Please note that under Dr. McBarron's Recommendations, the bold recommendations are most important. However, for additional benefit take all.ACNE
Acne affects approximately 80% of people 12 to 24 and many even later into adulthood. The skin is a mirror that reflects what is inside us. It is an organ of elimination and is useful in detoxifying the body. The sebaceous gland produces oil to lubricate the skin. When oil is trapped, toxins build, bacteria multiply, inflammation develops and acne results. Acne is cured internally by supplements and topically with cream. For more information about Acne click here.
A.D.D. & A.D.H.D.
Many conditions fall under the umbrella of A.D.D. including Hyperactivity and an inability to stay focused and on task. Other symptoms include quick frustration, clumsiness, inability to sit still, lack of self control and sleep disturbances. Environmental pollutants, vitamin deficiencies, artificial colorings and preservatives are contributing factors. Commonly diagnosed in children, it often occurs in adults and can start at any age. For more information about ADHD click here.
The Adrenal Glands produce adrenaline and cortisone. These regulate carbohydrate and sugar processing as well as the production of sex hormones and basal metabolic rate which directly helps control body weight and fat distribution. Adrenal Fatigue results from chronic daily stress as well as from taking cortisone (steroid medication). Symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, cravings, irritability, low sex drive and poor memory.
Skin is an organ of protection as well as elimination. It reflects what’s inside of us. Directly under the 7 layers of skin is its support called collagen. As we age, collagen production slows and the skin collapses (wrinkles). Antioxidants improve collagen production as well as a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods. Drinking a minimum of 64 oz of water per day as well as exercise is key. Smoking, like the sun, accelerates skin aging. It paralyzes the blood flow to the skin, starving it of oxygen and nutrients and retarding collagen production.
An allergy is the immune system’s reaction to a normally harmless substance. The mast cell holds histamine which is broken by the allergen causing histamine release and the subsequent allergic reaction. Food and environmental allergies including seasonal, dust and pollen can progress to serious infections in the sinuses and ears. Allergies worsen asthma and weaken the immune system making the person more susceptible to diseases. For more information about Allergies click here.
The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s affects millions and yet is under diagnosed. The Hippocampus, the memory center develops plaque and poor circulation so memory can not be retrieved. Genetics, environmental pollutants, poor lifestyle choices including smoking and lack of exercise, and vitamin deficiencies are contributing factors. There is no cure but left untreated, the brain deteriorates till death. For more information about Alzheimers Disease click here.
Anemia means less oxygen carrying blood cells in the blood. The red blood cell (R.B.C.) is a car and its passenger is oxygen. The RBC is made in the bone marrow, circulates for about 4 months and is replaced. Anemia can be caused by many things including genetics (Hemophilia) or a poor supply of materials at the manufacturing plant (low iron or B12). In order to correct it is prudent to nourish the production plant (bone marrow) and provide adequate materials for production (iron, B12, etc). Anemia commonly causes fatigue, decreased ability to exercise, shortness of breath or exertion, cold extremities, pale color, decreased libido and poor concentration. For more information about Anemia click here.
Anxiety is a physiologic response to the environment. It is the feeling of loss of control, coupled with physical symptoms including increased heart rate, sweating, and feeling of doom. It can be mild and accompanied by Depression on a daily basis or occur intermittently as full scale Panic Attacks. It places major stress both mentally and physically on the individual. Regular exercise and supplements help restore balance. For more information about Anxiety click here.
The natural electrical conduction through the heart results in the heart muscle contracting or beating. When this electricity is disrupted, the heart beats irregularly resulting in an Arrhythmia which can be seen on Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). The person often feels their heart skipping beats, harder beats or rapid beats. Contributing factors include stress, caffeine, dehydration, medication side effects, nutritional deficiencies and tobacco.
ARTHRITIS (Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis)
Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. It is the result of aging as in Degenerative or Osteoarthritis, or auto immune destruction as in Rheumatoid Arthritis. In all cases inflammation happens first followed by cartilage and joint destruction and finally pain and deformity develop. It is important to treat early rather than wait until pain and stiffness appear. Supplements are preventive as well as therapeutic when taken long term. For more specific information on the different types of Arthritis click on the appropriate link - Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Asthma is caused by excess mucous and constriction of the Bronchi, the tubes that carry air down into the lungs. As air flow is reduced, wheezing occurs. Minimizing mucous production as well as relaxing the Bronchi is the key to preventing attacks. Supplements assist in reducing the attacks but should not replace medical care if an attack occurs. Avoid triggers like pets with fur, smoke, aspirin, dairy, cola, and processed foods. For more information about Asthma click here.
An Autoimmune Disease occurs when the Immune System fails to function properly. Normally the system produces proteins including Interferon to attack any foreign invader like a bacteria or virus. In this disorder the Immune System attacks the body itself; Rheumatoid Arthritis attacks the joints, Lupus the heart, lungs and kidney, MS the brain and Scleroderma the connective tissue. Steroids suppress the immune response but can not be taken long term because it can lead to death by infection.
