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Depression, Anxiety, and Brain Fog from Low Thyroid Function

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Depression, Anxiety, and Brain Fog from Low Thyroid Function

Did you know that your anxiety, depression, and brain fog can be related to your thyroid? Many people associate low thyroid function with fatigue, difficulty losing weight, aches and pains, constipation, and hair loss. While these are indicators of low thyroid function, there can be other symptoms. Brain function is closely associated with thyroid function. In the last 30 years, I have been in practice and have seen over a hundred thousand patient visits. While those are some of the common issues we see in patients with thyroid function, brain fog, anxiety, depression, and insomnia are also very common thyroid symptoms.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

While symptoms such as moodiness, poor memory, brain fog, and difficulty concentrating are all indicators of low thyroid function often the term ADD or ADHD is brought up when someone has difficulty concentrating. Suppose you have talked to your doctor about these symptoms and been prescribed typical medication such as an antidepressant, antianxiety drug, tranquilizer, or mood stabilizer. In that case, you may think this is helping the problem. You may be labeled as bipolar because of depression and anxiety or labeled as moody because you are up and down. Ritalin or Adderall may be prescribed for difficulty concentrating. While these medicines can help with the symptoms you may be experiencing, you still are not addressing your underlying issues, which can be a low functioning thyroid. 

How to Treat Low Thyroid Function Naturally

Most doctors agree when a patient comes in with symptoms, they are prescribed medication such as Ritalin and Adderall for low concentration. But what if there was a way to treat your thyroid naturally? When we see patients in our office, the first thing we try to do is find the underlying cause of their issues. Why do they have this condition? Why are you experiencing brain fog, anxiety, depression, and fatigue? There is usually some problem in the body that is causing the issue. Typically, we run a complete set of labs to determine if you have a thyroid issue. 

Testing for Thyroid Function

Often when a patient comes in, they let us know that their doctor has already performed a series of thyroid tests, and their thyroid function was considered normal. But doctors most often check only the TSH and sometimes T4 levels. I typically run six different tests for the thyroid. When I look at the test results, I can check not only for within normal range but also for above or below optimal and look for trends in the test results. When it comes to your thyroid, it is not always the test results but how the results are interpreted. I am confident once I run your labs, look at your test results, and get you on the right treatment plan you can soon be feeling better.

My treatment plans can include natural approaches with diet and supplements. Some patients do need thyroid medications. and one that is often prescribed is Synthroid. There are other options including some that are natural.

Treatment for Low Thyroid

Some patients who come into our office are already being treated for thyroid issues and are on medications, but they still feel terrible. They still have trouble losing weight, still suffer from depression and anxiety, brain fog, and fatigue. This could be a simple fix, such as switching thyroid medications or taking a different approach. We can do a round of tests that will also check vitamin deficiencies which along with thyroid conditions could be causing your trouble. 

Again, it is not only the tests that are done but also how the doctor interprets your test results that will make the most significant impact. Your TSH, free T3, free T4, and even TPO and thyroglobulin antibodies can all be in normal lab ranges but still causing you symptoms. But if your doctor is not looking at the whole picture, finding solutions can be missed.

The FreeDiet® for Thyroid Balance

Patients who come to us and are still having trouble with their thyroid no matter what they do; no medication is helping symptoms, and no diet can help them lose weight. They are often frustrated. We can take them in and begin the process of our program. This includes functional evaluation and proper supplements to balance out your system. 

The FreeDiet®, which I came up with for my patients, is the first step. This diet consists of eliminating foods that can cause inflammation, digestive, and other chronic health conditions. It is free of gluten, grains, sugars, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods.

Patients who have used our program that includes the FreeDiet® and our Natural Medicine Formulas® have seen a difference in weight loss and symptoms. They feel better than they have in years, and we have helped them get to the underlying root cause of their gut and thyroid issues.

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If you are experiencing brain fog, depression, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, memory issues, or insomnia, feel free to contact us. Something is causing these issues in your body. It could be a thyroid condition or autoimmune issues. Whatever the case, we are here to help you. We believe that if we can first find the cause of your issues, we can then find the solution.

If would like a complimentary copy of the FreeDiet phase 1 food chart, click here. For more information on The FreeDiet book click here.  

IBS—Discovering Root Causes and Natural Treatments

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Today I’m going to talk to you about IBS, which stands for irritable bowel syndrome, or in my opinion, It’s BS. And why would I say that? Because certainly millions of people have IBS. Well, I’ve been practicing for over 30 years and have seen over 100,000 patient visits, treating all sorts of conditions—pain, fatigue, brain fog, depression, anxiety, thyroid, adrenal issues, autoimmune.

But the one thing though that almost all my patients have in common is digestive issues. I’ve seen it more so lately, and it seems like almost everyone comes in with some sort of gut symptoms. Many of my patients have been to other doctors and get labeled as having IBS.

IBS Traditional Treatment

So I want to talk about what you can do to find out what’s causing it and how to correct it. So, typical scenario, you go to the doctor saying you have symptoms such as gas, bloating, abdominal pain, cramping, constipation, diarrhea. Even mucus in the stool can feel miserable. 

And so you go in and your primary doctor says, all right, well why don’t you take this medication (usually acid-blocking drugs)? See if that works. 

You go back, still no better. All right, well, let’s send you to the GI doctor.

So you go to the GI doctor. What’s going on? 

Well, doc, I don’t know, I have some gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, just feel really irritable. My bowels feel irritable all the time. I don’t know what’s going on. 

All right, well, let’s do some tests. We’ll do a colonoscopy. 

Maybe they’ll do a colonoscopy and an endoscopy. So you get the results back and go in. 

So what is it? 

Oh, well you have IBS. 

Oh, what’s that Doc? 

That stands for irritable bowel syndrome.

Well, wait a minute isn’t that what I told you I had, irritable bowel? 

Right, you have irritable bowel syndrome, exactly. 

Well, what causes that? 

Well, no one really knows what causes it. 

What can I do about it? 

Well, you can get this medication for it. We have acid-blocking drugs. 

That’s the one that didn’t work.

Okay, we can do muscle relaxers or anti-anxiety pills, or you can do these pain meds or even anti-depressants. These are all common medications used for IBS. 

And that’s why I say It’s BS because IBS is not a condition, it’s simply a description of what’s going on. It would be like going to the orthopedist and you say, 

Doc, my neck hurts, it’s been really hurting a lot lately. 

They do some x-rays, maybe an MRI. 

Okay, well, you have something very serious. It’s called HNS. 

HNS, what’s that? 

Hurt neck syndrome. 

What do you mean?

You have HNS. 

Well, I know, my neck hurts. 

But this is an actual condition. Look it up online.

You go online, HNS, there are support groups. There are all kinds of blogs, websites all over the place. I’m making this up, by the way, maybe I’m not, maybe it does exist. But this is how it works. Anyway, that’s why I say it’s BS. 

Root Cause of IBS

However, IBS does exist. I know, I had it years ago, even as a kid I had all these symptoms. I was miserable. And as I got older, it even got worse. So I went through all this. I was able to get it cleared up and basically what it comes down to is finding out the root causes of IBS. 

