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Harry Hong Ph.D. L.Ac

200 W Higgins Road, 318A Schaumburg, IL 60195 phone: (847) 922-4156
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Polarity in energy medicine describes the spin direction of the energy flow in the body. There are many different explanations towards the concept of polarity. Bio-electrical explanation of polarity refers to the angular momentum of the electron in the orbital path. The number of electrons circling the nucleus defines chemical composition. The spin of the electron creates an electromagnetic field. If the rotation of the electron is incorrect, it causes an imbalance.

In his book of Virtual Medicine, Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby suggests that the spin, also known as optical rotation, comes from the helical structure of crystalline solids, or helical molecules in liquids and solutions. Spin is designated either right or left. What practitioners with virtual medicine detect is that healthy blood and saliva have a right-spin; urine and stool have left-spin. When a person is under extreme stress, this may reverse. Natural nutrients and food we eat all have right-spin. Since we do not know the polarity issue very well, many synthetic materials may not have right-spin and their energy conflicts with the body’s energy field. This is certainly an area deserves further research.

Dr. Roy Curtin of I2I network believes that polarity switch also shows as a malfunction of the responding system of our consciousness. It affects not only our conscious mind but also subconscious mind. All of our physiological controlling systems require yes or no response from each other. If the system responds YES but it really means NO, many physiological pathways may become blocked or slowing down. Clinically we often see patients responding to supplement and medicine completely opposite to its supposed response. For example, a sleeping pill should calm them down and help them sleep but instead it makes them awake. Many times it is due to polarity switch and the patient responds to the supplement differently.

What causes polarity switch is still unknown and deserves more scientific research. It is suggested that geopathic stresses and radiation may cause the switch. But Dr. Scott-Mumby mentioned that this may also be the other way around, those who have revered polarity may be more sensitive to the geopathic stress and radiation.

Clinically we found that many patients with reverse polarity could not recover therapeutically until the polarity is back to normal. For those who are very sensitive to everything even to remedies, they may have a polarity issue. Without switching the polarity back, they may not get better. We also found that no matter what symptoms the patient had, solving polarity issue sometimes help the major symptom get better even without addressing the symptom. Thus detecting and treating polarity switch becomes the first priority in energy medicine.

To detect polarity switch we use electrodermal screening device with specific filters. It helps to know if the patient is switched and also helps to find out what homeopathic remedies work for that particular patient. There are several remedies to choose from. Most of them are geopathic stress related remedies. By helping the body deal with geopathic and radiation stresses, it also helps the polarity switch back. There is also tapping technique can be used to switch polarity. But my experience is that taking homeopathic remedy is easier than doing tapping all the time. During my practice, I try to include a polarity remedy in the remedy combination all the time especially for those very sensitive patients. I want to be sure that they respond to the therapy the right way.

 

Tapping for Polarity Switch

Callahan’s technique: locate the area on the side of the hand between the wrist and the base of the pinky. Karate chop. Firmly tap this area of either hand with the 4 fingers of the other hand about 15 times.

You may also gently tap directly under the nose about 15 times.

Dr. Harry Hong's comprehensive program specializes in the integration of a variety of natural healing therapies such as energy testing, allergy desensitization, homeopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, enzyme therapy, flower essences, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and much more. The Healing Light Co is committed to provide quality special care to the Highly Sensitive Person with Highly Sensitive Body. We are located at northwest suburb of Chicago area and have a Out-of-Town program as well. For more information, please visit www.highlysensitivebody.com.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

From the viewpoint of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), migraine headaches are classified according to the overall condition of the patient, not only the nature of the headache. The headache is a result of disturbance or imbalance of Yin-Yang within the Zang-Fu organ system or the Channel system (Meridians), which are the two principal systems that regulate the functions of the body and mind. The diagnosis of TCM is the unique pattern differentiation of the clinical symptom-complexes, which represent specific pathological conditions that can be adjusted or reversed to physiological conditions by TCM therapeutic techniques such as medicinal herbs, acupuncture and Qi Gong therapy.

The disharmony of the Liver system is the most common reason causing migraine headache. According to the Zang-Fu theory, the Liver is the organ system that regulates the flow of Qi as well as stores the soul (related to mental activity). The smooth flow of Qi regulates emotional activities as well as ensures that the overall body activity operates normally. The disharmony of the Liver system, most commonly deficiency of Yin energy or excess of Yang energy, causes irregular Qi flow and Blood stasis, and accumulates Heat inside the body. Both the Qi stagnation and the Heat accumulation may result in migraine headache. The Liver type of migraine shows moderate to severe intensity, sometimes with pulsating quality and aggravation by walking stairs or physical exercise. This type of migraine is commonly in conjunction with emotional strain or stress, feeling of oppression in the chest and hypochondrium, depression or anxiety, reddened tongue with thin coating, and taut pulse.

Deficiency of the Kidneys is another common reason to cause migraine, especially for those patients with a long history of headache. According to the theory of the Five Elements (Phases), Water (Kidney) energy produces Wood (Liver) energy. The Kidney deficiency, caused by prolonged illness, may result in the Liver Yin deficiency and trigger headache. The Kidney deficient type of migraine shows mild to moderate intensity and is commonly in conjunction with weakness of lower back, low energy, lassitude, pale tongue, deep and weak pulse. Clinically there is a third type of migraine, which is the combination of the Liver type and the Kidney type of headache. The Liver Qi stagnation and Kidney deficiency may co-exist in the same patient.

Migraine headaches are also triggered by other pathogenic factors such as Wind, Damp Heat and Cold. Examining the nature of the headache usually helps to identify the factors causing the headache. For example, Wind causes a moving headache (the location of the pain changes); Damp results in a headache with heaviness; Cold causes a headache that may get worse when the temperature drops. In addition, the location of the headache also makes a difference. The forehead headache is usually related to Stomach meridian, the crown and back headache is related to Bladder meridian, while the side headache is usually related to the Liver or Gall Bladder meridian. However, the major pathophysiological change of the body is the Qi stagnation and Blood stasis. Pattern differentiation process recognizes the signature symptoms for each organ system as well as the pathogenic factors. Proper diagnosis should be made thorough analyzing the complete history of the patients and all presenting symptoms, followed by checking the tongue and taking pulse.

