Common Health Conditions
Low Back PaIn
Low back pain can be one of the most debilitating conditions that a person can experience. Symptoms range from dull aches to piercing sensations, sometimes even running down the leg, that make it very hard to move or stand. The pain often starts suddenly without warning and can lasts for more than three months. If you have or currently have low back pain, you know that it can negatively affect the quality of your life. Loss of sleep, inability to concentrate at work, social and athletic activities come to a stop. Living with lower back pain is something no one should have to endure. The good news is that you don’t have to suffer any longer. You can decide right now to do something about it. To take your health back, to take your life back.
Now, I don’t want you to think this is an easy process, but I do want you to realize it will be worth it. The truth is, most likely you have had this problem long before you started feeling the pain. Most back issues are the result of years of damage and degeneration that have finally manifested into dysfunction, and if ignored, eventually disease. Back pain can be caused by a number of different factors, including (but by no means limited to):
Poor Posture/Joint misalignments
Lower Cross Syndrome
With so many causes of low back pain, it would be illogical to provide the same treatment regardless of the cause, but that is exactly what most people do. Pain killers and anti-inflammatories are the standard of care for mild to moderate low back pain. These do nothing to address the cause of your pain, and more importantly, they do nothing to stop the ongoing damage and degeneration. A thorough and complete examination by a qualified doctor is essential in proper and effective identification and correction of the cause.
Head and Neck Pain
It is widely accepted that the majority of headaches are caused by imbalances in one or more of the following:
Headaches are symptoms created by your nervous system to indicate that there is tissue damage occurring quicker than your body can repair it. Headaches are not Deficiencies of aspirin, Tylenol, pain killers or any other medication. In fact, research shows that these products may be a major cause of headaches.
Neurological: The primary cause of nerve irritation in the body is spinal imbalance called Subluxation. The nerve that is primarily responsible for the muscular, circulatory, and neurological causes of headaches is the trigeminal nerve. The trigeminal nerve is made of cells that originate in the brain stem and travel down as low as the 2nd cervical level of the spinal cord. The trigeminal nerve is the largest nerve in the head and upper neck. Its branches affect: muscles of the head, neck, and jaw.
- skin of the head, neck, and scalp
- blood vessels to the head, neck, and brain, sinus mucosa
- brain and nervous system covering called meninges
- jaw, inner and middle ear
- glands in the head and neck, etc
The upper two vertebrae in the spine are where the brain stem and the trigeminal nerve lives. The primary cause of interference to these sensitive nerves are subluxation of the 1st and 2nd cervical vertebrae.
Circulatory: Blood flow is responsible for providing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the cells’ tissues directly involved with headache suffering. Spinal distortions cause nervous imbalance, decreased blood flow, and increased tissue breakdown which leads to irritation of delicate muscle and nervous system tissue.
Muscular: Muscle spasm or tension is a sign that there is nervous system imbalance caused by Postural Imbalance, Spinal Distortion (Subluxation), Chemical Imbalance, Past history of trauma and Emotional Stress, Muscles that are directly related to the production and maintenance of tension headaches:
- Muscles of the eyes
- Muscle of the scalp
- Muscles of the neck
Chemical: Lotions, shampoo’s, tooth paste, and deodorants, Prescription and non-prescription drugs, House hold cleaning supplies, Diet (MSG, Nitrites, Serotonin levels), Dehydration, Alcohol, Caffeine, Emotional stress
To end headaches the primary objectives should be:
- To detect and correct areas of imbalance in the spinal and nervous systems
- A complete chiropractic wellness care plan to restore normal function
- Specific changes in diet, hydration, and exercise
- Discontinued use of chemical irritants; OTCs and prescription drugs
- Restore the natural healing potential of the body
The shoulder joint consist of 3 bones; the shoulder blade (scapula), the upper arm (humerus) and the collarbone (clavicle). The humerus is held in contact with the scapula by 4 muscles known as rotator cuff muscles and by a cartilaginous ring around the scapula, called the glenoid labrum. The labrum adds surface area to the scapula and can often be the site of tearing, causing frozen shoulder or instability.
Shoulder Impingement is caused when the tendon of one of the rotator cuff muscles (supraspinatus) becomes painfully entrapped between part of the scapula known as the acromion and the the humerus during elevation and/or internal rotation of the arm.