Number one is pathogens (infections)—bacteria, yeast, parasites. And why don’t they ever test for this? It’s so rare that you can even get your doctor to order a stool test. I like to order these comprehensive stool tests, not just to check for parasites, but also yeast, bacteria, digestive enzymes, different markers of inflammation, immune health. So it gives a clear picture. 

So parasites, for instance, in one study I read almost half of the IBS patients had this parasite called Blastocystis hominis. I did other videos on that if you want to check that out. But 46% had blasto. and all the symptoms of IBS can be from this blastocystis and other parasites, the gas, bloating, cramping, diarrhea, constipation.

Yeast overgrowth is also a common cause of IBS symptoms, and bacterial overgrowth (dysbiosis) as well. And when I tested myself, these are just some of approximately 20 stool test parasite pictures and everything that I did years ago when I had these issues. I wanted to get to the underlying root cause. And it took me a while to figure out and get it cleared up. But you should do a comprehensive stool test if you want to find out and figure out what’s causing your gut symptoms. 

So infections, pathogens are one. And what do you do about that? Well, depending on what it is, for parasites, there’s certain natural formulas we use and sometimes you need a prescription medication. For me, I use a series of products that I found really worked, and this was after I tried a few different prescription drugs for the parasites which did not work.

Natural Treatment for IBS

If it’s yeast, there are certain protocols for that. I use a product called Yeast Defeat™. If it’s a bacterial overgrowth, I use Microb-Balance™.  There are probiotics that I use that are effective and powerful called ProbioSupreme™SB or other of our probiotics depending on the findings. So, eliminating the cause of the infection is one thing.

Second, are deficiencies—nutrient and digestive enzyme deficiencies, so that has to be addressed and they are different types of enzyme supplements, such as GastricZyme™ or PanAbsorb™ that can be a huge help.

Third, are food allergies/sensitivities. Gluten is the most common one I see. There are other foods that are highly reactive as well. You have to find out which foods you are sensitive to. That’s a major cause of digestive issues. Two ways to do this are, you can test, there is a comprehensive gluten celiac test, food allergy and sensitivity tests. You can check upwards of 100 or more foods. 

So the typical tests doctors run for gluten, if you can get them to do that, is for just 2-3 markers for gluten sensitivity and celiac. But meanwhile, there is a particular lab test I use to check more than 20 different antibodies, which is a very comprehensive approach to find out if gluten is an issue. 

Testing Options for IBS

So another option besides testing for gluten are testing for others. A food allergy test if you can get your doctor to order that. Some of the major labs offer panels of 10 or 15 foods, and those are true allergies. Most people have sensitivities more so than allergies, so I like to test both in panels of about 100 foods or more. 

So aside from food testing, another option I came up with is a diet I call the FreeDiet® because it’s not only free of gluten but gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods. And you go through that, phase one is typically four weeks where you are eliminating these potentially reactive foods. And most patients, usually within the first couple of weeks are doing so much better.

And then as everything clears up, we go onto phase two, we start adding foods back one at a time. So, this is what worked for me. Because I tested positive for gluten sensitivity, and I went gluten-free but was eating all the gluten-free grains, millet, rice, corn, gluten-free pasta and bagels, everything. 

I was not feeling any better because you must eliminate the bacteria, yeast, parasites, all of those things. All of those live on, they love sugar, grains, yeast, starches. So this diet, the FreeDiet® is free of all of those. 

It really helps your gut calm down. If you want a complimentary copy of the FreeDiet® phase 1 food chart, feel free to click here to check that out. So the FreeDiet® gives your gut a rest, calms down the inflammation, allows it to heal. If you have infections, pathogens, it also is the diet you would follow for that. So it’s all-encompassing as far as to help clear up gut issues and that’s what worked for me after I finally figured it out over many years of testing and tweaking and for many of my patients since then.

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Parasites—Clearing Up Blastocystis Hominis IBS and Hashimotos

Hashimotos

Today I’m going to discuss how parasites, namely one called Blastocystis Hominis (blasto), can cause IBS symptoms, skin issues, thyroid, auto-immune, and all kinds of other symptoms. Lately, I’ve been seeing so many more patients dealing with digestive issues. 

I’ve been practicing for over 30 years and have seen over 100,000 patient visits. Most new patients come in complaining about fatigue, aches and pain, brain fog, anxiety, depression, and digestive issues. One thing that almost all our patients have in common is that they have a lot of gut issues. We perform a lot of stool and various blood tests

Lately, I’ve seen an increase in test results showing more patients with parasites, especially Blastocystis Hominis, which is the most common parasite in the United States.

Blastocystis Hominis Can Cause Many Symptoms

Blastocystis Hominis can cause gut symptoms—diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and cramps. Blastocystis Hominis can also cause hives, rashes, and affect your thyroid. When you’re fighting off a parasite like this, it can ramp up your immune system and induce autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s thyroid condition. Hashimoto’s is the most common cause of thyroid nodules.

It’s interesting to see how something like a parasite can affect an organ like your thyroid and even cause thyroid nodules. We’re going to discuss how to discover if you have this parasite or any others, and then how to treat it. 

Blastocystis Hominis is something that I had about 15 years ago. For many years I had a lot of gut issues including IBS symptoms, abdominal pain, cramps, gas, bloating, indigestion, and fatigue as well as body aches and pains.

Discovering and Testing for Blastocystis Hominis

Through testing, I found out I had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (elevated thyroid antibodies) along with an elevated rheumatoid arthritis antibody. I was feeling pretty miserable. I also found out I had a gluten sensitivity and started eating gluten-free but that didn’t help too much. 

The reason why it didn’t work as well was that I was eating more non-gluten grains like rice and gluten-free products. I was replacing my gluten-containing foods with gluten-free cookies, gluten-free bread, and gluten-free pasta instead of completely eliminating grains. 

I did a stool test on myself and found out I had not only yeast overgrowth and dysbiosis (bacterial overgrowth) but also the parasite, Blastocystis Hominis. At the time, I hadn’t heard of that specific parasite and was unaware of the problems it caused, so I was doing a lot of research about it. This was around 1993 before we even had computers in our houses. In discovering how to eliminate it, I found out there were many effective natural remedies I could use as well as some prescription drugs. I started taking the various herbs and supplements that were recommended. 

Blastocystis Hominis Treatment Options

One of the most effective natural remedies for Blastocystis Hominis was supposed to be a liquid herbal remedy that contained Gentian, a purple-colored compound. I used this product for many months, and one of my most vivid memories was spilling it and staining my white countertop, as well as my clothes repeatedly. It was just a big mess. I performed over 20 stool tests on myself over the years. At the time, the lab would send you a picture if you had a parasite. Every time I would get the test results back, it was very frustrating as it would keep coming back positive. It was very depressing and frustrating as I couldn’t seem to get rid of it. Finally, I broke down and went to an MD and asked them to prescribe the medication that the CDC possibly recommends.

Conventional Treatment Options Often Fail

I say possibly recommended because the CDC views blasto as a yeast-like compound like candida. They believe that it may or may not cause problems, and you don’t really have to treat it. As a result, treatment was very controversial. I asked the medical doctor to prescribe the medications, antibiotics, and antiprotozoal prescriptions, which was very hard for me. 