This is a section of irregular cells in the esophagus which sometimes may become cancerous. Being overweight, tobacco use, coffee, alcohol, cola, processed meats (bacon, ham, sausage, lunch meats) and smoked meats are contributing factors. Antacids provide only temporary relief of heartburn symptoms and the condition is evaluated with repeated biopsies until it becomes cancerous. On the other hand, natural supplements correct the acid problem and heal, soothe and repair the digestive lining.
This is the most common form of facial paralysis. The cause is unknown but believed to be inflammation of the Facial nerve. The facial muscles become weak and drooping occurs usually on one side often resembling a stroke. Taste is often lost on half the tongue and drooling can be seen as the person loses control of their facial muscles on one side. Sometimes steroids are given but typically the condition will resolve within weeks.
When the skin is cut and blood is exposed to air, blood should clot and help form a scab for healing. Blood should not clot internally in the circulation because it can travel to the lungs causing pulmonary embolism, or brain causing a stroke. The complex mechanism of blood clotting involves the clotting factors produced by the liver, platelets produced by the bone and the presence of inflammation in the blood vessels. Reducing blood clots should be targeted to all 3. Coumadin (warfarin) is a drug commonly used to treat clots; its mechanism of action is to paralyze the liver thereby decreasing the presence of clotting factors.
The sole function of the bladder is to store urine which is continuously made by the kidney. Urine should never have blood, protein, sugar or bacteria but simply water and waste products. Cystitis, bladder inflammation is often caused by bacteria. Left untreated this can travel directly to the kidney and into the bloodstream which can be fatal. Cranberry juice has too much sugar to be beneficial but supplements are proven to help.
Blood Pressure measures the pressure in the arteries. The top number, systolic is the force against the artery when the heart beats and the bottom number is that between beats. High blood pressure causes heart disease and stroke which is when a portion of the brain dies. Any blood pressure at or above 120/80 should be treated seriously. Eliminating caffeine, weight control, exercise and increasing potassium while lowering sodium are essential. For more information about Blood Pressure click here.
Breast Cysts and Cancer are detected not prevented by mammogram and self exam. Good breast health depends upon a healthy balance of hormones. Animal products contain growth hormones that upset this balance. Caffeine in coffee, cola and chocolate, along with sodium aggravate cysts and cause breast tenderness. A plant based diet, exercise, weight control and supplements optimize hormonal balance. For more information about Breast Cancer click here.
The bronchus (pleural is bronchi), is a tube that carries air in and out of the lungs. Lining the inside is a “mucous escalator” consisting of microscopic hairs in a thin mucous layer all pushing upwards away from the lungs. These constantly are trapping air particles and pushing them out from the lungs to allow only pure, clean air and oxygen to enter the lungs. Bronchitis is excess mucous production, escalator paralysis and inflammation. For more information about Bronchitis click here.
Bruising is the result of broken blood vessels and subsequent leaking of blood into the surrounding tissues. Once broken, eventually the vessel will seal itself off and then the body will absorb the old blood. Arteries are elastic and veins are not but either can cause bruising. Maintaining vessel health prevents most bruising even post-operatively, broken spider and varicose veins, aneurysm leakage and hemorrhagic stroke.
Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa. The bursa is an envelope around a joint that normally secretes fluid into the joint space, lubricating it so the bones glide smoothly across each other. Bursitis is painful because there is often excess fluid and it is not the lubricating type. It is important to distinguish from arthritis for proper treatment. Applying ice, resting the joint and reducing the inflammation are recommended. For more information about Bursitis click here.
CANCER (bone, brain, breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, prostate, & skin)
Every Cancer starts as a normal, healthy cell that belongs inside us. However it undergoes DNA damage, the immune system fails to repair the damage correctly and the cells multiply into a tumor. Experts believe a person has Cancer for 8 to 10 years prior to diagnosis. Also everyone has Cancer but the key to preventing its growth is reducing DNA damage through antioxidants and supporting the immune system for repair. For more specific information on the different types of Cancer click on the appropriate link - bone, brain, breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, prostate, or skin.
The tooth has a protective outside coating called dentin. Normally bacteria living in the mouth eat tiny food particles on sugar left on the teeth thereby creating plaque buildup. This plaque is highly acidic and eats through the dentine causing cavities. Avoiding refined processed sugar and soda, brushing and flossing as well as regular dental checkups are important. Extensive research has concluded that brushing with Xylitol and using Xylitol mouth products (mouthwash, gum, mints) prevent the harmful plaque from forming.