Acupuncture is the most common therapy for migraine. Efficacy of acupuncture towards migraine headache has been reported by many independent studies. Acupuncture analgesia has been thoroughly studied since the 70s. The major finding through these studies indicated that acupuncture stimulates endogenous morphine-like molecules such as endorphin and monoamine to block the pain signal. But acupuncture does far more than just the pain relief. It modulates endocrine and nervous system and stimulates self-healing process of the body. The actual mechanism is still unknown.

Acupuncture therapy uses very thin needles to stimulate acupuncture points on the skin. For migraine headache the following acupuncture points are commonly used: Hegu (LI 4), Tainchong (Lv 3), Zulinqi, and Fengchi. From my experience, a non-invasive electroacupuncture is also useful for this condition. Electroacupuncture is a method of stimulating acupuncture points with mild electric current. A number of points along the Stomach and Gall Bladder meridian on shoulder, neck and head, are often used. Electroacupuncture effectively relieves headache and relaxes tension of the muscle around the neck and shoulder. Chinese Tui Na (manipulation) for the neck and back also helps to relieve the headache. Dosage, duration and frequency of the therapy depend on individual patient. Most patients get some degree of relief after a single treatment. But the pain may come back after a few hours to a couple of days. This is due to the imbalance of the body. Multiple treatments are highly recommended because acupuncture analgesia has proven to be accumulative. Normally twice a week for 4-6 weeks (8-12 visits) is recommended. Complex cases with severe imbalance of the body may need longer time. For most of the cases, a properly prescribed Chinese herbal formula helps the patient to recover faster.

Chinese herbal medicine is another common therapy for migraine headache. Chinese herbal medicine has been used to balance the body with natural products for thousands of years. The theory behind Chinese herbs is the unique Yin-Yang and Zang-Fu theory, which is parallel to Western physiology. For the disharmony of the Liver system, the principle of treatment is to smooth the flow of Liver Qi and clear the Liver Heat. The prescription is based on specific symptoms of each patient as well as the experience of each practitioner. Decoction of Bupleurum chinensis (Chai Hu), Angelica sinensis (Dang Gui) and Paeonia lactiflora (Bai Shao) in combination with other herbs is commonly used. For the pattern of Kidney deficiency, the principle of treatment is to reinforce vital energy of the Kidney and Liver. The prescription is usually the decoction of Rehmannia gutinosa (Di Huang), Dioscorea opposita (Shan Yao) and Cornus officinalis (Shan Yu Rou) with modifications. Patent formula is also available for both cases. Chinese herbal medicine is the core of traditional Chinese therapies for migraine headache and is very powerful to balance the body. It significantly reduces the pain, shortens the headache attacking time, reduces the frequency of the migraine and prevents the headache from happening. The duration of Chinese herbal treatment is usually 1-2 months and also depends on individual patient's condition.

The tense lifestyle in the modern society is one of the reasons causing migraine headache and other related illness. The regularity of lifestyle, such as eating, resting and sleeping, is important for migraine patients in addition to the herbal and acupuncture treatment. Regular physical exercise, emotional control techniques and other calm activities are also necessary to prevent migraine attacking. Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese technique to actively promote circulation of Qi in the body and adjust the body inner clock to the natural clock. Similar to Yoga meditation, Qi Gong is the Chinese way to control and cultivate the energy of our body. It also serves as emotional control technique to prevent migraine headaches. Tai Ji Quan is another popular exercise in Chinese society. It combines Qi Gong and physical exercise and allows people to practice regularly to relax and adjust the conflict among the organ systems caused by the modern lifestyle. Both Qi Gong and Tai Ji Quan can be very good self-help techniques for migraine.

Diet is considered an important influence of health and illness in TCM. Food is believed to be part of the medicine and affects the result of the herbal treatment. According to Chinese theory, food is classified into different groups according to their nature and taste. Fatty and greasy foods, alcohol, coffee or sweets can produce Dampness and Heat, while spicy also produces Heat. Migraine patients should avoid those food items in their diet, especially for those patients diagnosed with the disharmony of the Liver. On the other hand, diet is believed to complement the nature of each human body. Properly designed diet plan according to Chinese theories will compensate Yin-Yang nature of the body and benefit the overall health in a long run. Consult a TCM practitioner for more information about the diet of each specific case.

Dr. Harry Hong's comprehensive program specializes in the integration of a variety of natural healing therapies such as energy testing, allergy desensitization, homeopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, enzyme therapy, flower essences, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and much more. The Healing Light Co is committed to provide quality special care to the Highly Sensitive Person with Highly Sensitive Body. We are located at northwest suburb of Chicago area and have a Out-of-Town program as well. For more information, please visit www.highlysensitivebody.com.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Migraine headache is a common condition with a prevalence of 17.6% females and 5.7% males. It was estimated that 23 million people older than 12 years of age have severe migraine headaches. Medical research showed that there was a 60% increase in the disease from 1980 to 1989. The social and economic effects of migraine are staggering, between $2 million to $17.2 million are lost in productivity per year. A successful treatment plan for migraine headache has not only medical but also serious economic and social implications.

Migraine headache is a recurrent neurovascular headache disorder characterized by attacks of debilitating pain associated with photophobia, phonophobia, and nausea and vomiting. The highest incidence of migraine occurs between the ages of 20 and 35, and is often associated with a positive family history of the disease. Migraine headaches are classified into two diagnostic categories: migraine with and without aura. Migraine without aura (common migraine) consists of unilateral or generalized cephalgia, throbbing or pulsatile in nature, in conjunction with nausea, vomiting, and photophobia. Migraine with aura is preceded by a 15-20 minute episode of visual or sensory aura. Auras are most likely visual alterations, usually experienced as hemianopsia and scotomata that enlarge and spread peripherally.