A natural health doctor having to use a prescription medication for the first time in many years was very humbling. I followed the recommended treatment protocols for a while and then got retested and the protocol wasn’t even effective at eliminating the Blastocystis Hominis. 

In the literature, it says that medication often doesn’t work, so it was even more frustrating. Finally, I discovered a combination of things that did work and I was able to get rid of it. After all these positive tests, I finally received my first negative test. Since then, I’ve gotten tested multiple times and for the last ten years have received negative test results. 

Blastocystis Hominis and Autoimmune Conditions

I’m going to share how I and many other patients have been able to eliminate blastocystis hominis. Once I got rid of the blasto and cleared up the yeast and the bacterial overgrowth, my thyroid antibodies went down to normal and Hashimoto’s was resolved. For over ten years now, the Hashimoto’s and rheumatoid arthritis antibodies tests I’ve had have shown normal levels. 

There are also reports in the literature that link Blastocystis and Hashimoto’s and other various health conditions. It was interesting to me that autoimmune conditions and most all chronic health conditions are typically caused by deficiencies, toxins, infections like parasites, yeast and bacteria, hormonal imbalance, and/or food reactions. So how did we eliminate blastocystis hominis?

How to Get Rid of Blastocystis Hominis

The first step is diet. Parasites and yeast love sugar, carbs, and yeast in your diet. If you want to eliminate these problems, you must change your diet. You not only have to eliminate gluten, but also rice and other grains. When I started and it didn’t help, it was because I was still consuming grains and rice protein. I was eating a whole lot of rice with vegetables for lunch. Like previously mentioned, all these gluten-free substitutes like gluten-free cookies, bread, pasta, etc. aren’t desirable to eat when trying to balance your gut flora. 

Parasites thrive on sugar and yeast. Since the gluten-free diet wasn’t enough, I came up with the FreeDiet®. The FreeDiet® is not only free of gluten but free of gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods. Cleaning up the diet is so important as you need to starve the bugs. Whether you take prescription drugs or natural remedies, if you’re still feeding them, you’re not going to get rid of them. If you want a complimentary copy of the FreeDiet® phase 1 food chart, feel free to click here and we can send you that.

The second step is to strengthen the terrain to make your gut uninhabitable to parasites, yeast, and bacteria. I had all three. I do recommend if you’re having auto-immune thyroid issues, any autoimmune, or digestive issues that you get stool testing. I like to do these comprehensive stool tests, not just test for parasites but also to check for co-infections of yeast and bacteria and leaky gut at the same time. 

It’s important to address all of these to strengthen your intestinal environment so that it’s uninhabitable to parasites. Probiotics are so important, and I use a product called ProbioSupreme™SB that can be very helpful for blastocystis hominis, as well as other parasites and yeast.

The third step is to add in products to help kill unwanted pathogens. I use a product called Yeast Defeat™ that has different herbs and compounds in it to help kill off blastocystis hominis, excess yeast, and fungus in your system. 

I also use Microb-Balance™. which is an herbal remedy containing berberine, which helps kill off excess bacterial overgrowth as well as blastocystis. 

Since then, I put together a group of five products that I call Blasto-Pack. You can click on the details section or that product and it lists the protocol.

Another thing that helped back then was this Amoeba Homeopathic remedy. At that time, I wasn’t all that familiar with homeopathic remedies and didn’t really see how they could even work because they function on a whole different principle. I took this homeopathic remedy, which then strengthens your immune system to kill off the blastocystis. When I combined all these products together with the diet, I finally got a negative result the first time I retested.

Healed for Over 10 Years 

After the protocol, it was amazing that everything was cleared up. I’m thrilled to say that after 10 years of trial and error but I was able to get rid of it. I’ve been able to share what I have learned with many patients, who I have helped get better since then. If you need help with this or similar issues, feel free to contact us and feel free to share this with someone you know, who is having any digestive, auto-immune, thyroid, or skin issues. 

PCOS Diet and Supplements for Weight Loss Clear Skin and Balanced Hormones

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What is PCOS?

I’m Dr. Tom Rofrano, founder of the natural medicine clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Over the last 34 years, I’ve had the opportunity to see over 100,000 patient visits. Many of my patients have gut and thyroid issues in addition to hormonal imbalance. Oftentimes, lab results will reveal a hormonal imbalance called PCOS. PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. 

PCOS Symptoms

The main or most common symptom of PCOS is irregular or absent menstrual periods. In addition, severe menstrual cramps, excess androgenic hormones like testosterone DHEA, and polycystic ovaries are other common findings. 

With PCOS, the ovaries become surrounded by fluid-filled sacs called follicles that surround the eggs. The ovaries can also swell up and cause a lot of issues. If a woman has two of these three symptoms, they can be diagnosed with PCOS: irregular periods, excess male hormones, or polycystic ovaries. 

Living with PCOS

Menstrual cramps, PMS, and infertility are common symptoms of women that have PCOS. PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility in women. Excess male hormones can cause increased hair growth on the face, back, and chest, as well as hair loss on the head. Oily skin and acne can be common complaints. The above symptoms are all signs of excess androgens (male hormones). 

Excess sweating, anxiety, depression, weight gain, and hormonal issues including thyroid problems are extremely common with PCOS. 

Hormone Imbalance and PCOS

Hypothyroidism, thyroid nodules, and Hashimoto’s (autoimmune thyroiditis) are commonly observed in women that have PCOS. What are the underlying causes? The main cause is insulin resistance. Insulin resistance can lead to increased testosterone production from the ovaries, causing many of the symptoms. 

Other hormonal imbalances, like increased DHEA (an adrenal hormone), can be involved too. Prolactin and luteinizing hormone (LH) are other hormones that can be too high. There also may be a genetic component as well. I like to dig deeper and identify the root causes. 

Testing for Underlying Root Causes of PCOS

When I do an evaluation, I run comprehensive testing for five different areas of underlying root causes. For instance, I often see deficiencies of iron, B12, folate, magnesium, and vitamin D. Vitamin D is a prohormone that’s really important for regulating hormones and insulin. 

I also check for environmental toxins (like too many plastic compounds) as well as heavy metals and their components. Under infections, I often see Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) or gut infections. Most often patients with PCOS suffer from digestive issues, gas, bloating, and IBS. With GI stool testing, I often find bacterial overgrowth, yeast/candida overgrowth, and parasites. 

Stress Causes Hormone Dysfunction

Hormone dysfunction is usually linked to adrenal dysfunction. Stress can cause the adrenals to have some imbalances over time, initially excess cortisol—the stress hormone. DHEA or cortisol can also be depleted from excessive stress over a long period of time. 

Food Sensitivities and PCOS 

The 5th area of testing is food sensitivities. Almost every patient that I have seen with PCOS has a gluten sensitivity. It often has a large effect on insulin resistance. Gluten sensitivity is the main food intolerance I find, but there are other foods as well that are commonly involved in causing food reactions. 

Food reactions cause inflammation and are often a large piece of what causes PCOS symptoms. The above-mentioned issues we test for are often the main root causes of PCOS.