The eyes are cameras and the lens is in front and the location for cataracts. Cataracts are often bilateral and develop slowly overtime. The lens becomes oxidized and cloudy, and vision is impaired. The most common causes are diet, lifestyle and aging. Sugar causes oxidation which is why diabetics are at high risk for cataracts. Fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants, along with exercise and wearing sunglasses all promote better lens health. For more information about Cataracts click here.
Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance is an often undiagnosed intestinal disorder. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. When consumed the immune system attacks it causing inflammation resulting in bloating, indigestion, cramping and diarrhea. These symptoms resemble Irritable Bowel or Spastic Colitis. This leads to vitamin deficiencies, anemia, rash and joint pain. Correct diagnosis and gluten avoidance are key. For more information about Celiac Disease click here.
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome also called the “yuppie” disease is caused by the Epstein Barr virus (EBV) which also causes mononucleosis, the “kissing disease”. EBV causes overreaction of the immune system which causes the chronic fatigue. Consuming sugar for energy further assaults the immune system and promotes the growth of yeast or Candidiasis. Treatment is to eliminate the virus and restore proper immune functioning. For more information about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome click here.
Cholesterol is naturally made by the liver and necessary for protecting the brain and manufacturing sex hormones and steroids. Cholesterol only becomes problematic when it oxidizes and then adheres to an artery which is inflamed. LDL oxidizes more quickly than HDL and dietary cholesterol creates excess amounts as well as inflammation. Drugs address only the amount not the oxidation, inflammation and adherence of cholesterol. For more information about Cholesterol click here.
The circulation is a system of highways all connected with no dead ends. At the center driving this flow is the heart. An artery has elasticity and carries trans-fats and oxygen-rich blood from the heart to every cell in the body. A vein which has no elasticity carries blood with carbon dioxide back to the heart and then onto the lung for oxygen. Circulation requires good flow through both vessels as well as the heart. Typically poor blood circulation refers to less flow in the arteries. This leads to cold hands and feet, numbness and tingling.
Cirrhosis is inflammation of the liver resulting in scarring, cancer and death of portions of the liver. The liver has many functions including cholesterol management, production of bile for digestion, metabolizing of all food, detoxification and processing of chemicals including all medications. Everything we swallow or ingest is filtered and regulated by the liver. Cirrhosis can be caused by viruses, bacteria, alcohol, chemicals or drugs. For more information about Cirrhosis click here.
COLDS AND FLU
It is impossible to avoid contacting a cold caused by bacteria, or the flu, caused by a virus. What determines the degree of symptoms a person experiences is how quickly and effectively their immune system kills the foreign invader. Proper diet including avoiding fast, fried, junk and sugar food, exercise, relaxation and sleep contribute to maintaining a healthy immune system. Most people take their immune system for granted. For more information about Colds click here.
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Colitis is inflammation of the lining of the colon (intestine). Food passes from the stomach into the small colon where the absorption of all nutrients takes place. Waste and fiber then move into the large colon where water is removed and the matter compacted into firm fecal matter. The entire intestinal tract is approximately 27 feet, most of which is colon. When the colon is inflamed, it results in pain, bloating, gas, cramping and nutritional deficiencies result.
Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes severe scarring in the intestinal lining as a response to the immune system attacking the various food substances eaten. Typically ulcers and scars occur throughout both the small and large intestine. It is the most serious of inflammatory bowel disorders because it leads to tremendous nutritional deficiencies, anemia, pain, irregular bowel movements and premature death. For more information about Crohn's Disease click here.
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Depression is a psychiatric diagnosis and not “bad days”, nor concern for the economy, nor a mid-life crisis. It is over diagnosed and subsequently treated with anti-depressants. Prozac, Zoloft, and others have side effects including suicide, aggressive behavior, loss of sex drive and memory problems. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter creates a sense of well being and happiness. Exercise, complex carbohydrates and supplements increase serotonin. For more information about Depression click here.
Dementia is memory loss, and Alzheimer’s or Senile Dementia is the most common form. Starting at age 27, the brain loses proteins and accumulates toxins that interfere with neuronal connections in the brain that promote healthy memory. Memory depends upon good oxygenation and circulation to the brain, quality sleep and good nutrition. Many drugs including those for heart disease and blood pressure cause memory loss. For more information about Dementia click here.
The skin is an organ of elimination and reflects what is inside the person. There are 7 layers and only the deeper ones, layers 5, 6, and 7 are alive. It is like a moving escalator. Every 28 days layer 7 has moved to the top and is shed. Topical creams are helpful but true healing of any skin problem must come from within. A healthy diet, drinking water and exercising are needed. Dermatitis is inflammation of the skin. For more information about Dermatitis click here.
Diabetes is an inability to remove glucose from the blood into the tissues as required for cell energy production and nourishment. The excess glucose makes the blood thick and unable to circulate properly. The heart is forced to pump harder resulting in heart disease. Poor circulation damages the kidneys, causes blindness and can lead to neuropathy and amputation. Fasting blood sugar should always be less than 100. For more information about Diabetes click here.
