Acid Reflux, Hiatal Hernia and the Hazards of Nexium, Prilosec, et al.

Hiatal hernia is a structural alignment problem that is very very common in the population. How common? Three of my immediate family members have been diagnosed with it. I see usually several cases every week in my practice. Sometime patients know they have it but usually they don’t. They will often have problems with indigestion, stomach pain, bloating, coughing, hiccups, heart palpitations, and sometimes constipation due to incomplete digestion in the stomach.

The problem starts with an asymmetry of muscle strength around the trunk muscles. A major muscle or muscle group that attaches to the lower ribs is weak. This is usually because of back injury or strain on the abdominal muscles, like in pregnancy. The weakness allows the ribcage to elevate on one side, causing a gap in the diaphragm and allowing the stomach to be pulled up into the chest cavity. The “hernia” of a hiatal hernia is not usually a tearing or a rip like other hernias (inguinal or abdominal.) The diaphragm is not a solid layer of muscles, it’s overlapping segments that can gap if the ribcage is not properly aligned.

Acid reflux and hiatal hernia are two very closely associated conditions because the stomach gets pulled up through the hiatus (the normal opening in the diaphragm that is supposed to be tight enough to not allow this situation.) Instant digestion wreckage! Many chiropractors know how to fix this. I personally treat five to ten patients a week typically with this condition with excellent results. This safe and natural treatment allows patients to avoid or discontinue medications that alleviate the symptoms of reflux and heartburn but do nothing to fix the cause, and also compromise good digestion by inhibiting stomach acid.

I learned how to reduce the cause of hiatal hernia and stomach  indigestion from other practitioners. If you have this condition, ask your chiropractor if they know how to fix it. I have the technique written up and available to share.

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Abby’s Table summer solstice dinner was very very good!

18 of my patients and friends gathered last night at Abby’s Table, and we dined on fabulously delicious food – all wheat, dairy, soy and corn free cuisine. The theme was an Alice Waters/Chez Panisse style garlic feast. It was a first course of artichoke garlic spread on wheat free crostini, the second was a salad of chard, fresh peas, roasted beets, garlic greens, and a mint viniagrette. The main course was a chicken breast stuffed with a kale stuffing and served with a garlic scape pesto, the chicken was outstanding, very good quality. There was delicious side dishes of quinoa potato cakes and roasted heirloom tomatoes. The big finale was truly a show stopper: garlic olive oil “ice cream” made with coconut milk and served with a raw chocolate sauce. Swoon!

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Here’s What We’re Eating at Abby’s Table Next Thursday 6/21/12!

First: Creamy Artichoke and Roasted Garlic Dip with Toasted Crostini Points

Second: Biotola Salad with Golden Beets, Sugar Snap Peas, Edible Flowers and Spearmint Dressing

Main: Stuffed Chicken with Lacinto Kale and Garlic Scape Pesto

(Vegan/Vegetarian Main Option – Stuffed Zucchini with Lacinto Kale and Garlic Scape Pesto)

Entrees served with Local Broiled Tomatoes and Crispy Quinoa Potato Cakes!

Dessert: Garlic and Olive Oil Ice Cream with Chocolate Truffles and Rosemary Salt!!

OMG!

$30 for the meal and the experience!    

(Drinks cost extra or BYOB!)

How Do I sign up?

Two Steps:

1)    Email or call Better Forever and say you are going. (You can just reply to this email.)

2)    Click Here and sign up for the number of people in your party.  You will have to give your credit card.  It is easy to choose the option where they will not charge you beforehand.  Your cc number just saves the spot.  Even if you cover for 4 other people for dinner, they can pay at the end of the meal.

We encourage you to sign up now.  Seats are limited and we’ve had a good response!

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Garlic Scapes

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Solstice dinner at Abby’s Table will feature muscle testing for food sensitivities!

Better Forever is super excited to co-host a special summer solstice dinner on June 21, 2012 at Abby’s Table!This is a wheat-free, dairy-free, corn-free and soy-free dinner event at Abby’s Table on Thursday June 21st at 7PM (just three blocks from our office on SE Ankeny and 6th.)
What is Abby’s Table?
Abby’s Table  is a farm-to-table clean foods supper club that also has cooking classes and catered events right in our neighborhood at SE 6th and Ankeny. They regularly host gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free four-course, family style meals with rotating themes. Check out their website for wonderful recipes and a fabulous video on how to make salad rolls, with narration describing the health benefits of the ingredients! We love Abby’s Table!
Here is their mission: Inspiring flavors and healthy foods on every table with Abby’s Table.  Fresh, easy to please cuisine that is 100% gluten, dairy, and soy free.  Through community dinners, catering and classes we hope to build a healthy food culture by making it fun and accessible to all types of eaters.
What is so special about the meal on June 21st?
1) Jeanne Kennedy Crosby will give a little talk on food sensitivities and do some muscle testing for people who are interested. She is a chiropractor and Applied Kinesiologist who has had a nutrition-oriented practice in Portland since 2001. She is an experienced muscle tester who designs nutritional healing programs for her patients, and also has resolved her own health problems using nutrition. Hear her latest insights on why food sensitivities are becoming common in our population, what foods you should avoid no matter what, and how muscle testing can help identify your food sensitivities, guide your healing process and keep you on point to succeed with your health goals.
2) This dinner is open to Jeanne’s patients, friends, and community, as well as the public.
3) The theme is: Northwest Foods and Summer Solstice

How cool! How much does it cost?
$30 for the meal and the experience!
(Drinks cost extra or BYOB!)

