“Sought Out” and Cooling the Fires of Inflammation

                                                Sought Out

March 11 Morning and Evening Charles Spurgeon
Evening …
Isaiah 62:12
Thou shalt be called, Sought out.
The surpassing grace of God is seen very clearly in that we were not only sought, but sought out. Men seek for a thing which is lost upon the floor of the house, but in such a case there is only seeking, not seeking out. The loss is more perplexing and the search more persevering when a thing is sought out. We were mingled with the mire: we were as when some precious piece of gold falls into the sewer, and men gather out and carefully inspect a mass of abominable filth, and continue to stir and rake, and search among the heap until the treasure is found. Or, to use another figure, we were lost in a labyrinth; we wandered hither and thither, and when mercy came after us with the gospel, it did not find us at the first coming, it had to search for us and seek us out; for we as lost sheep were so desperately lost, and had wandered into such a strange country, that it did not seem possible that even the Good Shepherd should track our devious roamings. Glory be to unconquerable grace, we were sought out! No gloom could hide us, no filthiness could conceal us, we were found and brought home. Glory be to infinite love, God the Holy Spirit restored us! The lives of some of God’s people, if they could be written would fill us with holy astonishment. Strange and marvellous are the ways which God used in their case to find His own. Blessed be His name, He never relinquishes the search until the chosen are sought out effectually. They are not a people sought to-day and cast away to-morrow. Almightiness and wisdom combined will make no failures, they shall be called, “Sought out!” That any should be sought out is matchless grace, but that we should be sought out is grace beyond degree! We can find no reason for it but God’s own sovereign love, and can only lift up our heart in wonder, and praise the Lord that this night we wear the name of “Sought out.

Ultrametabolism Dr. Mark Hyman

Chapter 11, Part 2 “Turning Off Inflammation”

My people perish for lack of knowledge.”

This is near and dear to my heart because I have experienced inflammation with severe pain early in sickness, and varying degrees since. Thank the LORD the severe pain I once had in my legs and arms and back is usually not there at all. It began to improve once I was treated for parasites, began taking nutritional supplements, antioxidants, fish oils, etc, borage oil, was treated for overgrowth of yeast,….the journey has continued and I have been treated for allergies, detoxed in sauna, and most recently did a liver detox…I plan to  began a heavy  metal detox soon under the supervision of my doctors.  I tried to do it once by myself and crashed about a month later.  Looking for the causes of inflammation and treating them can take time…but it is definitely worth it to restore health that was once lost. I have learned so much on my journey and I am so grateful for each health care provider and my parents and friends who GOD has used to teach me along this journey. The apostle Paul tells us “in everything give thanks for this is GOD’s will for you in CHRIST JESUS.” 2 Thess. 5:17. I praise HIM for this journey of faith, for HIS provision, for the wonderful education and people HE has brought into my life. I would not have known HIM like I do, if HE had not used this “thorn in the flesh,” to keep me relying on HIM.

Turning Off Inflammation

Many studies show that changing our diet, lifestyle and exercise can reduce inflammation.

A diet high in fiber, olive oil, and low glycemic load carbohydrates, and high in omega 3 fats reduces inflammation and improves insulin sensitivity.Even just increasing fiber intake lowers inflammation and C-reactive protein levels.

What is fiber? Beans, http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/50-fiber-rich-foods. Fruits, Veges, Whole Grains….

Six Step Plan to Turning Off the Fires of Inflammation:

  1. Eliminate the factors that cause inflammation:

Dr. Hyman gave a great example “if you are standing on a tack, it takes a lot of aspirin to make you feel better.” You can treat symptoms all day, even with supplements like curcumin to reduce inflammation, but if you don’t find the cause, you are still standing on the tack.

What you eat and how much exercise you get are the most important factors governing inflammation.

Some people are not able to exercise until their inflammation is decreased and I really appreciate Dr. Soto, www.holisticalabama.com, emphasizing this. I appreciate so much, Dr. Katherine Henry, Texas Institute for Integrative Health, Richardson, Tx -972-234-4776 and Dr. Soto, being diligent to test for food allergies, gut issues, insulin resistance, environmental toxins, and all sorts of problems that can be the cause for our inflammation.

