The Thyroid and the Importance of pH!

–by Dr. Michael L. Johnson

 

Your body is alkaline by design and acid by function.

 

Normal body pH is 6.4 to 7.0.  Ideally, you should start the day with a body pH of 6.9 to 7.0 upon awakening.  As the day progresses, the body accumulates waste by-products, and the pH should slightly decrease to 6.4 to 6.6 until the body discharges the waste via the liver, kidneys and lymphatic system.

 

In my 30 years of practice, I have found that many chronic illnesses usually begin with the patient being acidic – in other words, they suffer from low pH.  In the beginning, the patient “feels fine” but since their pH is acidic it is a slow spiral downward toward ill health.  Add in the fact that they are not creating methyl groups because of low HCL in their stomach (please see my article on The Importance of Methyl Groups), and it is a recipe for disaster!

 

#1: Buffering the Blood

 

When you’re acidic, your body leaches minerals out of your bone to buffer your blood!  This is NOT GOOD because you are heading toward osteopenia and/or osteoporosis.

 

#2: Heavy Metal Toxicity

 

When you are acidic, you are at greater risk for heavy metal toxicity, which in turn causes a downward spiral of free radicals!  Calcium lines the brush border cells of the gut to prevent the absorption of heavy metals, and when you are acidic, you have lower levels of available calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals like selenium and zinc.

 

In addition, lower levels of essential minerals allow for the creation of free radicals in the body.  The mitochondria are the powerhouses of the human cell, and free radicals damage the mitochondria.  Mitochondrial DNA is 10 times more sensitive to free radical damage.

 

The good news is that this extreme vulnerability of mitochondrial DNA can be protected by targeted nutraceutical agents!  The most profound of which is DHLA (dihydrolipoic acid), the reduced form of alpha lipoic acid, which is now available in stable form for the first time in history. DHLA promotes a dramatic increase in cellular ATP (energy) and quenches every known free radical (both RNS and ROS species) that can occur in living tissue.

 

I use a DHLA product called Neuro-ND in my practice to address free radicals and excitotoxins.  Neuro-ND is produced by Premier Research Labs (PRL).  Here is a list of its benefits:

 

Neuro-ND = DHLA (dihydrolipoic acid)

 

–ATP Boosting!

 

–Quenches every free known radical in living tissue!

 

–Regenerates vital anti-oxidants like CoQ10, glutathione, NADH, Vit. C and E!

 

Neuro-ND and Quinol-ND are currently on back order and they will be available in early 2013.  What do I use in the meantime?  A product from Hope Science, IP-6, which is a very strong anti-oxidant, and PRL’s CoQ10.  Both products are available at www.drjsupplements.com.

 

Importance of pH and the thyroid gland…

 

Many doctors (physicians, chiropractors, naturopaths) are addressing thyroid issues but they are not checking the patient’s pH level.  In my opinion, this is a HUGE MISTAKE.

 

 

Here’s why…

 

The minerals that create an alkaline environment in the body (6.4-7.0) – calcium, magnesium and other trace minerals – are VERY IMPORTANT to the thyroid patient because every cell in the body has thyroid hormone receptor and the cells need to accept T3 to survive.  They cannot accept T3 without those minerals!  If a patient has a low pH, guess what?  They are low in these essential minerals and they are unable to accept T3!  Do you wonder WHY some thyroid patients are not responding?  This could be the reason!

 

T4 to T3 conversion is dependent on zinc, and low levels of selenium will cause inactivity of T3!  Should patients be taking handfuls of zinc and selenium?  NO!  Get the body pH up and increase their stomach acid (HCL) so they can absorb the correct amount of zinc and selenium from their food.

 

Zinc is mainly found in beef, lamb, veal, crab, shrimp, scallops, turkey, pumpkin, sesame and squash seeds, oysters, peanuts, and yogurt.

 

Selenium is mainly found in tuna, cod, halibut, sardines, shrimp, salmon, beef, turkey, and lamb.

 

#3: Lowered Immune Response

 

Being acidic creates a welcoming environment for viruses and bacteria to flourish!  Therefore, pH is a huge player in immunity!  I strongly feel that part of the reason for the autoimmune epidemic in the U.S. is chronic low pH levels.

If you have noticed that you are more susceptible to colds and flu, this is one of the reasons WHY!

