cutting your finger, breaking a bone, etc.  Your body will always try to heal itself, because your body always moves toward health.  That’s what your immune system is for.  That system not only works externally but internally, as well.  If a smoker stops smoking, the lungs will begin to heal.  If you eat enzymes and probiotics, your gut will move toward health.  Your body is an intricate machine.  If one thing gets thrown off track, it could create a cascade of events that could lead to “dis-ease”.

For example, if you have acid indigestion, you may take some type of acid-blocker.  Lack of HCl could lead to high blood pressure, mental fatigue, mineral deficiencies (especially calcium), protein deficiencies, mineral deficiencies, and heartburn.  Your stomach needs hydrochloric acid in order to activate pepsin which is needed to digest protein.  When protein is undigested, it sits in your stomach, begins to decompose, and turns acidic, which could actually lead to more acid indigestion.  As it moves through the intestines, it does not get digested, leads to acidity in the system, does not get broken down into amino acids, can become toxic to your system which could lead to Leaky Gut syndrome and other intestinal issues.

That’s just one example.  You can typically look at any dis-ease and trace it back to its origin.  Natural medicine will then look at using food, nutrients, nutritional supplementation, detoxification, exercise, and relaxation to restore the body to health.  There will always be naysayers who will say that Natural Medicine doesn’t work.  But where our typical medical model focuses on chemical interactions, Natural Medicine looks at the whole body and the whole system.  Hence the term “Wholistic” or “Holistic”.

If you are taking drugs and are interested in looking at a more natural approach to health, please contact me.  Of course, I never suggest stopping your meds without your doctor’s approval.  If we can get your body healthy, your doctor should naturally reduce your meds because you no longer need it.  Luckily, many doctors are beginning to see the value of a healthy lifestyle on your overall health.  And if you listen closely to some of those drug ads, you might just hear something like, “along with a good diet and exercise…” so that gives me hope.

Bill Shuttic

Ultimate Health

310-413-0514

www.ulti-health.com

 

Jan 26

Biggest Loser Challenge!

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

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Biggest Loser Community Challenge

Let’s get healthy!  Ultimate Health is working with the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce to partner with the Biggest Loser Community Challenge.   This is not a Weight Loss program.  It’s all about Health and Wellness.  We’re setting up teams of four people to compete with other teams.  This is an extensive online and interactive program.  I was asked, “how much commitment do I have to give?”  You can put as much or as little effort into the program as you wish.  Because it’s online and interactive, you track your progress online.  Your team members and your coach are there to keep you motivated.

Here are some of the things offered:

Team vs. Team competition

Powerful team building

8 weeks of unique challenges

Individual Private Wellness Account

Interactive Health Tools

Dynamic Leaderboards

Motivation from Celebrities

Fitness videos and tracking

Nutrition tracking, recipes, and meal plans

Goal setting

Accountability partners

Over 10,000 prizes available to win:

Personal training with Dolvett Quince

Trips to the finale of the Biggest Loser

Week-long stay at Biggest Loser Resort

Garmin Vivofit fitness trackers

Signed copies of Dolvett’s 3-1-2-1 Diet book

 

If you would like to be on my Ultimate Health Team, let’s make this big!  It’s only $25 per person for the 8-week program.  And 20% goes to the Chamber, so you’re helping a good cause.

http://ulti-health.com/biggest-loser-community-challenge-offer/

 

Jan 26

Stroke Awareness

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

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Stroke

I am part of an non-profit called Help for Stroke.  We are trying to educate people on what a stroke is, how to avoid having a stroke, and what to do after you’ve had one.  Did you know:

  • Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Nearly 800,000 people/year suffer a stroke
  • 80% of strokes are preventable
  • Stroke is a leading cause of disability
  • African Americans are at nearly twice the risk of stroke as Caucasians
  • Most people do not know the warning signs of stroke or what to do if they suspect they or a loved one has had a stroke.

