Greens are Vital to Immune Health…More Data Confirms

July 16, 2013

iStock_leafdropbottleI often find myself sharing with patients that if they were to do just one thing daily to support health, for all family members, I recommend consuming organic greens.  We know that leafy greens, by virtue of the fact that they are green, are high in the chlorophyll pigment which facilitates detoxification, binding of toxins in the body to render them harmless, and helps oxygenate tissues.  Cruciferous leafy greens (e.g. broccoli sprouts and kale) also help to facilitate estrogen metabolism in a way that protects against hormone sensitive cancers.

Now, scientists are discovering that when you consume cruciferous leafy greens you help to turn on a disease-preventing gene that triggers the production of innate lymphoid cells (ILCs). These cells help your body to protect itself against infections in the digestive tract and possibly elsewhere.

More reasons for the whole family to enjoy (organic, locally grown) greens daily!

As with most medicines found in nature, greens likely play an adaptogenic role, where they  help to boost ILCs in situations where they may not be active enough, such as infections or some cancers, and deplete them in situations where they are overactive, such as chronic inflammatory disease.

Dr Gabrielle Belz, Ms Lucie Rankin, Dr Joanna Groom and colleagues from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute’s Molecular Immunology division are responsible for discovering  the gene T-bet which is essential for producing ILCs in response to signals in the food we eat.

I researched and formulated Cellular Purification Complex (TM) to contain these critical greens, along with essential components for supporting digestive health and cellular detoxification. We have been using this product as part of our customized 21 Day Medical Purification Program in our practice for the past 8 years with excellent results in treating inflammatory disorders, digestive imbalance and weight issues.

In health,

Dr. Gina

 


Pesticide Exposure and Parkinson’s

May 29, 2013

A new study child_picking_strawberriesreveals that prolonged exposure to pesticides, bug and weed killers, and solvents  raise the risk for developing Parkinson’s disease.

Italian investigators who reviewed more than 100 prior studies found exposure to such agents boosted Parkinson’s disease risk by anywhere from 33 percent to 80 percent, they reported in the May 28 issue of the journal Neurology.

“Due to this association, there was also a link between farming or country living and developing Parkinson’s in some of the studies,” study leader Dr. Emanuele Cereda, of the IRCCS University Hospital San Matteo Foundation in Pavia, said in a journal news release.

Some studies specifically explored how home or work environment affected disease risk. Where individuals got their water also was the subject of some investigations.

Environmental toxins absolutely contribute to this disease and there are ways to test the blood and urine which we regularly do for our patients at HealthBridge to identify possible exposure and associated damage to neural tissue years before a disease like this has the opportunity to manifest.  We implement customized purification programs to assist in lowering the toxic burden and risk of disease.

In health,

Dr. Gina


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