Case Study of 36-Year-Old Female Patient

I had a 36-year-old female patient who came in for thyroid nodules. PCOS is often involved in causing thyroid issues. Not only was she dealing with thyroid issues, but she also had PMS, painful menstrual cramps, heavy periods, infertility and prior miscarriages, excessive perspiration, anxiety, depression, fatigue, acne, aches and pains, and headaches. 

After doing a thorough evaluation I put her on the main component of our treatment plan, the FreeDiet®. In her case, not only was she gluten sensitive, but she was reacting to other foods. The FreeDiet® is not just free of gluten, but free of gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods. It’s free of all those commonly allergenic foods responsible for causing inflammation, digestive problems, and other chronic health issues. I had her on the FreeDiet® along with the appropriate supplements.

Improvement from PCOS Symptoms 

Four weeks later, when I re-checked some of her lab work, her testosterone dropped in half from 42 to 22 to the normal range. Her DHEA, another androgenic hormone was cut by almost 100 points to normal levels, and her estrogen dropped by almost 100 points to normal, where she previously had estrogen dominance. Her progesterone increased by a factor of 10X and her ferritin (which is a sign of insulin resistance) dropped almost a hundred points to normal, and her inflammatory marker (C-reactive protein) went from 57 to less than one. 

There was a dramatic reduction in inflammation, which really drives insulin resistance, inflammation, and so many different chronic health issues. A major purpose of the FreeDiet® is to reduce inflammation and insulin levels, which allows you to heal. While women with PCOS typically struggle with weight loss resistance, she dropped 20 pounds. She went from a size 12 to a size four within two months and was thrilled about that as well.

PCOS Treatment 

The traditional treatments for PCOS are birth control pills, Metformin (a diabetes drug), and spironolactone (a high blood pressure drug). There’s a surgical procedure called laparoscopic ovarian drilling that is sometimes performed if the drugs don’t work. The traditional treatment listed above can help manage symptoms. 

Natural PCOS Treatment 

Our Functional & Free™ treatment plan includes, besides the FreeDiet®, the following vitamin supplement recommendations. 

  • ActivMulti™- High Quality Multivitamin
  • OmegaSorb 3X™ – Fish Oil Capsules
  • D3 5000 + K2 
  • Magnesium Malate
  • ProbioSupreme™ 30 – Probiotics

I call these the Functional Five™ supplements. The multivitamin has high levels of nutrients like chromium and vanadium that help also with blood sugar regulation, which is very important for insulin resistance. 

I also recommend: 

Zinc Glycinate – as extra zinc can be helpful for PCOS. 

Hormone Balancer™ – myo- and d-chiro inositol combination that’s been shown to be helpful for PCOS. 

CardiometaboliX™ – Berberine and alpha-lipoic acid which support healthy insulin levels. 

MethylFolate B12 Plus – Folic acid and B12 are commonly deficient with PCOS 

FemSynergy™ – Supports Hormonal balance and estrogen detoxification. 

Patient-Specific Treatment Plans

The treatment plan for PCOS is based on what each patient specifically needs. Someone may be iron deficient, whereas someone may need some other nutrients that they’re low in. One woman may need 10,000 units of vitamin D, whereas many people only require 5,000. It really depends on the fine-tuning of the individual case, but generally, the above is what I use foundation.

Have hope if you have PCOS, even though online it says there’s no cure and you’re just going to have to live with it. For most chronic health conditions, if you identify the underlying root cause you can often be provided with long term permanent solutions to help you get better. 

For Help with PCOS

Thanks for joining me today. If you’d like a free copy of the FreeDiet® phase one food chart, click here. If you would like help personally, call us at 561-627-5800 or email us at info@nmcwellness.com. We would love to help you.

High Blood Pressure Home Remedies

I’m Dr. Tom Rofrano from The Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. I’ve had the privilege of helping over a hundred thousand people over the last 34 years. There are simple things you can do at home to help maintain healthy blood pressure. In this article, we’ll talk about the things you should consider. 

What is High Blood Pressure?

What is high blood pressure? A reading of greater than 130 over 80 is stage one, and stage two is greater than 140 over 90. The stage one levels were recently lowered to 130 over 80, so now more people are categorized as having high blood pressure. In our office, it is one of the more common issues patients are dealing with. 

Almost half of Americans have hypertension, and 54% of African Americans have hypertension as the rate is proportionally larger in the African-American community. We are going to go uncover some of the underlying root causes and some solutions on how to maintain a healthy blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure Medication Alone May Not be Effective

One of the things that my patients with high blood pressure have in common is that most are on high blood pressure medication. When I take their blood pressure, it’s still high even though they’re on medication. 

Oftentimes one hypertension medication is not effective and then you need to go on a second medication, and sometimes a third. One of my patients had a cardiologist husband who was on five different prescriptions for high blood pressure, and it was still high! They were having a hard time figuring out why. 

One of the reasons is when you’re not addressing the underlying root cause, and instead just trying to cover it with medication, the body adapts, and the blood pressure increases again because you are not fixing the issue.

What Causes High Blood Pressure / Hypertension

Here are some underlying root causes for high blood pressure.

DEFICIENCIES—ESPECIALLY VITAMIN D 

First, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, in particular vitamin D, is a huge factor in this category. As far as getting back to why I believe African Americans have a disproportionately higher amount of blood pressure is because the darker your skin, the less you absorb vitamin D from the sun.

I had a patient from The Bahamas who was a gardener and was out in the sun every day, all day long. He came in with a long list of symptoms, including high blood pressure, aches and pains, and fatigue. His vitamin D was one of the lowest I’d ever seen, and he was out in the sun all day long. The reason is, the darker your skin, the less you break down and absorb vitamin D into your bloodstream. 

Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies I see repeatedly, especially in people with hypertension. 

TOXINS

Toxins are another underlying root cause. When someone comes in and we perform testing, oftentimes we will see high levels of mercury or iron overload. 

INFECTIONS

Infections are another common root cause of high blood pressure. There’s a particular virus called cytomegalovirus, as well as other gut infections, that can cause high blood pressure. 

HORMONES

Other causes of hypertension are hormonal imbalance, such as insulin, cortisol, DHEA, estrogen, and others.

FOOD REACTIONS

Food allergies and sensitivities can be a root cause for high blood pressure, especially gluten.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Supplements for Blood Pressure

I had a 68-year-old female patient who came in with neck and back pain, fatigue, brain fog, dizziness, insomnia, sinus congestion, digestive issues, and high blood pressure. After lab testing, one of her root causes was gluten sensitivity. I put her on the FreeDiet® ,as well as vitamin and mineral supplements that she needed. Thirty days later, her blood pressure dropped 66 points to normal, as did her blood sugar, triglycerides, inflammatory markers, and she lost 12 pounds. 

The FreeDiet® is free of not only gluten, but gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, and other common allergenic foods that result in inflammation, digestive, and other chronic health issues. Underlying inflammation in the body is a driving force for high blood pressure. By following the FreeDiet® inflammation can be reduced.

