December 23, 2020
Hypothyroidism and Gluten

Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland cannot produce sufficient quantities of the thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormones assist in controlling growth, metabolism, and cell repair. Insufficient thyroid hormones slow down our body’s metabolism. Therefore, people with hypothyroidism may experience tiredness, increase blood cholesterol levels, hair loss, weight gain, feeling cold, and feeling down, among many other symptoms.

December 7, 2020
How to Remove Mold Spores From Your House And Prevent Mold Infection?

Mold is extremely common as it grows in damp places, such as roofs, windows, pipes, or any previously flooded area. If you believe your house contains mold, reach out to a professional licensed company to inspect the air quality as it is highly dangerous to remediate. However, if you happen to be exposed to mold or develop mold toxicity symptoms, contact the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine immediately to help treat any of your personal mold-related illnesses.

October 6, 2020
Mold and Thyroid: How Mold Can Trigger Hashimoto

Autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s often have an overwhelming effect on your health. One of the most alarming and misleading factors that contribute to the development of Hashimoto’s is mold.

Can Mold Exposure Affect Thyroid Health?

Yes, mold exposure can affect your thyroid health because continuously growing mold spores produce toxic mycotoxins. Though mold exposure in small amounts does not present any significant health problems in healthy individuals, individuals suffering from an autoimmune condition can experience serious health concerns if exposed to mold.

September 15, 2020

environmental causes of thyroid problems

Thyroid disease numbers have spiked within the past few decades. Here are some environmental causes of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

How Environmental Toxins Harm the Thyroid?

The thyroid gland is vulnerable to damage from external factors like environmental toxins because many environmental toxins have a structure similar to thyroid hormones. Also, the thyroid gland has a high affinity for halogens and metals. It can be affected by toxins containing halogens, or heavy metals.

February 18, 2020

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What is Fatty Liver Disease?

Fatty liver disease, otherwise known as hepatic steatosis, is the condition in which fat accumulates in the liver. Having fat in your liver is normal, however, having too much fat in your liver can cause liver inflammation and scarring.

November 13, 2019

Lyme Disease: An Overview

Lyme disease (LD) is an infection caused by Borrelia Burgdorferi, a type of bacterium called a spirochete that is carried by deer ticks. An infected tick can transmit the spirochete to the humans and animals it bites. If left untreated, the bacterium travels through the bloodstream, establishes itself in various body tissues, and can cause a number of symptoms, some of which are severe. Lyme disease acts as a multi-system inflammatory disease and affects the skin in its early stage, and later, spreads onto the joints, nervous system and in severe cases, it also affects other organs of the body.

1 September 5, 2019

chlorine poisoning symptoms treatment

Chlorine poisoning is a medical emergency which occurs upon inhaling or swallowing chlorine. If a person is showing symptoms of poisoning, they should be immediately taken to the hospital or emergency room.

Read on to learn more about causes, symptoms and treatment of chlorine poisoning.

August 13, 2018

Who is our average patient?

Our average patient at “The Center”:

  • Has been to 10 or more doctors
  • Has had a chronic illness for anywhere from months to decades
  • Feels that other doctors have not listened to their full history or concerns
  • Has been told it’s all in their head
  • Has already spent thousands of dollars on laboratory and other testing
  • Is afraid of going to yet another doctor
  • Is looking for a doctor to understand and treat the root causes of their illness, rather than just alleviating symptoms
  • Has heard of the Center through a physician, other patient, or support group who is familiar with the Center’s approach
  • Has personally researched our Center on our Website and has validated that the information is credible
  • Lives anywhere in the U.S. or now may live in Europe, Asia, or the Middle East
  • Is often one of two or three generations of a family who become patients
  • Feels like they’ve found a partner is us, one who is committed to improving their health
  • Is surprised that we present an estimate of costs based upon an understanding of what their medical needs are, which enables them to prioritize treatments within their budget
  • Finds great value in time and money invested at the Center, especially as compared to all they’ve spent in their previous attempts to improve their health
  • Appreciates the thorough education they receive in how to manage their own health
  • Sees a significant improvement in their health in a relatively short period of time
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August 4, 2018

Biochemical Abnormalities of Autism

The biochemical abnormalities of autism were brilliantly presented by Rosemary Waring. She emphasized the complex manifestations of autism which include not only the altered behavior, but also:

  • Altered gastrointestinal tract function and gut permeability
  • Decreased appetite control
  • Immune system dysfunction (increased susceptibility to infection)
  • Idiosyncratic reactions to drugs and altered catecholamine and neurotransmitter levels (dopamine/noradrenalin and serotonin), with increased dopamine being responsible for stereotypic movements and behavior

She explained that markedly low levels of sulfates are found in children with autism, as low as one-eighth of normal levels. There seems to be many factors causing these low sulfate levels, such as:

  • A deficiency of sulfotransferase enzyme, the essential enzyme in sulfation
  • Poor oxidation of cysteine to sulfates
  • Poor absorption of inorganic sulfates (only 5-15 percent) because of altered gut permeability
  • Increased excretion of sulfates by the kidneys

The low sulfate levels, in turn, perpetuate the abnormalities. Sulfates are necessary for maintenance of the slipperiness of gut mucins, which support proper gut permeability. Sulfates are also cofactors in certain hormones such as cholecystokinin (the sulfate molecule activates the tyrosine in the peptide chain). This may be the key to understanding the role of secretin, which when given to autistic children has resulted in marked improvement. (The Center for Occupational & Environmental Medicine is actively studying the effect of secretin for treatment of autism).

Interestingly, sulfotransferase, the essential enzyme in sulfation, is also inhibited by several foods that have incidentally been recognized as migraine inducing foods. These foods include: amine-containing foods (cheese, chocolate, banana), citrus (especially orange), cranberries, pumpkin, radish, spinach, and peppers. Gluten and casein are also involved. Understanding at least one of the mechanisms of food sensitivity involved in autism helps explain the food-sensitive profile so often seen in autistic children.

Reference: Waring RH. The biochemical basis of autism.

August 3, 2018

Concepts of Environmental Medicine

Environmental Medicine is a branch of medicine whose domain is not limited by anatomical boundaries but, rather, is concerned with the whole person and the way that a person reacts to his/her total environment.

 

The approach of Environmental Medicine is holistic in nature and addresses every part of the body, including the brain that controls thinking, perception, mood, and behavior. Chronic exposure to various stressors can trigger a wide range of mental, physical, and emotional disorders. Stressors may include infection, allergies and intolerances, addiction, nutritional

deficiencies, exposure to toxic chemicals and toxic metals, or toxic relationships. Stressors may be linked to the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, the chemicals that pollute them, or more subtle sources. Over time, if stressors outweigh the body’s ability to cope with them, imbalance and illness result.

The Center evaluates each patient in terms of his/her total environment and the impact of that environment on the individual biochemistry. We strive to reduce the Total Body Stress Load and rebuild the body’s reserves, restoring balance and strengthening the individual to overcome and prevent illness.

 

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