Tension headaches are also common complaints, especially for women. Non-typical migraine and tension headaches are very similar and to distinguish from each other. From the holistic point of view, the causes for the headaches are similar and we always treat them the same way. High inflammation in the body is the baseline issue for both types of headaches. There are five common factors that cause inflammation and lead to headaches:

  • Allergy and immune response
  • Candida and intestinal toxins
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Stress and emotional issues
  • Structural imbalance

Allergy related headaches could be a sinus problem. The pain is around your forehead and spread to one or both sides. It happens to individual with or without allergy symptoms. Allergy headaches are not easy to detect because of the delayed reaction from food allergies. If you have a headache in the morning, it may be related to the allergic food you ate last night. Sugar and wine are known to trigger headaches in the morning. Allergy testing such as electrodermal screening is useful to get clues what food and environmental factors bother you the most. With detoxification and Immune System Reprogramming, allergy headaches can be easily controlled. For those who have had allergy headaches for their whole life, the healing process may take a few years, but the headache may get better sooner than you think.

Candida is a hidden cause for many headaches. For more information about Candida please read Candida and Leaky Gut Syndrome. Candida overgrowth produces special toxins that may leak through a “leaky gut” to our body and cause a lot of physiological changes, such as hormone imbalance, problems in nerve and circulation systems, which in turn can cause headaches. Candida headaches normally come with sleeping disturbance, sugar craving and food indigestion. Solving Candida issue is not very easy. The therapy involves Immune System Reprogramming, detoxifying the body, helping ingestion and leaky gut. Special Candida protocol is used in the later stage of the IBMT including Candida control remedies and dietary changes. Without dietary changes the Candida problem will not go away easily and will come back from time to time.

Hormonal headaches often happen around ovulation or menstruation period. It happens a lot during menopause as well. The headaches often combine with other symptoms like irritable, mood changes, sleeping problems etc. Hormonal headaches are caused by high inflammation which is the result of hormonal fluctuation. Many factors cause hormonal fluctuation including immune response, Candida overgrowth and adrenal stresses. Chinese medicine is often used to treat hormonal headaches. Both acupuncture and Chinese herbs are effective to control hormone imbalance. Please read below for details.

Emotional headaches often happen to those who would like to hold their emotion inside. Emotions are processed through different meridians. If for some reason there is a blockage in the meridian, the specific emotion can not be released easily. Emotional blockage causes toxin build up, hormonal imbalance and adrenal stresses in the body. Adrenal stress caused by busy lifestyle also leads to headaches. Stress caused headaches are related to sensitive immune system, fluctuation of blood sugar and toxin accumulation. Solving emotional blockage and reducing stress is the key to help the headaches.

Structural headaches often happen after physical accident like auto accident, falling down or moving heavy object. Some patients don’t have clear accident but do shows structural imbalance such as spine misalignment. Structural headaches always start from the back of the head and often combine with neck or shoulder discomfort. A proper adjustment of bone or muscle with cranio-sacral and osteopathic technique will help to release the headache.

Clinically these above headaches are often mixed together. In the beginning we do not have to do specific therapy unless the type of the headache is very clear. The first thing we need to do is to reduce inflammation and detoxify because the direct reason to cause headache is inflammation. IBMT is very helpful to reduce inflammation in the body. Sometimes after initial chaotic layer is gone, the headaches are already getting better without even addressing specific root issue. But solving the root issue will prevent the headaches coming back forever.

Dr. Harry Hong's comprehensive program specializes in the integration of a variety of natural healing therapies such as energy testing, allergy desensitization, homeopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, enzyme therapy, flower essences, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and much more. The Healing Light Co is committed to provide quality special care to the Highly Sensitive Person with Highly Sensitive Body. We are located at northwest suburb of Chicago area and have a Out-of-Town program as well. For more information, please visit www.highlysensitivebody.com.

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Menopause Syndrome and Female Hormonal Imbalance

Hormone imbalances, including adrenal, thyroid and sex hormone imbalance, are common problems for many people. In the past, the most popular approach to correct female hormone imbalance was Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). People thought that female hormones became deficient during aging process, which is the cause for menopausal symptoms. HRT would not only bring the youth back but also solve the hot flashes. However, recent large-scale clinical trials showed that HRT correlates with high risk of stroke and cancer. Thus, many people have switched from conventional HRT to natural hormone replacement. But, is the natural hormone safer than synthetic ones?

Let’s take a look of our hormonal control mechanism, which is called the negative feedback loop. Each individual hormone is stimulated by higher level stimulating hormones. Once the lower level hormone is produced, it sends a negative signal back to the brain to say, "I’m here." When the brain senses the signal, it reduces the production of the (higher level) stimulating hormone. Hormone replacement, either natural or synthetic, simply suppresses stimulating hormone. This can cause the body to lose its ability to produce a specific hormone on its own. On the other hand, each individual hormone has to reach to a delicate balance with other hormones. Too much or too little of specific hormone may either promote cell growth and cause cancer, or cause atrophy of specific tissue. Thus, the following three questions have to be asked before any hormone replacement therapy:

  1. Whether the deficiency is true or not?
  2. What is the reason that causes hormone deficiency?
  3. Whether or not the replacement disturbs balance of other hormones?

If you are unsure of the answers to the above questions, would you like to have an alternative to any form of HRT? Now the alternative is here: You can teach your body to balance its own hormones the right way, thus fully utilizing the God-given abilities embedded in our body. Solving the cause of the hormone imbalance makes more sense than simply giving hormone replacement.

