How does Conventional Medicine Usually Test for Celiac Disease?

David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

The standard celiac diagnosis is performed via a biopsy where a piece of tissue is removed from the intestine, examined, and from that, determined whether or not a patient is celiac. Many people whom have major reactions to gluten pass that test with flying colors. Many conventional doctors will tell their patients based upon this test that they do not have an intolerance to gluten and they should probably see a psychiatrist. Right now, many of us holistic practitioners are finding that the accuracy of this test is well below 50%, and the only way to know for sure is via the elimination/provocation test whereby we eliminate the offending agent (in this case gluten) for the amount of time your body needs to clear itself of that offending agent and then we provoke by reintroducing the same agent.
              From Class Two of Attaining Optimal Health in the 21st Century Instructed by David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM.  Presented by the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.

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The 5 Keys to Living a Healthier Life – Article

Liz Stubbs

Liz Stubbs


Amy Miller Bailey

Amy Miller Bailey

No matter what health strategy is right for you, there are five keys to your success in creating and living a healthier life.

The article linked below offers you these 5-to-Be-Alive values.

Don’t you owe it to yourself to live the healthiest and best lives you can?

Article Link: The 5 Keys to Living a Healthier Life by Liz Stubbs and Amy Miller Bailey

For additional articles, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self-Help Articles Collection.

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Uplifting messages
 – AHHA Resource

AHHA_LOGO_CLR_squareAHHA offers a unique opportunity to send Get Well(ness) messages to someone you care about.

You can find special messages on attractive backgrounds online in the AHHA website.  (Just expanded to twelve options.) Pick the one you like and email the URL to your loved ones.

AHHA Resource Link: Get Well(ness) Messages section

For additional information about the other resources about helping others, visit the Help Others resource page.

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Hot Water Therapy & Hydrogen – Video

with Dr. Faris AlHajri

with Dr. Faris AlHajri

Hot water therapy enhances the hydrogen in your body organs.

In the video link below learn how hydrogen is the most powerful antioxidant and plays various vital roles in your health system.

Video Link: Hot Water Therapy & Hydrogen with Dr. Faris AlHajri 

For additional educational video clips submitted by AHHA members, visit AHHA’s Self Help Videos section.

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An Individual Process of Discovery – Article

Christine Garvin, MA, NE

Christine Garvin, MA, NE

Although health and wholeness seem to be separate concepts, they are intricately linked through the theory of holism. What does it take to reach the whole self? What does this look like?

The article link below describes the process of evolution, from a fragmented self to a recognized self, and all the process in between.

Learn how you can reach your goals of self-discovery and reconnect to your whole, complete self.

Article Link: An Individual Process of Discovery by Christine Garvin, MA, NE

For additional articles, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self-Help Articles Collection.

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Lower cholesterol – Research Article

iStockPhotoBooksA survey of current research supports that drinking black tea lowers LDL cholesterol without effecting HDL.

The research link below explains how black tea may also be beneficial to people with an increased risk for heart disease.

If this is something that concerns you, perhaps you and your physician will want to review the information in this article.

Research Article Link: “Drinking Black Tea Linked to Lower Cholesterol” from the June 2014 issue of Natural Standard’s Integrative Medicine Newsletter.

For additional research results, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Special Updates eReport Archives and note Featured Research item in each issue.

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Health Care Issues – Video

with Emmett Miller, MD

with Emmett Miller, MD

Most diseases are the result of how we handle stress and treat other people.

In the video link below Dr. Miller talks about our current health care system and how it is not responding to the fact that 80-90% of our diseases are the result of our lifestyles.

Consider how you can use your lifestyle choices to improve your own health.

Video Link: Health Care Issues with Emmett Miller, MD‬

For additional educational video clips submitted by AHHA members, visit AHHA’s Self Help Videos section.

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Veggie Power!

Judy E. Buss

Judy E. Buss

Chances are that you don’t consider a doctor’s visit or lying in the intensive care unit your favorite pastime. One of the keys to preventing such “funless” outings is linked with the landscape on your plate… We are constantly bombarded with environmental toxins as well as those internally produced as the natural byproduct of metabolism. The business of these toxic substances is to attack and damage cells resulting in illnesses including heart disease, cancer, arthritis, cataracts, macular degeneration, Parkinson’s etc. They also cause viral or bacterial infections, inflammation, and the acceleration of the aging process.

Luckily, a healthy diet rich in vegetables and other plant foods helps provide a formidable defense against such ailments. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, and other natural compounds that act as heavy artillery to deactivate or destroy toxins determined to assault our cells. A deficiency of these protective plant agents can be one of the causes the body becomes susceptible to disease. Antioxidants, a particularly potent and large family of disease fighters, are vastly concentrated in vegetables and fruit. Among these natural wonder-drugs are: beta carotene, glutathione, indoles, lycopene, and quercetin. Some of the top botanical performers are: green leafy vegetables, members of the cabbage family, tomato, avocado, garlic, onion, asparagus, potato, and sweet potato, and other red, orange, and yellow vegetables.

