13 Carcinogens that Cause Cancer

What is Cancer?

Cancer cells are parasitic and immortal. They serve no special function in the body and grow to such a large size that they eventually kill their own host.

Cancer: Then and Now

-        Late 1940s: 1/16 incidence of cancer

-        Today: According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will have cancer in industrialized nations.

What Causes Cancer: 13 Groups of Carcinogens

It goes far beyond just cigarettes. Charlotte Gerson, Max Gerson's daughter, has written extensively about the “multiple-hit theory,” which predicts that all cancers result from at least two “hits” to cellular genes. Over time as the “hits” add up and interact, a breaking point is reached and cancerous growth is literally switched on. Charlotte enumerated 49 hits in her book. Here I have compiled that list into 14 groups.

  1. Radiation (atmospheric cosmic rays, x-rays, sunlight's ultraviolet rays, ionizing radiation, microwave oven radiation, non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation from domestic appliances, nuclear radiation, irradiated foods)
  2. Electromagnetic (chronic electromagnetic field exposure, geopathic stress, overhead power lines, nerve interference fields)
  3. Polluted water (general pollutants, chlorine, fluorine).
  4. Food and digestion (pesticide/herbicide residues, food additives, diet or nutritional deficiencies, consumption of synthetic “frankenfoods,” intestinal toxicity or digestive impairment)
  5. Infections (bacterial and fungal)
  6. Parasites
  7. Polluted environment (industrial toxins, sick building syndrome)
  8. Drugs (tobacco, steady use of prescription or nonprescription drugs, alcohol)
  9. Pharmaceutical medications (hormonal therapies, immune-suppressive drugs)
  10. Emotional (chronic mental stress)
  11. Toxic metals (mercury toxicity, toxic metal syndrome)
  12.  Dental procedures (dental amalgam fillings, dental root canals, dental metals of all types)
  13. Cellular (cellular oxygen deficiency, adverse cellular terrain, oncogenes- cellular genes that change normal cells into cancerous ones, genetic predisposition)

Please call 734-726-0153 to schedule a free consultation and evaluation. At Digestive Health Ann Arbor we are known for providing professional and compassionate care. We strive to guide people towards a comprehensive and holistic healing strategy. Restoring your body to health will restore the quality of your life.

Eating Paleo

What is the Paleo Diet and How it can Work for You

We live in an age of skyrocketing health insurance costs and mounting public health epidemics. Many American bodies can no longer fit comfortably in airplane seats, pass a few hours without monitoring insulin levels, or run outside during allergy season. We are increasingly technologically advanced yet the simple question “what should we eat for dinner tonight?” continues to stump families across the country. Since the answer is so convoluted, many Americans unknowingly make poor dietary choices for themselves and their families, leading to unnecessary illness. Our nation spends 16% of its GDP on healthcare, more than any other nation in the world, yet our families struggle with increasingly dangerous ailments.

The Dangers of Poor Health
According to the National Institute of Health, the U.S. has:

  • 5 times more children with ADD and ADHD then any country in the world.
  • one of the highest rates of cancer in the world
  • a rank of 49 out of 52 developed countries for life expectancy.

The Paleo Diet: How to Achieve Simple, Easy Health

            The Paleo Diet is deservedly getting more press and exposure lately. It improves performance, increases fat loss, and helps mitigate chronic health problems. Once you understand the basics, it’s also pretty easy to do.

“The Paleo Diet” by Loren CordainThere Are MANY Different Paleo Diets

The main point of Paleo is to give our bodies the foods that they evolved to eat. The payoff being improved health, performance, longevity and superior digestion.

            Paleo theory says that our digestive systems and bodies are much better adapted to meat, fruit and vegetables than to things like grains, dairy, processed foods and the pesticides and hormones that get into our modern food. If you stop and think about the fact that two of the most common food sensitivities are to gluten and casein (a protein in cow milk), it makes sense.

Below is a food time line diagram from Adam Farrah’s book, “The Paleo Dieter’s Missing Link.”

            In this first article, we’ll talk about Paleo fundamentals and some of the best ways to classify different foods. The classification of foods that we use here is based off of Paleo but unique, which we will explain later. What’s important to understand is that Paleo is really a broad diet philosophy as opposed to a set and rigid diet – or worse, a fad diet. Yes, there’s the book , but there are many other interpretations of Paleo and variations based on the “Hunter-Gatherer” template. If you want to understand the context of Paleo as a diet genre, check out my post “.”

            Our genes have remained virtually unchanged for a long time. While there is some disagreement on the numbers, humans spent about 2.5 million years eating nothing but meat, vegetables, fruit, and little else. Only about 15,000 years ago that we moved from hunting and gathering to agriculture. This is when grains and dairy became widely available.