Supplements for Blood Pressure Support

I typically recommend five supplements, which I call the Functional Five™. I suggest switching your diet to the FreeDiet®. The first part of the functional five is a good quality multivitamin and fish oil. OmegaSorb 3X is the particular one we use. 

Vitamin D is an important nutrient and testing will reveal what your levels are and what dosage you need to take. On average, most people need 5,000 IUs of  Vitamin D along with Vitamin K2. It’s really important to get vitamin K2 with Vitamin D to help with absorption. 

Magnesium is an important mineral to take, and I believe magnesium malate is the best form. You can take magnesium citrate if you deal with constipation, but magnesium malate is my first pick. Typically, I recommend approximately 400-600 milligrams a day. A good quality probiotic like ProbioSupreme is very important to take as well. 

Other vitamin and mineral supplementation would be recommended unique to your specific levels. For instance, B12 and folate deficiency are common deficiencies with hypertension, so I would recommend MethylFolate B12 Plus. If your inflammatory markers are high, curcumin is a great supplement to support healthy inflammation. 

Case Review

A 54-year-old male patient whose blood pressure was 182/108 followed all the guidelines to avoid hypertension. He didn’t smoke and only drank alcohol occasionally. 

He wasn’t overweight, exercised regularly, consumed a generally healthy diet, monitored his salt intake, and still had high blood pressure. His doctor said it was hereditary and needed to be on medication for the rest of his life, but he didn’t accept that. 

After testing, I put him on the FreeDiet® as well as all of these supplements listed above. At the follow-up appointment four weeks later, his blood pressure had come down 71 points. A lot of people don’t realize when they have hypertension, they are actually experiencing food reactions. 

Gluten, in particular, can aggravate inflammation and raise blood pressure if you have a gluten sensitivity. In addition to taking supplements, it’s important to follow a good quality anti-inflammatory diet, such as the FreeDiet®

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If you’re tired of dealing with high blood pressure, we would love to help. Give our office a call to schedule your appointment today. We can run labs and get to the root cause of your hypertension. If you would like a free copy of The FreeDiet®  Phase 1 food chart, click here.

If you would like to read more about this, I have a chapter in my book on High Blood Pressure and you can click thefreedietbook.com  for more information. 

Vitamin D-The Most Important Vitamin for Your Immune System

vitamin d for your immune system

I’m Dr. Tom Rofrano from the Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Over the last 34 years of practicing, one of the most common issues I observe is a vitamin D deficiency. My practice is located in South Florida where that’s not even supposed to be an issue.

In a study presented by Dr. Mark M. Alipio on 4-9-20, of the COVID-19 patients exhibiting mild symptoms, 96% had normal vitamin D levels. 

In the group of patients with severe or critical illness of Coronavirus, only 4% had normal Vitamin D levels.

96% of the patients that had a severe or critical illness from COVID-19 had vitamin D deficiency. 

Only 4% of the patients that exhibited mild symptoms had a deficiency. The baseline Vitamin D level was 30, which is on the lower side of normal.

Optimize Vitamin D Levels for Immune Strength

A study in a British medical journal showed that vitamin D supplementation was very protective against acute respiratory tract infections. Studies show that vitamin D prevents a cytokine storm in the lungs, and one of the reasons people are dying from COVID-19 is a cytokine storm in their lungs. 
Multiple studies show the positive effects of vitamin D on the immune system. The United Kingdom has recommended their citizens take vitamin D supplements regularly to help boost their immune system. In general, it is very simple to get adequate levels of vitamin D. The easiest way is getting sun.
It is nearly impossible to get enough Vitamin D from your diet unless you’re consuming cod liver oil on a regular basis. There’s just not enough Vitamin D in food to provide adequate levels. Exposure to sunshine is the best source of vitamin D.

Vitamin D Absorption 

When I moved to Florida years ago, I was on the beach two to three times a week on a regular basis. When I had my vitamin D levels tested, I was very deficient. How could that be? Well, I have olive skin and tan very easily; the darker your skin is, the harder it is to absorb vitamin D from the sun. 
Regarding COVID 19, studies have found that people with dark skin have a much higher incidence of severe or critical illness or death than people with light skin. Years ago, I had a patient from The Bahamas who did landscaping. He was out in the sun at least 40 hours a week, all day long in The Bahamas. He was Bahamian and has very dark skin, yet he was vitamin D deficient. So, being out in the sun does not necessarily ensure that you’re getting proper levels.

Vitamin D Supplementation and Proper Levels

A good supplement is the best source of vitamin D. Typically, the supplement dose depends on what your blood levels are. I recommend having your blood levels of vitamin D checked. The optimal lab levels are different than what the actual optimal levels are.

Optimal Range of Vitamin D

Ideally, you want to be in the 60 ng/ml range, so 50 to 70 range is optimal for most people. The normal lab levels are from 30 to 100. It depends on many factors, but to achieve that level, a dosage of 2,000 to 10,000 IUs of vitamin D/day is recommended. I had been taking 5,000iu, and it was not enough to get my levels up towards the 50-70 range. I took 10,000iu for a while to increase my levels more, and then I reduced to 5,000iu/day. Taking the proper amount of Vitamin D depends on your levels, height, weight, how much sun you get, and more.

Vitamin D and K2 Supplements

I highly recommend taking vitamin K2 along with D as K2 helps with the absorption of vitamin D and provides extra immune support. A Vitamin D supplement that contains K2 is best such as our D3 5000 + K2. A typical dosage of vitamin K2 would be 90-180 mcg/day.

The recommended vitamin D dose for children depends on their weight, but generally, a thousand units per 35 pounds of body weight is a good starting point. Ideally, you want to have your blood levels tested to see what your levels are. I really cannot stress the importance of vitamin D enough. I hope all this information is helpful to improve your health and immune system.

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How to Treat H. Pylori Naturally

H Pylori

I’m Dr. Tom Rofrano, founder of The Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. I have had the opportunity to see over 100,000 patient visits over the last 34 years. Today, I’m going to talk about how a stomach bug called H. Pylori can cause your gut and thyroid issues and how to fix it. 

What is H. Pylori? 

It’s a bacteria that can inhabit your stomach. Over 50% of the world’s population has it, over 80% in some undeveloped countries, and in North America, over 20% of the people are estimated to have it. It can cause a wide range of symptoms. 

It’s the primary cause of ulcers, gastritis, abdominal pain, burning, reflux, constipation, diarrhea, and belching. H. Pylori can also cause bad breath. You can develop other conditions like autoimmune diseases, thyroid Hashimoto’s or Graves’, and skin conditions from this bacteria.

H. Pylori Symptoms and Testing

Pylori is a prime cause for malabsorption, anemia, and esophageal and stomach cancer. It is important to be aware that this might be an underlying cause if you have any of these symptoms.

How do you diagnose H Pylori? 

There are three different tests, but I recommend the stool test for the most accurate testing. 

1. Blood and Breath Tests

There are blood and breath tests available, but they aren’t as accurate as stool testing. I’m not fond of the breath test because you have to drink a liquid loaded with aspartame, an artificial sweetener. 

Some people also suffer from side effects of the drink, like burning of the throat and stomach, nausea, and diarrhea. Many of these symptoms are already present in people with H. Pylori. 

