Gloria Gilbère, DAHom, PhD
Gloria Gilbère, DAHom, PhD, DSC, EcoErgonomist, Wholistic Rejuvenist
Gilbère is a doctor of natural health, member of American Academy of Environmental Medicine and American Naturopathic Medical Association. Her specialties include environmental health, inflammation, chemical sensitivities, and chemically-induced immune system disorders. She’s authored 11 books, including bestsellers, I was Poisoned by my body, Pain/Inflammation Matters, and Chemical Cuisine: Do you REALLY know what you’re eating? and over 1,400 health articles, published worldwide. www.gloriagilbere.com
Connecting Oral Health and Overall Health
Author: Gloria Gilbère, CDP, PhD, CWR
Available at: www.gloriagilbere.com
Published by: IWR Press, Sandpoint, ID
Full Color 8 ½ x 11: Paperback & eBook
This book is much more than the odyssey of a doctor whose dental work became the saboteur to her health – it’s about Health thru Education©
About half of all Americans, no matter how healthy they are, are more likely to develop oral health problems.
Women need to be aware that they are at higher risk for periodontal disease and gum disease during puberty, pregnancy, their menstrual cycle each month, and then menopause—let’s face it, we’re at risk most of our lives. We now also know there is a correlation between high hormone levels in the body and inflammation in the gums surrounding the teeth as well as in the epidemic numbers of the disorder fibromyalgia—which afflicts mostly women.
Yes, there are natural ways for you to stay healthy, active, maintain a sharp mind, and age without looking or feeling old!
After age 30, testosterone levels begin to decline by about one percent per year. Is this a big deal? You bet it is! Just consider that by the time you reach age 65, your levels have declined 35 percent. Is it any wonder your “get up and go got up and went,” and that romantic date night use to energize you just thinking about it, and now? The effects of low testosterone can chisel away at not only your quality of life but also that of your spouse or mate.
As a doctor of natural health, specializing in identifying causes, effects and non-drug solutions to chemically-induced immune system disorders, most of my clients are extremely sensitive to environmental pollutants. I, for one, nearly lost my life due to liver damage from prescription drugs necessary after a life-threatening accident. This immune system dysfunction caused me to be allergic to everything I ingested as well as to chemicals in the environment. I experienced anaphylactic responses five to seven times a day until I practiced what I teach and regained my health. That said, I was housebound for several months and diesel and all petrochemical exposures were as reactive to my shattered immune system as they are to those I consult with to assist in regaining their health after their immune defenses no longer protect them.
Many skin disorders and premature aging are the outward manifestation of a body attempting to reduce its overall internal toxic burden as a result of accumulated by-products from multiple sources. What most people forget is that our skin is the largest organ of absorption and elimination—what goes on the skin goes into the body, as well as what's inside manifests outside.
The gut is the largest immune system organ—if your gut is unhealthy…so are your immune responses. For an organ that will digest approximately 23,000 pounds of solid waste in a lifetime, it is still misunderstood, abused, ridiculed and neglected. The immune system is a complex, multilevel defense system that protects the body from foreign invaders—a virtual army of defenders— containing more than 70 percent of our immune system in the gut.
It’s also important to note that half of the body’s nerve cells are located in the gut! That said it’s no wonder scientists finally validated that we have a gut-brain connection inherent to the nervous system within our bowel. This nervous system is able to mediate reflexes in the digestive system without input from the brain or spinal cord—another example of our creator’s “magic”. Because of this, the so-called “nervous system in the gut” is able to accomplish some very important jobs without our conscious thought, hence, our second brain.
To decode, as it pertains to health, is to understand the underlying causes of dis-order or disease so that appropriate protocols can be taken to correct the dis-order and return the body to homeostasis (a state of equilibrium within a cell or organism). According to Wikipedia’s definition, “Detoxification (detox for short) is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism…” Furthermore, the definition is expanded to read, “…The body’s metabolism produces harmful substances in the cells and tissues, this is called Xenobiotic Metabolism—originating from the Greek word xenos or “stranger” and biotic referring to the living and foreign organism’s normal biochemistry.” Exposing the body to toxic substances whether ingested, environmental or absorbed through the skin is a prime example of xenobiotics because they are not natural to the living organism.
Those who have long paid attention to nutrition, and the benefits of nutrition-based medicine, know the importance of that blue-green pigment present in marine microalgae—elevating foods like spirulina and chlorella to super-food status. That said, many do not know of or give appropriate credit to, another microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis—commonly known as a dark red pigment that is the richest known source of the carotenoid2 Astaxanthin. This unique substance has been present in trace amounts in aquatic ecosystems for over a billion years.
After more than 30 professional years researching, writing about, and managing my own blood sugar imbalance, I still believe gum care is among the most important and least appreciated aspects of self-management for diabetes, metabolic and insulin resistance syndromes, and many immune system disorders. Studies keep showing how gum disease (periodontal infection) and diabetes are a reflection of each.