 

How do you check you pH level?  It is a very simple process of checking your first morning urine after 5 a.m. with a pH test strip that we have available at any health food store or at www.drjsupplements.com.  Please note that one urine pH test is not sufficient, you need to check your first morning pH

for at least a week and preferably two weeks to see a consistent pattern.

 

#4: THE PARATHYROID!

 

The problem is that everyone and their uncle are addressing the thyroid gland with their patient population, but NO ONE is addressing the parathyroid issue!!  The thyroid and parathyroid work hand-in-hand, and the major function of the parathyroid gland is to maintain the body’s calcium level!  It BUFFERS the blood!  HEEELLLLLOOOOOO!!!  Everyone is addressing the thyroid without addressing the parathyroid which is akin to exercising to lose weight but never addressing your diet.  Yes, lab-wise you could check the parathyroid hormone, BUT if the calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and/or Vitamin D levels are off, there is a great chance that the parathyroid is not functioning and it needs to be addressed.

 

If your parathyroid isn’t working, guess what?   YOUR BLOOD WILL NOT BE BUFFERED AND YOU WILL BE ACIDIC!!!

 

In addition, the parathyroid is the MOST sensitive organ of the body for heavy metal toxins!

 

What is the #1 nutrient to support the parathyroid?  Green Tea-ND from Premier Reseach Labs (PRL).  One teaspoon of it is like drinking 40 cups of green tea.  Green Tea-ND is high in polyphenols which have been shown to protect DNA from radiation damage, support connective tissue, help with digestion, and supports the immune, circulatory, and lymphatic systems.

 

Low pH and Chronic Pain!

People that suffer from chronic, unrelenting pain suffer from low pH.  If the first morning urine pH is consistently lower than 6.4, the patient is in chronic pain throughout their body.

 

Low pH and Cancer!

Studies have shown that cancer loves two things, an anaerobic (lack of oxygen) and acidic environment.  Increasing your pH will help prevent cancer.

 

HOW DO YOU CORRECT LOW pH?

 

Drink plenty of good water (distilled or filtered water…. a minimum of 1/2 oz. per lb. of body wt per day or simply divide your body weight by 2), change your diet (more veggies, eliminate junk food and “white death”—white flour, white sugar and white salt), supplement with the pH Quartet (PRL’s D3, Aloe Pro, Aloe Mannan and Coral Legend…all available at www.drjsupplements.com).  It should be noted that if a patient suffers from a chronic infection (H.pylori, parasites, liver fluke, etc.), their lowered pH will not increase until the infection is addressed.  Finally, coffee enemas are great at helping to increase overall body pH because they help to detoxify the liver.

 

What if the patient’s first morning urine pH is over 7.0?

 

If the first morning urine pH is consistently over 7.0, the body is in severe alkalosis.   The minute that you supplement the patient with a pH above 7.0, their pH will crash to 4.5 or lower.  I have seen it happen in a number of cases in my office so I make sure to tell the patient what will happen beforehand.

 

Again, body pH is very easy to test with a box of pH test strips from www.drjsupplements.com. Follow the directions on the box but make sure that it is the first morning urine after 5 a.m. that is tested.  Saliva pH testing is NOT as accurate because it has not gone through the body’s metabolism.  Trust me, I have already checked it on several patients.  Their salivary pH is WNL (within normal limits) and their urinary pH was very acidic.   Both salivary and urine pH were checked at the same time.

 

Finally, I strongly recommend that patients DO NOT drink alkaline water as it will alkalize their stomach and NOT their body.  You want the stomach ACIDIC not alkaline so it can digest your food and create methyl groups! (Please see my article The Importance of Methyl Groups)  I have had patients that have drunk alkaline water for years and when we check their first morning urine pH, they were acidic!  They had depleted their body of methyl groups due to lack of stomach acid (HCL) and they were heading down the road to cancer and/or other chronic diseases!

 

I only use Premier Research Labs (PRL) nutritional supplements in my office because they are natural, live-source nutritional supplements that are excipient-free.

 

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Johnson at mljohnson@askdrjohnson.com.