Help for Stroke was founded by two time stroke survivor Richard Horton in 2012. Unexpectedly in 2011, after suffering 2 strokes, Richard found himself at a crossroads. Unable to walk, speak and effectively communicate in any way, he evaluated his condition and ability to fully recover. Although he knew it would be a long road and effort he chose to put aside his current condition and persevere to full recovery. It challenged him to explore his brain in new ways requiring him to change his diet, relearn walking, speaking and maintaining a positive outlook on his future despite the circumstance.

In and out of hospitals for several months, Richard learned the problems in his own life that put him face to face with stroke. He learned consistently high blood pressure for an extended period of years was the catalyst to that day in 2011. Through physical therapy, family support and a team of doctors and educators, Richard found out about how much he could have done to prevent a stroke. As he has continued to recover he’s naturally become passionate about stroke prevention.

Prior to the stroke Richard managed and worked with world renowned jazz artists to the tune of Paul Jackson, Jr., Doc Powell, Kirk Whalum, Ron Brown and Oleta Adams to name a few. Having come from a musical background Help for Stroke’s founder is shaping the organization to be one of inspiration through music and health education.

Post stroke, Richard’s 26 year career in insurance has helped bring him to meet and help many other stroke survivors find hope in recovery and the necessity of health care. The Mission of Help For Stroke is to expand stroke awareness, provide access to information to prevent the occurrence of stroke, provide useful information on health care and nutrition to the public, survivors, as well as caregivers to help prevent the reoccurrence of stroke.

HFS, also provides forums and events focusing on Help For Caregivers, providing activities to support this overlooked community.

Board of Directors

Richard Horton     www.helpforstroke.org

Dr. Alison McKenzie    https://www.chapman.edu/our­faculty/alison­mckenzie

Ronald Wheeler    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronald­wheeler­1448b080

Bill Shuttic     https://www.ulti-health.com

Tamyia “Tugene” Davis    www.tugenedavis.com

 

Please take a moment to view the videos we use to assist us in spreading stroke awareness

https://www.patreon.com/posts/my­dad­had­with­3788857

Find Us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/helpforstroke/?fref=nf

 

Need your help!

If you are a Stroke Survivor, or if you have a friend or family member who is a Stroke Survivor, and you would like to help our cause, we are looking for short videos of people who have been through a stroke (themselves or in the family).  If you are willing to send us a brief 30-60 second video, we would greatly appreciate it.  You can start with, “I had a stroke” or “My dad had a stroke” and then explain what it was like for you.  If we like your video, we may use it on our website or in our marketing.

Thank you!

Jan 24

Functional Medicine

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

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Functional Medicine

I had a conversation with a friend the other day who brought up something called “Functional Medicine” that he had never heard of before.  I found that a little surprising, because I have known about Functional Medicine for a number of years, and what I practice as a Natural Health Practitioner is similar to Functional Medicine.

Functional Medicine is the 21st Century medical model.  It is a bridge between Western Allopathic Medicine and Natural Medicine.  It addresses the underlying cause of disease using a systems-oriented approach that creates a “partnership” between the practitioner and patient.  For example, comparing the two forms of medicine:

Functional:                                                                  Allopathic:

Health-oriented                                                          Disease-oriented

Client-oriented                                                           Doctor-oriented

Client is biochemically unique                                 Treats everyone with same diagnosis

Holistic                                                                         Specialized

Focus on cause                                                           Focus on symptoms

Preventive                                                                   Reactive

 

In general, Functional Medicine is client-focused, works on balancing functional “systems”, integrates physical, mental, and emotional health, pinpoints the underlying cause of disease, based on lifestyle changes, nutrition, exercise, and is interested in outcomes rather than suppressing symptoms.

Let me give you a couple examples.  Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States (approx. 597,000 deaths/year.)  If you go to the typical Western Allopathic doctor with a heart condition, you are likely to go home with a couple bottles of pharmaceutical drugs such as anti-coagulants like Warfarin (Coumadin), Haparin, Xarelto, Pradaxa, Eliquis, etc.  Or, you may get an ACE Inhibitor like Lotensin, Capoten, Vasotec, Monopril, Zestril, Univasc, or others.  Other pharmaceuticals include Beta Blockers, Calcium Channel Blockers, Vasodilators, Diuretics, and Statins like Lipitor and Crestor.  The amount of pharmaceuticals we consume can make your head spin.   Here is a piece of information you may not know:  Iatrogenic death (death by doctor) is the 3rd leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer (approx. 225,000 deaths/year.)

