seems daily I get to hear people in the office talking about a lot of
health issues that have such a strong correlation to diseases caused by
Inflammation it's unbelievable. If I took the time to write on
inflammation here, we would be sending you at least an 800 page article
so at this point and for the sake of postage we will keep this a little
First of all inflammation is defined as "a localized physical
condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and
often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection." This
can happen on the outside of the body so that you can see and actually
it's a part of the healing process. Inflammation is basically the
body's attempt to heal itself and a healthy part of the body's immune
Ray Ilg, ND
Raynette Ilg, N.D., is the owner of
Branch Wellness Center in South Elgin, IL. A Naturopath who earned a
Bachelors of Science in Biological Medicine and then a Doctor of
Naturopathic Medicine from National University of Health Sciences, she
employs Nutritional Guidance, Herbal Medicine, Hydrotherapy, and
Homeopathy in her clinic. Dr. Ray can be contacted via her website,
Olive Branch Wellness Center
on the outside has a couple of stages to it as well. The first stage is
the irritation stage. The irritation stage is where something, usually
an outside stimuli, causes the irritation. Then the body moves itself
to the repair and then remodel. However, when stress is on the inside
of the body and you can't see it or you don't even know it's there,
what happens? One word, Disease. Some of the diseases that are linked
to inflammation and believe me this isn't even close to the complete
list are; all auto-immune diseases, arthritis, asthma, allergies,
fibromyalgia, migraines, hypertension, diabetes, GI disorders, adrenal
issues and the list goes on.
Now based on the previous statements you would think that all you would
need to do is remove the inflammation and yes you are partially right.
Removal of inflammatory agents is a part of the key, however,
supporting the damaged organs and finding out what exactly was damaged
is part of the investigation that needs to happen. For example; you
have breakouts on your skin. In your mind you want to treat the skin,
but in the Naturopathic mind we want to find out what is dumping its
problems out into the system and aggravating the skin. It could be that
the liver is mad, the intestines are having problems, the sinuses are
over loaded….. and the list goes on. So…. What can you do about
it? Well some easy things are getting some great anti oxidants in
Things like Astaxanthin, vitamin E, Resveratrol, vitamin C,
CoQ10 and that's just to name a few. How about skipping the drive thru
and bringing some real food? Trading out candy and baked goods for some
veggies. Just little changes can really give you a big bang. I know
everyone seems to think that they need to make these huge changes and
yes you just might need to, however let's start with some small doable
changes and go from there!
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The Monthly "Vita - Mini"
here in our little tour through the b vitamins we find ourselves on to
the next victim which is B5. B5, aka Pantothenic acid is a water
soluble vitamin which basically means that it will be urinated out if
not needed. The active form of B5 is Coenzyme A which is involved in
the production of ATP. B5 holds its importance due to its relationship
with the adrenal glands (those little things that sit on top of your
kidneys) so it may even be called the "anti stress" vitamin. As a
matter of fact B5 is used by every single cell in the body and seems to
have a higher concentration in the organs. Pantothenic acid is also
extremely important for the production of neurotransmitters which are
things like; adrenaline, GABA, Acetylcholine, glutamate, noradrenaline,
dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins. B5 is a great stamina enhancer for
those big days/weeks when life is just a little bit more than you can
handle. It plays a roll in helping the GI tract, treating depression,
anxiety, headaches, nausea, tingling in the hands, allergies,
osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, dermatitis, eczema and can help
prevent some forms of anemia. One of the other benefits of B5 is that
it helps to convert fats, carbohydrates and proteins into energy!
Some sources of B5 are: Avocadoes, beef, eggs, fresh veggies, kidney,
legumes, livers nuts, and lobster so eat up!!
1 ¼ lb ground turkey or ground beef
⅓ cup Ketchup
2 tbsps mustard
1 large egg, beaten
¼ cup almond meal
⅓ cup minced onion
2 tbsp butter
½ cup chopped mushrooms
salt & pepper to taste
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
4 slices Swiss cheese
3 slices uncooked bacon
Preheat oven to 350° F and grease or oil a 9x4 standard size loaf pan.
In a medium size skillet over medium high heat melt the 2 tbsp butter.
Add onions and mushrooms. Stir occasionally and heat for 5 minutes. Let
2. In a large mixing bowl combine: ground turkey or beef, ketchup,
mustard, egg, almond meal, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.
3. Add all the butter mushroom garlic mixture to the meatloaf mixture.
Stir and combine thoroughly. Add half of meatloaf mixture to the loaf
pan and spread across the bottom of the pan.
4. Layer 3 slices of uncooked bacon on top of the meatloaf layer. Layer
the cheese slices on top of the bacon. Add the other half of meatloaf
mixture to the top bacon & cheese layer, and spread across the loaf
pan to cover the last layer. Bake in oven for 60 minutes. Might
need a little more or less time, depending on your oven.