 

Dr. Michael L. Johnson is a Board-Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and has been in private practice in Appleton, WI since 1983.  He is the author of five books.  His first is What Do You Do When the Medications Don’t Work?—A Non-Drug Treatment of Dizziness, Migraine Headaches, Fibromyalgia and Other Chronic Conditions is available on Amazon.com.  Dr. Johnson’s second book,You Can Beat Cancer…Naturally! , his third book, You Can Beat Thyroid Disease…Naturally!, his fourth book, You Can Beat Fibromyalgia…Naturally!, and his fifth book, You Can Beat Autoimmune Conditions…Naturally!  are all available as a FREE download e-book at www.askdrjohnson.com.  His sixth book, You Can Beat Heart Disease…Naturally!, will be released later this spring.   Dr. Johnson’s YouTube and Facebook pages are at “Dr. Michael Johnson.”

 

 

 

 

The Thyroid and the Liver

–by Dr. Michael L. Johnson

Many of us grew up with the Wonder Bread commercial telling us how it “helps build strong bodies 12 ways!”  What the commercial failed to tell us is that Americans have been consuming “enriched” or “fortified” white flour since the 1940’s and it is slowly killing them.

 

The problem is that white flour is “enriched” or “fortified” with rock forms of iron.  That’s correct, they literally take iron ore, pulverize it, and add it to white flour.

 

Yes, it’s true, iron is vital to make a substance in your body called tyrosine, but over time, rock iron accumulation signals the liver not to absorb more iron so it can’t make tyrosine.

 

You need tyrosine to make the thyroid hormone thyroxine (aka.T4) and adrenaline.

 

One of the functions of adrenaline is holding magnesium in the blood.  Magnesium is important for…

 

–Proper bone formation

 

–Maintaining normal muscle function

 

–Releasing energy from muscle storage

 

–Regulating body temperature

 

–Proper absorption of calcium

 

Since adrenaline can’t be made because of rock iron accumulation causing a lack of tyrosine, many patients suffer from magnesium deficiencies.   They find themselves supplementing with magnesium supplements but they never address the cause… low adrenaline levels due to decreased tyrosine levels.

 

Back to the liver…

 

Anytime that I see a patient suffering from a hormone problem (male or female whether increased or decreased), an iron problem (including serum iron, ferritin, transferrin and/or TIBC), a problem with RBCs, or a B-vitamin (esp. B12 or folic acid), I immediately start thinking that the patient is suffering from a liver disorder. The liver is the cause!

 

Think for a minute about the functions of the liver.  The liver is important for…

 

•       Bile production and excretion

•       Excretion of bilirubin, cholesterol, hormones, and drugs

•       Metabolism of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates

•       Enzyme activation

•       Storage of glycogen, vitamins, and minerals

•       Synthesis of plasma proteins, such as albumin, and clotting factors

•       Blood detoxification and purification

 

Can you see why the liver is such a major player in our health?

 

The main reason why many doctors fail to address liver disorders is that the lab ranges of the liver enzymes and other tests are very broad.  The liver enzymes are normally contained in the cells and if the liver is injured or damaged, the liver cells spill the enzymes into the blood.

 

The lab range for the liver enzymes ALT (SGPT) and AST (SGOT) are 10-40 (and I have seen some labs go as high as 10-60), while the functional or optimal range is 10-26!  A patient can have an ALT range of 35 and an AST reading of 37 and their physician will tell them that their liver function is “normal.”  No, it’s not, and it needs to be addressed for them to regain their health!

 

Many doctors are addressing thyroid patients BUT they are not addressing the patient’s liver issues and this is flat out wrong!  The liver plays a major role in thyroid function because 60% of T4 is converted to T3 in the liver.  The other 20% of T4 is converted to T3 in the stomach (yet another reason why you need optimal amounts of stomach acid – please see my article on Methyl Groups) and the final 20% in the periphery.

 

T4 to T3 conversion is also dependent on zinc!  Should thyroid patients gobble down handfuls of zinc supplements?  No, I strongly feel that patients should get trace minerals from their diet.  Beef, lamb, veal, crab, shrimp, scallops, turkey, pumpkin, sesame and squash seeds, oysters, peanuts, and yogurt all contain good levels of zinc.

 

Low levels of selenium will cause inactivity of T3 and that is also not good for a thyroid patient!   Tuna, cod, halibut, sardines, shrimp, salmon, beef, turkey, and lamb all contain high levels of selenium.

 

In order for T3 to be accepted by the cells it needs calcium, magnesium and trace minerals.  This is WHY it is vital to have sufficient mineral absorption and your pH between 6.4 and 7.0.  (Please see my article on the importance of pH.)