Diverticulitis is an inflammatory bowel disease caused by excess fat and animal products, insufficient fiber intake from fruits and vegetables and lack of exercise. Poor bowel habits including failure to eliminate daily result in weakening of the bowel wall creating pockets called diverticulosis. Fecal matter gets trapped, inflammation results causing pain, cramping and bloating. It is easily managed by improved diet and exercise. For more information about Diverticulitis click here.
Eczema is extremely dry skin that can crack and peel. It is closely tied to the lack of essential fats in the diet and may be caused by lack of digestive enzymes coupled with over stimulation of the immune system which lines the intestinal tract. As with most skin conditions, true healing must come from diet and supplements, not topically. (see Dermatitis). For more information about Eczema click here.
Lungs are elastic balloons that inflate when we take a breath in and deflate with exhalation. At the peak of inhalation, precious oxygen in exchanged for the waste carbon dioxide. Oxygen is the most important nutrient as death occurs within 5 minutes of deprivation. In Emphysema, the lungs lose elasticity and can’t deflate. With each breath, they enlarge and carbon dioxide is trapped. Death is by slow asphyxiation. Smoking is the main cause. For more information about Emphysema click here.
This condition occurs when cells that normally line the uterus called the endometrium, multiply and appear to grow outside the uterus in the pelvic cavity. Throughout the month as hormone levels change, these cells are affected. Symptoms include, cramping, pain, painful intercourse and heavy menstrual flow which causes anemia. Exercise, a close to vegetarian diet and supplements are beneficial all throughout the month. For more information about Endometriosis click here.
The eyes are a camera. The lens is in the front, fluid is in the center of the eyeball and the film is the retina in the back. Cataracts occur in the lens, Glaucoma in the fluid and Macular Degeneration in the retina. Elevated blood sugar damages the eye while fruits and vegetables provide powerful antioxidant protection. Some blood pressure and sinus medication are harmful to the eye. Ophthalmologists typically recommend supplements.
Fibromyalgia has no tissue pathology or abnormal blood tests or scans. Two systems occur. First is pain in specific muscle trigger points involving 4 different quadrants. Second is sleep disturbances including inability to fall asleep as well as stay asleep. It has been speculated to be an autoimmune disease. Symptomatic treatment improves quality of life.ation about Fibromyalgia click here.
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The gallbladder stores bile, a digestive enzyme for fat as well as the absorption of Vitamin A, D, E, K. Eating foods high in fat over works the gallbladder and liver since the liver makes the bile to start with. A consistent high fat diet often leads to higher volume of bile which thickens and forms sludge or gallstones. This then creates an inflamed gallbladder and a very painful attack. Surgery is often advised. For more information about Gall Bladder disease click here.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder results when excess stomach acid splashes up the esophagus irritating the mucous lining causing heartburn and indigestion. Contributing factors include Hiatal Hernia, obesity, smoking, coffee and spicy foods. Drugs block acid production creating severe nutrient absorption problems. Long term use of these drugs causes Anemia, Osteoporosis and Liver damage. Eliminating only the excess not all acid, and healing the lining is prudent. For more information about GERD click here.
The eyeball is filled with fluid. When the fluid level rises, there is additional pressure within the eyeball that can cause damage to the Optic (vision) nerve which leads to blindness. There are generally no symptoms of early glaucoma but rather it is detected on most routine eye examinations in the doctor’s office. It may be caused by prolonged excess salt in the diet, as a side effect of medications (sinus, blood pressure, heart) or unknown reason. For more information about Glaucoma click here.
Gout is caused by overproduction of uric acid by the liver into the bloodstream which then crystallizes and settles in the joints and kidney causing arthritis and stones. Uric acid is a byproduct of meat, chicken, gravies, rich foods like cake and pie, yeast products and alcohol especially beer. Poor hydration contributes as well. Uric acid is always present in the blood but preventing elevations through diet and supplements prevents gout. For more information about Gout click here.
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The gums are mucous membranes that require moisture for good health. The mouth is the gateway to the body. Significant research demonstrates that poor oral health and gum disease are linked to poor circulation, systemic inflammation, heart disease, stroke and premature death.
In Hashimoto’s the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid causing inflammation and decreased thyroid function, Hypothyroidism. This is an Auto-immune Disorder and steroids are often given which then compromises the immune system and adrenal glands. Steroids have serious side effects and can not be taken long term. The best therapy is to nourish, support and correct the immune system and restore thyroid function.
The esophagus is the tube that leads from the mouth to the stomach. It can not tolerate contact with stomach acid or it creates a sensation of “burn” which because of its location near the heart gets called “heartburn”. When stomach acid splashes into the esophagus, heartburn results. For more information about Heartburn click here.