2. Stool Test

I prefer the stool test because it’s accurate and easy to do. The stool test is an accurate diagnosis of whether you have an H. Pylori infection. I’ve recently had five patients diagnosed with H pylori, and I’ll briefly discuss their issues and how they got rid of H. pylori. 

Traditional Treatment for H Pylori

The traditional treatment is antibiotic therapy. It is called triple therapy because it has two antibiotics and an acid-blocking drug. Over time, it has been proven not to be that effective. 

So now the protocol is quadruple therapy, which adds an additional drug. There are also different combinations of hybrid therapies. Sometimes these therapies may involve having a patient take 14 prescription pills in one day for two or three weeks. 

The success rate for these treatments varies from 29% to 90%, depending on the person and the area. Antibiotic resistance has evolved over the years, so it’s shown not to be as effective. That’s why the protocols had to keep changing and increasing dosages. 

Sometimes people take three or four drugs for two weeks and then move on to other drugs.

Natural H. Pylori Treatment 

Now that we’ve gone over the medical treatment protocol, we will cover the natural treatment. We’ve been able to help many patients that come in with an H. Pylori infection resolve it naturally. 

There are three steps. 

1. Get Tested

First, if you have symptoms, you get tested and find out if you have it. 

2. Change Your Diet

Next, there is a diet that I created and use called the FreeDiet®. The diet is free of gluten, grain, sugar, and yeast- all foods that are commonly inflammatory, and bacteria love feeding on sugar and starches. You want to help starve them while at the same time giving products that help clear them out. That’s where the FreeDiet® diet comes into play. 

Click here for a copy of The FreeDiet® phase 1 food chart, so at least you’ll know how to get started on that. 

3. Take Specific Supplements to Support Gut Health

As far as supplements go, I’ll tell you what I found to be helpful below. 

Effects Of These Natural Methods on My Patients

Here is a look at a few of the cases I’ve treated in my clinic: 

Female – 20 Years Old

I saw a 20-year-old female patient who was suffering from extreme stomach burning, reflux, pain, bloating, and black stools, which is common. Typically that means ulcerations and bleeding in the stomach. Her stool test came back positive for H pylori.

Female – 36 Years Old

I also saw a 36-year-old woman dealing with severe fatigue, weakness, nausea, and constipation. She ended up with an iron deficiency, anemia and other deficiencies, which are common with H pylori. She was so fatigued and weak that she couldn’t even work for two months. 

Conventional medical doctors told her she had anemia and to take iron supplements, but that wasn’t helping because it wasn’t fixing the underlying cause. She had internal bleeding because H. pylori can cause ulcers. 

Male – 67 Years Old

I had a 67-year-old male patient dealing with constipation, diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, and heartburn. 

Female – 37 Years Old

A 37-year-old female patient had similar symptoms: nausea, vomiting, constipation, bloating, iron deficiency, anemia, very weak, and couldn’t even exercise. 

Every one of them had low thyroid function and gluten sensitivity.

Diet and Supplements for H. Pylori Gut Support

The diet I recommend is free of gluten and grains and is extremely helpful in treating this type of infection. The program also involves a combination of different supplements.

I recommend a very strong probiotic as well as our supplement called GastroBlast™. It is a combination of different nutrients like mastic gum, licorice, zinc carnosine, and cabbage extract. These are all compounds that have shown to be very helpful with this condition. It helps the stomach lining heal as well. 

ProbioXtreme™, GastroBlast, Curcumin Protect™, C-Bioflavonoids 500, NAC (N Acetyl Cysteine), and GI-Mend are all compounds that when taken together, can help with eliminating symptoms of H Pylori. 

All the patients mentioned above did a three-month protocol, and they all showed resolution with follow up testing. 

The last step of the protocol is to retest to make sure the infection is gone. All of my patients’ tests showed the infection was gone, as well most of their symptoms. Their gut symptoms and skin symptoms like eczema, rashes, and itchiness (which are common symptoms) had all cleared up. They typically resolve when you follow the above-mentioned protocol.

Why It’s Important to Eliminate Alcohol with H. Pylori

I did have a 37-year-old female patient with all these similar symptoms that I mentioned. When I retested her, it hadn’t completely resolved. When I look at the differences between the patients, she was the only one that drank alcohol. 

She did not quite follow the FreeDiet® 100% accurately, as she drank a lot of alcohol every weekend. Alcohol is very inflammatory to the stomach lining and can damage the stomach lining. 

When you are trying to heal the stomach, alcohol is avoided on the FreeDiet® phase 1 for a reason. When you’re going through this, it is important if you want to get better, you have to strictly adhere to the diet. If you want to get better, then you have to stick with what works.

H. Pylori is a Stealth Infection

In the midst of all this, I found out I had H. pylori. I was in the process of testing another company to ensure I was using the best stool testing for my patients, and all my colleagues were talking about how great this one company was. I was comparing their stool test to the one I had been using, and so I did a test on myself. I used three companies- the original one and two others. To my surprise, the test came back positive for H. pylori, and that was through the company I’d been using all these years. 

Not Everyone with H. Pylori Has Symptoms

It’s possible to have no symptoms and have H. pylori, as I wasn’t exhibiting any symptoms. I’ve had digestive symptoms and thyroid issues in the past, as well as Hashimoto’s, skin, joint, autoimmune, and other conditions.

I was surprised I came back positive for H. pylori as I hadn’t had any gut symptoms in a while. I did the complete protocol for six weeks, as I wanted to see if it would work in that amount of time. I did it for six weeks instead of three months. I retested, and the infection had been eliminated. 

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Blastocystis Hominis Diet and Treatment Clears Up 40 year IBS

Blastocystis Hominis Treatment

I recently had a patient who came in that suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome for over 40 years. She was able to drastically improve her health once we identified that she had a parasite called Blastocystis Hominis and naturally supported her body to eliminate it.

My name is Dr. Tom Rofrano from The Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and author of the FreeDiet®. I’ve had the opportunity to see over 100,000 patient visits over the last 34 years, and some of the most common health complaints I see are gut issues. This woman came in with a lot of bloating, abdominal pain, indigestion, and constipation. She said she had IBS for over 40 years, had been to many different doctors, and had tried numerous medications. She had spent the last five years on an antispasmodic drug.

Getting to the Root Cause

Even though she was on the medication, she was still suffering from symptoms. She went to a functional medicine doctor before me who performed blood testing and a breath test, then put her on some supplements. But she still did not know what was causing her digestive issues and was still suffering. 

In addition to the gut symptoms, she was also experiencing fatigue, brain fog, sinus congestion, dry flaky skin, and high cholesterol. She was on medication for that as well.

The first step I performed was an evaluation with some comprehensive testing. Part of that testing was a stool test that she performed at home. The stool test came back positive for a parasite called Blastocystis hominis, which is this microscopic protozoa/amoeba.

Blastocystis hominis is very common, and many of our patients that I see with this had picked it up when they traveled to the islands. This patient went to The Bahamas quite a bit. It’s also common in other tropical islands, South and Central America, and even Europe.

