Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Histamine Intolerance, not allergies, may be at the root of your symptoms!



Histamine Intolerance Syndrome

There are not many issues that can cause so many problems in virtually every area of the body than Histamine Intolerance (HIT). The following is from a lecture I gave the doctors at the Hansa Center. Although every doctor has been extensively trained at the post-graduate level in virtually every pathology known to mankind, as you will see here, HIT is a specialty of its own, since there is so much to know. The following are just the bullet points outlining everything you would want to know about HIT.

Histamine Intolerance has been called a "Pseudo-Allergy," because many of its symptoms appear to be allergies when in fact they are not truly IgE-mediated, Type-1 hypersensitivity reactions typically seen in those suffering with allergies.



What is the difference between Allergies and Histamine Intolerance?

• Allergies are an IgE mediated, histamine response to an allergen, i.e., pollen or cat dander.

Histamine Intolerance (HIT) is a toxic response by the body due to the excessive accumulation of endogenous or exogenous histamine from an inability of the body to efficiently breakdown histamine and hypersensitivity of cell antigen receptors.



Histamine Intolerance

• Histamine intolerance is caused by:

– The Over production of Histamine

– The decreased ability of the body to breakdown histamine

• Decreased Diamine Oxidase (DAO)

– Histamine is broken down by oxidative deamination by DAO (former name: histaminase)

• Decreased Histamine N-Methyl Transferase (HNMT)

– Histamine is broken down by ring methylation as a result of histamine-N-methyltransferase (HNMT)

See how many systems and symptoms can be caused by HIT






Symptoms of Histamine Intolerance (HIT)

• Histamine serves various functions in our body. This is why histaminosis may trigger a wide range of symptoms, affecting different organ systems.

• People suffering from HIT may display highly diverse symptoms. Every person has individual weak spots, which may be afflicted earlier than other parts in the body. Sufferers may be troubled by many of the following symptoms, either simultaneously or alternately

• Some afflictions are chronic or very frequent, others may only occur sporadically. The symptoms are so varied that the people affected by HIT often do not suspect a single trigger



HIT and Gastro-intestinal and Urinary Symptoms

The most frequently observed troubles that occur with HIT are acute or chronic gastrointestinal symptoms.

• Irritable stomach or an irritable bowel respectively. A direct connection between food intake and the symptoms is often difficult to discern. This is due to the fact that the ingredients of ingested foods are only slowly absorbed by the body during the bowel transit time, which may last several hours, so that problems may only manifest themselves with a considerable delay.

• Eating aged or leftover foods, or those with high histamine content, may trigger abdominal cramps and severe diarrhea within 15-30 minutes.

Digestive problems, flatulence, abdominal pain, stitch, stomach or intestinal cramps, frequent or chronic diarrhea, morning diarrhea

• Histamine increases the motility of the bowel movements, so that the bolus passes the intestines faster than normal, which impairs the absorption of nutrients because of the short retention time.

• More rarely also constipation or constipation alternating with diarrhea

• Heart burn, acid reflux (increases HCl)

Inflammatory gastro-intestinal disorders, irritable bowel syndrome

Nausea, vomiting

Frequent and/or painful, burning urination, interstitial cystitis.

• Symptoms similar to gastric flu (gastroenteritis)


HIT and Nervous System Symptoms

• Histamine plays a role in the regulation of the circadian rhythm and acts as neurotransmitter. Histamine stimulates the production of melatonin.

• High levels of histamine (as well as high melatonin) in the body may lead to a wide range of neurological symptoms. Neurological symptoms are in particular pronounced with a HNMT enzymopathy. Headache, fatigue, sleep disturbance may also be typical symptoms of a DAO enzymopathy.

Headache, migraine, feeling of pressure in the head, dizziness

Fatigue, loss of energy, lack of motivation, exhaustion

Insomnia, problems falling asleep or sleeping through the night, only superficial catnapping without deep sleep, dreamlessness

Lack of concentration, impairment of cognitive performance, slowness

Tourette's Syndrome

• Noise sensitivity, search for tranquility and uneventfulness, vulnerability for sensory overload

• susceptibility to stress, impaired ability to withstand stress, feeling of burnout (feeling of mental and nervous exhaustion and breakdown)

• Clearing of throat in stress situations

• Tension, nervousness, jumpiness (also without external cause), restlessness, tingling sensation, feeling of caffeine overdose

• Muscle twitching, tremor, clenched jaws, grinding of teeth (bruxism), worn down teeth

• Symptoms similar to those of poisoning with a mild neurotoxin

• Melancholia, sadness, weepiness, depressive moods, depressions (often without visible cause)

Thoughts of suicide

• Temporary loss or impairment of the sense of smell

Personality changes, perhaps other mental/neurological disturbances



HIT and Endocrine System

Altered insulin sensitivity

• Dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps),

Amenorrhea

Endometriosis

• Development disorder, failure to thrive


HIT and Immune System

Increased susceptibility to infectious diseases, frequent infections

• increased susceptibility for inflammations, inflamed areas

• Sore throat

• Hoarseness

• Flulike symptoms without defined onset of disease, prolonged malaise, pain in the limbs

• Sinus infection (sinusitis): frontal sinusitis, maxillary sinusitis, inflammation of other sinuses such as sphenoid or ethmoid sinuses

• Constant swelling painful lymph nodes

• Tonsillitis, adenoid vegetation (adenoid hyperplasia), possible surgical removal of tonsils. (The tonsils serve the immune defense. Their removal may further acerbate the increased susceptibility for infectious diseases.)

Lump in one's throat

Autoimmune illness. Inflammation of connective tissue: tissue underneath the skin with inflammatory pain or tenderness

• Painful feeling of inflammation, heat or pressure in the head, chronic (non-bacterial) inflammation of the brain (chronic encephalitis)

• Painful/burning bladder, desire to void, frequent urination (similar to bacterial bladder infection)

Conjunctivitis, irritated reddened eyes, itching of the eyes.

Yellow-white mucus secretions collect in the corners of the eyes.

• Misted, impaired vision

• Inflammatory rheumatic diseases, rheumatoid arthritis (e.g. knuckle joint rheumatism)

• Soft-tissue rheumatism: e.g. pain in the tendons or joints, back pain: the back muscles hurt similar to a strained muscle/muscle ache (muscular rheumatism, inflammation of a muscle)

• Periodic toothache, inflammation of the gums or wisdom teeth

• Herpes simplex labialis (oral herpes, cold sores) or symptoms similar to herpes (e.g. badly healing skin cracks)


HIT and Skin

• Excessive sweating, attack of sweating, night-time sweating, perspiring hands/feet, hot flashes

Flushing of face following meals (flush), heat build-up, facial skin feels slightly irritated

• Skin blemishes, acne, pimples, blackheads, overproduction of sebaceous gland, oily skin

Rashes, flushes, itching, eczema, hives (urticaria)

Atopic eczema, Atopic dermatitis, Itching (e.g. itchy scalp, itchy vaccination scars)

• Physical irritation such as scratching, strokes or heat triggering flashes/rash or itching

• Upper arms covered in little red spots/pimples, partially keratinised or purulent (impaired keratinisation), perhaps in connection with pollen allergies?

• Hands with burning/aching inflammation/blisters/nodules/calluses

• Sun allergy: the skin goes very quickly red in the sun, but the sunburn disappears on the following day.

• Dry lips

HIT and Respiratory Symptoms

Bronchial Asthma

Perennial rhinitis, swelling of nasal mucous membrane, runny nose (rhinitis, rhinorrhea) especially after food intake, also independent from type and histamine content of food, possibly aggravated by cold/smoke/smog/smells

• Blowing the nose may lead to nosebleed (because of increased permeability of the blood vessels)

Aphtha lesions of the oral mucosa, which become small yellow-white holes/wounds that hurt and will not heal for days and sometimes months. In addition to the oral mucosa, some papillae on the tongue may hurt like an aphtha.