Conversely, Functional Medicine (and Natural Medicine) will focus less on taking meds to stop the symptoms and more on the underlying cause of the heart issue and what can be done to boost heart function.  So, if you go to a Functional Medicine Doctor or a Naturopathic Doctor, you may go home with a couple bottles of nutraceuticals (pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements) that are made up of herbs, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc. along with the advice to get more exercise and change your diet and even possibly a detox program.   Your Functional Medicine Doctor may prescribe Fish Oil, Folic Acid and other B-Complex vitamins, Magnesium, Anti-Oxidants, and CoQ10.  There are also a plethora of herbs that are good for the heart including Bee Pollen, Hawthorn, Astragalus, Garlic, Green Tea, Noni, Royal Jelly, Ginko Biloba, etc.

If you have arthritis, your Allopathic Doctor may prescribe an Anti-Inflammatory like Celebrex, a pain reliever like Oxycodone, Steroids like Cortisone, or others such as Prednisone, Plaquenil, or Trexall.  You may just self-medicate with NSAIDs like Naproxen, Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Advil), Acetaminophen (Tylenol), etc.  The downside is that NSAIDs can damage your intestinal tract, increase the risk of blood clots, heart attacks, and stroke.  COX-2 Inhibitors may increase the risk of serious, even fatal stomach and intestinal adverse reactions such as ulcers, bleeding, perforations of the stomach or intestines, etc.  More than 30 billion NSAIDs are sold in the U.S.  The estimated number of annual hospitalizations in the U.S. for serious G.I. complications is at least 103,000 with costs exceeding $2 billion.  There are over 16,500 NSAID-related deaths each year among arthritis patients.

A Functional Medicine Doctor or Naturopath might approach your arthritis differently.  Arthritis may be classified as an inflammatory disorder or an autoimmune disease.  Therefore, rather than prescribing a drug that blocks certain bodily functions (COX-2 Inhibitor), a more natural approach that focuses on inflammation and the immune system might be used.  For example, the immune system can be negatively affected by, and inflammation can be caused by an overabundance of toxins in the system.  Toxins can be bacterial, fungal, or parasitic.  They can also come from preservatives, additives, alcohol, and trans-fats in our diet.  Toxins are also present in the chemicals such as insecticides, herbicides, solvents, detergents, metals, and plastics in our air, water, etc.   So, from a Functional Medicine perspective, we would look at removing inflammatory triggers, decreasing the toxic load to your body, optimize your G.I. (gastrointestinal) health by removing pathogens and controlling dsybiosis (overgrowth of bad bacteria), and correcting nutritional deficiencies.   How do we do that?  I always suggest starting off with a Detox Program in order to clean out the system.  If you aren’t comfortable with that, a Functional Medicine Doctor may suggest an anti-inflammatory diet, have you start taking fish oil or other essential fatty acids, prescribe a Vitamin D supplement, take probiotics, or use anti-inflammatory and/or analgesic herbs such as White Willow Bark, Boswellia, Devil’s Claw, Aloe, Bee Propolis, etc.  And, of course, there are a number of helpful nutraceuticals for reducing inflammation and boosting immunity.  The good thing about this system is that it is natural and has very little, if any, side effects.  Compare that to using pharmaceutical drugs that have a list of side effects a page long.

Functional Medicine is the new 21st Century medicine.  It gets away from treating symptoms with synthetic chemicals which may be detrimental to your health in the long run.  It is focused on you as an individual rather than lumping you in with everyone else.  It is focused on your body’s systems (ie. Detox, Immune, Digestive, Endocrine, etc.)  Therefore, I am a firm supporter of Functional Medicine, and I suggest you do some research into it.

As a Natural Health Practitioner, Nutritionist, Herbalist, Massage Therapist, and Personal Trainer, I am able to offer you a “Complete Wellness System” by integrating exercise, relaxation, nutrition, and detoxification into a single program.  I utilize herbs, nutraceuticals, massage therapy and bodywork, and personal training to affect your health using multiple modalities.  Look at the following list of Dis-eases and the list of potential side effects from pharmaceutical drugs.  The choice is yours.  If you are interested in getting together and discussing your health issues, please contact me.

