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New Speakers for TahoeFest 2013

Lake Tahoe Hyatt

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

Just wanted to announce some new speakers for TahoeFest 2013. The first is Dr. Thomas O’Bryan, D.C. whose topic will be “Differentiating Tools for Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease: In-Office and Laboratory Assessments.” He will review this new-kid-on-the (science)-blocknon-celiac gluten sensitivity, how to identify it, and more importantly how to treat it.

The next addition is Dr. Rachel Fresco, L.Ac., PhD. developer of Biocidin, one of my favorite herbal products on the market. I’m sure anyone who has attended any of my seminars will be familiar with the product for its many uses as nutritional support associated with intestinal ecology, systemic wellness and detoxification. Her talk will be on how to use the botanical combinations she has developed to help your clients achieve optimal health.

I also want to stress what the theme of TahoeFest 2013 is – Practical Tools For Your Clinical Practice. When I mean practical tools I mean things you can use right away to help improve your clients health as well as improving your practice whether as a physical trainer, naturopath, chiropractor, MD, DO or clinical nutritionist. Everyone will benefit from this seminar, especially your client.

To register, click on this link. Hope to see you at TahoeFest 2013!!!

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Comprehensive Blood Chemistry – #1

The number one lab test to improve health, optimize body composition and fat loss is unquestionably a comprehensive blood chemistry. In my 28 years of working with lab tests and health care practitioners the world over, I have come to the conclusion that a comprehensive blood chemistry should be the cornerstone of every health program. There is more information that can come out of this test than any other one. The only caveat is interpreting the results which is something I have been researching since 1985.

So what does a comprehensive blood chemistry consist of? In simple terms, it includes what is known as a Chem Screen, typically a Chem 25, a CBC and thyroid panel. If you were to go to the lab for this test, chances are there are a few important variables that would be left out. The ones that are most often not included are phosphorus, uric acid, LDH and GGT. Other add-ons that I heartily recommend that be included are: vitamin D3, C-Reactive Protein, RBC Magnesium and Fasting Insulin. Put that together with my Lab Assist report and you will find out more about a person’s chemistry than any other test. Also, more importantly, it can tell you what to do to balance things out.

So why is a comprehensive blood chemistry so valuable? First off, in order to optimize health, you need to optimize the electrolyte balance of sodium, potassium, chloride and CO2. In order to have a proper flow of nutrients and waste materials in and out of cells, these four items must be in balance. Also, in order to have a proper functioning adrenal gland, both sodium and potassium must be optimized. Few health care practitioners know that a low CO2 is often found in people with low HCl in their stomach leading to poor digestion. If your electrolytes are out of balance, no amount of working out will accomplish weight control or fat loss.

In my lab and biochemistry classes (Sydney and Melbourne so far Lake Tahoe tba), I spend about 2 hours teaching all the incredible information that can be gleaned out of a comprehensive blood chemistry. Here are just a few tidbits I cover: low Alkaline Phosphatase is associated with low zinc which is an essential trace mineral. Uric acid is one of the most predominant anti-oxidants in the human body, too much and it indicates excessive oxidative stress, too low and you may not be able to handle oxidative stress. Also, a little known medical fact is that no one with Multiple Sclerosis has ever had high uric acid.

I could go on and on about how important and impactful a comprehensive blood chemistry is on health, body composition and fat loss but that is for the book I’m working on as well as being covered in my class. Still, keep coming back to this blog and I will share more as time goes on.

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