• Chronic cough, constant tickly throat, dry cough, bronchitis, irritated bronchia

• Constant clearing of the throat, particularly in stress situations

• Sputum: viscid mucus to expectorate, frequent clearing of throat, perhaps also breathy vocal cords, particularly after sumptuous meals (similar to cystic fibrosis)



HIT and Fluid Regulation Symptoms

Edema (Swelling because of fluid retention in the interstitial tissue)

– Swollen eyelids

– Leg swelling

– Abdominal bloating.



Possible Miscellaneous HIT Symptoms

• Sensitivity to EMF pollution, WiFi, etc.

• Sensitive to Geopathic stressors

• Sensitive to Enviropathic stressors



DAO vs HNMT (The two pathways your body has to break down histamine)

Diamine Oxidase enzyme (DAO) expression is restricted to specific tissues; the highest activities are shown for small intestines, ascending colon, and for placenta and kidney. DAO is responsible for scavenging extracellular histamine (i.e., after ingestion of histamine-rich food) after mediator release.

• Histamine N-Methyltransferase enzyme (HNMT) is widely expressed in human tissues; the greatest expression is in kidney and liver, followed by spleen, colon, prostate, ovary, spinal cord cells, bronchi, and trachea. HNMT is regarded as the key enzyme for histamine degradation in the bronchial epithelium. HNMT can convert histamine only in the intracellular space of cells.




Sources of Histamine and the cellular release of Histamine

• Foods containing histamine

• Mast cell dysregulation releasing excessive histamine

• Mental/Emotional Stress

• Allergies (endogenous or exogenous antigens)

• Physical stress

• Medications

• Geopathic Stress

• EMF/Enviropathic stress

• Inflammation


Examples of Medications that influence histamine levels

• Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen)

• Antidepressants (Cymbalta, Effexor, Prozac, Zoloft)

• Immune modulators (Humira, Enbrel, Plaquenil)

• Antiarrhythmics (propanolol, metaprolol, Cardizem, Norvasc)

• Aspirin – Histamine liberator

• Amitriptylene – DAO blocker

• Valium – DAO Blocker

• Lasiks – DAO Blocker

• Codeine – Histamine Liberator

• Augmentin – DAO Blocker

• Chloroquinine – DAO Blocker and Histamine liberator

• Quinine – Histamine liberator

• All X-ray contrast – Histamine liberator

• Metoprin – HNMT blocker

• Opiates (Heroin/Morphine…) – Histamine liberator

• Thiamine/Vit B1 – Histamine liberator



• Histamine release increases during the periods of panic attack, especially when the adrenergic, “fight or flight” response is at its peak.

• Histamine factors into the fight or flight because H3 histamine receptors in the brain promote the most "wakeful" firing pattern. In fact a sudden rush of histamine in the brain could contribute to a schizophrenic episode.

• Histamine is involved in panic events by causing a closing of the airways in the lungs. When released in the lungs, histamine causes the airways to swell shut in an attempt to close the door on offending allergens and keep them out. Panic attack periods are known for the sense of weight or contraction on the lungs.

Effects of Sleep on Histamine

• Sleep--It has been shown that histaminergic cells have the most "wakeful" firing pattern of any neuronal type. They fire rapidly during waking, and completely stop firing during sleep.

• The cell bodies of neurons which release histamine as a neurotransmitter are found in the posterior hypothalamus, in various tuberomammillary nuclei. From here, these histaminergic neurons project throughout the brain, to the cortex through the medial forebrain bundle.

• Antihistamines, substances that block the H1 histamine receptors improve sleep.

Destruction of histamine releasing neurons, or inhibition of histamine synthesis leads to an inability to maintain vigilance.

H3 receptor antagonists (which stimulate histamine release) increase wakefulness.

Influence of Histamine on Sex

• Histamine is released as part of sexual arousal from mast cells in the genitals, and histamine release has been connected to the sex flush in women.

• The female orgasm can be facilitated by supplemental folic acid along with niacin, which will increase histamine release.

• Men with high histamine levels may suffer from premature ejaculations.



Four types of histamine receptors in the body (H1, H2, H3, H4)

H1 Receptors

• Ileum contraction

• Modulate Circadian rhythms

• Itching

• Systemic vasodilation

• Broncho-constriction (allergy-induced asthma)

• pain and itching due to insect stings

• Are the primary receptors involved in allergic rhinitis symptoms and motion sickness.

• Initiates release of intracellular stores of Ca2+ and opens Voltage gated Calcium channels.

H2 Receptors

• speed up sinus rhythms

• Stimulation of gastric acid (HCl) secretion

• Smooth muscle relaxation

• Inhibit antibody synthesis, T-cell proliferation and cytokine production

H3 Receptors

Decrease Acetylcholine, Serotonin and Norepinephrine neurotransmitter release in Central Nervous System (CNS)

• Presynaptic autoreceptors

H4 Receptors

• Found primarily in bone marrow and white blood cells. It is also expressed in the colon, liver, lung, small intestine, spleen, testes, thymus, tonsils, and trachea.

• Mediate mast cell chemotaxis. Histamine was shown to mediate signaling and chemotaxis of mast cells via the H4 receptor. This mechanism might be responsible for excessive mast cell accumulation in allergen sensitive tissues.



Problems with Antihistamines

• In HIT syndrome, the OTC and prescription antihistamines will cause of worsening of symptoms.

• Most over-the-counter antihistamines only block the H1 and/or H2 receptors

– The excessive histamine is still circulating so it can be forced more to the H3 and H4 receptor pathways

– H3 and H4 receptors are more related to Headaches, nausea, vomiting, vertigo, circadian rhythm problems, arousal, insomnia, appetite issues, memory problems, learning, and body temperature problems.

Methods to address Histamine Intolerance

Eliminate foods high in Histamine (temporarily or long term)

• BRADE allergy desensitization with NeuroPhotonic Therapy (Available at the Hansa Center only)

• Eliminate medications that block DAO or HNMT, or that liberate histamine from the cells.

• Use BRS to identify remedy support the biochemical pathways to enable the body to produce DAO and/or HNMT.

• Restore probiotics, fecal microbiome transplants.

Supplement diet with Diamine Oxidase (DAO), such as Hist-DAO (Xymogen)

• Treat Mental/Emotional (HPA axis) stress issues with BRS testing.

• Stabilize IgE mediated prostaglandin activation of mast cell release of histamine. (gamma linolenic Acid…Evening Primrose oil, Borage Oil, Black Currant Seed oil.)

• Oxford University Peptide shots (Amino acid shots) to block the histamine receptors at the cellular level.

Oxford University Peptide Injections

• An antigen must first be attached to cell surface receptors on mast cells. This triggers a response that often includes the release of histamine. Most allergies involve the release of histamine and other pro-inflammatory substances.

• The Oxford Peptides (U.S. = Amino Acid Injections) physically block the receptors so that antigens cannot attach to the cell receptors, therefore no histamine is released by the mast cells.


Antihistamine Supplements 

• Allermac (Jernigan)

• HistDAO (Xymogen)

• HistoCal (NutriWest)

• Resveratrol

• Turmero

• Whole System Histozyme (Nutriwest)

• Total CMO (NW) (autoimmune)

• Phoenix (Dr. Recommends)

• Isopathic Phenolics

• All homeo categories, Dairy, Beautox,

• Vitamin C

• Vitamin E

• Sulfur (MSM)

• Essential fatty acids (GLA)

• Bromelain

• Boswellia (Frankincense)

• Pancreatic enzymes (Digest, Total Enzyme, Carbo-zyme, Amylase)

• R-lipoic acid

• Glucosamine hydrochloride

• Proanthocyanidins (Plant pigments)

• N-Acetyl Cystiene





• Allergic reactions typically have an adrenal component. Cortisol, is a strong anti-inflammatory agent. For this reason proper adrenal function plays an important role in mediating the histamine release and inflammatory reactions that produce the symptoms experienced with allergies.