Repetitive irritation of this tendon can lead to a cascade of shoulder dysfunction including supraspinatus tendon disruption, subacromial bursitis, biceps tendonitis, degeneration of associated joints and eventually, rotator cuff rupture..
What causes shoulder impingement?
Shoulder impingement results from repetitive injury and its development is partially related to repeated overhead activities involved in sports, including swimming, baseball, volleyball, weightlifting, or tennis. These and other activities can lead to muscular imbalances, most commonly in the rotator muscles, creating the risk for shoulder impingement. The rotator cuff is a dynamic stabilizer of the glenohumeral (shoulder) joint and works to depress the humeral head during arm elevation. Rotator cuff imbalances can result in the loss of normal humeral head depression as a result. Other factors such as poor posture, leading to tight chest muscles and weakened back and shoulder complex, injuries such as falls, anatomical abnormalities, thickening of a cushion in the shoulder known as the bursa can all be contributing factors to shoulder impingement syndrome.
Initial symptoms may be limited range of motion, pain when sleeping on the side of affected shoulder or during overhead activity and while reaching behind the back to fasten a bra or close a zipper. As the condition progresses, the patient may develop a constant ache that is present at rest and with simple movements in addition to muscle weakness and sensory changes.
Successful management of impingement syndrome should initially focus on restoring range of motion while avoiding aggravating movements i.e. elevation and internal rotation. Patients should avoid overhead presses, lateral raises, and push-ups. Selective rest may be necessary for some patients. Shoulder mobilization has been shown to decrease pain and improve range of motion in patients. Manual manipulation is needed to address restrictions in the cervical, upper thoracic and shoulder areas. There is evidence to suggest that cervicothoracic and thoracic spine manipulation may help decrease shoulder pain while improving mobility and function. Soft tissue manipulation or myofascial release of associated hypertonic muscles with specific emphasis on the pec, biceps, subscapularis, infraspinatus, teres minor and levator. Kinesio-Tape, applied across the supraspinatus, deltoid and teres minor, may promote scapular movement and strength with faster recovery times and lower disability. Ultrasound, anti-inflammatory modalities, and ice may be useful in the earliest stages. However, most passive therapy modalities provide little benefit for chronic patients.
Home rehabilitation exercises consisting of stretching should address tightness in the posterior capsule and internal rotators with specific emphasis on the: pec, biceps, subscapularis, infraspinatus, teres minor, levator and a cross body stretch. Strengthening may begin incrementally as the patient’s pain-free range of motion allows. Strengthening should begin with isometric exercises and progress as tolerated. Eccentric strengthening of the rotator cuff combined with eccentric/concentric exercises for the scapular stabilizers may produce improved outcomes. Specific strengthening should include: scapular retractions, shoulder flexion, isolated supraspinatus, horizontal abduction, extension, external rotation and reverse shrugs
Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammatory condition causing pain on the underside of the foot near the heel. The pain is commonly intense in the morning and reduces to a dull achy pain as the day progresses. This is commonly caused by abnormal gait, excessive supination or pronation, leg-length inequality, obesity, bad shoes, running on irregular surfaces, standing for long periods, or a shortened calf muscle.
Active Release Technique is extremely effective in treating this condition and restoring the normal function of the foot. In addition, chiropractic adjustments help to restore the proper biomechanics of the foot and leg. Rehab and orthotics are also recommended in treating this condition. Plantar fascia mobilization may be performed at home by rolling a golf ball or frozen water bottle beneath the plantar fascia.
Stretching exercises are appropriate for the gastroc, soleus, hamstring, and plantar fascia.
Ankle joint mobilization and manipulation can help restore normal motion, particularly dorsiflexion.
Patients who hyperpronate and those with fallen arches will benefit from arch supports or orthotics.
Strengthening exercises are appropriate for the gastroc, soleus, posterior tibialis, and intrinsic muscles of the foot. (82) Examples include marble and towel gripping exercises. Strengthening exercises for the posterior tibialis should be implemented to help arch support. Strengthening of the flexor digitorum brevis is an important component of treatment and may be accomplished by performing toe flexion with an exercise band. (36) Eccentric heel raises with the great toe positioned in passive dorsiflexion (i.e. great toe propped up with a towel) have shown benefit for plantar fasciitis patients.