Menopause is defined as the point at which menstruation ceases, and it is usually confirmed when a woman has not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months in the absence of any other obvious biological or physiological cause. Natural menopause occurs as part of the aging process and the estimates of the mean age at menopause range from 48 to 52 years. However a woman may notice the changes of menopause far before it comes. The World Health Organization defines peri-menopause at the 2-8 years preceding menopause and 1 year after final menses. During peri-menopause, lots of women experience various symptoms, which include menstrual irregularities, vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes), sleep disturbances, and psychological/behavioral changes (depression).

Hot flashes are not caused only by estrogen deficiency but also by the fluctuation of the hormone. Stresses of the body, including allergies, indigestion, infection, pain, emotion and busy schedule, always trigger overproduction of cortisol, which is one of the adrenal hormones. Because cortisol and estrogen share a common precursor, OH-pregnenolone, changes of the cortisol production are probably one of the major reasons causing estrogen fluctuation, which in turn causes hot flashes. Thus, addressing adrenal stress is more important than estrogen replacement to help hot flashes.

On the other hand, estrogen fluctuation is also caused by environmental estrogen like toxins, called Xenoestrogen. Coming from petroleum product, these harmful estrogenic substances cause problems in cellular communications by over-signaling the cell or jamming the receptors. Helping the body detoxify with meridian balance and homeopathy is necessary to balance the female hormonal system.

Autoimmune response to female hormone is another factor causing estrogen fluctuation. Many women who have menopausal symptoms, PMS or infertility may also have immune response to their own hormones, glands or receptors. For those with Highly Sensitive Body, imbalance of the immune system is the first issue needs to be addressed. Without solving this issue, toxins and stresses remain, and it would be hard to solve the female hormonal problems alone. Immune System Reprogramming is the right therapy for this condition.

Besides, there are laboratory tests available to address not only the levels of the hormones but also the ratio among them to prevent from over taking certain hormones causing cell proliferation of uterus and breasts. By gaining more understanding on hormone imbalance, the replacement therapy can be avoided in many cases. This is the functional approach for hormone related conditions.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have a long history of use in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. Chinese medicine provides a unique theory in understanding female’s hormone regulation. According to Chinese theory, human body consists of two opposite energy forces, Yin and Yang energy. A healthy person usually has a balanced Yin-Yang energy force. If your Yin-Yang energy is not balanced, your self-healing system is down and you may get sick. Yin-Yang energy forces also regulate female menstruation cycle. It is the Yin energy in dominant during the two weeks before ovulation, while Yang energy gradually becomes dominant in the two weeks after ovulation. Since Yin energy is the basic energy force for women’s body, it is not unusual to see Yin energy deficiency during the week before period comes. According to Chinese medicine, menopause is a natural process of Kidney energy deficiency, especially the Kidney Yin energy. Therefore, it is even more difficult for menopause women to balance Yin-Yang energy during their menstruation cycle. Yin energy deficiency results in excess Yang energy, which produces Heat (toxic material) in the body. The pathogenic Heat inside the body blocks energy movement in organ systems and causes a variety of symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia, irritation, pain and depression.

Chinese approach to menopausal symptoms is to balance Yin and Yang and help your body pass through this natural process peacefully. Acupuncture improves energy movement and stimulates self-healing system of the body, while Chinese herbs provide specific Yin or Yang energy to your body and lead the body to a healthy balance. Both therapies use natural method to balance your hormone level and reduce menopausal symptoms.

With Chinese herbal therapy, specific herbal formulas are used during different period of time within your menstruation cycle to balance your hormone specifically. With Chinese Yin-Yang theory we are able to balance women’s body with herbal formula for a variety of hormone-related illnesses such as menopausal syndrome, PMS and infertility. A number of classical Chinese formulas such as Xiao Yao Wan have also been widely used for menopause and PMS around the world. A specific formula for each individual patient, usually prescribed by a Chinese doctor, would be even better to balance your energy and reach harmony in your body and mind.

In addition to hot flashes, osteoporosis is another major concern for menopausal women. Osteoporosis is caused by an imbalance between bone re-absorption and bone formation, which results in bone loss and fractures. Hormone imbalance is the main reason for osteoporosis in menopausal women. According to Chinese medicine, osteoporosis is also a Kidney problem. Therefore, the Kidney energy herbs also help to improve osteoporosis for menopausal women. Many clinical studies showed that Chinese herbs are of potential use in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis.

Sum it up. The alternatives to HRT are body balancing, stress reduction, allergy management, lab hormone test, plus a brand new line of herbal and homeopathic remedies to teach the body to rebalance its hormones, so that in the long run, your body will be able to function on its own than taking hormone for the rest of your life.

Dr. Harry Hong's comprehensive program specializes in the integration of a variety of natural healing therapies such as energy testing, allergy desensitization, homeopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, enzyme therapy, flower essences, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and much more. The Healing Light Co is committed to provide quality special care to the Highly Sensitive Person with Highly Sensitive Body. We are located at northwest suburb of Chicago area and have a Out-of-Town program as well. For more information, please visit www.highlysensitivebody.com.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn’s Disease

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal diseases. Most common among the symptoms are abdominal pain, a feeling of intestinal distention or bloating, and either diarrhea or constipation. Patients may have symptoms with stress and an increased sensitivity to bowel distention. Crohn’s disease and colitis, like other autoimmune diseases, is caused by immune attack to the lining of the colon. Colonoscopy often shows inflammation or ulcers on the membrane of one or more sections of colon. Clinical symptoms include abdominal pain, irregular bowel movement, blood in stool etc. People who suffer from Crohn’s disease usually start with milder conditions like irritable bowel syndrome. If the problem is not resolved, it may further develop into much more server Crohn’s disease.

IBS and Crohn’s disease share the common root causes which are the stresses and toxins. Related factors include food intolerance and allergies, emotional blockages, Candida and Leaky Gut Syndrome. Like many other autoimmune diseases the reason causing immune attack is still unknown. It is reasonable to believe that there is toxin or pathogen inside the colon lining, which may be the trigger for the attack. Thus colon detox is the major therapy for Crohn’s disease. Meanwhile stabilizing immune system with Immune System Reprogramming is also important to ease the immune attack. Most of the Crohn’s patients have food intolerance, Candida and leaky gut syndrome. Our IBMT program benefits most patients by controlling inflammation of the colon and calming immune down.