• A vicious circle occurs with adrenal fatigue and the tendency to having allergies. The more histamine that is released the harder the adrenals have to work to produce more cortisol, thereby the more fatigued the adrenals become, which increases allergic reactions in a vicious circle.

Interactions of Nitric Oxide and Histamine

• Increasing Nitric oxide will down-regulate the release of histamine. (NO Saliva test strips; treat with Neo-40, NOx…)

• Histamine stimulates NO synthesis and release.

• Too much NO increases histamine as the body strives to bring down the high NO. (Be careful when treating low NO that new symptoms are not created by causing the over production of NO.)

• Several factors increase levels of NO in the body: Allergies (histamine), poor iron status, hypoxia (oxygen deficiency), estrogen dominance and Carbon Monoxide exposure.


Dietary Recommendations and Histamine (While eliminating high-histamine foods from your diet is a great idea, diet alone is NOT a long term correction for the underlying HIT problems. You must work with your doctor to correct the enzymatic and histamine metabolic pathways.

• Avoid or reduce eating canned foods and processed or ready made meals.

• Avoid or reduce eating ripened and fermented foods (older cheeses, alcoholic drinks, products containing yeast)

• Histamine levels in foods vary, depending on how ripe, matured or hygienic the foods.

• As much as it is possible, only buy and eat fresh products.

• Don’t allow foods to linger outside the refrigerator – especially meat products


Foods High in Histamine

• Alcohol, primarily wine, champagne and beer

• Pickled or canned foods – sauerkraut. pickles, mayonnaise, olives

• Matured cheeses, including goat cheese

• Cured/Smoked meat products – salami, ham, sausages, bacon, salami, pepperoni, lunch meats and hot dogs

• Shellfish

Various species of fish: mackerel, mahi-mahi, tuna, anchovies, sardines

• Beans and pulses – chickpeas, soy beans, peanuts

• Nuts – walnuts, cashew nuts, cashews, and peanuts

• Chocolates and other cocoa based products

• Avocados, eggplant, spinach, and tomatoes

• Most citric fruits, apricots, prunes, dates, figs, raisins

• Wheat based products

• Vinegar

• Processed and Ready-made meals

• Salty snacks, sweets with preservatives and artificial colorings

• Soured foods: sour cream, sour milk, buttermilk, sour dough bread

Foods that are Histamine Liberators

• Most citric fruits – kiwi, lemon, lime, pineapple, plums…

• Cocoa and chocolate

• Nuts

• Papaya

• Beans and pulses

• Tomatoes

• Wheat germ

• Additives – benzoate, sulphites, nitrites, glutamate, food dyes


Drinks that are Diamine Oxidase (DAO) Blockers

• Alcohol

• Black tea

• Energy drinks

• Green tea

• Mate tea


Antihistamine Herbs and Spices

• Amaranth seeds

• Anise

• Basil

• Berberine

• Carraway

• Chamomile

• Chili powder

• Cinnamon

• Clove

• Curry powder

• Echinacea

• wild oregano

• Fennel

• Fig

• Ginger

• Ginkgo

• Grapefruit

• Nutmeg

• Passionflower

• Tarragon

• Tumeric

• Skullcap

• Thyme

• Yarrow

• Papaya

• Reishi Mushroom

• Stinging nettle


Foods Low in Histamine

• Freshly cooked meat, poultry (frozen or fresh)

• Freshly caught fish

• Cooked eggs

• Gluten-free grains: rice, quinoa, corn, millet, amaranth

• Pure peanut butter

• Fresh fruits: mango, pear, watermelon, apple, kiwi, cantaloupe, grapes

• Fresh vegetables (except tomatoes, spinach, avocado, and eggplant)

• Dairy substitutes: coconut milk, rice milk, hemp milk, almond milk

• Cooking oils: olive oil, coconut oil

• Leafy herbs

• Herbal teas


Effects of Low Histamine (Histopenia)

• Histapenia (Low Histamine): It is found that 30-40 % of people with schizophrenia have low whole blood histamine levels and are over-methylated.

• People with low histamine tend to have more severe mental disorders and hallucinations, paranoid thoughts with less pronounced obsessions, despair, depression, low libido, anxiety, nervous legs and grandiosity.

• People with low histamine often have a multitude of food allergies and environmental allergies but they do not typically have seasonal allergies.

• Approximately 25% of bipolar patients have low histamine levels.


Biochemistry of Histopenia

• Low “Whole blood histamine”

• Low blood zinc

• Low basophils

• Elevated levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.

• Elevated copper, which is a brain stimulant and destroys histamine; causing brain dopamine levels to rise; copper then oxidizes catecholamines such as dopamine thus propagating neurotoxin formation. This causes paranoia and hallucinations in younger individuals, but depression may predominate in the older ones.


Testing for Histamine Intolerance (HIT): (Not all of these test must be performed to diagnose HIT.)

The Hansa Center for Optimum Health is the largest, and most innovative healthcare facility in the United States that specializes in the healing philosophies of American Biological Medicine.  For over 20 years the Hansa Center for Optimum Health, in Wichita, Kansas has specialized in the restoration of health for people with previously unresponsive and chronic illnesses of virtually all types. Over 85% of people come from other states and countries. If you have done everything you and your doctor know to do and are still struggling, contact our wonderful Patient Care Coordinator, Kara, at patientcare@hansacenter.com, for information on the exciting new treatments we have developed at the Hansa Center for Optimum Health. For additional info, visit our website at www.HansaCenter.com.

This article is for educational purposes. Before implementing any supplements/remedies always consult with your healthcare professional. Due to the complexity of the human condition there remains the possibility of symptoms getting worse. Again, discuss this protocol with your health care professional before beginning, and stop or get support if your condition worsens. This protocol is not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or mitigate any disease or illness, and has not been evaluated by the FDA.




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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS): Life Without Roses


As I drove down the road tonight with the windows down, what we used to call “going convertible” when I was a child, I was thinking about all the people I treat at the clinic who suffer with Environmental Illness and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

Driving with the windows down, the breeze brought the scent of all the different plants, molds, car exhaust, the ever present scents of fabric softeners spewing from clothes dryers, and so much more. I breathed deeply, enjoying the first balmy night of summer and thought how very amazing the human body is and how beautifully God made it.

When functioning perfectly, the human body handles pretty much anything it comes into contact with and we are none the wiser that we just breathed in a toxic chemical, mold spores, dirt, and pollen. We drive past yards festooned with exotic flowers and ornamental plants, each with their own unique chemical scents, it was apparent that the beautiful yards had recently been sprayed with chemicals by the lawn companies in the the pursuit of the perfectly green, weed-free lawn, and we don’t realize the complex biochemical adaption mechanisms at work in the body that are necessary to keep each one of those chemicals from causing problems.

Every natural or synthetic scent we smell is a chemical floating in the air that we breathe into our body, where it affects specific tissues, when the body cannot detoxify and breakdown the chemical.

I think that the wonder of the perfectly functioning body is best recognized in the contrast seen in Multiple Chemical Sensitivity sufferers. If you spend any time around these people you will see that virtually every single miniscule exposure to a chemical, mold spore, or the entire world of scents causes severe neurological and autonomic crisis in virtually every part of the body.

Every bite of food becomes a battle of the body, mind, and spirit as the MCS person struggles to fight back the fear of the likely possibility that their body may reject the meager bland food that was good yesterday but may not be handled well by their body today.