A bone spur is excess calcification on the “outside” of the bone usually in the shoulder, vertebrae, heel or even breast. These are a direct result of eating meat, chicken, sugar or soft drinks. These cause acid to rise in the blood, and then calcium leaves the bone to neutralize acid within 2 hours of consumption. When it then tries to return into the bone it gets “stuck” on the outside and over time builds up like a spike which is painful.
Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by bacteria, viruses or chemical exposure. Type A Hepatitis is commonly caused by bacteria in food poisoning. Type B is the blood borne virus transmitted from transfusions and needles. Type C is controversial because the virus is present but the person has no symptoms. The treatment with Interferon drug therapy however can leave a patient disabled and increase the viral load causing full blown liver infection, cirrhosis and death. Supplements to promote liver health have no known side effects. For more information about Hepatitis click here.
A Hiatal hernia is not a true hernia but a relaxation of the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach. This creates GERD and aggravates Barrett’s Esophagus. Treatment includes maintaining a normal weight and avoiding offending foods. Supplements to decrease rather than eliminate acid, as well as heal the mucosal lining are preferred over long term use of antacid medication or surgery.
Hot flashes can impair the quality of life. Hormone replacement provides relief but causes Cancer, Stroke and other serious side effects. Some experts believe future research will demonstrate “Bio-identical” hormones to also prove harmful. Solid research shows a combination of herbs help the body better utilize its hormones thus safely eliminating hot flashes without side effects. It may take sometime but is effective. (see Menopause)
An overactive thyroid can cause weight loss, accelerated heart rate, hyperactivity and premature death. Current treatment includes not just slowing the gland down but instead prohibiting it from functioning at all. Surgical removal, radioactive iodine and drugs including PTU and Cytomel all stop thyroid function. As a result, the person then becomes hypothyroid (underactive) and requires thyroid hormone replacement for life. Many doctors, researchers and patients believe a more common sense approach should occur. Nourish and support, not stimulate the gland should improve functionality. For more information about Hyperthyroidism click here.
Hypothyroidism is caused by a “sluggish” or under active thyroid. Many people, especially women are diagnosed with “normal” thyroid levels but have many symptoms of an under active thyroid. Symptoms include weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, mood swings, loss of sex drive, dry skin, constipation and hair loss. Improvement is seen with nourishment to the thyroid, however it may take several months. For more information about Hypothyroidism click here.
Sleep is essential to life. Our quality of life, susceptibility to illness, and longevity depend on sufficient sleep. Establishing good sleep habits is critical. There are many causes of insomnia including eating within 4 hours of bedtime, caffeine, lack of exercise, being overweight, and some medication. Over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids give temporary relief but have long term consequences including memory loss and weakened immune system. For more information about Insomnia click here.
Dr. McBarron's Recommendation: Solus (at bedtime)
The kidney filters the blood 24/7. It removes waste products and regulates potassium and mineral levels in the blood. It dilutes this filtrate with water creating urine which then drips into the bladder, a holding tank. Most commonly stones are caused by poor dietary choices. Soft drinks, refined sugar products and excess sugar consumption alter the blood’s balance causing calcium buildup in the kidney. For more information about Kidney Stones click here.
The liver filters all food, medication, pollutants and toxins. It also produces bile, a critical digestive enzyme. Its functions are vast including the manufacture of precursor proteins for sex hormones and brain health. Unlike the kidney and lungs that are in pairs, there is only one liver. It is critical for life. For more information about Liver Disease click here.
This was named after a famous professional baseball player who was forced to retire at the height of his career and died a few years later. Also called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, this disease has no known cause or treatment. The spinal cord progressively disintegrates causing progressive paralysis of the feet, legs, abdomen and finally the muscles that control breathing.
LUPUS - SYSTEMIC
This is an autoimmune disease where the immune system incorrectly thinks major organs of the body are the enemy. It attacks internal organs including the kidney and heart. This leads ultimately to organ failure and death. (see Autoimmune and Adrenal Disorders) For more information about Lupus click here.
LUPUS - DISCOID
This is an autoimmune disease where the immune system incorrectly thinks the skin and collagen beneath are the enemy. It attacks the skin and underlying tissue causing inflammation and scarring. It can result in cosmetic disfigurement and mobility impairments. (see Autoimmune and Adrenal Disorders)
Everything we taste, touch, smell, see and hear creates a memory. When we sleep at night the brain remains extremely active sorting through it all. It is as if much of the information is thrown away while other information is placed in file cabinets for us to retrieve when we want to remember it. There is both short term cabinets for more recent events as well as long term for memories from many years prior. A good memory depends on quality sleep, circulation and nutrition. For more information about Memory Loss click here.
Men’s basic nutritional needs are similar to women’s but without hormonal fluctuations. Health and wellness is impacted by age, muscle mass, level of sexual activity and more. Just like women, with each and every year, the need for supplements increases.