Be Healthy!

Bill Shuttic

Ultimate Health

310-413-0514

www.ulti-health.com

 

Partial List of Dis-eases:

Depression

Diabetes

Arthritis

Arteriosclerosis

Crohn’s Disease

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

High blood pressure

High cholesterol

Hypothyroidism

Obesity

Eczema

Lou Gherrigs Disease

Hashimoto’s Disease

Cancer

ADHD

Alzheimer’s

Asperger Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Celiac Disease

COPD

Diverticulitis

Down Syndrome

Fibromyalgia

Erectile Dysfunction

Gout

Migraine

Hemorrhoids

Hypoglycemia

Neuropathy

Osteoporosis

Parkinson’s Disease

Ulcers

Ulcerative Colitis

Restless Leg Syndrome

Rosacea

Sciatica

 

Partial List of Potential Side Effects from Pharmaceutical Drugs:

Chronic (lasting a long time) inflammation of the stomach

Low magnesium levels in your body.

seizures

dizziness

abnormal or fast heart beat

jitteriness

jerking movements or shaking (tremors)

muscle weakness

spasms of the hands and feet

cramps or muscle aches

spasm of the voice box

headache

diarrhea

nausea

gas

abdominal pain

constipation

dry mouth

drowsiness

Serious allergic reactions.

rash

face swelling

throat tightness

difficulty breathing

Jan 21

Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Body

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Body

In Natural Medicine, you will often hear practitioners say that all disease begins in the gut.  If you think about it, it makes a lot of sense.  Your gut wall houses 70% of the cells that make up your immune system.  Incredibly, digestive issues can be attributed to such things as allergies, arthritis, autoimmune diseases including irritable bowel syndrome, acne, and chronic fatigue, as well as mood disorders, autism, dementia, and cancer.  We receive and maintain our health through the foods we eat.  Our bodies absorb the nutrients from the food and give us life.  So the old saying, “you are what you eat” should actually be, “you are what you absorb.”

If you are not absorbing nutrients from your food, or if your food has no nutritional value, then you’re really just eating empty calories.  First, let’s discuss food with no nutritional value.  If you eat processed food, you are probably not getting the nutrients you need.  What is processing, and what does it do to your food?  Processing includes such things as irradiation to kill bacteria.  But bombarding your food with radiation not only kills the bacteria, it also kills all the nutritional value of the food.  Heating and pasteurization is also used in processing.  Like radiation, when food is heated or pasteurized, it destroys the natural enzymes, vitamins, and minerals.  The problem with Americans is that we’re over-fed and under-nourished.  This is why we have such a high rate of obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart-disease, etc.

Now, with regard to absorption, there are a number of different issues involved with the intestines that we can discuss.  First is lack of absorption due to clogged intestines.   If you have intestines that are clogged with undigested food particles and other toxic sludge, nutrients will not be able to cross from your gut into your bloodstream.  When this happens, you can become constipated and bloated.  The food you eat will not pass through your system in a timely fashion, and it will begin to putrefy in your intestines.  When your doctor tells you that your vitamins are worthless and you’ll just pass them through, they could be correct – not because vitamins are worthless, but because your body can’t absorb them.  Once your undigested food begins to decompose in your intestines, it will lead to an acidic environment, inflammation, and an overgrowth of bad bacteria that will present itself as candida, gas, bloating, etc.  Left unchecked, this could lead to more serious conditions such as diverticulitis or colitis.  As the toxins sit in your intestines, they begin to weaken the intestinal walls which then create openings in the intestines which allow proteins like gluten, bad bacteria, toxins, and undigested food particles to leak through your intestinal walls causing an immune reaction.  This is called Leaky Gut Syndrome.  So, as you can see, by eating the wrong foods, you can put yourself on the path to a host of ailments and dis-eases not only in the intestines but throughout the body.  According to research, Leaky Gut Syndrome could actually cause such things as food allergies, low energy, thyroid disease, joint pain, and various autoimmune dis-eases.