We talk about restoring Optimum Health a lot here at the Hansa Center. Optimum Health is that point where the body, mind, and spirit can ADAPT instantly and correctly to any changes in its internal and external environment. This is not to be confused with people who have no symptoms.

The absence of symptoms does NOT indicate that a person is healthy, as is evident in people who received yearly physicals and enjoyed great health, but “suddenly” found that they have cancer or some other illness that is known to take 10-15 years to cause symptoms.

We take so much for granted and trust that we can abuse our body through poor lifestyle choices and get away with it! People often get frustrated when their doctor cannot undo the crisis their body is battling in MCS, but the best any doctor can do is facilitate the restoration of Optimum Health as gently, rapidly, completely, and as inexpensively as possible. A daunting task when the patient’s body is so reactive to virtually everything, including medicines and supplements. As a result of over 20 years of helping people with MCS we have developed several ways to help even when people typically even react to their remedies and supplements.

So the next time you are enjoying the scents of summer while driving along with the windows down, “smelling the roses” thank God for your blessing of health. Please be sensitive and courteous to the unseen needs of others and go natural, scent-free. If your scents linger in a room after you have already left, you leave it behind to affect and possibly injure someone, whether you intended it to or not. Choose to go scent free for your own health too!


The Hansa Center is a protected safe zone. The entire clinic is EMF shielded and hardwired computers. No artificial scents are allowed. No negative energy and conversations are allowed outside the treatment rooms, and only then only to enable you to communicate what is going on with your body. 
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Why do some people have Lyme bacteria, but not Lyme disease?


More shocking than finding an embedded tick, and even bullseye rash of Lyme disease, is often the realization that the infection uncovered previously unrecognized weaknesses all over the body, and the sheer magnitude of problems the infection triggers.

A common misconception is for one to say “I was healthy before this bug bit me”. It may be so, but simply feeling good does not guarantee that you were healthy when the bug bit you. It is my experience that most people have much unresolved hurt and dirt contributing to their state of health, and ultimate succumbing to Lyme disease and its coinfections. Simply testing sero-positive to having the Lyme bacteria does not mean you will definitely develop clinical Lyme disease.

The fact that so many people do develop clinical Lyme disease is a testament to how dysfunctional our population has become, as more insults to cellular function accumulate from our environment. While bringing down the bacterial overgrowth in clinical Lyme disease is important, the complete annihilation of the bacteria is not what determines restoring the quality of life that is so desperately desired.

Everyone at any given moment is being exposed to, and has innumerable potentially harmful organisms in and on their body. Why aren’t we all sick? Could it be that what we call the human organism has the ability to control every pathological microbe? Experts now agree that is the case, and that we have been overreacting to microbes with antibiotics.

It is very telling to observe the wide diversity of symptoms that can be seen in those suffering from Lyme disease (LD). Lyme disease does not affect any two people in the exact same way. I have seen people with only one bad symptom, and others with over 50 major symptoms, though both groups test highly positive for LD. 

There are common symptoms, but there are always many symptoms that fall outside of the norm. Then there are those who test highly positive for LD and yet have no symptoms year after year. At the early stages of my career as a doctor in the mid-1990's, I wondered why the Borrelia burgdorferi spirochete affected each person in unique ways. It seem about the only commonality was that whatever symptoms each person had, that no doctor could determine what was causing the symptoms and no treatment would budge the symptoms.

From my clinical experience I have come to the conclusion that not only can chronic Lyme Disease bring about new problems to your body, but it is unique in that it also brings the out dirt of your life that got swept under the carpet, and the weak spots to light. A person may have been asymptomatic (having no symptoms) prior to being bitten, they may have always exercised, eaten perfectly, and been on top of the world, however just being asymptomatic is no guarantee of underlying health. 

We see this daily when people are diagnosed with cancer, even though they were "perfectly healthy" on every yearly exam...until they were not. We know that by the time cancer can be diagnosed, multiple systems in the body have been malfunctioning for up to 10 asymptomatic years.

From birth to present time your body is constantly being challenged. These health challenges may arise from emotional traumas such as the death of a loved one, sexual and emotional abuse, physical injuries such as auto accidents, chemical challenges from medicines, toxic personal care products, toxin-loaded foods, or environmental pollution, not to mention chemical and pharmaceutical toxins that activate dormant DNA mutations or cause more mutations leading to increased susceptibility to disease and increase variety of symptoms. 

The reality is that any underlying immune, endocrine, and other bioregulatory dysfunctions, or unresolved physical, mental, or emotional issues will be manifested physically or psychologically as your body becomes more dysfunctional by the chronic infection of LD. These underlying dysfunctions that are unique to each person, combined with the Borrelia's ability to suppress the immune system even further, is why LD can create so many diverse symptoms.

Most people can recall a time when they injured their body. We’ll say you injured the back for this example. You may have not ever gone to get it treated, and eventually the pain went away. The body adapted to the problem. The problem is still there, only now the pain and the problem are “put on the back burner” by your brain. This adaptation mechanism of the body occurs on every level, whether the level is of a physical, chemical, or psychological nature. Unfortunately, many times these insults cannot be effectively adapted to and they manifest in an ever worsening cascade of symptoms to get your attention so you can deal with the true cause. Indeed it is the loss of functional integrity and the body's ability to adapt to challenges in its internal and external environment that leads to disease and death!

Lyme bacteria can be the proverbial "straw that breaks the camel's back." In a dysfunctional body, the Lyme bacteria break down the body’s ability to keep these underlying problems on the “back burner”. These back burner problems are areas of weakened tissues, which may have never manifested as an obvious problem if life had gone on without a major challenge such is Lyme disease. 

The fact is that the bacteria of LD and any other invading organism or parasite will always go to the weakest areas of the body first. This phenomenon is seen throughout nature. One example of this is seen in the plant kingdom. Plants that come from a strong genetic heritage and have been nurtured in ideal conditions for generations have an increased natural resistance to bugs and plant illnesses. Weak plants from poor soil and poor genetic heritage are extremely susceptible to infections.

The point of all of this is that you are the sum total of all of the challenges and lifestyle decisions you and your ancestors have made. In chronic Lyme disease, all of this will be brought to the fore-front and all of it will need to be finally addressed by you and your healthcare team.

Everyone has heard the saying, “you are what you eat”. Well, you really are much more than that. You are, more accurately, the sum total of all that you have experienced and been exposed to in life. You integrate all of the good in your life, and hopefully with the proper naturally-oriented health care,  you can resolve all of the bad. 

Optimum health is when the body and mind can adapt instantly and correctly, maintaining optimum functional integrity, in spite of any challenge from the internal and external environment. The treatment goals of the Biological Medicine treatment philosophy is to identify every problem of adaptation, and to work with the natural design of the body to facilitate the restoration of its integrity and function using only natural means. From restoring optimum health, dis-ease can fall away.

An interesting fact was revealed in conversations I had with my friend Lida Mattman, Ph.D., a Nobel prize nominee, Lyme disease laboratory researcher, and author of Cell Wall Deficient Forms: Stealth Pathogens, and Joanne Whittaker, M.D. of the Bowen Research Laboratory, both of which were able to culture the Lyme microbes from the blood from many hundreds of cases from around the world. From their research they found that Lyme bacteria or its pleomorphic phases could be found in 100% of cases, even after years of antibiotic cocktails, after years of natural antibacterial protocols, after Rife technologies, and after every form of energy medicine. Everyone tested by these two laboratories were found to still have the Lyme bacteria, even when the person was completely restored to perfect health. 

Clinical experience has taught us that it is those people who take a more comprehensive treatment approach that experience the best chance of achieving lasting good health. 