How Do I sign up?
Two Steps:
1)    Email or call Better Forever and say you are going. (You can just reply to this email.)
2)    Click Here and sign up for the number of people in your party.  You will have to give your credit card.  It is easy to choose the option where they will not charge you beforehand.  Your cc number just saves the spot.  Even if you cover for 4 other people for dinner, they can pay at the end of the meal.
We encourage you to sign up soon.  It’s a special occasion and is likely to fill up fast!

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Anxiety and Depression: Free Class 2/15/12

On Wednesday February 15 at 7PM I will be hosting a class at my office intended to inform and help people who have depression and anxiety.

Our long grey winters that often turn into long grey springs make Portland Oregon a hub of seasonal depression, but there are other key factors besides light that can lift a mood when identified and addressed. I’ll be discussing thyroid and adrenal health, blood sugar, frontal brain stress, and sleep quality.

People with anxiety need to have their thyroids and pituitaries checked for hyperactivity. These patients often have sleep issues and that will be discussed.

I’ll also be discussing muscle testing analysis, herbs, nutritional strategies, fish oils and homeopathic remedies that are helpful in certain cases.

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Group Cleanse Wrap Up.

Today is the 22nd day since I started the Standard Process 21 day cleanse, which means I’m not on a cleanse anymore!

The group did great. Everyone seemed pleased with the changes and looked at it as an opportunity to kick-start the new year on the right track. I am personally going to continue many of the changes I made and add new things back in slowly. Today I had some eggs, fried in butter, which is a very common thing for me to do, but I had no eggs for the last three weeks. So far so good, I don’t believe I’m sensitive to eggs so I wanted to get that one out of the way first. Next I’ll probably add in potatoes, though I really didn’t miss them (I didn’t miss eggs either.) I’ve so thoroughly enjoyed eating yams and sweet potatoes baked in the oven, white potatoes don’t sound too exciting. We’ll see if the Irish potato gene kicks in.

Next Group cleanse is in May! Staring date to be announced soon. I’ll be doing it again too.

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First Birthday while Cleansing!

Yeah, it’s my birthday, my 46th to be exact. Deep into the forties! Time flies. It’s also the 13th day of my 21 day cleanse. As of 2 days ago I have been adding some protein to the diet in the form of chicken and fish.

The cleanse is still going great, I feel lighter every day, I’m not hungry, unless I’m hungry, and then it’s more of an acknowledgement than an emergency.

I had a nice grapefruit today, a large strawberry and blueberry smoothie, an orange and a minneola tangelo early in the day. Todd and I ate dinner at Salty’s on the Columbia. We had a great table with a lovely river view. We had a large platter of fresh seafood, including oysters, shrimp, crab, and scallops. We had a delicious plate of wild Oregon mushrooms sauteed in garlic, and we had some delicious broccolini. Todd told the waitress it was his birthday, and he got a free piece of cake. She knew it was really my birthday!

I probably overate, but I don’t feel like I cheated. Tomorrow’s the third group meeting with my other cleansers.

Check out the legs! We did not eat all of this.

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First Rock Show while Cleansing!

I play bass in a three piece rock band, Miss Massive Snowflake. Last night, on Day 10 of the cleanse (another notoriously tough day according to the experts) I had a gig! So I ate a nice dinner of brussel sprouts and a baked buttered sweet potato and went down to the club with an orange in my pocket. I won’t be needing those drink tickets, thank you!

Today is Day 11 and I get to have protein, either chicken or fish. I have both in the fridge. I’ll be having some baked cod and veggies for brunch, then I’m going in to the office for a full afternoon of work (I work one Sunday per month, it’s always popular). Baked chicken thighs is one of my favorite dinners.

I seem to have broken through and I lost 3 more pounds, 6 total. My skin, which has been a big problem for me the last 2 years, looks way way better! I’m really happy about that, I’d sacrifice the weight loss for clear skin.

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Day 8 of 21! First week down! Two more to go!

My group of 21-Day Cleansers met last night and we shared experiences and recipes, it was very positive. Everyone’s doing well and no one is hungry. There even seems to be a general feeling that ‘we’re eating so much food.’ Everyone’s reporting feeling good and having good energy. Today we start the second part of the liver cleanse focused on Phase Two Detoxification. This is the “Garbage Truck” part of the detoxification process where substances are moved out that are needing to be excreted. We’re using a product for this called SP Green Food, made out of brussell sprouts, kale and alfalfa.

My lunch yesterday was amazing! Every bite I was compelled to say YUM. It’s 1/2 a baked yam drizzled with olive oil, and a salad made with arugula, shredded carrot and zucchini, chopped red pepper, finely chopped fresh ginger, and a squeeze of Meyer Lemon. Also coarse ground sea salt.

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Cleanse Report: Day 6

Here I am on day 6 of my 21 Day Purification Program! I can’t decide if it’s going by fast or slow.

Right now I’m eating through a big pile of arugula and cilantro that I bought, so lots of salads. I roasted broccoli and brought it for lunch along with 1/2 a baked yam (OMG, baked yams are the bomb), and of course an arugula and cilantro salad, with cherry tomatoes. I made a larger salad last night and put half of it away to take for lunch today. I really like eating this way! I’m way more on time than I’ve ever been because I seem to have a much easier time making my breakfast and lunch in the AM, so I’m getting out of the house earlier. It’s great to eat so many vegetables, I’m really enjoying it.

 

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