I have many successful cases helping colon recovering. Patients started with either mild inflammation with polyps or many ulcers and bloody colon. After therapy most cases showed normal intestinal lining in colonoscopy. Intestinal lining regenerates everyday as long as the pathogens and toxins are gone and the healing energy is not too bad. The only difficulty to treat Crohn’s disease is to battle with the steroids. Some patients take prednisone to get a quick fix. If they take the drug too long or too much (10mg or higher), the electrodermal testing results are going to be masked and inaccurate. Meanwhile, prednisone is adrenal hormone. Taking it too long will dramatically reduces patient’s adrenal function and causes further hormonal imbalance, which hurts the patient in long-term healing ability. Other immune suppression medications are ok to take during our therapy. We will work to reduce the medication gradually.

Dr. Harry Hong's comprehensive program specializes in the integration of a variety of natural healing therapies such as energy testing, allergy desensitization, homeopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, enzyme therapy, flower essences, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and much more. The Healing Light Co is committed to provide quality special care to the Highly Sensitive Person with Highly Sensitive Body. We are located at northwest suburb of Chicago area and have a Out-of-Town program as well. For more information, please visit www.highlysensitivebody.com.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Insomnia, Fatigue and Adrenal Stress

Insomnia is a common health concern for people with modern lifestyles. The main complaints for insomnia include:

  • Can not fall asleep
  • Disturbed sleep, easily wake up at night and difficult to fall back to sleep
  • Feel not rested and tired in the morning
  • Slow starter in the morning
  • Fatigue during the day

The common cause for insomnia is the malfunction of the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal system. Adrenal gland responds to our everyday stresses. Long-term stress eventually causes adrenal malfunction. Adrenal malfunction is classified into two stages, Stressed stage and Fatigued stage. The characteristics of the Stressed stage include:

  • Can not fall asleep (adrenal hyper function)
  • Afternoon fatigue or headache
  • Slow sugar metabolism (insulin resistance)
  • Low appetite control (hippocampus destruction)
  • Low sex drive (suppress LH)
  • Low thyroid function (suppress T3 conversion)
  • Low liver detox function
  • Slow bone growth (low calcium absorption)

If the stress factors are not resolved, the malfunction of adrenal gland further develops into Fatigue stage, in which patients experience tired easily, low healing ability and other degeneration related symptoms. The characteristic of the Fatigued stage include:

  • Can not stay asleep (adrenal hypo function)
  • Hypoglycemic reaction
    • Get shaky, fatigue or lightheaded if meals are missed or delayed
    • Irritable or moodiness before meals
    • Eating relieves fatigue
    • Crave sweets

To identify detailed stages of adrenal problems, a saliva test for cortisol pattern is helpful. To identify the stage of the adrenal system is the key to help insomnia because the treatment plan is going to be different for the two stages. The common complaints for insomnia and their associated adrenal stages are the follows:

  • Can not fall asleep (stressed stage)
  • Disturbed sleep, easily wake up at night and difficult to fall back to sleep (fatigue stage and possibly hypoglycemic)
  • Feel not rested and tired in the morning (both)
  • Slow starter in the morning (stressed stage)
  • Fatigue during the day (afternoon fatigue-stressed stage)

Most of the insomnia cases belong to the adrenal Stressed stage. The common therapies for this stage are:

  • Calm adrenal down before bed time
    • Avoid exciting activities such as TV, computer etc
    • Relaxation such as reading, yoga or meditation
    • Chamomile tea, valerian root, 5-HTP, melatonin
  • Avoid afternoon fatigue by rest and adding a snack
  • Stabilizing blood sugar by having small meals more frequently
  • Avoid strong exercise, do mild one for a longer time
  • Avoid coffee, caffeine drink, alcohol and tea
  • Do not use animal adrenal glandular

However, to help adrenal recover, eliminating stress factors is always the first approach and supporting adrenal is secondary. Without solving the root issue, adrenal therapy will not work in the long run. The common causes for adrenal stress are:

  • Busy lifestyle: long working hours and not enough sleep
  • Working at night or frequent travel across time zones
  • Emotional stress
  • Indigestion or food allergy
  • Toxin accumulation
    • low liver detox function
    • Intestinal Candida outbreak
  • Female hormone imbalance
  • Neurological conditions such as anxiety and depression
  • Infections
  • Pain

Addressing above factors efficiently helps adrenal recover completely. The following is a guideline for those who have already been treating those stress factors. Lifestyle changes are necessary to help adrenal recover faster.

 

Lifestyle Changes for Adrenal Stress Syndrome

Avoiding Adrenal Stimulators

It is very important to avoid certain foods and chemicals in order to avoid excessive stress on the adrenal glands. Patients who do not comply with avoiding stimulators will not reach optimal results. The following is a list of foods and chemicals that need to be avoided as much as possible when attempting to normalize adrenal function.

  • Concentrated sugars
  • Caffeine (decaffeinated is not acceptable because it is still 60% caffeinated)
  • Nicotine
  • Alcohol
  • Allergic food (histamine is an adrenal stimulant)
  • Partially hydrogenated fats such as deep fried food and shortenings (inhibit steroid hormone synthesis)
  • Artificial sweeteners (blocks the conversion of phenylalanine to tyrosine, which is needed to synthesize catecholamines in the adrenal medulla)
  • Over training
  • Inadequate sleep

 

Stabilize Glucose Levels

When blood sugar levels fall, healthy adrenals restore the levels back to normal. If blood sugar levels are not stabilized, there will not be optimal results when attempting to correct adrenal status. Here are the dietary guidelines to stabilize glucose levels:

  • Do not skip breakfast
  • Eat a high quality protein based breakfast
  • Eat every 2-3 hours. Do not wait until you are hungry. Do not eat none-stop either
  • Snack with low glycemic foods such as nuts, seeds, hard-boiled eggs, etc.
  • Avoid all fruit juices and carrot juice
  • Never consume high glycemic fruits (foods) without a source of protein
  • Avoid all adrenal stimulants
  • Eat a well balanced diet consisting mostly of vegetables, quality grains and lean meats

 

Exercise in Aerobic Heart Range

We have two systems of energy production in our bodies—aerobic and anaerobic. Anaerobic exercises include activities that require fast explosive movements such as weight lifting, fast paced jogging, and any other for of exercise that can not be performed for a long duration. This type of exercise will put excess stress on the adrenals. On the other hand, aerobic exercise includes long duration and slow paced activities such as walking, slow jogging, slow cycling, and any other for of exercise that involves endurance. This type of exercise will help decrease cortisol levels and will help to burn body fat as well. Aerobic exercise will benefit the patients who have stressed adrenal glands.

 

Relaxation Techniques

The stressful daily life can have an adverse impact on the adrenal glands. This is especially important with those who have a high load of emotional or mental stress. Simple and quick relaxation such as meditation, Yoga and Chi Gong can be very helpful in reducing mental effects of stress on those with adrenal stress syndrome. For each week, 3-4 sessions of 20-minute relaxation are necessary.

Dr. Harry Hong's comprehensive program specializes in the integration of a variety of natural healing therapies such as energy testing, allergy desensitization, homeopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, enzyme therapy, flower essences, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and much more. The Healing Light Co is committed to provide quality special care to the Highly Sensitive Person with Highly Sensitive Body. We are located at northwest suburb of Chicago area and have a Out-of-Town program as well. For more information, please visit www.highlysensitivebody.com.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Acupuncture, as an ancient Chinese system, has been scientifically demonstrated to help many clinical conditions. Recently the use of acupuncture as an adjuvant to conventional treatment such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is becoming more common. This ancient technology is gaining popularity because of its promising outcomes to improve successful rate of the conventional procedures. With its nature of low cost and few side effects, acupuncture will play a role in the future integrated female healthcare system.

How acupuncture helps fertility is still unknown. There are at least three possible mechanisms by which acupuncture could influence pregnancy rate:

  1. Acupuncture could influence ovarian and uterine function via modulation of hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis function producing normalization in secreting of hormones such as GnRH and LH. The anesthesia-like effects of acupuncture have been studied extensively. Acupuncture stimulates secretion of beta-endorphin, which has inhibitory effects on the central sympathetic system. This central mechanism further regulates the function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis.
  2. There is evidence that acupuncture increase blood flow to the ovarian and uterine arteries, thus thickening the endometrium and making it more receptive to the transferred embryo. This could be a response to a reduction in sympathetic nervous tone induced by acupuncture. It is well known that successful IVF requires optimal endometrial receptivity at the time of implantation. An increased blood flow to uterine arteries helps the receptivity for the procedure.
  3. The calming and anti-anxiety effects of acupuncture are likely to be very important to the success of the procedure. Stress and anxiety are seen as significant factors in failure to achieve pregnancy. Acupuncture is well known to have a relaxing effect and could be very helpful to provide relaxation before and after the IVF/ICSI procedure.

 

There have been more controlled clinical trials published in the past years concerning acupuncture and IVF:

  • Westergaard et al. randomized 273 patients into one of the three groups: to receive acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer (ACU1), to receive acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer (ET) and again two days later (ACU2), or to receive no acupuncture (control). The pregnancy rate were significantly higher in ACU1 than in the control groups (42% versus 28% P=0.044). A significant overall improved outcome was also seen in combined acupuncture groups compared to the control group.
  • Paulus et al. randomized 160 patients to receive either acupuncture 25 minute before and after ET or a standard regimen with no acupuncture but with bed rest after ET. The clinical pregnancy rate was significantly in favor of acupuncture: 26.3% versus 42.5% (P=0.03). The authors concluded that acupuncture at the time of ET improves the clinical pregnancy rate in IVF/ICSI patients.
  • Stener-Victorin et al. included 147 patients considered to be poor responders in their trial: 53 received eight electroacupuncture treatments during hormonal stimulation and 94 received no acupuncture. The pregnancy rate in the acupuncture group was significantly higher than in the control group, 53% versus 38%. The authors concluded that acupuncture has a positive effect on pregnancy outcome in IVF.
  • Dieterle et al. included 225 infertile patients undergoing IVF/ICSI. 116 patients received luteal-phase acupuncture according to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine and 109 patients received placebo acupuncture. The clinical pregnancy rate and onging pregnancy rate (33.6% and 28.4% respectively) were significantly higher in acupuncture group than in control group (15.6% and 13.8%). The authors also concluded that luteal-phase acupuncture has a positive effect on the outcome of IVF/ICSI.

 

Reference:

  • Dieterle et al., Effect of acupuncture on the outcome of in vitro fertilization and intracytophasmic sperm injection: a randomized, prospective controlled clinical study, Fertility and Sterility 2006;85(5):1347-1351
  • Johnson, Acupuncture prior to and at embryo transfer in an assisted conception unit, Acupuncture in Medicine 2006;24(1):23-28
  • Paulus et al., Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy, Fertility and Sterility 2002;77(4):721-724
  • Stener-Victorin et al., Use of acupuncture in female infertility and a summary of recent acupuncture studies related to embryo transfer, Acupuncture in Medicine 2006;24(4):157-163
  • Westergaard et al., Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial, Fertility and Sterility 2006;85(5):1341-1346

Dr. Harry Hong's comprehensive program specializes in the integration of a variety of natural healing therapies such as energy testing, allergy desensitization, homeopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, enzyme therapy, flower essences, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and much more. The Healing Light Co is committed to provide quality special care to the Highly Sensitive Person with Highly Sensitive Body. We are located at northwest suburb of Chicago area and have a Out-of-Town program as well. For more information, please visit www.highlysensitivebody.com.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Allergies, Sensitivities and Associated Asthma, Sinusitis and Ear Infections

Everyone knows someone who has allergies and sensitivities. Statistics shows that almost a quarter of our population in the United States has allergies. It looks like that there are more and more people suffering from this condition. Claritin used to be the number one prescription drug before it became available over the counter. Claritin is an antihistamine agent that blocks IgE allergy response and successfully reduces the symptoms of sneezing, itchy eyes, running nose etc. But what causes allergies? There is no clear answer to the question and certainly Claritin does not treat allergy but reducing its symptoms.