Attention deficit/Hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) is defined as a child who is inattentive, impulsive, and hyperactive. Debate in the scientific community exists as to whether ADD/ADHD is due to environmental or genetic factors. Currently there are no diagnostic tests that can conclusively prove the existence of ADD/ADHD. Diagnosis is instead determined by a set number of characteristics.
Once a diagnosis is made based on a set of subjective characteristics, current medical approach to care for a child with ADD/ADHD is drug intervention. Many parents are understandably concerned about potential long-term adverse effects due to an ever-increasing reliance on psychotropic drugs. Harmful side effects can include addiction, nervousness, agitation, anxiety, irritability, depression, insomnia, headaches, growth impairment, weight loss and stomach pains.
Here is where a functional model of care differs. Allopathic medicine looks at the problem as a dysfunction in the genetics. Logically, the approach is to sublimate the shortcomings of the physiology with a drug intervention. Keep in mind, as stated earlier, there is currently no test that can conclusively prove an ADD/ADHD diagnosis. With functional medicine, we always start with the premise that health and vitality are our birth-right. Any shift from optimal is due to our physiological adaptation to a toxic environment, either internal or external. So let’s look at some of the possible factors that can cause a child to express ADD/ADHD symptoms.
Solving the Puzzle
Like most health challenges, the dysfunction is often multi-factorial and far to many factors to cover them all here, but let’s look at some of the more common factors.
First, we have to consider lifestyle. With technology becoming more and more intertwined in our lives, the amount of time kids spend in front of a screen (TV, cell phone, tablet) has risen dramatically. There are two major problems with this.
First, Studies have shown that watching television, tablet, etc. induces brainwave activity to switch from Beta waves, associated with active logical thought, to Alpha waves, associated with relaxed meditative states of suggestibility.
While Alpha waves achieved through meditation are beneficial (they promote relaxation and insight), too much time spent in the low Alpha wave state can cause unfocussed daydreaming and inability to concentrate. In order for the brain’s neural networks to develop normally a child needs specific stimuli from the outside environment that are not found on tablet and TV screens, causing brain development becomes stunted.
Secondly, Today’s tablets and smartphones give children almost constant access to perform a multitude of functions simultaneously. We are training our children’s brain to become accustomed to the fast pace, high stimulation that they don’t get in the real world. Think about your own lives. How often do you feel the need to check your cellphone while waiting in line or on the MRT? Technology is wonderful but it is training our brains to need content stimulated at a fast pace.
Our first recommendation is to limit the time your child spends in front of a screen. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children spend no more than one to two hours a day interacting with screen-based media, such as TV and video games. And the recommendation for children under the age of two is no TV at all. Throughout life, but especially during the developmental years, you need to think of sensory stimulation as food for the brain. If you constantly feed it junk, junk is what you will get. That brings us up to our second factor to consider. Food.
Today’s diet is vastly different than the one our grandparents and even our parents grew up on. We are consuming more sugar in a month than they did in an entire year. To make matters worse, natural sugar cane has been replaced with inexpensive but toxic high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). We are eating meats infused with anti-biotics and estrogen. Preservatives and food coloring are in nearly every packaged food we buy. With the current trend of decreased quality of our food supply, it is not more important than ever to view food as more than just fuel. Food is the building blocks of our structure and function.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine stated “All disease begins in the gut”, and that certainly holds true with ADD/ADHD. Most Drugs for depression, generalized anxiety and social phobias alter a hormone called serotonin. They are either known as either SSRI or MAOI. Did you know that the majority of Serotonin (the “feel good hormone”) is made in the gut, not the brain? Serotonin is related to impulse control and aggression and has some cognitive functions, including memory and learning. A recent study conducted at Duke University, suggest that low serotonin levels may be partially responsible for causing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although the effect of low serotonin levels in people with ADHD is still not fully understood, research does suggest that there is a direct relationship between serotonin levels and ADHD.
The body makes serotonin by converting the amino acid Tryptophan. This conversion requires B3,B6, folate and iron. serotonin deficit can be brought on by inadequate levels of these B vitamins or iron. Supplementing with a quality B complex, ensuring adequate iron can save your child from a life-long dependency on psychotropic drugs like Ritalin. Brewer’s yeast can provide a natural source of the B’s provided your child does not have a candida infection. Brewer’s yeast is not recommended for any type of fungal infection. In addition it is not recommended to exceed 250mg of B-6 a day and excessive iron can be toxic. Consult a qualified health professional to ensure safety.