 

 

 

 

Homocysteine

 

Homocysteine is an amino acid that can be generated in response to a toxic or nutritionally deficient diet.

 

When homocysteine is increased in the blood, it is linked to massive inflammation and neurodegeneration!

 

In Alzheimer’s disease and many other chronic diseases, we find a significant increase in homocysteine in the blood tests. Since homocysteine is a powerful excitotoxin and neurotoxin, elevated homocysteine levels have been found to make symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic conditions worse. The metabolic breakdown components of homocysteine alter the NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) receptor sites, leading to multiple negative effects, including free radicals and a massive inflammatory cascade!

These free radicals and inflammation can trigger an autoimmune response in which the patient’s immune system attacks the thyroid gland and/or other body systems.

Free radicals, excitotoxins and inflammation can all be successfully addressed via diet and by using proper nutritional supplemental protocols.

 

Liver and inflammation problems in the body can be addressed successfully using natural protocols.  I recommend Max B-ND, Liver-ND and coffee enemas (see my article on Coffee enemas) to help detoxify and heal the liver.  CoCurcumin from Ayush Herbs and Inflamma-ND and Green Tea-ND from PRL are great for reducing inflammation. In closing, I only use Premier Research Labs (PRL) nutritional supplements, Ayush Herbs and Hope Science products in my office because they are natural, live-source nutritional supplements that are excipient-free.

 

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Johnson at mljohnson@askdrjohnson.com.

 

Dr. Michael L. Johnson is a Board-Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and has been in private practice in Appleton, WI since 1983.  He is the author of five books.  His first is What Do You Do When the Medications Don’t Work?—A Non-Drug Treatment of Dizziness, Migraine Headaches, Fibromyalgia and Other Chronic Conditions is available on Amazon.com.  His second book,You Can Beat Cancer…Naturally! , his third book, You Can Beat Thyroid Disease…Naturally!, his fourth book,You Can Beat Fibromyalgia…Naturally!, and his fifth book, You Can Beat Autoimmune Conditions…Naturally!  are all available as a FREE download e-book at www.askdrjohnson.com.  His sixth book, You Can Beat Heart Disease…Naturally!, will be released later this spring.  Dr. Johnson’s YouTube and Facebook pages are at “Dr. Michael Johnson.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Thyroid and the Adrenal Glands

–by Dr. Michael L. Johnson

 

The adrenal glands are small, triangular glands located on top of both kidneys.  An adrenal gland is made of two parts–the outer region, called the adrenal cortex, and the inner region, called the adrenal medulla.

 

Function of the adrenal glands

 

The adrenal glands work interactively with the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. For example, for the adrenal gland to produce corticosteroid hormones:  The hypothalamus produces corticotropin-releasing hormones that stimulate the pituitary gland.  The pituitary gland, in turn, produces corticotropin hormones that stimulate the adrenal glands.  The adrenal glands make and release corticosteroid hormones.  To put it simply, the adrenal glands are your “stress glands.”  They are vital to your bodily function in times of stress.

 

Both parts of the adrenal glands–the adrenal cortex and the adrenal medulla–perform very separate functions.

 

The adrenal cortex

 

The adrenal cortex secretes hormones that have an effect on the body’s metabolism, on chemicals in the blood, and on certain body characteristics. The adrenal cortex secretes corticosteroids and other hormones directly into the bloodstream. The hormones produced by the adrenal cortex include:

 

Corticosteroid hormones:

 

Hydrocortisone (cortisol). This hormone helps control the body’s use of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.

 

Corticosterone. This hormone, together with hydrocortisone, suppresses inflammatory reactions in the body and also affects the immune system.

 

Aldosterone. This hormone regulates the level of sodium excreted into the urine and maintains blood volume and blood pressure.

 

Androgenic steroids (androgen hormones). These hormones are converted elsewhere in the body to female hormones (estrogens) and male hormones (androgens); however, these steroid hormones are produced in much larger amounts by the ovaries in women and testes in men.