What causes allergies?

It suggests that two major factors cause allergies:

  • Toxins: in the past fifty years, more toxins have shown up either from petroleum or synthetic products. In the meantime, allergy cases have been on the rise. Toxins may be the trigger for the hyperactivity of the immune system
  • Stressed adrenal function: stress is another big factor in our modern lifestyle. It directly damages the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal system and causes the out-of-control of cortisol level. Associated symptoms are sleeping issues, fatigue, low focus, and blood sugar problems. The stressed adrenal function leads to immune sensitivities

 

In addition to toxin and stress, other factors may also need to be considered:

  • Toxic colon and Candida: we are exposing more and more processed food with additives, antibiotics and other toxic materials. The lining of intestine is damaged by the toxins and pathogens like Candida fungus can easily grow there. The toxic colon is the major internal source of toxins
  • Leaky Gut: it may be the direct reason for someone to develop food allergies. Toxins and pathogens damage the lining of intestines and cause the intestine leaky. Partially digested food molecules leak into the blood and trigger immune response. Toxins also leak back to the body and ware out our detox system
  • Inherited allergy information: allergy information can be inherited from parents. If both parents have allergies, 60% of their children will have allergies

 

Another important factor for the increase of the allergy cases is vaccination. It is directly related to its promotion of the TH2 response in the body. Normally once the antigen reaches the body. T -cell is being activated and becomes T Helper cell, which has two different signal pathways. One is called T Helper 1 Response (TH1), which is an intracellular response and is good to clean up the pathogen infected cells with natural killer cells, macrophages and cytotoxic T-cells. The other one is called T helper 2 Response (TH2), which is an extracellular response and produces large amount of antibodies such as IgE. These two pathways complement each other. TH1 response to fast and is very efficient to clean up the virus and bacteria infections, while the TH2 response is powerful to destroy parasites and toxins that flowing around the lymphatic system.

The problem we are facing for those who have allergies is that there is large amount of antibodies in their system. It seems that the body prefers TH2 antibody response over TH1 and over-produces antibodies that cross-respond to many substances and even own tissues and cause allergies and autoimmune conditions. In the meantime the TH1 response is weak and under-developed. The body has difficulties to fight for virus and bacteria and the infection can last for a long time. But why the body prefers TH2 over TH1 response?

Vaccination may be the answer. Our immune system is designed with a learning ability, adaptive function. After we are born, the immune system is not fully developed. It needs to engage environmental pathogens and toxins and learn its ability to fight efficiently. Because the pathogens and their toxins are changing frequently, an inherited fixed immune system does not fully protect our body. The learning ability is a big excess to our immune system and the first few years of our life is very important to the learning process, through which the immune system knows the enemies it supposes to fight. However, according to our vaccine schedule, a child receives more than twenty vaccines during the first year of life. Vaccine is designed to trigger antibody production, which may promote TH2 response. It by-passes the normal pathways the pathogens contact the body and may not signal TH1 response. After a few years of the extensive exercise for TH2 response, the body highly prefers to make antibodies when contacting with pathogens, which leads to more allergy and sensitivities and inability to fight for virus and bacteria.

 

How can I get allergies?

It believes that you can develop allergy to anything on earth if you have a sensitive immune system while you are exposed to a substance for a long period of time. How long is long enough to cause allergy really depends on each individual person. For example, having had apple for ten years may not be enough to develop allergy to apple, but one incident such as having a cold/flu or having an argument with someone while eating a pear may be enough to cause sensitivity to the pear. Thus allergy development is a complicated process that we don’t know much detail about it. Rotation diet is a good way to prevent food allergies. When you are having a cold, try not to take any unrelated supplements. Avoid to expose to the same thing everyday is the key to prevent allergy from happening.

 

How can I control allergies and change my immune system back to normal?

Where is the allergy information stored? The information is probable stored in the local lymphatic cells and may not be in the DNA form because it can be acquired later in life. Based on the theory of energy medicine, allergy information may be stored in an energy form and can be controlled or erased through energetic techniques. NAET is the original allergy desensitization technique, which is a meridian stimulation therapy while the patient is holding allergen information. There are many variations of this technique. Please read the Immune System Reprogramming for details.

 

What about asthma, sinusitis and frequent ear infection?

Allergy is one of the major causes for these conditions. The normal pattern for sinus and ear infection is that they always start with the nose and sinus blockage. The drainage duct is blocked by swollen tissue, which results in fluid retention inside the cavity. If the symptoms are not better in a period of time, bacteria may grow and infection follows. The initial inflammation that causes swollen tissue is often caused by allergies, food indigestion and/or virus infections. The use of antibiotics only helps the second part of the problem but has no effect for allergies. Antibiotics are known to disturb the balance of intestinal flora and lead to more toxins in the body. Thus frequent use of antibiotics develops a vicious circle for chronic sinus and ear infection.

Chronic sinus and ear problems can also be a result of misalignment of the cervical vertebrates. Inflammation around cervical spine blocks the lymphatic drainage and triggers sinus and ear blockages.

Almost every person who has asthma, frequent sinus and ear infections, frequent colds/flu shows some intestinal issues. Clinically toxic colon is one of the major causes for these conditions. Toxic colon causes not only high inflammation, leaky gut and allergies, but also weak lymphatic and immune system. Therefore solving the root issue for above conditions has to rely on intestinal therapies. With our IBMT, after stabilizing immune function and controlling inflammation, a long-term Candida/leaky gut therapy is necessary to clean the colon and restore immune function. Meanwhile, a healthy diet is a must. A diet with low sugar, dairy and white flour helped lots of people with chronic sinus issues.