Treatment for Blastocystis Hominis

There are specific medications used to treat Blastocystis Hominis, although a lot of doctors think it’s not a big deal and it doesn’t require treatment. Other doctors do take it seriously and treat it with prescription drugs. 

The downfall is that, in my experience, medications are not all that effective. I suffered with blastocysts over 12 years ago and tried many different natural products which did not work. I then visited an MD who prescribed different medications to try and rid my body of it. Unfortunately, the prescriptions did not work either. So, I kept experimenting until I came up with a supplement protocol and diet that worked together. 

One of the reasons why blastocystis can be so stubborn is parasites thrive off sugar, starches, and yeasts. When you are trying to eliminate parasites and still eating the standard American diet that has a lot of sugar and starches, it can be very hard to get rid of parasites.

A Specific Diet Protocol

One of the things I discovered was a specific diet that can be very helpful with clearing Blastocystis Hominis. I call it the FreeDiet® because it’s free of not only gluten but gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed food. It’s also free of those foods most commonly responsible for inflammation and chronic digestive issues. 

This diet is one that can be extremely effective in starving off the blastocystis. Treating yeast is a large part of this plan. This patient, as did I, had positive yeast and bacterial overgrowth on her stool test. Treating parasites, bacteria, and yeast are all important parts of the protocol. All three of those are starved by eliminating those foods as well as alcohol.

If you want a free copy of the FreeDiet® Phase 1 food chart, click here 

Supplements for Helping with Blastocystis Hominis

The first step in treatment is diet, and then supplements are part two. I use a protocol of supplements called the Blasto Pack™ which is a combination of five supplements, including a probiotic called ProbioSupreme SB™, Microb-Balance, Yeast Drfeat™, NAC, and Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids. It is designed as a three-month protocol. 

Beyond that, I recommend the Functional Five™: a good quality multivitamin, fish oil, magnesium, probiotic, and vitamin D w K2. Many people are deficient in a variety of vitamins and minerals if they are the host of a parasite. 

The results of the patient’s testing showed she also had leaky gut, gluten sensitivity, as well as other food sensitivities. These parasites can wreak havoc on your gut and lead to other issues. 

I used other supplements as well to restore proper nutritional balance and correct any other deficiencies. After four weeks of treatment, we did a follow-up blood test because her inflammatory markers were high. The testing showed her inflammation went down by a factor of five. Her CRP (C-Reactive Protein) initially was a 5 and went down to 1 in four weeks, and she also lost 8 pounds in four weeks. Her digestive symptoms were clearing up as well.

Many Symptoms Resolved 

The patient talked to her doctor about stopping her IBS and cholesterol medication at the beginning because she wanted to give this treatment a hundred percent effort. It turns out her cholesterol and other blood work had improved. Her IBS symptoms completely cleared up as well. 

After following the 12-week protocol, we performed the follow-up stool test which showed her blastocystis and yeast were gone, and bacteria had cleared up in her gut. 

I was thrilled about the results because having lived through the misery of having blastocystis myself, I knew what it was like to finally get rid of it. 

I was ecstatic that not only had her bloating and all her digestive symptoms clear up, her other symptoms resolved as well—fatigue, brain fog, sinus congestion, and skin issues.

Your Body Has the Ability to Heal

It just shows you that no matter how long you’ve had an issue, the body has an amazing ability to heal itself. You first have to find the underlying root cause and then be provided with the proper solutions for you to heal. 

If you want a free copy of the FreeDiet® Phase 1 food chart, click here 

or click here to see my book, the FreeDiet®. 

For the specific treatment protocol with dosages, click on Blasto Pack™ and then look under Details. 

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High Ferritin- Causes and Treatment

If you have thyroid or gut issues, fatigue, or brain fog, then you will want to learn about these simple tests that can really help you. My name is Tom Rofrano from the Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Over the last 34 years of seeing 100,000+ patient visits, one of the most common things I see when I get lab test results back is the patient’s ferritin level is not within the optimal range. Ferritin is a storage protein for iron, and one of the values it represents is whether you have too much or too little iron. 

Ferritin level is important because if your iron is too low, you can get symptoms like fatigue, weakness, difficulty concentrating, shortness of breath, hair loss, decreased thyroid hormones T4 and T3. Low iron is also involved with Irritable Bowel Syndrome because when you have gut issues like IBS, you tend to have malabsorption of food, so your body does not absorb enough iron. Also, blood loss or too little iron intake are other common causes of low ferritin.

Normal and Optimal Ferritin Lab Values

The normal range of a ferritin lab lest depending on the lab, is usually 10 to 150 ng/ml for females or 20 to 400 ng/ml for men. That means you can have a result of say, 10 ng/ml, and be considered within normal range but feel terrible: exhausted, not able to think straight, and weakness are common symptoms. 

I found that the optimal range for ferritin is between 60 and 90 ng/ml. That is the optimal ferritin level I recommend because below that you can start to suffer from symptoms such as fatigue and weakness. As a matter of fact, one of the common causes of hair loss is low ferritin levels, and once ferritin level drops below 40 or 50 ng/ml, hair loss can occur. This information can be invaluable to someone suffering from an unknown cause of symptoms.

Iron Overload

Now, on the other hand, high ferritin levels can represent iron overload. It can also represent other things which we will delve deeper into later. If your ferritin level is too high, you can also get very similar symptoms to low ferritin, like fatigue, brain fog, abdominal pain, irregular heartbeats, diabetes, hypothyroidism, and infertility.

Yes, infertility can be caused by iron overload and can also be caused by too little iron. And there are many other symptoms and conditions as well that can be caused by either. 

The cause of elevated ferritin level from iron overload can be due to hemochromatosis, which is a genetic condition. There are also other causes of high ferritin levels, such as chronic illnesses like liver disease, certain anemias, and even cancer.

Excessive alcohol consumption over a long period of time can increase ferritin levels, and insulin resistance is a common cause of high ferritin as well. People should not generally assume that a high ferritin level is always from iron overload.

Running the Correct Labs for Ferritin

I made a video on this subject a while back, where I had a 64-year-old female patient whose ferritin levels were over a thousand: 1,094 ng/ml. We did the genetic testing and discovered she had hemochromatosis. 

By following my protocol, she was able to lower her ferritin over 1000 points in four weeks, which is an amazing improvement for iron overload disease. 

Many cases of high ferritin are not from iron overload but are from insulin resistance, which is more common than you think. The way you discover that not just by running a ferritin test alone. You must run a full iron panel and check serum iron, percent saturation, iron-binding capacity, and ferritin level to really get a true picture of what is going on. 

And you really need to go beyond that. So instead of just asking your doctor to run ferritin level, you want to ask for ferritin level plus an iron panel, which covers the %saturation, TIBC, and iron. You also want to get a CBC, a chemistry panel, CRP, which is for inflammation, lipids, thyroid, markers, GGT, uric acid, and insulin. 

There are other functional lab tests that can be helpful as well to find out what is the root cause. Almost every patient I see has either too little ferritin or too much, so it’s really important to get a more complete picture.

