Just 30 days of eating fast food combined with minimal exercise (walking less than 5000 steps in a day, the average person takes between 5000-7000 steps per day) is all it takes to impair liver function. The Liver is the “Master Chemist” of your body. Scientists reported this disturbing information in a study published in Gut, a peer review journal for health professionals and researchers in gastroenterology and hepatology. This information comes at a time when we are all a little strapped for money and fast food is convenient and inexpensive. To those of us in the healthcare and especially nutrition industry, this information comes as no surprise. I personally have seen a few cases of NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis); in the past, this liver condition was only seen in alcoholics.
In the study, the researchers took 18 healthy people (12 men, 6 women; known as the intervention group) and a matched control group (individuals who did not eat fast food and who walked more than 5000 steps per day). The subjects in the intervention group ate at least two meals at popular fast food restaurants each day and restricted their physical activity to not more than 5000 steps per day. Their mission was to increase their body weight by 5 – 15% by doubling their normal daily caloric intake and adopting a sedentary lifestyle for four weeks.
In order to monitor liver function, blood samples were taken at the beginning of the study and at regular intervals thereafter. One way to identify liver damage is to measure alanine aminotransferase (ALT), an enzyme in the liver. After only a single week on the fast food diet, ALT levels in the intervention group began to climb. ALT is not the only blood chemistry marker for liver function but it is the most specific in a baseline blood chemistry panel.
By the end of the four weeks, seventeen of the eighteen subjects had met their goal of increasing their body weight by 5 – 15%, with 5 of the eighteen subjects reaching the 15% mark. Thirteen of the study participants developed pathological ALT, which was evident in most subjects after the first week. Those in the control group did not experience any such increases.
It doesn’t take a genius to see that a sedentary lifestyle of fast food gluttony will rapidly lead to ill health. According to a Saint Louis University press release, it may be possible to reverse liver damage caused by such a lifestyle. The way to undo the damage to the liver and other vital organs is to adopt a healthy lifestyle and stop eating fast foods.
Brent Tetri, M.D., a professor of internal medicine at the Saint Louis University Liver Center and expert on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, conducted a similar experiment using mice. “There’s strong evidence now that a fast-food type of diet — high in fat and sugar, the kind of diet many Americans subsist on — can cause significant damage to your liver and have extremely serious consequences for your health,” he explains. “The good news,” he continues, “is that most people can undo this damage if they change their diet and they keep physically active. If they don’t, however, they are asking for trouble.”
In the study conducted by Dr. Tetri, mice were given a diet that was 40% fat and loaded with high-fructose corn syrup, a sweetener commonly found in sodas, juices, and bottled sauces and dressings. The mice were also kept sedentary, emulating the lifestyle of many Americans. After four weeks, the mice displayed an increase in liver enzymes and the onset of glucose intolerance, known to be a marker for type II diabetes.
Dr. Tetri points out that while not all fast food necessarily causes liver damage, the problem is a diet containing too many calories with too much fat and sugar (typical in fast food meals consisting of burgers, fries and sodas). Tetri adds, “The fact we’re starting to see kids with liver disease should really be a wake-up call for anyone eating a diet high in fat and sugar and who’s not physically active.” He offers some encouragement to fast food junkies: “Even for those people with the worst kind of diets, it’s not too late to start exercising and eating right.”
If you’d like to have a very comprehensive blood chemistry panel run and evaluated using both the laboratory reference ranges and my optimal health reference ranges, or if you’d like more information on the 10,000 steps movement, call 503-866-9739 to schedule an appointment or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours In Health,Dr. Tim Irving DC, LMT, NutritionistOptimum Function819 SE Morrison St. Suite 230Portland, Oregon, 97214www.OptFunction.comwww.FunctionalDetox.comwww.YourOptimumNutrition.com
Heartburn is often mistakenly labelled as GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disorder (or disease). For some time now, HCL or hydrochloric acid has been falsely deemed the culprit. Clinically, I, and many other functional medicine doctors have found that patients with heartburn often have too little HCL, this is known as hypochlorhydria. HCL is needed for proper digestion of proteins, absorption of critical nutrients like vitamin B12 and Zinc and is also needed to signal the pancreas to secrete its enzymes that are necessary for the further breakdown and absorption of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
At Optimum Function in Portland, Oregon, I have put together a series of functional medicine programs that investigate and treat functional conditions like “heartburn” through nutritional and natural avenues of treatment. Click Here to find out more
I recently participated in a 5 month functional medicine program created by doctors Dicken Weatherby and Ron Grisanti. There was a lot of clinical discussion on this topic and Dr. Weatherby has put together an excellent video explaining why heartburn is often mistakenly associated with too much stomach acid.
Here it is:Enjoy!
Yours in Health,
Dr. Tim Irving
www.YourOptimumNutrition.com Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Well, with all the exciting programs that I have developed with help from some of my patients (you know who you are), I am left reflecting on the questions that seem to be on many of my new patients’ minds:
- Can chiropractors order blood and lab work?
- Do chiropractors work on shoulders, knees, etc.?
- Does “Nutrition Counseling” mean “Supplement Counseling”?