Now that we have addressed the hormonal issue, its time to clean up the overall diet. Food additives, such as dyes and/or preservatives, have been implicated in ADD/ADHD. A diet regimen of natural foods, with an emphasis on fresh and unprocessed has been shown to reduce the expression of ADD/ADHD. There are many reports of a beneficial effect from a whole-foods diet, and in particular, a gluten- dairy- and sugar-free diet can induce behavioral improvements. I am always amazed at how we as a society have abandoned the natural law of nature for philosophy of “better living through chemistry”. The truth is that no magic pill will save us, no matter what scientists and doctors tell us. If we want a better expression of health, we need to respect the natural laws of nature. Only through a symbiotic relationship including eating foods as they are found in nature. You will be amazed at how something as basic as changing diet can make a world of difference for your son or daughter.
If you would like more information about proper diet and how to implement it to your busy lifestyle, give our office a call. Eating healthy does not have to be difficult.
We have saved the most important piece for last. The function and development of your childs brain and nervous systm. Researchers found that when they tested ADD/ADHD children against controls, most often they exibit a right brain functional weakness.
The right hemisphere of the brain is responsible for calming thoughts and movement. Children with right brain lag have problems with impulse control, sitting still, decreased ability to pay attention, distractibility, hyperactivity, impulsivity, compulsive behaviors, spatial awareness, especially personal space. They can have difficulty perceiving their effect on people around them, difficulty with “comprehension”, poor timing skills. and poor posture. Problems understanding body language, facial expression and ‘social learning’ or non-verbal communication is commonplace with ADD/ADHD.
These are just some of the more common traits of a right brain developmental lag. The good news is that our brains shows an incredible capacity for neuroplasticity, the ability to develop new information pathways. If the brain is stimulated in a specific way, new neuro-pathways develop and the developmental lag can be corrected. Typically parents and teachers notice improved social behavior, better focus, improved attention span, significant decrease and often cessation of overt impulsivity, improved posture, better self-esteem, more confidence, and better grades. It is often life changing for the child, the parents, and the family as a whole. The care we provide for these children is life changing. It could make the difference between your child expressing his/her full potential or not. Healthy academic, social, and emotional development is crucial for life and it is my goal to help these children maximize their potential. If you would your child to realize his/her full potential, call our office now for a free consultation.
Women's Health Issues
Thyroid dysfunction are one of the most common and often mishandled problems concerning women’s health. Yes, men can have thyroid problems too but it is far less common. Because the thyroid does so much for proper physiological function, the symptoms of hypothyroid can be very diverse. Below is a list of the more common symptoms you might encounter if your thyroid is not functioning optimally:
- Fatigue, especially in the morning
- Weight gain despite adhering to a low-calorie diet
- Morning headaches that wear off as the day progresses
- Hypersensitivity to cold weather
- Poor circulation and numbness in hands and feet
- Muscle cramps while at rest
- Outer third of eyebrow thins
- Slow wound healing
- Excessive amount of sleep required to function properly
- Chronic digestive problems, such as lack of stomach acid (hypochlorhydria)
- Itchy, dry skin
- Increased susceptibility to colds and other viral or bacterial infections and difficulty recovering from them
- Cold often
- High cholesterol
When assessing thyroid function, most allopathic doctors only run two tests; TSH and T4. In reality, that is an extremely inadequate investigation to diagnose a thyroid condition.A thorough examination of the thyroid needs to consider the following: irregular immune function, poor blood sugar control, gut infections, adrenal problems, hormonal imbalances, brain function, gluten sensitivity/intolerance. Any one of those conditions can cause an abnormal TSH and/or T4.
So what should your doctor be checking?
I’m glad you asked. A thorough blood panel for thyroid function would include; fasting blood glucose, TSH, TT4, FTI, FT4, Resin T3 Uptake, FT3, rT3, and TGB. Additionally, if Hashimoto’s disease is suspected (autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid), a TPO Ab, and possibly a TGB Ab and TSH Ab should be done. Keep in mind that false positives are not uncommon with Ab tests. They will only show positive if you are currently having a autoimmune reaction.