Fresh veggies offer the most active vitamin, mineral, enzyme, and antioxidants. Frozen ones yield less, and those which come in a casket (canned), contain practically none. An additional major advantage of including vegetables in one’s diet is their abundance of fiber, which lowers cholesterol and acts as a natural and effective laxative, assuring a faster exit of toxic matter.

Buying fresh produce does not guarantee its nutritional value; much depends on how it is handled and prepared. Vegetables should be refrigerated (except garlic and onion), and cut up immediately before they are used. Store-bought, pre-cut veggies present a drastically reduced dietary value. Several cooking methods render them almost useless: Cooking them immersed in water, then discarding the liquid. However, this is not the case with soups and stews since the broth is consumed as well. Roasting or baking them in intense heat, including – sorry friends – casseroles, also diminishes their nutrition.  Fresh, raw veggie salads and briefly steamed or cooked covered (not fried) produce, deliver the most health-boosting benefit.

If you wish to live longer, rather than to die longer, get up close and personal with veggie wonderland!  Below is a recipe for you to try – enjoy!

2 servings
4 large Romaine lettuce leaves, shredded
1 orange
1/2 Haas avocado, peeled
3 – 4 fresh mint sprigs

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons orange juice
Juice of 1/2 lime
Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl make the dressing. Detach the mint leaves from their stems (discard the stems), chop the leaves coarsely and add to the dressing. With a serrated knife peel the orange, cutting into and exposing its juicy flesh. Holding the fruit over a small bowl to catch the juice, cut between the segments and lift them free. Halve the segments, watching for seeds and removing them. Add the orange, its juice, and the lettuce to the dressing mixture. With a teaspoon, scoop out small avocado chunks and gently mix into the salad. Serve on chilled plates.

“Mission Nutrition” Tips and Recipe from Judy E. Buss, Health Columnist, Nutritional Cooking Instructor.

Excerpted from Judy E. Buss’ article, first published in the “Feeling Fit” Magazine, Sun Coast Media Group newspapers, Florida.

Stay tuned for more Judy E. Buss’ “Mission Nutrition” words of wisdom and recipes.

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Good-bye, Sugar Blues! – Article

Susan De Lorenzo

Susan De Lorenzo

Inspiring true story of how one woman overcame a bingeing addiction.

The article linked below relates how she incorporated Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) with journaling, detoxification of the body, and lessons in making positive food choices. She is grateful for a new passion for life and healthy living.

Article Link: Good-bye, Sugar Blues!  by Susan De Lorenzo

For additional articles, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self-Help Articles Collection.

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Lab test threat? – Issue

IssuesBlogPhotoHow many health-related lab tests did you have in the last year? You probably did not give much thought to how these tests were regulated. Well, how tests are regulated may be about to change and this may have major impact on you. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving to take over control of laboratory-developed tests (LDTs). The range of arguments for and against this change is extensive, complicated, and confusing to follow.

Currently LDTs are tests developed by a local lab for a local population. These for some time have been controlled by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Shifting these LDTs to be under the FDA will shake things up big time. Implementation could be gradual and have many exceptions, but what will really happen has not yet been clarified.

Supporters list benefits as improved accuracy and clinical validity of the tests. Those opposing express concerns that meeting FDA requirements will result in higher testing prices, and testing standardization will stifle vital customization and innovation. Further, that many important tests will disappear because of the inability to cover the cost of expensive required clinical trials.

Issue: FDA fully controlling lab tests

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. To support those of you who wish to figure out what this month’s issue is really about, we have compiled the following pro and con online articles to get you started.

PRO (supporting FDA control of LDTs)
Pro Link #1: F.D.A. Acts on Lab Tests Developed In-House (7/31/14)
by Andrew Pollack
The New York Times

Pro Link #2: In Major Shift, FDA to Regulate Lab-Developed Tests as Normal Devices (8/1/14)
Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society

Pro Link #3: FDA Commissioner Calls for More Active FDA Regulation of Laboratory-Developed Tests, and ACLA Promptly Responds with a Petition Opposing FDA (6/5/13)
by Jeffrey N. Gibbs, Jamie K. Wolszon & Jessica A. Ritsick
FDA/ Law Blog

CON (against FDA control of LDTs)
Con Link #1: What You Need to Know About the FDA’s Push to Regulate Laboratory Developed Tests (8/1/14)
by Aaron Krol
Bio IT World

Con Link #2: What If the Government Standardized All Medical Testing? (7/15/14)
Alliance for Natural Health USA

Con Link #3: ACLA Expresses Concern with FDA Guidance on Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) (7/31/14)
American Clinical Laboratory Association

We encourage you to post your comments and tell your friends about additional resources you have found relating to this important health issue.

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