Why Running the Correct Labs is Important

I did have a patient recently who had high ferritin levels, but her iron was low, which is like an oxymoron. Her ferritin level was 316 ng/ml, which is about twice the lab normal value. 

At first glance, you may think she had iron overload when in fact, her iron saturation % was low and her iron was on the low side as well. What she did have was insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome. 

Insulin resistance is a condition that can lead to obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure, which she did have. She also had a whole list of other symptoms like digestive, fatigue, skin issues, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. 

We put her on the diet I like to use for these chronic health issues. I call it the FreeDiet®  because it is free of not only gluten but gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods. It is free of foods commonly responsible for inflammation, digestive, and other chronic health issues.

I ran her blood test after she was on the FreeDiet® for four weeks. Not only was she feeling a lot better and had more energy, but her digestive issues cleared up, and her blood pressure dropped 21 points to normal levels. Her ferritin dropped in half down to 151 from 316, and her cholesterol dropped 61 points to normal. Her liver enzymes, which were elevated, dropped to normal levels by over 50%. Her inflammatory markers dropped by about 50% to normal levels. 

Before I met her, she suffered from PCOS, had infertility, and required IVF to get pregnant. PCOS is a hormone imbalance that can be related to excess ferritin, insulin resistance, elevated DHEA and testosterone. Her testosterone was 70 ng/dl which was almost twice normal levels, but her testosterone dropped dramatically by over 80% in four weeks on the FreeDiet® and supplements.

Supporting the Body to Heal

So, her iron was low and her ferritin was high. As her ferritin decreased, her iron came up to normal, even though she did not take an iron supplement. It is amazing what can happen if you start normalizing the body. Give the body what it needs and take away the things that are causing harm. 

For instance, I tested her, and she had gluten sensitivity. She was sensitive and allergic to other foods as well. So just a matter of getting all those things balanced out. I also gave her, besides the FreeDiet®, what I call the Functional Five™: multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D, magnesium, and probiotics. She was deficient in vitamin D, which is very common and I also added a Curcumin supplement to her regimen.

For people with iron overload, I often add Metal Cleanse™ if they have high iron or other toxic metals. Liver Support is an important supplement as well. 

If someone is iron deficient, of course, I use an iron supplement instead of Metal Cleanse™. Also, if someone has iron overload, the infrared sauna I use as part of the protocol as it can work very well at excreting out excess heavy metals, including iron.

Your Body Can Heal

It’s good to know that no matter what’s going on with you, if you get the right testing and find out what’s causing it, then you can be provided with specific solutions on how to heal. Not just feel better, but get better.

Thanks for joining me today. If you want a free copy of the FreeDiet® Phase 1 food chart, click here.

For more detailed info on the high ferritin protocol click here to see my book, the FreeDiet®. 

Thanks again for joining me today, and I will see you next time. 

Blastocystis Hominis Natural Treatment: How to clear up “Blasto Rash”-hives, rashes, and eczema

Did you know that rashes can be caused by a parasite? From seeing over 100,000 patient visits in the past 34 years at my Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, many of whom have digestive, thyroid, and skin issues. I have noticed a lot of patients testing positive for a parasite called Blastocystis Hominis. 

What is Blastocystis Hominis?

Blastocystis Hominis is a single cell protozoa amoeba that can cause all sorts of issues. Apart from the usual symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, and IBS, it can cause nausea, abdominal cramps, skin problems, aches and pains, fatigue, and thyroid issues.

In fact, in one study that performed stool tests on patients with hives, 61% tested positive for Blastocystis Hominis. This was compared to only 8% of those who had it in a control group of those without hives. 

A Story from My Clinic

I recently had a patient who woke up to lesions all along her back. Naturally, she was quite concerned and turned to several different topical solutions, but it would not go away. Once arriving at my office, we did stool testing in which she was able to take home a kit and collect her stool over a few days. Our results found she was positive for the blastocystis hominis parasite.

I placed her on an eight-week treatment protocol which quickly proceeded to clear up her lesions. While most doctors and dermatologists would diagnose this condition as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, or chronic hives I was able to look internally and get to the root cause of her problem. Instead of prescribing lotions, internal steroids, or steroid creams, I could prescribe a treatment that truly resolved it.

What is the Treatment? 

So what treatment is recommended for knocking out Blastocystis Hominis? Below are the steps I help my patients take to treat this parasite and ultimately their skin conditions:

Diet

Diet is an important first step in eliminating this parasite. Most parasites like Blastocystis feed on sugar, grains, and starches. So, even if someone is taking a natural product or medication, eating a bunch of sugar (which is standard to a typical diet), can prevent them from working. 

So I recommend a diet program I created called The FreeDiet®. Not only is it free of gluten, but it’s free of gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nitshades, and processed food. These can all be contributors to inflammation and a leaky gut; therefore, avoiding them will starve the yeast and parasites you are working to kill. Instead, incorporate plenty of quality proteins, vegetables, and healthy fats. 

On a Personal Note

I created this diet years ago, around the time I too had this blastocystis hominis parasite and was experiencing skin and digestive issues, fatigue, joint pain, and tested positive for both Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and rheumatoid arthritis. 

It took me years to figure out how to get rid of it because natural products and even prescription drugs were not working. However, after several trial and error attempts, I found that combining The FreeDiet® along with a specific supplement regimen, it cleared up. 

Sticking to this treatment plan, all symptoms and both autoimmune conditions resolved and have yet to see this parasite return in over 12 years. 

Supplements

Another important aspect of tackling this parasite (as well as Candida, or yeast, overgrowth) is supplementation. I use five supplement protocol called the Blasto Pack. You can click here to view and the protocol is under the details tab. 

These include:

  • ProbioSupreme SB (Saccharomyces Boulardii) – A specific type of probiotic
  • Yeast Defeat™ 
  • Microb-Balance™ 
  • N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine – An amino acid that helps to break down biofilms and allows treatments to work better
  • C Bioflavonoids 500

These can be taken daily over a three-month period, with some seeing results even faster. In addition to these, I recommend the Functional Five™ supplements and a smoothie in the morning that combines protein, fiber, essential fats, and FreeGreens™ that provide a way to nourish and cleanse the body. 

It’s important that as the yeast and parasites are dying off to clear them out of your system. The idea is as the parasite clears up, the skin clears up as well.

Seek Help and Stay Informed

So, if you have any skin or digestive issues or know of anyone that does, feel free to share this information. For more information on this topic, feel free to check out my book, The FreeDiet® at thefreedietbook.com.

Another option is to download and follow The FreeDiet® Phase 1 food chart and get started on the foundational supplements. If you have specific questions, please reach out. I look forward to working with you!

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    Jupiter, Tequesta, Singer Island
    and West Palm Beach.

    Content on this website is based upon the opinions of Thomas Rofrano, D.C. and is not considered medical advice. It is designed to be a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Rofrano and his community. Dr. Rofrano encourages you to make your health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. Dr. Rofrano is a chiropractic physician and offers physical and nutritional support and guidance to those seeking alternative or complementary care to traditional medicine. His care is not meant to replace that from your primary doctor and specialists but rather to help you on your path to achieving life-long vibrant health.

    Regarding any supplements mentioned: *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.