It would seem that if you only treat the bugs then stronger bugs will often follow. If you treat to restore the optimum human condition health will follow in spite of the bugs.


The Hansa Center for Optimum Health is the largest, and most innovative healthcare facility in the United States that specializes in the healing philosophies of American Biological Medicine.  For over 20 years the Hansa Center for Optimum Health, in Wichita, Kansas has specialized in the restoration of health for people with previously unresponsive and chronic illnesses of virtually all types. Over 85% of people come from other states and countries. If you have done everything you and your doctor know to do and are still struggling, contact our wonderful Patient Care Coordinator, Kara, at patientcare@hansacenter.com, for information on the exciting new treatments we have developed at the Hansa Center for Optimum Health. For additional info, visit our website at www.HansaCenter.com.

This article is for educational purposes. Before implementing any supplements/remedies always consult with your healthcare professional. Due to the complexity of the human condition there remains the possibility of symptoms getting worse. Again, discuss this protocol with your health care professional before beginning, and stop or get support if your condition worsens. This protocol is not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or mitigate any disease or illness, and has not been evaluated by the FDA.
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Your symptoms may be caused by contact with this common plant decades ago!



If you have ever had a bad bout of Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, or Poison Sumac you might have one or more of the following chronic systemic symptoms for years, even decades, after that you would never associate with the Poison Ivy.

Topical ivy relief creams and cortisone shots may stop the skin problems, but poison ivy is not just a skin problem. The poison found in these plants is an oil called Urushiol. 

Urushiol is a molecule that is called a hapten. Haptens are molecules that bind with proteins in your body and then once they are bound up, they can cause an immune reaction with T-cell proliferation.  is also a systemic poison and neurotoxin. When urushiol binds with proteins from your body it forms the hapten, quinone, causing a strong immune response possibly causing problems in many other parts of the body than just the skin.

These poisons can attach to your body's own antibodies leading to an autoimmune response that can trigger longterm, virtually undiagnosable, systemic problems. How many people are being told that they have an autoimmune problem, of unknown cause? Obviously, not everyone that has an autoimmune disease is experiencing the problems from having had one of these reactions, but read on and see if your symptoms match...and think back to remember if you ever, even as a child had a case of Poison Ivy, oak, or sumac.

The full systemic effects of Poison Ivy can be seen in the homeopathic "proving" of the juice from the plant that is homeopathically potentized and then administered to healthy people for research purposes to determine what energetic symptoms arise from repeated dosing. This type research goes back over 200 years. It is fascinating to see ,in the case of Poison Ivy (Rhus Toxicodendron), just how many systemic problems it can actually cause as a substance beyond just the well recognized skin rash, by observing what the energetic, homeopathic provings reveal.

The following are just a few of the potential symptoms caused by Poison Ivy and also corrected by the administration of homeopathic poison ivy (Rhus Toxicodendron) listed in Dr. Robin Murphy's, 2240 page, Homeopathic Materia Medica:

Poison Ivy can affect the spinal cord and nerves leading to extreme muscle weakness, with stiffness and pain of the muscles and joints. This stiffness and pain are unique in that they are worse until you get going and limbered up, therefore people feel better for a bit from changing positions.

The symptoms are worse in cold weather. The pains are worse at night, making it so that one cannot rest in any position. Generally the pain appears on the left side and may go from left to right. 

Extreme restlessness, anxiety, sadness, with great apprehension at night to the point that one cannot remain in bed, are the effects on the mind that mark this unique poisoning. The mind and senses also become cloudy. Once asleep the sleep is heavy as from stupor, and the dreams are filled with situations of great exertion from which people awaken tired, stiff, and sore. 

The neurotoxic effects of poison ivy also aggravate the heart, often causing trembling and palpitations when sitting still and again improves with movement and when walking. The heart feels tired and may have arrhythmia. 

Poison Ivy may also cause a bitter, coppery taste in the mouth with TMJ pain, with popping of the jaw. 

This is just a short list of possible symptoms, so as you can see Poison Ivy is much more than a skin problem. It can cause chronic symptoms, that seem to have no cause from a medical testing perspective. Since there is no lab test to determine latent problems from Poison Ivy that a person might have had decades ago, a wise doctor will recognize the pattern of symptoms outlined above, and through just a good case history, will ask you if you have every had a bad bout of Poison Ivy or Poison Oak.  

The correction of these chronic or acute symptoms can only to be found in the correctly tested and selected homeopathic remedies, Rhus Toxicodendron 30c (Homeopathically potentized Poison Ivy, using only the molecular vibrational energy of the plant), Apis 30c, or other potencies or remedies, as determined by your health care practitioner. Of course, if there are other issues either predating or concomitant to the poisoning that your doctor will need to address those at the same time. It would be nice if one or two remedies would just fix everything, however when the tissues are compromised they become susceptible to other challenges from your environment that make the issues even more complicated. Doctors trained in the healing philosophies of Biological Medicine view the totality of what has gone awry in a person, and trained extensively in natural ways to restore the functional integrity so that the body can return to optimum health and quality of life.

I think it is interesting that many people are given a diagnosis of this, that, or the other disease, when if the doctor would do a good case history and ask if they had ever had a severe case of Poison Ivy it just might lead to a complete and rapid restoration of health after years of suffering!


The Hansa Center for Optimum Health is the largest, and most innovative healthcare facility in the United States that specializes in the healing philosophies of American Biological Medicine.  For over 20 years the Hansa Center for Optimum Health, in Wichita, Kansas has specialized in the restoration of health for people with previously unresponsive and chronic illnesses of virtually all types. Over 85% of people come from other states and countries. If you have done everything you and your doctor know to do and are still struggling, contact our wonderful Patient Care Coordinator, Kara, at patientcare@hansacenter.com, for information on the exciting new treatments we have developed at the Hansa Center for Optimum Health. For additional info, visit our website at www.HansaCenter.com.

This article is for educational purposes. Before implementing any supplements/remedies always consult with your healthcare professional. Due to the complexity of the human condition there remains the possibility of symptoms getting worse. Again, discuss this protocol with your health care professional before beginning, and stop or get support if your condition worsens. This protocol is not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or mitigate any disease or illness, and has not been evaluated by the FDA.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Parasites Could be the Real Reason for these Chronic Illness Symptoms



Many of you will remember the old song, "The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, the worms play penuckle on your snout!"

Now that I have your attention, remember how as infants and children everything went into the mouth, including really disgusting things? Some parasites can live inside the body for up to 25 years!

Parasites can be the cause of ADD, mood swings, and chronic fatigue in children and adults, and is even thought to possibly be responsible for the dramatic increase in the occurrence of inflammatory and supposed "autoimmune" diseases.

Parasites are a common cause of yeast and bacterial overgrowth. Parasites are organisms that vary in size from microscopic to up to 30 foot worms, many of which can live for 10-25 years without ever leaving the body.

The largest worm we have help a patient get out at the Hansa Center is twelve and a half feet long! The next largest was a six footer. We have had people who look healthy purge out literally many hundreds of worms with each bowel movement for weeks. So if you as reading this and saying to yourself, "This couldn't be me!" Just remember, we are all animals and the number one thing you do for your pets is deworm them. Most other countries around the world know to do a parasite cleanse at least twice a year, whether or not you have seen worms in your bowel movement, just to be on the safe side. The botanical remedies are usually very easy to tolerate, although there is always the exception.

If you are chronically sick, then the chances are pretty good that you have parasites, since your  body's defenses against parasites are already low. Bacteria and viral overgrowth can occur, due to immune-suppressing chemicals secreted by parasites. For those who still believe in the efficacy of vaccinations, research now shows that parasites can block the effectiveness of many vaccines. This research recommends that, "deworming might be essential for effective protective vaccination."