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A variety of symptoms may exist including ringing in the ear, dizziness, nausea and hearing loss in one or both ears. The cause is unknown but it is not a virus or bacteria. It is associated with PMS, allergies, improper glucose metabolism, vitamin deficiencies and poor circulation in the small vessels of the ear. Avoiding refined sugar and eating more fruits and vegetables along with supplements gives relief.
Menopause is not a disease but rather the end of a woman’s reproductive years. As hormone levels decline symptoms include loss of sex drive, vaginal dryness, mood swings, night sweats and weight gain. Also there is an increase risk in heart disease and bone loss. Replacement hormones cause Cancer, Stroke and Heart Attacks and are not recommended even if “bio-identical”. Balancing hormones with supplements is safest and addresses the quality of life while reducing risk of cardiac disease risk and bone loss. For more information about Menopause click here.
METABOLIC SYNDROME/SYNDROME X
This is diagnosed by the presence of 3 or more of the following: a large waistline (also called the apple shape where the waist is larger than the hips), high triglycerides (over 150), low HDL (less than 40), high blood pressure (over 120/80) and high fasting blood sugar (over 100). Weight loss, exercise, eliminating the cause and taking supplements are beneficial.
Migraine headaches involve 2 parts. First the aura: for about 30 minutes before headache onset, the person feels a sense of doom, may see flashes or specks across their visual field and nausea. This is because blood flow to the brain is decreased. Second, blood flow is restored and the headache starts along with severe pain, vomiting and blurred vision. Stress, allergies, constipation and lack of exercise can be triggers. For more information abut Migraine headaches click here.
The spinal cord connects to the brain. The majority of nerves lead into the spinal cord and transmit information to and from the brain. The nerves, cord and brain are coated with a protective layer called myelin. In M.S. the immune system mistakenly thinks the brain and cord are the enemy and creates inflammation at various sites throughout. Patches of inflammation cause scar tissue, hence the name multiple sclerosis (many scars). The key is to correct the immune system, fight inflammation and promote healing. (see Autoimmune Disease) For more information about Multiple Sclerosis click here.
A neuropathy is a broad term meaning any disease of the nerve. Nerves are either motor or sensory or both. Motor nerves control muscles and movements while sensory nerves control sensations such as touch, temperature and pain. A common neuropathy is that caused by poor circulation as seen in diabetes resulting in burning, tingling, numbness and pain in the feet. Supplementation improves the health of all nerves.
Osteopenia means less bone which leads to Osteoporosis which is bone loss. Bone is a living organ comprised of cells that build bone (osteoblasts) and others that destroy (osteoclasts) older bone. After the age of 30, the rate of osteoclast activity gradually surpasses that of osteoblasts. Osteoblast activity depends on calcium supplementation with magnesium, vitamin D-3, and critical cofactors including silica and boron. For more information about Osteoporosis click here.
Pain is caused by a complex dance between the brain and tissues. If injury occurs in one area, pain receptors are stimulated. This signal travels to the spinal cord and up to the brain. The brain signals back down the cord and out to the site of injury. The immune system then sends off inflammatory proteins into the blood stream that travel to the injured area and produce swelling, increased circulation and redness. Pain relief is important for improved quality of life and healing.
Dr. McBarron's Recommendation: Curamin may be taken daily, long term or as needed
Pancreatitis means inflammation of the Pancreas which can be caused by obesity, poor nutrition, prescription medications, alcohol, viruses and cancer. The Pancreas functions to release digestive enzymes into the intestine and Insulin into the blood. Symptoms include gas, bloating, pain and indigestion as well as poor blood sugar control. Treatment is to reduce inflammation and remove the cause. Five year cancer survival rate is very poor. (See Cancer) For more information about Pancreatitis click here.
PARASITES (histoplasmosis, intestinal, roundworms)
Parasites are any foreign invader including bacteria, viruses, yeast, molds, Candida, and worms. Sources include undercooked meat, pets (especially letting them lick you), drinking water and walking barefoot outside. Many people have parasites but are diagnosed with GERD, Reflux, Colitis, Epstein Barr, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Vaginitis or Prostatitis. Symptoms are varied including bad breath, sour taste and itching. For more specific information on the different types of Parasites click on the appropriate link - histoplasmosis, intestinal, roundworms.
Parkinson’s involves degeneration of the portion of the brain that produces the neurotransmitter Dopamine. As Dopamine levels drop, other neurotransmitters like Acetylcholine rise causing symptoms. These include a pill roll tremor (the thumb and forefinger rub across each other), muscle rigidity, drooling, fixed facial expression, shuffling gait and dementia. Causes may be free radicals, inflammation and poor diet. For more information about Parkinson's Disease click here.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is caused by rising hormone levels prior to menstrual flow. Symptoms include irritability, cravings, breast tenderness and bloating. Once menses ends, hormones return to normal levels and symptoms subside. Controlling huge swings in these levels brings hormonal balance and reduces or eliminates PMS. Throughout the entire month, a balanced diet, exercise and supplements prevents PMS. For more information about PMS click here.