So how can we avoid or reverse this scenario?  There are a couple of different views on that.  In the United States, we use the (pharmaceutical) drug-centered methodology called Allopathic (or Western) Medicine.   In our society, we call that “Traditional” medicine.  This is kind of funny, because Western Medicine has only really been around for about 100 years.  On the other end of the spectrum are Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine (from India), and Natural Medicine.  All three of these I consider “Natural” medicine.  Natural Medicine has been used for thousands of years.  Natural Medicine focuses on using whole foods, herbs, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc. to keep people healthy.  It is only recently that Western Medical doctors have begun looking at food and nutrition and a healthy lifestyle as related to your overall health.  The next time you see an ad on TV for a pharmaceutical drug, I’d like you to pay attention to two things.  First, see if they say, “in addition to diet and exercise…” and listen for the list of potential side effects.

In 2000, Dr. Christopher Murray, the Director of World Health Organization’s Global Program on Evidence for Health Policy, said the following: “Basically, you die earlier and spend more time disabled if you’re an American rather than a member of most other advanced countries.”  That’s pretty scary.

So, back to your gut health.  If we go the Western Medicine route, your doctor might give you a pharmaceutical drug that will alleviate your symptoms without necessarily curing the underlying issues.  In Natural Medicine, we look at the underlying causes of the problem and work on fixing that problem, usually by building up the body’s own immune system, so your body can heal itself.

How does that work?  Well, we can kind of nibble around the edges and take various herbs and supplements.  And we can eliminate certain foods from our diet.  But personally, why not go straight to the point and begin with a detox of your system.  We can do a colon cleanse.  We can do a liver cleanse.  We can do an overall detox program.  This will reset the body’s system and allow the herbs, supplements, and food to go to work more quickly.  There are a plethora of different herbs and supplements we can use.  For example, here are some good ones:  oregano, berberine, myrrh, peppermint, uva ursi, thyme, clove, anise, capryllic acid, dill, probiotics, digestive enzymes, quercetin, licorice root, slippery elm, lavender oil, marshmallow root, zinc, copper, aloe, apple cider vinegar, clove oil, milk thistle, etc.

We can also achieve anti-rheumatic benefits from use of anti-microbial treatments, immune-supportive interventions (rather than immuno-suppressive drugs), xenobiotic detoxification, and correction of hormonal imbalances.

Once we have completed the detox, then we have to remove certain foods from your diet including (as much as possible) sugar, gluten, milk, coffee, alcohol, and processed food.  We want to replace these foods with a whole food, plant-based diet focusing on fruits and vegetables.  Although the Paleo Diet is very popular right now, studies have shown that an animal-based diet can increase your risk of heart disease.  My opinion would be to limit your intake of beef to once a week.  You also have to be careful with beef and chicken because many farmers inject their beef and chicken with hormones and antibiotics that get passed on to us when we eat it.  We also have to be careful of heavy metals in fish, unfortunately.

Recent studies have shown that your gut has its own unique brain and immune system.  This only adds to the importance of keeping your gut healthy.

In addition to keeping the gut clean, I normally recommend a little daily exercise, some relaxation (massage, meditation, etc.), a simple diet of natural, whole foods using more spices and less salt and pepper, and supplementing with high-quality supplements.

 

Jan 07

Affluenza

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

bad foodYou may have heard the term Affluenza being used on the news lately.  I’d like to hijack that that term and use it more appropriately.  I define Affluenza as the specific diseases that are found in affluent societies.  The diseases of Affluence include Cancer (colon, lung, breast, leukemia, childhood brain, stomach, liver), diabetes, and coronary heart disease.

The diseases of Poverty include Pneumonia, intestinal obstruction, peptic ulcer, digestive disease, tuberculosis, parasitic disease, rheumatic heart disease, metabolic and endocrine disease other than diabetes, etc.

Poor countries typically have a low incidence of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s, obesity, or diabetes.  Yet, in the West, we suffer from these diseases and more.  How can that be?  According to The China Study which was a 20-year study, our diet plays a key role in our overall health and the diseases we get.