Parasites compete with your own body for the nutrients you eat. In hyper-infections of parasites, the competitive uptake of nutrients can deprive your body of the nutrients so important to maintain balance.

Parasites seem to most often consume B vitamins from your food and vitamin supplements. Without adequate B vitamins you cannot regulate your stress responses correctly, or produce hormones, or produce energy! This sets up a chain reaction of systemic deficiencies ultimately altering the body’s acid/alkaline pH balance.

A normal pH balance in the body is important to maintain, because yeast and other microbes cannot survive and overpopulate unless the pH balance of the body is upset. An alkaline environment promotes health, while an acidic environment promotes dysfunction.

Killing the parasites can go a long way towards bringing the pH back into balance. There are many parasite cleanses and supplements on the market. My personal favorite is the one I developed, Paragen, which is broad acting and gentle on the gut, as well as possibly being the best tasting of all the various liquid products on the market, making it very suitable for children and those with a sensitive palate .

Other botanicals that are typically used are combinations of Black Walnut extract, Artemisia, Green Pumpkin seed, high-allicin garlic, and others. All of these can be found in various combinations in health food stores. They are generally well tolerated by most people and have a long track record of use.

Clove oil is very important since it can dissolve the parasite eggs, not just kill the adult parasites. A powerful anti-parasitic, antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal remedy is ParaFree, a softgel loaded with various essential oils, from Young Living oils. 

Remember parasites are often not easy to eliminate and can require the help of your natural doctor to determine if you have them, and what your unique body needs to correct the problem.

You should do a parasite cleanse at least two times a year no matter what. By the way, the egg of a tapeworm, the largest worm in the human body, is just a little bigger than the period at the end of this sentence. So keep your fingers out of your mouth and stop biting your fingernails, which are like little parasite egg filled shovels!

For those of your with various bacterial, mold, and viral infections parasites can promote the hyper-infection by secreting immune-suppressing chemicals, so no matter how many antibiotics and antimicrobial drugs you take the infections will never go away!

The Hansa Center for Optimum Health is the largest, and most innovative healthcare facility in the United States that specializes in the healing philosophies of American Biological Medicine.  For over 20 years the Hansa Center for Optimum Health, in Wichita, Kansas has specialized in the restoration of health for people with previously unresponsive and chronic illnesses of virtually all types. Over 85% of people come from other states and countries. If you have done everything you and your doctor know to do and are still struggling, contact our wonderful Patient Care Coordinator, Kara, at patientcare@hansacenter.com, for information on the exciting new treatments we have developed at the Hansa Center for Optimum Health. For additional info, visit our website at www.HansaCenter.com.




This article is for educational purposes. Before implementing any supplements/remedies always consult with your healthcare professional. Due to the complexity of the human condition there remains the possibility of symptoms getting worse. Again, discuss this protocol with your health care professional before beginning, and stop or get support if your condition worsens. This protocol is not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or mitigate any disease or illness, and has not been evaluated by the FDA.
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Monday, June 8, 2015

Poor hormone testing leads to poor treatment...and poor results!


Your thyroid symptoms may or may not be caused by problems with your thyroid, but you will never know without proper testing. You are definitely your own best advocate when it comes to your health!!!

Ask your doctor to do more comprehensive tests to have a better picture of what is really wrong. As it is, many doctors simply diagnose thyroid problems using just high or low TSH.

There are so many variations of problems that may be causing issues in the thyroid, hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenals that proper testing must always be done. The dominant symptoms of HPA axis problems are manifested by the thyroid and adrenals.

Mainstream medicine doctors often react without much thought to what they perceive to be a low thyroid function by simply putting the patient on Synthroid...usually not the best idea. Synthroid is a synthetic molecule that is not close in shape or function to the natural thyroxine molecule for which it is supposed to be substituting. 

Another problem I see is that mainstream doctors often only test for TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) and T4. Testing like this is like having two pieces of a puzzle that has 10 pieces and treating without enough information.

The minimum initial thyroid testing I want for a person includes the following:
-TSH
-Total T4
-Free T4
-Free T3
-Reverse T3
-Anti TLG
-Anti TPO

It is also crucial for everyone to do an Adrenal Stress Panel by DiagnosTechs Inc. or Labrix, Inc. Again mainstream doctors often use a blood test because it is more convenient than a saliva test but due to the huge fluctuations in cortisol based upon the time of day, a 24-hour saliva test will provide the best information. 

The Adrenal Stress Panel we recommend starting with, includes all of the following critical tests:
-Adrenal Stress Index
-TAP (Temporal Free Cortisol Rhythm (a.m., noon, afternoon, and midnight)
-DHEA and DHEA-S
-Insulin fasting and non-fasting
-17-OH Progesterone
-Gluten (Gliadin) antibody SigA
-Total Salivary SigA

If a person's cortisol tests as very low then another test is needed, before any adrenal glandulars or hydrocortisone (cortisol) is implemented, to determine if the adrenals can even produce cortisol (Primary Adrenal Insufficiency), or if the pituitary is the source of the problem (Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency) and is unable to produce ACTH (Adrenocorticotropin Hormone) which is needed to
stimulate the adrenals to produce cortisol, DHEA and aldosterone.

Keep in mind that after all the testing, it can look like you have plenty of cortisol and plenty of thyroid hormone and yet because of various problems one or both are not being utilized.

One of the best resources for understanding your lab tests, as well as treatment options, and online support is http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com

For over 20 years the Hansa Center for Optimum Health, in Wichita, Kansas has specialized in the restoration of health for people with previously unresponsive and chronic illnesses of virtually all types. Over 85% of people come from other states and countries. If you have done everything you and your doctor know to do and are still struggling, contact our wonderful Patient Care Coordinator, Kara, at patientcare@hansacenter.com, for information on the exciting new treatments we have developed at the Hansa Center for Optimum Health. For additional info, visit our website at www.HansaCenter.com.

This article is for educational purposes. Before implementing any supplements/remedies always consult with your healthcare professional. Due to the complexity of the human condition there remains the possibility of symptoms getting worse. Again, discuss this protocol with your health care professional before beginning, and stop or get support if your condition worsens. This protocol is not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or mitigate any disease or illness, and has not been evaluated by the FDA.
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

I'm no psychic, but I can predict your symptoms!



I am going to show you how most of your symptoms are very predictable and how they are all connected to each other. This is a long post, however if you want to finally get well from whatever diagnosis you have been given you should read all of this post.

Imagine you are on a safari. It is a pitch black night outside and you are in a tent in Africa. A lion roars nearby and you are thinking about how flimsy the fabric is to keep that lion from coming in and eating you! Your sympathetic nervous system kicks into high gear! This is the "fight or flight" mode of your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS).

Your sympathetic nervous system is a built -in, automatic (autonomic) mechanism that increases your ability to survive, by either vigorously fighting the lion, or running away to fight another day! It is very predictable what your sympathetic nervous system will do in this stressful situation with the lion. All of your senses will go on maximum alert. The pupils in your eyes will dilate widely in order to see the slightest indication of the lion. Your ears will strain, to hear the slightest noise. Your muscles will ripple and tremble with tension as huge amounts of energy have been diverted to the muscles so that you have super-human reflexes and strength!

In the super stimulation of the sympathetic nervous response to the roaring lion, your bladder can empty without warning, in order for you to flee or fight unimpeded by a full bladder. It is a quick thing to urinate, something you could possibly do even while running or fighting, however a bowel movement takes too long. In the time it takes to have a BM the lion could pounce and you would be defenseless! So your sympathetic nervous system causes the colon to shutdown.

The meal you ate sits like a brick in your stomach. The sympathetic nervous system shut down digestion, diverting the energy to the muscles. After all, what is more important, digesting or fighting and/or running away from a hungry, man-eating lion?