 

The adrenal medulla:

 

The adrenal medulla, the inner part of the adrenal gland, is not essential to life, but helps a person cope with physical and emotional stress. The adrenal medulla secretes the following hormones:

 

Epinephrine (also called adrenaline): This hormone helps the body to respond to a stressful situation by increasing the heart rate and force of heart contractions, facilitates blood flow to the muscles and brain, causes relaxation of smooth muscles, helps with conversion of glycogen to glucose in the liver, and other activities.  Adrenaline also holds magnesium in the blood.   Magnesium is important for…

 

–Proper bone formation

 

–Maintains normal muscle function

 

–Releases energy from muscle storage

 

–Regulates body temperature

 

–Proper absorption of calcium

 

Low magnesium at the neuron (the nerve cell) can lead to the production of protein kinase C2, which in turn, can increase inflammatory arachidonic acid!

 

Norepinephrine (also called noradrenaline): This hormone has little effect on smooth muscle, metabolic processes, and cardiac output, but has strong vasoconstrictive effects, thus increasing blood pressure.

 

Over the years, I have found that chronic depression is usually associated with adrenal dysfunction.

 

The adrenal glands need ALL of the following to work properly…

 

#1: Water (GOOD QUALITY…distilled or filtered)

 

#2: Salt (Pink Salt NOT highly-processed white salt)

 

#3: B vitamins (Natural, live-source NOT coal-tar derived petroleum-based synthetic) – I use Max B-ND from Premier Research Labs (PRL) which I have found to be the best on the market.

 

#4: Vit C (Natural, live-source, NOT ascorbic acid!)  Again, I use PRL’s Vitamin C.

 

#5: 5 or more hours of continuous sleep to make adrenaline!

 

#6: The patient has to be off all of the adrenal killers…caffeine, alcohol and sugar.

 

As a side note, patients that feel groggy in the morning or have a hard time waking up in the morning usually suffer from an adrenal problem.  Patients that have difficulty falling asleep at night usually suffer from a gall bladder problem and patients that wake up in the middle of the night and cannot fall back to sleep usually have a stomach problem.

The adrenal glands can be successfully addressed via diet and by using proper nutritional supplemental protocols.  I use Max B-ND, Vitamin C, Pink Salt, AdrenaVen and/or Adaptogen R3 from Premier Research Labs (PRL) to support the adrenals.

 

Adaptogen R3 will decrease hormones that are high and increase hormones that are low.  I only use Premier Research Labs (PRL) nutritional supplements in my office because they are natural, live-source nutritional supplements that are excipient-free.

 

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Johnson at mljohnson@askdrjohnson.com.

 

Dr. Michael L. Johnson is a Board-Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and has been in private practice in Appleton, WI since 1983.  He is the author of five books.  His first is What Do You Do When the Medications Don’t Work?—A Non-Drug Treatment of Dizziness, Migraine Headaches, Fibromyalgia and Other Chronic Conditions is available on Amazon.com.  Dr. Johnson’s second book,You Can Beat Cancer…Naturally!, his third book, You Can Beat Thyroid Disease…Naturally!, his fourth book,You Can Beat Fibromyalgia…Naturally!, and his fifth book, You Can Beat Autoimmune Conditions…Naturally!  are all available as a FREE download e-book at www.askdrjohnson.com.  His sixth book, You Can Beat Heart Disease…Naturally!, will be released later this spring.  Dr. Johnson’s YouTube and Facebook pages are at “Dr. Michael Johnson.”

 

 

 

 

 

The Thyroid and the Gallbladder

–by Dr. Michael L. Johnson

 

The gallbladder stores and concentrates bile from the liver and releases it into the small intestine to further digest food, especially fats.

 

BILE FUNCTION

 

Bile has two major functions in the body…

 

#1: It breaks down the fats that you eat so that your body can utilize them. Without adequate bile you do not metabolize your fats well which can result in a deficiency of the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K). You may also have problems digesting the essential fatty acids. Other symptoms would be trouble utilizing calcium, dry skin, peeling on the soles of your feet, etc.

 

Excessive burping after a fatty meal is one way to tell if the patient is having difficulty digesting fats. They may feel nauseous or experience gas and bloating.

 

#2:  Bile is a VERY powerful antioxidant that helps to remove toxins from the liver.  The liver filters toxins (bacteria, viruses, drugs or other foreign substances the body doesn’t want) and sends them out via the bile, which is made in the liver. The pathway of departure is from the liver through the bile ducts and into the gallbladder or directly into the small intestine where it joins waste matter and leaves through the colon with the feces. A healthy liver produces about a quart to a quart and a half of bile daily. If patients have gallbladder problems, they would do well to cleanse their liver and bowel too. Many people with sluggish gallbladders have a tendency towards constipation.