Severe gum disease (periodontitis) is known to actually be a major contributing factor in diabetes. According to researchers at Marquette University, “Periodontitis raises levels of inflammatory cytokines and serum lipids—these cytokines can produce an insulin resistance syndrome similar to that observed in diabetes and initiate destruction of pancreatic beta cells leading to development of diabetes.
Okay, so you're wondering what in the heck is Dr. Gloria going to dissect now in her Health Detective investigative work? Well, it’s about helping you to choose healthy choices during the holidays rather than health-depleting ones. I’m going to provide you with gluten-free, nightshade-free, dairy-free alternatives to make those holiday meals just as tasty as the traditional unhealthy, high fat ones.
Here it goes…quick and easy…
This isn’t some newfangled health idea; they teach it at Stanford University! A Stanford professor is teaching his students about the mind-body connection and the relationship between stress* and disease. The head of the Psychiatry Department at Stanford said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman, whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her female friends.
We’ve heard about our school nutrition programs banning sugary beverages because of the immediate need to combat childhood obesity—currently in epidemic proportions in the U.S. That said, there’s a sneaky legal way manufacturers are using to offer reduced-calorie milk drinks like chocolate milk, for example. The ban was placed on added sugar or high fructose corn syrup but wait until you read what the industry is up to!
The claims that labeling like “reduced-calorie,” “reduced-sugar,” “low-calorie” or “diet” are terms that “turn-off” kids and teens has given way to another way of marketing to this demographic. According to FDA regulations, any “non-nutritive” additive in food must be boldly listed on the front label as well as included in the ingredient list. Because non-nutritive additives actually change the composition of the food or drink, the FDA does not allow drinks, for instance, to simply be called “milk” or “chocolate milk,” but must be labeled as “low-calories” or “reduced calorie.”
New research from the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute discovers a little-known, or little-connected, factor that contributes to developing type 2 diabetes. Most of us know that exercise and a healthy diet low in sugars and grains are key diabetes-preventing life style “musts.” What is not often known is that the amount and quality of sleep is also vital in protecting against developing the disease, managing it and, in many cases, actually reversing it!
If you’re like most of us, you’ve had challenges with sleeping at one time or another. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) reported in their 2010 study that only four in 10 respondents got a good night’s sleep most nights. The NSF, warned about making the health-depleting mistake of resorting to sleeping pills — at best ineffective, at worst dangerous!
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) collected data that showed over-the-counter sleep products really do not offer significant benefits; if you believe you should resort to prescription medications, think again. Studies financed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that these sleeping pills only reduced the average time to get to sleep by just under 13 minutes compared to sugar pills (placebos)— not enough of an improvement to warrant the possible side-effects.
Having dealt with thousands of clients with inflammatory disorders, I find there is one connection most do not make before consulting with me—inflammation and their thyroid health. When a thyroid disorder is diagnosed, hypothyroidism resulted from lack of iodine in their food/supplements and from the inflammation in general. There is confusion about hypothyroid and the diagnosis of Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis…allow me to clarify.
This investigative report is especially close to my heart—many of my family members and younger siblings are type 2 diabetics; I battle high blood sugar constantly. I have been able to maintain safe levels through strict carbohydrate and sugar restriction along with nutraceutical supplements, however, it does requires discipline and constant monitoring.
What most people do not understand is the intimate connection between liver health and diabetes; hopefully this report will enlighten you and assist in taking care of the only organ in our body that can completely rejuvenate—given the right nutritional support.
The “Jell-O” in Your Eyes
A while ago I wrote an article about ocular migraines; more people read the article than any other article I’ve ever written. Having had more than my share of eye issues, and consulting with clients who are also experiencing disorders that many times we don’t understand, this investigative report shines the light on yet another serious eye disorder that is occurring more than we’d like to admit—especially among baby boomers and those with compromised immune systems and chronic inflammation.
Test your Nutrient I.Q.
- was considered universal medicine for destroying bacteria and viruses before the onslaught of synthetic drugs?
- has been used for centuries for wound healing; especially during war time?
- was amply added to a substance we mostly use in our daily diet since the 1920s to reduce the rate of goiter disorder?
- was considered helpful in ridding the body of toxic buildup?
- was used to purify water before chlorine?
Admit it or not, chocolate is on the mind of most of us, especially in February. That said, everything must be in moderation for chocolate to provide health-enhancing benefits rather than health-depleting disorders.
Chocolate is made from plants—it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables—antioxidant-rich flavonoids which protect the body from aging caused by free-radicals that can lead to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly eight times the number in strawberries)—flavonoids also help relax blood pressure through production of nitric oxide and also balance certain hormones.
Detoxification is a primary bodily function, not some newfangled process—our body does it consistently to neutralize, transform, and eliminate toxins. Detox is doing something to improve and optimize functions of our organs of detoxification and elimination.
When we reduce the body’s overall toxic burden we literally assist the body by providing “tools” necessary to support and rejuvenate currently overburdened systems attempting to deal with the toxic load; especially after those high fat, high sugar, calorie-rich foods consumed during the holidays. The time couldn’t be better to begin new habits by purging the old and then implementing a healthy daily maintenance routine; after all, the only side effects of effective detoxification are aging without looking or feeling old, naturally.