Finding the cause for inflammation is not always easy. Dr. Hyman says the most common cause is our diet and being sedentary. BUT, there are many factors, and at times specialized testing is needed to find hidden causes. The type of test that Dr. Henry, Dr. Soto, Dr. Hyman and other functional medicine doctors are very specialized and they use different labs than most conventional medicine doctors. So if you’ve run into dead ends time after time searching for answers from conventional medicine doctors….DON’t give up hope! There are docs who are doing tests that will show what is going on inside of you…even in the conventional medical tests have said you look normal. You can call Metametrix, http://www.metametrix.com to get a listing of functional medicine doctors who use their labs, and you are not confined to a life of taking a bunch of prescription drugs to control your symptoms and that make you worse in other ways.

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Dietary factors such as excess sugar, refined carbohydrates, transfats, and too many calories can cause inflammation. Sometimes the cause may be a hidden infection, such as a virus, parasite, or bacterium ,something you eat or breathe that you are allergic too, such as GLUTEN, or a host of food allergies or environmental allergies such as weeds, trees, grass, etc. or a medication you are taking, or a chemical (household, pesticides, cosmetics, personal care items, etc) STRESS will also make you inflamed (remember what we learned about too much Cortisol week before last causing you to become insulin resistant causing weight gain and a myriad of other problems. Regular exercise is one of the best known anti-inflammatories on the planet. Multivitamins are also a great natural anti inflammation fighting tool.

Sometimes, OFTENTIMES, this requires detective work, testing and working with an experienced doctor. If you can find a doctor who works with you in finding the cause using these specialized test…they are Worth their Weight in GOLD!

  1. Direct Your Gene to Turn Off Inflammation Signals

To turn off the inflammation genes we need to send our body the right signals. Lack of exercise, stress, a processed, high glycemic load diet, all tell our genes to produce more inflammation. The KEY message of this book is that food communicates with our genes! Food affects our weight and everything else but sending messages to burn and store fat. We have transcription factors” that tells our DNA to put on weight or burn fat more rapidly and these are partly regulated by what we eat. Food “talks to” our genes and tells them to either turn on genes that cause us to become inflamed and overweight or turn on genes that cause inflammation and weight to be reduced.

Nuclear Factor Kappa-One of most important transcription factors that does damage….if activated by emotional stress, toxins, free radicals, or certain toxic, inflammatory or allergic foods, it can unleash the production of at least 125 inflammatory molecules-a fireball of inflammation that infects your whole system. Curcumin is one of the things that helps block it…but still you want to find the cause to start with.

Antioxidants from food and supplements can turn this off….will learn more about this in the “Oxidative Stress” chapter. Oxidative stress is another major cause of inflammation.

Eat the RIGHT Fats-

One of the best ways to send the right message to your genes, reduce inflammation, and burn fat is to eat the right fats: the omega 3 fats (EPA and DHA) found in fish oil. A new fat that controls our energy metabolism and inflammation through the PPAR receptors we studied last week is found in cocoa butter, dark chocolate and cocoa nibs.

Turning on PPAR receptors with fish oil, antioxidants, or chocolate shuts down NF-KB and reduces inflammation and oxidative stress….Antioxidants, plus fish oil, and dark chocolate turn on the PPAR receptors helping us to become more insulin sensitive, burn more fat and reduce inflammation.

Eat Dark Chocolate

Foods high in phytonutrients have a wide range of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions. These flavonols, are found in fruits and veggies such a s berries, grapes, tea, and cocoa. Chocolate (the dark kind) contains phytonutrients that are natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory molecules that cool inflammation and can help protect against obesity. Dr. Hyman said it, “Chocolate can be a weight loss food!”

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Keep the following caveats in mind when buying chocolate:

  • rich in cocoa, where the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory polyphenols come from
  • minimal amounts of sugar added,
  • have as much cocoa as possible

Green and Black label has 85% chocolate or you can get less. They have organic and we can get it at our local Publix. Beyond Organics

http://www.mybeyondorganic.com/ has a chocolate bar mixed with flaxseeds.