PROSTATE (cancer, enlargement & infection)
This gland secretes seminal fluid into the ejaculate and surrounds the urethra which carries both urine and semen out of the body. Disease normally involves one of these; Prostatitis or inflammation, BPH or enlargement, and Cancer. The PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) is a blood test it is not diagnostic. This should always be used in conjunction with a digital rectal exam to palpate the gland. Symptoms are both urinary and sexual. For more specific information on the different Prostate related issues click on the appropriate link - cancer, enlargement & infection.
Psoriasis is severe dermatitis or inflammation of the skin involving dry, crusty patches usually in the scalp, ears, legs, knees, elbows and back. Attacks may be triggered by smoking, stress, poor diet (lack of essential fats), illness, surgery and as a side effect of prescription medications. Treatment is to eliminate the cause, reduce inflammation and as with all skin conditions address the problem internally not just with topical creams. (See Dermatitis) For more information about Psoriasis click here.
The esophagus is the tube that takes food from the mouth to stomach. It does not contain acid nor does it contribute to actual digestion. Acid in the stomach is the first major step in digestion. Reflux occurs when stomach acid regurgitates up into the esophagus and even throat.
This autoimmune disease involves the immune system attacking the joints. It causes inflammation, pain and severe joint deformities that may require replacement surgery. Steroids reduce the acute inflammation during an attack but can not be taken long term because they suppress the immune system which can then cause death by infection. Treatment is to nourish and support the immune system so it functions properly. (See Adrenal Disorder, Autoimmune Disorder) For more information about Rheumatoid Arthritis click here.
Rosacea is often treated with antibiotics which afford little or no relief because it is not an infection. This is characterized by reddening of the skin of the face especially the nose and cheeks. Over years, there may be thickening of the skin and enlargement of the nose. It is believed to be a lack of digestive enzymes which creates a long term Vitamin B deficiency. It may be aggravated by spicy foods, heat or hot water on the face.
A term coined by psychiatrists, this is characterized by feeling blue, melancholy, less energetic and less ambitious during the winter. It is speculated that for some individuals, shorter days with less sunlight exposure cause less seratonin production and subsequently less “enthusiasm for life”. It is impossible to alter the weather but a high complex carbohydrate diet, daily exercise and supplements can improve seratonin levels naturally.
This autoimmune disorder affects the lungs, lymph nodes, eyes and skin. It is more common in women and African Americans. As in all autoimmune disorders the best long term treatment is to nourish and support the immune system to decrease the inappropriate inflammatory response (see Adrenal Disorder, Autoimmune Disease). For more information about Sarcoidosis click here.
This autoimmune disorder occurs when the Immune System functions improperly and attacks the connective tissue. Connective tissue is virtually throughout the entire body since it “connects” organs together. As in all autoimmune disorders the best long term treatment is to nourish and support the immune system to decrease the inappropriate inflammatory response (see Adrenal Disorder, Autoimmune Disease). For more information about Scleroderma click here.
The sinuses are hollow cavities in the skull bone designed to cool the brain. They are intimately connected to the nose, throat and middle ear (inside the eardrum). They become inflamed due to food allergies (dairy, wheat and others) or environmental pollutants especially smoke. This inflammation, sinusitis, results in mucous buildup otherwise known as sinus congestion. Eliminating the cause is important. For more information about Sinusitis click here.
This autoimmune disorder targets the eyes, mouth and joints. The classic triad of symptoms is dry eyes, dry mouth and arthritis. Correcting the Immune System is essential and assisting in fluid production in the eyes and saliva are helpful. (See Autoimmune Disorder)
Normal peristalsis is gentle wave like muscular contractions in the colon (bowel) that move food and waste in a synchronized method down the intestinal tract. In Spastic Colitis the waves are irregular and unsynchronized resulting in cramping, pain, bloating, irregularity and vitamin deficiencies. Treatment includes proper diet including more fiber, fewer animal products and processed foods, regular exercise and hydration. (See Colitis)
Stress is our reaction to the environment. It results in the Adrenal Glands producing Adrenaline which prepares us to “Fight or Flight”; stay and fight or run away. This hormone raises heart rate and blood pressure, alters digestion, dilates the pupils and is so toxic that the body requires more of the Vitamin B complex to degrade it as quickly as possible. Chronic stress can lead to Adrenal Fatigue. (See Adrenal Disorder). For more informatin about Stress click here.
Stroke is when a portion of the brain dies due to a lack of oxygen. The 2 main types are “occlusive” where a blood clot or cholesterol plaque cuts off blood flow, or “hemorrhagic” where a broken blood vessel, usually from high blood pressure causes bleeding into the brain and subsequent bruising of the brain. Symptoms of disability occur on the opposite side of the body from where the stroke occurred. (See Bruising). For more information about Strokes click here.