- What is Functional Medicine?
First, let me say that not all chiropractors will practice the same. This fact is both the beauty of chiropractic and in some extents, the bane of our profession’s existence. The variety and individualism that exists in the chiropractic profession does so at the expense of a solid identity at times.
I do, firmly believe that the treatments offered at Optimum Function and other, progressive chiropractic clinics represent the evolution of chiropractic. So…YES! At least here in Portland, Oregon, chiropractors can (and in my opinion, should) order blood work. This is one of the reasons I teamed-up with Quest Diagnostics and Doctor’s Choice to develop the “Dr. Irving Panel”, which, at $89* is INCREDIBLY comprehensive (I’ve included everything from cholesterol to thyroid hormones, glucose and more!). If you are being treated with functional medicine, nutrition, or any of the other wellness-based treatments without first having a comprehensive blood chemistry run and evaluated correctly, your doctor may be missing some key elements. Each and every one of use has a different chemistry that affects the way we do things like: produce hormones, metabolize fats, proteins etc. and more. The values in a comprehensive blood chemistry , in the hands of someone who knows what to look for may prove to be invaluable.
Also, at Optimum Function, restoring musculoskeletal function is one of my main focuses…..even if it’s restoring it in your knees, ankles, shoulder etc. In fact, back pain often arises from weaknesses and/or imbalances in these areas. If your doctor is not looking at these key components, they may be missing some key information that may be exactly why you never quite feel 100%.
At Optimum Function in southeast Portland, Oregon, “Nutritional Counseling” does not equate to “Supplement Counseling”. While supplements are used when necessary to improve your health status, my main focus is on FOOD. It’s what we’re made of and everyday, the healthcare community finds out that when balanced and nutritious, the food we eat produces healthy results the like of which no drug on the market today can compare to.
Lastly, in addition to chiropractic, massage, and nutrition, I utilize the principles of functional medicine in the treatment of my patients. What is it? Well, it’s the art of figuring out (to the best of my ability)what unique processes are going on in your body that have produced your own unique health status in the present. In addition, this means I will look to things like lifestyle, dietary habits and other things that may have predisposed you to your current health status. With your help, I will look to uncover what was or were the triggers that sent you down the path to your current health status and what is keeping you there. This is individualized healthcare! And it’s VERY exciting.
Want to know more?
Yours In Health,
Dr. Tim Irving DC, LMT, Nutritionist
*This price does not include the cost of the office visit and/or interpretation of the resultsYours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
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Pain: An unpleasant experience (which, is characteristically a sensory experience with or without an emotional component) associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage. (Click Here to read an article I wrote about this)Yours in Health, Dr. Tim Irving Optimum Function Portland, Oregon www.OptFunction.com www.FunctionalDetox.com www.YourOptimumNutrition.com Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
These valuable tools are still shrouded in mystery for most people. This article attempts to shed some light on this topic so that you may use the information to make better, healthier food choices. (Click Here for an article I wrote about this topic)Yours in Health, Dr. Tim Irving Optimum Function Portland, Oregon www.OptFunction.com www.FunctionalDetox.com www.YourOptimumNutrition.com Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
A Study in Atlanta, Georgia showed that women with symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome have decreased morning cortisol which may shed some light on underlying mechanism of the condition.
Upon waking, our cortisol levels should spike within the first hour. This spike represents a myriad of physiological occurrences, most notably; we are waking from a parasympathetic state (sleep). (Click Here to read an article I wrote on this subject)Yours in Health, Dr. Tim Irving Optimum Function Portland, Oregon www.OptFunction.com www.FunctionalDetox.com www.YourOptimumNutrition.com Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Well, This remedy has no side effects. I know what you’re going to say, “….Yeah, the pain ‘goes away’ because you get drunk…”
This is not the case, read on. Joe Graedon, pharmacologist and adjunct faculty member at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, tested this amazing home remedy and the results are astonishing!
The remedy, eat nine (no more, no less) gin-soaked raisins per day and joint pain goes away. The researchers found that there was less than one drop of alcohol was left in nine raisins!
Alcohol may be contraindicated with your current medical treatment(s), so check with you doctor before you try this effective and yummy remedy. Also, if you have or have had a problem with alcohol consumption….don’t try this remedy.
Want the recipe? Here it is:
1lb Golden Raisins
About 1 pint of Gin
A Glass Bowl Use pyrex…not crystal)
A Glass Jar with a lid
Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Spread the raisins out evenly in the glass bowl and pour enough gin in the bowl to completely cover the raisins. Let them stay that was until the raisins have completely soaked the gin up (about 5-7 days). To make sure all the raisins get soaked with gin, stir them occassionally.
When they soaked up all the gin, transfer them to the glass jar for storage. DO NOT REFRIGERATE.
Eat 9 raisins per day. Email me if you have any questions.
This remedy/recipe was adapted from the book: “Bottom Line’s: Healing Remedies” by the Wilen Sister’s (click here for a link)Yours in Health, Dr. Tim Irving Optimum Function Portland, Oregon www.OptFunction.com www.FunctionalDetox.com www.YourOptimumNutrition.com