Beyond Organic™ Chocolate (12 pack)

Dr. Hyman says you should aim for at least 70 percent cocoa content. He said even with this, eat only 2 to three ounces per day. Don’t eat 15 chocolate bars a day and think it will improve your health!

Eat fruits and vegetables

We get many anti-inflammatory phytonutrients by eating plant foods that have a high phytonutrient index. If we don’t eat enough plant food we will never get enough of these healing nutrients.

Eating whole, unprocessed real foods that have a low GI and high PI is another important way to reduce inflammation in our bodies. If we don’t have high quality food, we are going to become inflamed and fat.

I take a supplement from Xymogen called Organix Phytofoods, Dr. Soto likes Nanofoods, Juice Plus has supplements to enhance phytonutrients.

Move Our Body

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Dr. Hyman asked Dr. Paul Ridker, pioneer doctor from Harvard who has proven the link between inflammation and heart disease why were all all inflamed and he replied we are all doing a lot less in terms of moving around and using our bodies. Moving around of any type helps. In Ch. 13, we will learn about exercise and the mitochondria and how to make exercise as painless as possible….

Subdue Stress

Stress can increase inflammation and relaxing can reduce inflammation. See notes on Ch. 10….check the blogsite for Ch. 10 “Subduing Stress…”https://hisgraceissufficienthealth.com/2013/02/18/ultrametabolism-ch-10-subdue-stress-how-stress-makes-you-fat-relaxing-makes-you-thin/. Be sure and look at part 2 also.

Study after study has shown that even in diseases such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, not to mention obesity, stress reduction has real, powerful anti-inflammatory benefits.

  1. Eat foods that Reduce Inflammation:

Important to get allergy tested here to see what you are allergic to.

Food Allergens (most common are wheat, dairy, eggs, corn and soy, and peanuts)

Hum…wonder if it could be all the genetically modified, hormones added, pesticides, and aflatoxins on these foods? My thoughts

Gluten is often an undiagnosed cause of inflammation, and testing can confirm if this is a problem. Gluten containing grains includes wheat, rye, barley, spelt, kamut, and oats.

  1. Herbs that Reduce Your Inflammation
  • capasaicin from cayenne pepper
  • Green Tea
  • Ginger
  • Quercitin (in fruit and vegetable rinds)
  • Turmeric (yellow spice found in curry)-we talked about Curcumin last week and how effective it was in reducing inflammation from the Life Extension article. Sept./Oct. 2012, “Turn Off Inflammatory Fires of Arthritis.”
  • Cocoa
  1. Supplements that Reduce Inflammation
  • Probiotics-help to heal the gut
  • Enzymes (bromelain and other proteolytic enzymes)
  1. Test for Inflammation and Its Causes

My comments…i have learned from Dr. Henry and Dr. Soto, don’t guess, don’t wait to the end to test, do it at the beginning! That way you aren’t shooting in the dark, and you save time and money and you on the road to wellness!

  • High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein Test (hs-CRP) Test
  • Dr. Hyman says this is the best test for inflammation. It measures the level of inflammation but doesn’t tell you where it’s coming from. Most common reason for inflammation is metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance.
  • 2nd most common reason is some sort of food sensitivity, allergy, or autoimmune reaction as occurs with gluten.

IgG food sensitivity Tests- can be helpful in identifying problem foods

Elisa/RAST IgE Tests (Tests for Mold and Environmental Allergies-this is the classic allergy blood test done for acute allergies. Chronic mold exposure and allergies, particularly from “sick” buildings, (all the chemicals inside) are a growing problem that leads to inflammation and ill health. See Environmental Health Clinic Dallas for more information.about environmental and mold allergies..www.ehcd.com .

Gluten Intolerance, Celiac Disease Tests

The importance of finding the source of and treating inflammation cannot be overstated…it is something most physicians were not trained to do.

Summary:

  • Find the cause by using specific testing-find a GOOD functional medicine doctor through Metametrix, http://www.metametrix.com in your area and get them to help you with specialized tests to find cause for your inflammation
  • Correct causes in your diet and environment- clean the mold and chemicals out of your home and work place
  • eat anti inflammatory foods, herbs, and supplements
  • exercise and relax

Your weight will come down as you cool the fire of inflammation and the rest of our health will improve too!

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