Blood rushes to the head and the heart begins to increase its energy, beating hard and fast, to get ready for the upcoming fight or flight. The adrenal glands secrete cortisol to open up the cells to receiving more blood sugar and thyroid hormones, as adrenaline supercharges the entire body. The lion roars again, closer this time. The sympathetic nervous system causes the thyroid to crank out more T3 and brings more of its reserve T4 online to be converted to T3 as needed in order to increase overall cellular receptivity to blood glucose.

The skin tightens and every hair stands on end like little antennae, sensing the slightest change in the breeze. Every aspect of the body is on high alert. Your body is maximally sensitive to any change in its environment. You are jumpy and vigilant for any threat.

The night turns to day, you dare not leave your tent, since you can still hear the lion pacing...at least you think it’s still the lion...dare you stick your head out of the tent to check and see? No, it is too scary a thought, being eaten alive. So you stay in your tent, as still as possible, every sense still poised to address any sign of the lion tearing through the tent...

Get the picture? This story is what many of you are going through because your autonomic nervous system views the situations of prolonged stress in your life, such as chronic illness, work, or abusive people, just like the analogy of the roaring lion!

Now imagine what would happen if you never left the tent, or the perception of danger from infections or situations continued for months and years, and your sympathetic nervous system never relaxed?

All the same things we saw with the lion would be happening all the time. Your heart rate would stay too fast, and due to everything else going wrong in your body your heart might start skipping beats and palpitating. Your food never would seem to digest, and you would start seeing undigested food in your bowel movement. Your bladder would constantly feel like you need to go, so your mineral/electrolyte balance would be messed up, making your energy and brain clarity impossible to maintain.

Your colon would be constipated. Your muscles would be tight and painful from all the strain. You would suffer from light and sound sensitivity. You would become more sensitive to electromagnetic pollution and to other people's energy.

Your thyroid would begin to strain under the constant work and would weaken or start to have too much T3, and Reverse T3 would start to elevate to keep you from having too much thyroid hormone stimulation.

There would be too much cortisol and adrenaline so your anxiety and panic would be through the roof, for what seems to be no reason.

The cells of the body would become insensitive to the hormones and glucose, since you are just sitting there idle in the tent of your illness not really doing anything but waiting for the lion (illness) to go away.

Sleep would be impossible since you are too stimulated and overwhelmed, and never feel safe. You feel a little safer during the daytime, so you sleep all day.

The mind races thinking of all of the possibilities. Round and round your mind goes. You cannot turn it off now...it is stuck in a biochemical loop.

Do you see that all of these symptoms are connected? Every system of the body is affected so there are potentially dozens of symptoms. The symptoms are just as predictable as what goes on when a lion is outside of your tent!

Unfortunately, mainstream medicine is geared to treat the symptoms only and so they throw pharmaceutical drugs into this mess. They will give you symptom-treating drugs that unclog your constipation. Purple pill to stop the indigestion. Beta blockers for the heart. Anti-anxiety meds to calm you. Antidepressants to help with everything, since obviously you come across to them as being very depressed. Muscle relaxants are given to ease the tight, painful muscles, and tranquilizers to sedate you to sleep. You are given Synthroid to supposedly treat the low thyroid hormones. Blood sugar regulators to force the glucose out of the bloodstream.

Your body becomes more dysfunctional and toxic from all the drugs and disease. None of these pharmaceuticals are treating the functional causes. Almost 100% of pharmaceuticals are treating only the symptoms. Yes, your thyroid is fatigued and you are low in T3, but taking Synthroid or other thyroid hormone supplements are not treating the cause. And yes, you likely feel better with these pharmaceuticals than without them, but their effectiveness will only be short term, since the illness, the cause, remains untreated and continues to get worse.

As the saying goes, "The worse it gets, the worse it gets. The better it gets the better it gets." It is never, "The worse the cause of a problem gets the better it gets." Nor is it, "The better it gets the worse it gets!" If through proper treatment the dysfunctions can be nudged toward actually working better, then it gets progressively better.

The roaring lion is the illness, by whatever named diagnosis. The Autonomic Nervous System is an automatic mechanism that gets triggered by stress of any type. Structural stress, biochemical stress, mental/emotional stress, and/or environmental/bioenergetic stress.

Any stress puts stress on every aspect of the body, mind, and spirit. One cannot pluck one strand of a spider web without vibrating the entire web. The body, mind, and spirit are an intertwined web. Break a thread and the shape of the entire web changes.

True healing necessarily will ALWAYS need to repair the broken threads of the interconnected web of the Autonomic Nervous System and calm the Sympathetic nervous system before lasting health can be restored.

This is what Post-Traumatic Stress disorder is all about, whether the stress was from horrific war, such as with "Wounded Warriors", or the stress of profound illness and the horrifying life changes it causes.

People we have seen at the Hansa Center for Optimum Health, who have suffered for months and years with chronic infections, such as Lyme disease, mold/fungal infections, viral, pain syndrome, and other chronic illnesses, have PTSD, or a chronic stress disorder. They do have all of the conditions discussed in this article, even if the bacteria have been corrected through the heroic efforts of great doctors, effectively treating the infections.

The idea that the illness is just the microbes is misguided. It is a myth that you will be well, symptom-free, as soon as your doctor can finally figure out how to kill every single bacteria and pathological microbe. Helping the body kill the microbes through whatever method is fine, but with today's mutated, and exotic strains of bacteria, unless you can restore optimum function and integrity to the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and convince it that there is no "lion" about to eat you, your body will continue wearing itself down, making you vulnerable to more infections and more dysfunction.

Nothing in my experience can more effectively repair the ANS and calm the sympathetic nervous system than the combination of healing philosophy of American Biological Medicine as practiced at the Hansa Center. No other healing philosophy is better designed and equipped to address everything that has gone wrong in the body, mind, and spirit all at the same time. Doctors specializing in the treatment philosophies of American Biological Medicine specialize in diagnosing and treating every tissue in the human body, and every system of the body, using the most advanced applications of natural medicine.

The goal is to respect the wisdom of the body. To determine what the body is striving to accomplish, and work to facilitate the body's ability to accomplish what it needs in order to heal, instead of forcing the body into drug-induced illusions of health.

If you have to take a drug forever in order to feel somewhat normal, then it is not fixing anything. If you are treating the cause, then the cause should eventually go away and you can stop taking the medicine. The conventional doctors convinced you that no one knows the cause and therefore you should just be happy that the drugs can mask the symptoms. If your body is too messed up, if organs and glands have been surgically removed, diseased beyond repair, or otherwise destroyed, then yes, take the symptom-masking drugs, however just because your lab tests are consistently bad, or your doctor is from the top medical school, or goes to the top conferences, or follows the top protocols in conventional medicine, it doesn't mean that their drugs are the best way in the long run.

If it is possible to restore optimum function, to treat the whole person at the levels of cause, to treat to get every system to work harmoniously together, great health can be finally realized...the lion will often rapidly evaporate into thin air!

It is difficult to find doctors who follow the treatment philosophies of American Biological Medicine. Of course, I feel that the doctors at the Hansa Center for Optimum Health are fantastic, and the best in the world at what we do, however in the spirit of cooperation instead of competition, you can go to these links to find more great clinics that implement various aspects of this powerful way of healing: marioninstitute.org and International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine


For over 20 years the Hansa Center for Optimum Health, in Wichita, Kansas has specialized in the restoration of health for people with previously unresponsive and chronic illnesses of virtually all types. Over 85% of people come from other states and countries. If you have done everything you and your doctor know to do and are still struggling, contact our wonderful Patient Care Coordinator, Kara, at patientcare@hansacenter.com, for information on the exciting new treatments we have developed at the Hansa Center for Optimum Health. For additional info, visit our website at www.HansaCenter.com.