The second thing to consider, when you get your lab results back, do not pay any attention to the lab ranges. They are worthless. Labs ranges are based on pathology, not functionality. Functional rages asses before disease sets in. Secondly, most blood test pathological ranges are simply the average of all the people who have had blood work analyzed by that lab in the last year. Most of whom we can assume are in some degree of poor health. We can also assume that many of them are taking medications which may skew results. Below is a guide to functional ranges for your lab work.
Functional ranges for blood tests:
- Functional fasting blood glucose is 85-100 mg/dL
- Functional TSH 1.8-3.0 uIU/mL
- Functional range Total Thyroxine (T4) (TT4) 6-12 ug/d
- Functional range Free thyroxine index (FTI): 1.2-4.9 mg/dl
- Functional range Free thyroxine (FT4): – 1.0-1.5 ng/dL
- Functional range Resin T3 Uptake: 28-38 md/dl
- Functional range Free thriiodothyroxine (FT3): 300-450 pg/mL
- Functional range Reverse T3 (rT3): 90-350 pg/ml
- Functional range Thyroid-binding globulin (TGB): 18-27 ug/dl
Traditionally, once a thyroid diagnosis is made, the patient will be put on a synthetic thyroid replacement hormone. Here we see a classic example of the major flaw in the allopathic philosophy. Patients typically get the same treatment regardless of the cause of the dysfunction. Would it surprise you to know that there are actually six different classifications of thyroid dysfunction? Only one of which can be effectively managed with hormone replacement therapy. The six classifications are as follows:
- Primary Hypothyroidism
- Hypothyroidism secondary to pituitary hypofunction
- Thyroid under-conversion
- Thyroid over-convesion and decreased TBG
- Thyroid binding globulin elevation
- Thyroid resistance
If you or someone you love either has or is suspected of having a thyroid dysfunction, you owe it to yourself to have a thorough examination and customized treatment plan. Call our office today and get the treatment you deserve.
Definitions of Thyroid Blood Panal
- released by pituitary gland. Most common and sensitive marker of thyroid function. TSH increases when T4 drops and decreases when it rises.
Total Thyroxine (TT4):
- TT4 test measures both bound and unbound T4. Does not give an idea of how active T4 is, unless other markers are included, such as T3 uptake. T3 uptake indicates how much thyroid hormone is entering the cells. Total T4 can be altered by many drugs.
Free Thyroxine index (FTI)
- Measured by multiplying TT4 levels by the T3 uptake and determines how much active T4 is available. If TT4 is depressed, then T3 uptake is high; if the TT4 is high, then resin uptake is low. Even when drugs impact thyroid binding, the free thyroxine index should be within normal range if thyroid is functioning properly.
Free Thyroxine (FT4)
- measures amount of free, or active T4 in the blood. Factors that affect TT4 will not impact FT4. Free T4 is high with hyperthyroidism and low with hypothyroidism. Even a high TSH with normal T4 is enough to identify hypothyroidism. High T4 can be caused by taking heparin, acute illness, hereditary thyroid resistance. Low FT4 can be chronic or severe illness other than thyroid disease.
Resin T3 uptake
- measures the number of sites for active or unbound T3 to bind with proteins. The more binding sites open on the proteins, the lower the resin uptake result will be. Anything that reduces the binding sites, such as elevated testosterone or testosterone replacement therapy, can cause a low T4, because it leaves very few binding sites for thyroid hormone. Anything that raises the binding sites, such as estrogen or birth control pills, would cause a pattern of high total T4 and low T3 uptake.
Free Triiodothyroxine (FT3)
- measures free T3 hormone, and is best marker for measuring active thyroid hormones available to thyroid receptor sites.
Reverse T3 (rT3)
- measures the amount of reverse T3 that is produced. rT3 typically takes place in cases of extreme stress, such as major trauma, surgery, or severe chronic stress. It appears the increased production of T3 is due to an inability to clear rT3, as well as from elevated levels of cortisol.
Thyroid-Binding Globulin (TGB)
- measures the amount of proteins in the blood that transport thyroid hormones to the cells. Elevated testosterone can lower TBG levels, while elevated estrogen can raise TBG, both of which produce hypothyroid symptoms.