Dr. Harry Hong's comprehensive program specializes in the integration of a variety of natural healing therapies such as energy testing, allergy desensitization, homeopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, enzyme therapy, flower essences, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and much more. The Healing Light Co is committed to provide quality special care to the Highly Sensitive Person with Highly Sensitive Body. We are located at northwest suburb of Chicago area and have a Out-of-Town program as well. For more information, please visit www.highlysensitivebody.com.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Eczema and Dermatitis

Eczema and other dermatitis are common conditions for the Highly Sensitive Body. The cause for this condition is high inflammation and immune responses in the body. The associated factors include toxin accumulation due to low liver and kidney detox function, Candida and Leaky Gut Syndrome, food and environmental allergies as well as malfunction of the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal system. For those with chronic eczema all above factors can be involved. Addressing any one of them may not be enough to completely help the situation. A systematic and comprehensive approach such as IBMT is needed to help the body out of the chaotic stage and start the healing process.

Liver Blockage and Toxin Accumulation

Liver blockage is not a biochemical concept, because conventional medical tests usually don’t show abnormality, but a functional issue in the energy level. For most of the time, liver problem is not due to the liver itself but the over accumulation of toxins in the system. Thus helping liver alone may not be very helpful to treat eczema clinically. But liver therapy is necessary to detox the body and is one of the major parts of the program to treat this condition. Here is a list of factors involves the liver and toxin:

  • Alcohol
  • Virus and parasite
  • Medication
  • Toxins: heavy metal, pesticides, additives, chemicals etc
  • Stresses such as emotional stress, anger e.g.
  • Poor sleep

 

Candida and Leaky Gut Syndrome

Intestinal problem is the major issue for eczema and dermatitis. Most of the eczema patients have intestinal problem no matter if they have the intestinal complaints or not. Toxic colon is the major source of toxins in the body. Candida, bad bacteria and parasites produce toxins and the toxins are recycled back to the system through Leaky Gut and wear out the liver detox function. In the meantime the toxins lead to high inflammation and hypersensitive immune system and cause autoimmune response and skin damages. Fixing digestive system is the major focus in treating eczema and other dermatitis.

 

Food and Environmental Allergies

For many eczema cases, allergen is so obvious that the root issue can be easily missed and allergy becomes the only cause for eczema. As matter of fact, allergy is only a symptom on the surface of the condition. Many factors contribute and create a base involving toxins, autoimmune response and adrenal malfunction. Without helping the whole body balance, treating allergy alone may not have lasting result. However, allergy can be a clear trigger for the eczema. Identifying, treating and avoiding allergens help the eczema recover faster, while addressing the root issue makes the result lasting.

Common food allergens for eczema include dairy product, egg, wheat and seafood etc. Other foods make eczema worse through other pathways. For example, sugar leads to Candida outbreak; alcohol damages the liver function; spices increases inflammation level etc. Common environmental factors for eczema include household chemicals, fabrics, animal hairs and air pollutions etc. Treating allergies with Immune System Reprogramming helps calming immune system and reducing inflammation and in turn helps eczema outbreak.

 

Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal System

All of the chronic cases of eczema involve malfunction of the HPA system. Frequent occurring and lasting skin damage indicate the low adrenal function, which causes hypersensitive immune system and low regeneration ability of the skin, respectively. To completely help eczema, HPA system has to be addressed sooner or later. In the later stage of the IBMT, a supporting protocol specifically improving the HPA system, liver and intestinal lining is often used to make sure the eczema will not come back in the future.

Dr. Harry Hong's comprehensive program specializes in the integration of a variety of natural healing therapies such as energy testing, allergy desensitization, homeopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, enzyme therapy, flower essences, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and much more. The Healing Light Co is committed to provide quality special care to the Highly Sensitive Person with Highly Sensitive Body. We are located at northwest suburb of Chicago area and have a Out-of-Town program as well. For more information, please visit www.highlysensitivebody.com.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

How to Reduce Sugar for Your Children

  • Be a role model: Children learn eating habits from the adults in their lives. Eat the way you would like them to eat so they can learn what a good diet is.
  • Teach, talk, and explain: Explain to your kids about too much sugar can make them sick and why it is necessary to limit sugar consumption. Children as young as two years old can learn and understand what you talk about.
  • Limit access: Children under a certain age only have access to food you bring into your house. Do not bring sweets home. Find alternative snacks instead.
  • Promote alternatives: Buy or make your own healthy snacks with low sugar content. Prepare fruits or other alternatives in advance. Use diluted fruit juice instead of soft drinks.
  • Plan ahead: Bring your own snacks along when you are going away from the house. An unexpected stop at a convenience store or fast food place always means extra sugar.
  • Eliminate sugared drinks: One 12-ounce soda drink contains 9-10 teaspoons of sugar alone. Make your own soda by mixing half of 100% fruit juice with half of sparking water. It tastes as good as other soft drinks.
  • Manage frequency and portions: Limit dessert to once or twice a week. Make it a special occasion instead of a routine. When eat out, order a small size dessert or share one with family members.
  • Out of sight, out of mind: Limit TV time or channels that show excessive junk food commercials aimed at kids. Rent or buy videos, or pre-record your child’s favorite shows (without the ads) onto blank videotapes or DVDs.

 

Dr. Harry Hong's comprehensive program specializes in the integration of a variety of natural healing therapies such as energy testing, allergy desensitization, homeopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, enzyme therapy, flower essences, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and much more. The Healing Light Co is committed to provide quality special care to the Highly Sensitive Person with Highly Sensitive Body. We are located at northwest suburb of Chicago area and have a Out-of-Town program as well. For more information, please visit www.highlysensitivebody.com.

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