This article is for educational purposes. Before implementing any supplements/remedies always consult with your healthcare professional. Due to the complexity of the human condition there remains the possibility of symptoms getting worse. Again, discuss this protocol with your health care professional before beginning, and stop or get support if your condition worsens. This protocol is not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or mitigate any disease or illness, and has not been evaluated by the FDA.
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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Super-Sensitive People; They Don't Feel Safe!



Many chronically ill people are super sensitive to light, sound, fragrances, food, medications, even other people's negativity, not to mention a multitude of other challenges from our internal and external environment.

When the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) glands are out of balance, your body thinks that any type of stress is too much stress!  These people never feel safe.

When the HPA axis is dysfunctional our ability to adapt and respond correctly to the challenges in our life is lost, and the body becomes super reactive.

People who are this sensitive are usually surrounded by a world of people who don't react, even though those people are subjected to the same challenges. It does not mean that the non-reactive people are necessarily not being affected, however it does mean, among other things, that they have a greater range of adaptability within the HPA system.

The wisdom of the body recognizes and responds, without our assistance, to any threat against us. Any attack by viruses, bacteria, or any other microbe, not to mention toxins and stressful life situations, activates the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis to increase the body's ability to respond correctly to the situation.

The pituitary is called the master gland because it controls and regulates all of the other glands in the body. It is a pea-sized gland straight back from the bridge of your nose. The Hypothalamus is in the core of the brain and actually regulates the pituitary, but is not called the master gland because it does not control all the other glands of the body as does the pituitary. 

The adrenal glands sit atop both kidneys like melting scoops of ice cream. The adrenals are the primary stress response glands of the body. They motivate the rest of the body to prepare for battle against whatever perceived attack is present. You might say they are our body's security alarm system. 

The adrenal glands are one of the first glands to fatigue when a person is stuck for a prolonged period in the "fight or flight" mode of the sympathetic nervous system. This is because the adrenal glands are the primary driver of the entire sympathetic system. 

Optimum health is that point where our body, mind, and spirit can adapt instantly and correctly to any challenge in our internal and external environment, without losing coherence.

If you feel that your body has lost the ability to adapt correctly to its environment, then stay tuned...this is a huge topic, and I am going to post more on this subject. It is important to know and understand all the players in the body when addressing illness, fatigue, stress, infection, and post-infection.


For over 20 years the Hansa Center for Optimum Health, in Wichita, Kansas has specialized in the restoration of health for people with previously unresponsive and chronic illnesses of virtually all types. Over 85% of people come from other states and countries. If you have done everything you and your doctor know to do and are still struggling, contact our wonderful Patient Care Coordinator, Kara, at patientcare@hansacenter.com, for information on the exciting new treatments we have developed at the Hansa Center for Optimum Health. For additional info, visit our website at www.HansaCenter.com.

This article is for educational purposes. Before implementing any supplements/remedies always consult with your healthcare professional. Due to the complexity of the human condition there remains the possibility of symptoms getting worse. Again, discuss this protocol with your health care professional before beginning, and stop or get support if your condition worsens. This protocol is not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or mitigate any disease or illness, and has not been evaluated by the FDA.
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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Functional Heart Problems and Lyme Disease



The month of May is Lyme Disease Awareness month! A very common symptom of chronic Lyme disease is many and various heart problems, such as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).

It is fairly common for POTS patients to have a noticeable drop in blood pressure upon standing, but some POTS patients have no change or even an increase in blood pressure upon standing.

POTS patients often have hypovolemia (low blood volume) and high levels of plasma norepinephrine (from the adrenal glands) while standing, reflecting Autonomic Nervous System disregulation (dysautonomia) causing increased sympathetic nervous system activation.

Many POTS patients also experience fatigue, headaches, lightheadedness, heart palpitations, exercise intolerance, nausea, diminished concentration, tremulousness (shaking), syncope (fainting), coldness or pain in the extremeties, chest pain and shortness of breath.

The many heart and circulatory problems seen in POTS can be caused by Lyme Endocarditis as a result of metabolic toxins produced by the spirochetes (bacteria) of Lyme. The primary toxin identified through clinical research is the accumulation of ammonia (NH3) in the heart, brain, and other infected tissues.

While eliminating the toxins and the bacteria can create a favorable environment for the body to be restored, the POTS symptoms often remain.

In the following link I introduce and discuss the profound new innovation called NeuroCardial Synchronization™, that was developed at the Hansa Center to specifically address the heart and brain disturbances of POTS. http://ehlradio.com/ArchivedShows/2014/051114ehl.mp3
Keep reading to learn how modern phonocardiograms have changed what is possible in diagnosing and treatment functional heart problems.

Although it is difficult to read this picture, the blue box at the top left shows what a normal phonocardiogram should look like. Each of the other boxes show some of the problems that can be found in a dysfunctional heart.



Phonocardiography, is the use of a high-definition, digital, electronic stethoscope, linked to a computer program in order to record the sounds of the heart. From these recordings we can identify problems in heart that are often undetectable using ECG's and other conventional heart tests. 

Phonocardiology, when used in tandem with the powerful testing ability of BioResonance Scanning™ is a system of treatment now called NeuroCardial Synchronization™(NCS). Since NCS is such a new innovation, a Google search will likely not get any hits on the topic. At this time NCS is only available at the Hansa Center for Optimum Health, in Wichita, Kansas.

Phonocardiology has the potential to identify problems in the heart arising from toxins, infections, hypoxia from poor hemoglobin synthesis, emotional and mental stress, structural, biochemical, and neurological problems. 

Correcting the problems identified on Phonocardiogram requires the doctor to determine what is interfering with the optimum structure and function of the problem area. This may be a musculoskeletal interference, a neuromuscular interference, an neuropsychological interference, a nutritional deficiency, a metabolic toxicity, allergy, just to name a few, but in all cases the treatments are using natural means to work to restore the optimum function and structure of what has gone wrong. No pharmaceuticals or invasive treatments are ever used by our doctors.

It appears that virtually every chronic illness has different heart problems associated with the illness. This shouldn't be a surprise when one considers that the heart plays such a huge role in regulating all of the DNA of the body, and is indeed secreting hormones that influence every tissue and organ in the body. 

People treated with have often stated that they experience not just a disappearance of their heart rhythm problems, but a greater sense of well-being on every level. As sense of well-being, peace, is the normal state of the heart that is functioning optimally.

At this time, our doctors are only working with people who are chronically ill, but who do not take pharmaceuticals for their heart. If you, like so many other people, abhor the idea of taking a pharmaceutical 
for the rest of your life to deal with a heart issue, NeuroCardial Synchronization may offer a better solution. 

If you have any heart problems, such as cardiac arrhythmia, dysautonomia, chronic fatigue syndrome, cognitive disturbances, or other chronic illnesses this may offer you a way out of the nightmare. Clinical outcomes have been very encouraging. Without the use of pharmaceutical drugs we have been able to correct almost every case of arrhythmia, valve regurgitation, and tachycardia, when there is no irreparable damage to the heart.

The technology used in this treatment is so new that we have not trained any doctors outside of the Hansa Center yet. NeuroCardial Synchronization™ is a technique that we have pioneered here at the Hansa Center. The really nice thing is that the repeat phonocardiology testing verifies the effect of the treatments within each office visit, so there is no "over glamorizing" of this process. It either works and you can see the change on your phonocardiogram during that same visit, or it doesn't which you can also immediately see. Thankfully we are almost always seeing impressive improvements.


Read more about NCS.

To learn more watch a lecture presented by Dr. Jernigan on this topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZAu7azfXt0

The ideal doctor is not a specialist in diseases, but one who understands disease, yet specializes in restoring what is optimum.






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