 

Almost everyone over the age of 40 y.o. has issues with their gallbladder because of years of the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.).

 

It is Vitamin B6 that keeps the bile salts in suspension in the gallbladder.  The problem is that we live in a high stress society, and it is high stress (along with birth control pills and HRT) that depletes B6!

 

Since B6 keeps the bile salts in suspension, if you do not have adequate amounts of B6, you will not absorb fats.

 

Many doctors are providing their patients with Vitamin D to support their immune system and overall health BUT they fail to remember that Vitamin D is NOT a vitamin, it is a hormone!  More specifically, Vitamin D is A FAT!  When you supplement with Vitamin D but you do not address the gallbladder (and liver…please see my article, The Liver!), the patient will not be absorb it or if they are able to absorb it, it will be minimal amounts.   The same holds true for the essential fatty acid supplements (fish oil) that many patients take to improve their health.

 

As a side note, patients that have difficulty falling asleep at night usually suffer from a gall bladder problem.  Patients that wake up in the middle of the night and cannot fall back to sleep usually suffer from a stomach problem and feeling groggy in the morning is an adrenal issue.

 

Problems with the gallbladder can be successfully addressed via diet and by using proper nutritional supplemental protocols.  I use BiliVen and Gall Bladder-ND from Premier Research Labs (PRL) to support and address the gallbladder.  I only use Premier Research Labs (PRL) nutritional supplements in my office because they are natural, live-source nutritional supplements that are excipient-free.

 

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Johnson at mljohnson@askdrjohnson.com.

 

Dr. Michael L. Johnson is a Board-Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and has been in private practice in Appleton, WI since 1983.  He is the author of five books.  His first is What Do You Do When the Medications Don’t Work?—A Non-Drug Treatment of Dizziness, Migraine Headaches, Fibromyalgia and Other Chronic Conditions is available on Amazon.com.  Dr. Johnson’s second book,You Can Beat Cancer…Naturally!, his third book, You Can Beat Thyroid Disease…Naturally!, his fourth book,You Can Beat Fibromyalgia…Naturally!, and his fifth book, You Can Beat Autoimmune Conditions…Naturally!  are all available as a FREE download e-book at www.askdrjohnson.com.  His sixth book, You Can Beat Heart Disease…Naturally!, will be released later this spring.  Dr. Johnson’s YouTube and Facebook pages are at “Dr. Michael Johnson.”

 

 

 

 

 

The Thyroid and the Importance of Methyl Groups!

–by Dr. Michael L. Johnson

 

Did you ever wonder WHY all of a sudden someone develops a neurodegenerative disorder, heart disease, an autoimmune condition or even…cancer?

 

Did it just drop down out of the sky and land on their head?

 

No!  They expressed a “bad gene!”

 

How do you express “bad genes” like autoimmune, MS, ALS, Parkinson’s, heart disease or cancer?

 

The answer is depleted methyl groups!  Depletion of your body’s methyl groups is how “bad” genes are expressed. 

 

How are methyl groups in our body depleted?  By consuming a poor diet loaded with “white death”—white sugar, white flour, and white salt, “bad oils”—trans-fatty acids and hydrogenated oils, produce loaded with pesticides and herbicides, junk food, drinks loaded with caffeine, high-fructose corn syrup and acid, genetically-modified foods, and stress!

 

What helps create methyl groups?

 

HCL or stomach acid!

 

This is WHY it is vital for everyone to have the proper amount of stomach acid (HCL)!

 

We create massive amounts of HCL when we are young but as we age, we make less and less.  Again, further decreases in stomach acid or HCL are caused by excess stress and a poor diet.

 

Methyl groups are VITAL for normal cell replication at the level of the DNA! They literally turn genes “on” or “off.”

 

When you have depleted methyl groups, bad genes like cancer causing oncogenes are turned “on” and good genes, like cancer preventing tumor-suppressor genes, are turned “off.”

When you have sufficient methyl groups, good genes, like tumor suppressor genes, are turned “on”, and bad genes, like oncogenes, are turned “off.”

 

Methyl groups are also vital for phase II liver detoxification, protein methylation, homocysteine metabolism (increasing the methyl groups decreases inflammation), neurotransmitter synthesis, and nucleic acid synthesis.