THYROID DISORDER (overactive thyroid or underactive thyroid)
The thyroid regulates metabolism. It is analogous to a home thermostat; turn it up and more fuel is used and it gets hot, turn it down and energy is conserved and it gets colds. Hyperthyroid (overactive) symptoms include weight loss, rapid heart rate and hyperactivity. Hypothyroid (underactive) symptoms include constipation, dry skin and hair loss. Blood testing is inaccurate and treatment controversial. In both, nourishing and supporting the thyroid gland isessential. For more specific information about Thyroid conditions click on one of the following links (overactive thyroid or underactive thyroid)
Trigeminal Neuralgia or Tic Douloureux is intermittent facial pain. The characteristic pain seldom lasting a few seconds or minutes but is so excruciating that the person winces hence the term “tic”. The pain grabs the lips, gums, cheek or chin. It is believed the nerve loses its protective myelin coating as seen in Multiple Sclerosis. Supplements to reduce inflammation, rebuild myelin and reduce pain are valuable.
Tinnitus is ringing in the ears. It may occur in one or both ears and be intermittent or persistent. The causes include: a side effect of taking an aspirin once a day or more often, prescription medications, vitamin deficiency (not detectable by blood work) or rarely something serious such as a brain tumor. Most often doctors eliminate the serious cause and overlook the others. Obviously treatment is to eliminate the cause. (See Meniere’s Syndrome)
Triglycerides are 3 fat molecules lumped together. They circulate in the blood stream and are associated with hardening of the arteries, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It is important to change the diet and reduce the intake of high fat foods, processed sugars and alcohol.
Colitis is inflammation of the colon; ulcerative indicates it has advanced to ulcers. Symptoms include those of colitis plus blood in the stool, nausea, vomiting and anemia; the severity of these is often much greater than with colitis alone. Treatment is the same as with colitis but because of the ulcerations additional digestive enzymes are needed. (See Colitis)
Vaginitis is inflammation of the mucosal lining of the vagina caused by irritation, infection, nutritional deficiency, or lack of lubrication as a result of hormonal changes from menopause. This condition makes intercourse painful and therefore avoided until symptoms resolve. Treatment is directed at the cause and includes avoiding processed sugar and animal products as well including fruits and vegetables in the diet. For more information abut Vaginitis click here.
VARICOSE VEINS/SPIDER VEINS
Arteries have elastic, veins do not thus making them more likely to weaken and bulge (varicose) or break (spider). Good vein health requires eating more fruits and vegetables, exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and avoid sitting for extended periods which decreases circulation. For more information about Vericose Veins click here.
Vertigo means dizziness. It is most commonly associated with allergies and sinus problems, ear infection, vitamin deficiency or rarely due to tumor. The cause should be treated. If undetermined however, supplements will help in addition to eating more fruits and vegetables and fewer processed refined foods. (See Allergies, Meniere’s and Tinnitus)
There is only one way to guarantee a permanent weight loss: eat less and burn more calories. Willpower and exercise are temporary. Regardless of which diet is chosen or the method of exercise, eventually the weight returns. Most overweight individuals need to control portion size, have more energy and burn more fat, especially as we age and our metabolism slows down. Every overweight person has consumed excess calories but not enough nutrients which is why they suffer food cravings.
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Women’s basic nutrition needs are similar to men’s but are impacted greatly but fluctuating hormone levels. These levels change throughout the month as well as over the years. Once puberty begins, supplements to address these needs are important.
Any age: For overall comprehensive nutritional supplement including energy, circulation, digestion, bone health and hormonal stability, Master Blend for Women
A parasite is a foreign invader that the body does not kill and therefore takes up “residence” in the host (person) and feeds off them. Many parasites are undetected and include bacteria, virus, yeast and worms; worms however can sometimes be seen in the stool (bowel movement). Symptoms of parasites include cravings, mood swings, fatigue, headache, impaired concentration, sour taste, bad breath, allergies and yeast infections. (See Parasites)
Yeast can be thought as “bad” or “mutant” bacteria that can only feed off refined, processed table sugar. Normally bacteria lives on the skin, throughout the entire intestinal tract and vaginally. Over 80% of bacteria are beneficial and important to good health. Antibiotics kill infective bacteria but also kill good bacteria thus allowing yeast to take over. Symptoms of yeast include indigestion, gas, bloating, acne, vaginitis and sinusitis. For more informatin about Yeast infections click here.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided is not intended to diagnose, treat or replace your medical doctor. It is advisable to always stay under your doctor’s care and take prescription medications as directed.
Jan McBarron, M.D., N.D.
2904 Macon Road
Columbus, Georgia 31906