If you suffer from heartburn or acid reflux, a solution may be easier than you think.
The biggest misconception of heartburn sufferers is that they are producing too much stomach acid (HCl) and need to counteract this betrayal of the body with some “purple pill” or one of its cousins. The idea of continuously taking a pill for symptom relief and thinking you have solved the problem is like hanging up on the bill collector and expecting your finances to be ok. Sooner or later the bill always comes due.
Lets first consider the reality of HCl production. It peaks in our mid 20s and slowly declines thereafter. This decline is accelerated if we have spent decades consuming a typical Western diet of processed, refined and hard to digest foods. The body does its best to breakdown these products but will eventually burn out, much like your car will burn out if you keep the RPMs in the red. The reduced production in stomach acids compounded by years of poor eating habits cause a deficiency in the nutrients necessary for adequate digestion. With low stomach acid you will always suffer from indigestion like burning, gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation because your stomach cannot breakdown foods.
One of the easiest ways to address heartburn is by first making sure that your body has the nutrients necessary to make stomach acids. Stomach acids play a vital role in your body’s physiology. The primary role of hydrochloric acid is not digestion, but to kill any parasites and such that you may have ingested with your food. In addition, stomach acid stimulates pancreas function. If you are taking an antacid, you are inadvertently suppressing your body’s natural process. All this sets up an environment for infection, allergies, weight gain, colitis and a host of other illnesses that always accompany a strategy of fighting the body’s innate intelligence for control.
Celery strengthens hydrochloric acid in the gut and provides mineral salts to the CNS. On an empty stomach, drink a 16-ounce glass of freshly pressed celery juice for 3 weeks. You need to drink it straight while you still have an empty stomach. Drink the juice immediately, before it can oxidize, which reduces its effectiveness. This works because celery contains unique sodium compositions, and these mineral salts are bonded with many bioactive trace minerals and nutrients. Over time, the mineral salts, minerals, and nutrients have the ability to completely restore your stomach’s hydrochloric acid production.
While you are restoring your ability to make stomach acids, pay attention to your food combinations. What most people do not realize is that starches and proteins breakdown at different rates, so while your carbohydrates have been fully digested, they sit in your stomach waiting for the protein to breakdown. This causes the carbohydrates to begin to ferment in your stomach producing gasses which irritate the stomach lining causing heartburn, reflux and gastric ulcers to name a few. If you are thinking your problem is too much stomach acids, the logical thing to do is reach for your Mylanta, Tums or Rolaids for relief, never realizing the problem is actually not enough digestive enzymes including hydrochloric acid (stomach acid). This endless suppression of the body’s natural process eventually takes a significant toll on your health.
Divide up your food groups. Start by splitting up starches and proteins. Stop eating meat, chicken, fish, eggs or beans with potatoes, rice, breads or pasta. Vegetables can be eaten with either choice of food, and not only make an excellent accompaniment, but are also full of vitamins and minerals. Another thing to consider is the fact that all raw foods naturally contain enzymes necessary for digestion. These enzymes are essentially destroyed at 118 degrees Fahrenheit, so if you are suffering from any form of indigestion raw is better. Consider a colorful salad to get more of these highly valuable digestive enzymes into your diet. In addition, you will feel better, lose weight and get better control over your blood sugar.
A word of caution to the reader, there are many more things to consider when dealing with digestive issues; peptic ulcers, ileocecal valve, hiatal hernia, to name just a few. The main point you should take away from this article is the philosophy of addressing the cause, not the symptom.
Peptic ulcers can easily be mistaken for heartburn. An easy way to distinguish if you have peptic ulcers is to by drinking apple cider vinegar on an empty stomach. If it causes irritation, it is suggestive of a compromised integrity of the stomach lining.
Hiatal hernia and ileocecal valve are also issues that can be easily fixed by a doctor trained in these techniques. Please download my hiatal hernia quick fix If you suspect a hiatal hernia is causing your symptoms. If it is not severe enough, fixing it without medical help, is possible. If you get relief from this technique but it is only temporary or your relief is only partial, seek professional help. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine said “All disease begins in the gut”. Your gut makes up 80% of your total immune function and is the gateway to health. Without a properly functioning gut, immune function will be compromised leaving you susceptible to wide variety of health problems.