For example, Chinese breast cancer rates are one-fifth of those of Western women.  The death rate from coronary heart disease is seventeen times higher among American men than rural Chinese men.  According to Dr. Thomas Campbell, MD, who was part of the Chinese study, he believes it is due to the fact that Americans eat too much animal-based food (ie. steak) and not enough complex carbohydrates (ie. vegetables.)

In addition, Americans tend to eat a lot of simple carbs (sugar) which leads to a host of diseases including diabetes, Leaky Gut Syndrome, bacterial infections in the gut, among others.  Natural health practitioners have been saying for years that the food you eat has a direct affect on your health.  Science is finally beginning to catch up.

It is possible to be healthy by using exercise and diet.  It is possible to reduce or remove the number of pharmaceutical drugs you take.  It is possible to “cure” disease through changing your diet.  We say that disease is dis-ease in the body, so if you give your body the correct nutrients it needs, your immune system will be able to keep you healthy.  In order to avoid the diseases of affluence, it would be a good idea to reduce your intake of simple carbs (pies, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, bread, pasta, etc.) and reduce your intake of animal-based food.  Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, raw food, and superfoods that contain a high level of nutrients per calorie.

Of course, check with your doctor before you stop taking your meds or starting a rigorous exercise routine.  I suggest finding a Naturopathic doctor, since they understand natural medicine.

 

Jan 06

Carbs!

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

fruits vs. cake

Carbs!

OMG!  Can we talk about carbs?  I’m so tired of hearing about Low Carb diet versus High Carb diet.  I wish the medical or food community would come up with another name for either Good Carbs or Bad Carbs, so we can get past the confusion.

First, let’s begin by talking about what a carbohydrate is.

Carbohydrate: any of various neutral compounds of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen (as sugars, starches, and celluloses) most of which are formed by green plants and which constitute a major class of animal foods

Good carbs are typically classified as complex carbs and include fruits and vegetables (and whole grains.)  They have a lot of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and fiber.  Bad carbs are typically classified as simple carbs and include such things as cookies, cakes, pies, soda, white bread, candy, etc.  These have little nutritional value and can cause blood sugar spikes, inflammation, acidity, overgrowth of bad gut bacteria, and can lead to a  number of health issues.

A study in 1996 found that 42% of Americans ate cakes, cookies, pastries, or pies daily, while only 10% ate any dark green leafy vegetables.  Of the vegetables eaten, half of those were potatoes (as French fries and chips!), head lettuce (one of the least nutrient-dense foods), and canned tomatoes.

Dr. Thomas Campbell, MD, who did the incredible China Study is one of the doctors who promotes a High-Carb diet.  Yet, he also says, “you could eat a low-fat, high-carb diet by exclusively eating pasta made from refined flour, baked potato chips, soda, sugary cereals, and low-fat candy bars.  Eating this way is a bad idea.  You will not derive the health benefits of a plant-based diet eating these foods.”  His definition of carbs seems to refer to vegetables.

You have probably heard of the Atkins Diet which promotes a High-Protein, Low-Carb diet.  When Atkins speaks of Carbs, he is referring to sugar.  Most people promoting a Low-Carb diet are talking about reducing sugar, bread, pasta, etc. from your diet.

So, when you hear a doctor talking about the benefits of a High Carb diet, he is referring to eating a lot of fruits and vegetables (complex carbs).  When you hear another doctor talking about the benefits of a Low Carb diet, he is referring to NOT eating cake, pie, cookies, bread, etc. (simple carbs).

So…THEY ARE BOTH CORRECT!  Stop arguing about it.  You’re talking about two different carbs.  This is why we need to separate the term Carbs and create a new word.  Good Carbs, on the healthy end of the spectrum, we’ll call Garbos.  Bad carbs, on the unhealthy end of the spectrum, we’ll call Barbies.  Now that we have that settled…

It is healthy to eat a Low Barbie diet, rich in protein, fat, and Garbos.

It is also healthy to eat a High Garbo diet, combined with a good helping of protein and fat.

Are we all clear?

But what about Good Fat versus Bad Fat…?!   (OMG!  Next time…)