Inadequate methylation capacity can lead to birth defects, depression, cognitive decline, diseases and cancer.   Impaired methylation has even been associated with autism.

 

So… a patient has depleted methyl groups and all of a sudden they come in contact with a toxin, prolonged exposure to EMFs, a dental infection, or severe emotional stress, and… BOOM… they express the bad gene.  The next thing you know, they have a neurodegenerative disorder like Parkinson’s, ALS, or Alzheimer’s, they have an autoimmune condition, or they have cancer.  None of these conditions drop out of the sky and land on a patient; there has to be a cause, and the cause is depleted methyl groups.

 

How do you test for adequate levels of HCL?  By checking the patient’s blood work and looking at the total protein, serum globulin, BUN and phosphorus.  If some or all are abnormal, you most likely have lower levels of HCL.

 

How do you test for methyl groups?  There is a specific urine test that can be run called the Basic Organic Acid test.

 

How do you increase HCL?  The only way to increase HCL is by using supplements.  Using supplements to increase HCL in the stomach is one of THE BEST means of preventing serious illness!  Many patients cannot tolerate HCL directly in the beginning because their stomach acid is so low so I use a product from Premier Reseach Labs called GastroVen as a tea (2-3 capsules in hot water).  Then, I eventually move them up to PRL’s HCL, HCL Activator and Digest (pancreatic enzymes) after every meal.  Taking HCL/HCL Activator after every meal is something that should be done by everyone over the age of 25.  Up until the age of 25, using pink salt will suffice.  Throw that blue container of white garbage salt in the trash!  Pink Salt is not chemically processed like white salt and it contains calcium, magnesium and other trace minerals.  The body will take the chloride molecule from the pink salt (NaCl) and makes HCL.  No matter what age, using pink salt is one of the best things that you can do to improve your health!

 

Please note that HCL breaks food down BUT by itself HCL cannot methylate a cell.  HCL Activator provides a buffer in the form of potassium.  Potassium added to HCL creates tri-methyl glycine and it is the tri-methyl glycine that adds three (3) methyl (CH3) groups to each cell .

 

Methyl (CH3) is part of an acetyl group (COCH3) in chemistry.  Again, deacteylation occurs in cancer.  It was Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski that first showed that deacetylation ‘turns on’ oncogenes and ‘turns off’ tumor suppressor cells. Acetylation occurs when we add the methyl (CH3) group to the chemistry mixture and acetylation ‘turns off’ oncogenes and ‘turns on’ tumor suppressor cells.

 

As a side note, patients that wake up in the middle of the night and are unable to fall back to sleep usually have a problem with their stomach.  They suffer from hypochlorhydria or low HCL.   Patients that have difficulty falling asleep at night usually suffer from a gall bladder problem and feeling groggy in the morning is usually an adrenal issue.

 

Finally, I strongly recommend that patients DO NOT drink alkaline water as it will alkalize their stomach and NOT their body.  You want the stomach ACIDIC not alkaline so it can digest your food and create methyl groups!  I have had patients that have drunk alkaline water for years and when we check their first morning urine pH, they were acidic!  They had depleted their body of methyl groups due to lack of stomach acid (HCL) and they were heading down the road to cancer and/or other chronic diseases!

 

I only use Premier Research Labs (PRL) nutritional supplements in my office because they are natural, live-source nutritional supplements that are excipient-free.

 

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Johnson at mljohnson@askdrjohnson.com.

 

Dr. Michael L. Johnson is a Board-Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and has been in private practice in Appleton, WI since 1983.  He is the author of five books.  His first is What Do You Do When the Medications Don’t Work?—A Non-Drug Treatment of Dizziness, Migraine Headaches, Fibromyalgia and Other Chronic Conditions is available on Amazon.com.  Dr. Johnson’s second book,You Can Beat Cancer…Naturally!   His third book, You Can Beat Thyroid Disease…Naturally!, his fourth book,You Can Beat Fibromyalgia…Naturally!, and his fifth book, You Can Beat Autoimmune Conditions…Naturally!  are all available as a FREE download e-book at www.askdrjohnson.com.  His sixth book, You Can Beat Heart Disease…Naturally!, will be released later this spring.  Dr. Johnson’s YouTube and Facebook pages are at “Dr. Michael Johnson.”

 

 

 

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