What’s a Paleo Diet?

Most of what you’ll find on Paleo will classify foods in two categories – Paleo and Not Paleo. This system is limiting. Instead we prefer Adam Farrah's 5 Paleo categories.

Here are Farrah's five categories of Paleo foods:

1) Foundational Paleo Diet Foods – Base Your Diet on These

Meats from animals fed their appropriate diet (cows fed grass, for example)
wild-caught fish
organic vegetables and fruits.

2) Foods of Early Agriculture – Foods to Consider Adding if Well-Tolerated

raw dairy
organic brown rice
fresh ground organic coffee

3) Paleo Foods to Use Sparingly

Starchy foods like yams and sweet potatoes best left to post-workout
concentrated foods like coconut milk, dried fruits, raw nuts and seeds, nut and seed milks and raw honey.

4) Supplements

Coconut oils and fish oils to round out the fat content in the diet
protein powders (if necessary, well tolerated and of high quality)
fiber supplements certain nutrient supplements

5) Modern Foods – Avoid These

Processed foods
Processed grain products
Soy products
Beans and legumes
Roasted nuts
Sugar and high-fructose corn syrup products

In Conclusion…
These are Adam Farrah's Paleo basics. In the next post, we’ll go more into the diet details and explain how to make Paleo work for you. While the Paleo diet is a great baseline, we aren't cavemen and women anymore. At Digestive Health Ann Arbor we strive to adapt dietary lessons from the past to the realities of our present day.

Article excerpted from Adam Farrah, “A Practical Approach to the Paleo Diet, Part 1”

The Practical Paleo Approach: Modern-day Application of the So-Called “Caveman” Diet

In January we sent out a newsletter about the Paleo dietary basics. However, there is a lot of confusion about what is and what is not a part of the Paleo diet. Many supporters of the Paleo diet believe that we have to eat like cavemen and cavewomen to be healthy today. Unfortunately, these kinds of attitudes can lead to restrictive nutritional guidelines that are impossible to follow in our everyday lives. We need solutions that are practical and tailored to our specific needs. We need solutions for working Moms, athletes, and growing kids. We need solutions that are adaptable yet rooted in the same scientifically-backed fundamentals. We need a Practical Paleo Approach.

What are “Old” foods?

In many Paleo diets we hear people classifying foods into “Paleo” or “Non-Paleo.” Again, this kind of thinking can be very limiting. We suggest thinking about food in terms of “old” or “not processed” and “new” or “processed.” The more processed a food is, the more unhealthy it is. If you try to eat “old” foods instead of “new” ones, you are already on the right path to a successful Paleo diet.

3 Examples of “old” and “new” versions of the same food:


“New” Yogurt: Sweetened, non-fat Dannon.

“Old” Yogurt: Full-fat, greek yogurt with live, active cultures.


“New” Rice: Bleached white rice.

“Old” rice: Brown rice.


“New” Milk: Pasteurized, homogenized, antibiotic-and-hormone-laced milk.

“Old” Milk: Fresh, raw milk.

Why say “Old” instead of “Paleo”?

By old food we mean a food that existed in in its given form for a long time. However, a lot of foods that seem “old” at first glance are in fact very processed. Here are a couple of examples:

         Roasted mixed nuts versus organic brown rice

Paleo diets often advocate a diet which includes nuts but completely avoids all grains. However, nuts roasted in a refined oil that is corn or soy based is much worse for us than a small helping of unprocessed, organic brown rice. The brown rice in this example is “old” because its given form is almost exactly the same as it has been for thousands of years. Those roasted nuts, however, are considered “new” because they were doused in unhealthy refined oils which have existed for only a decade or so.

         Conventional tomatoes versus fresh, raw milk

Paleo enthusiasts urge people to stay away from dairy since it is one of the newer food groups introduced to the human diet. However, the fresh milk in this example, which is rich in probiotics, would be a much better choice than conventional tomatoes, which are often genetically modified and saturated in pesticides.

What Kind's of “new” foods are OK to eat and why?

As we mentioned last month, foods from early agriculture are fine to add, if well-tolerated, natural and unprocessed. Those foods are:

  1. Eggs
  2. raw dairy
  3. organic brown rice
  4. grains
  5. fresh ground organic coffee

The Practical Approach: the Paleo Diet with a Weston A. Price Twist

In the early 1900's, a dentist named Weston A. Price noticed his urban patients had worse dental hygiene than his rural ones. Intrigued, Price set off to travel the world and uncover the secret to not only dental hygiene, but true and long-lasting health. He ate dinner with the Swiss and Pigmies alike, and discovered that the none of the healthiest populations ate the same diet. In fact, the healthiest people were not determined by what they ate, but instead what they didn't - processed foods. At Digestive Health Ann Arbor we advocate for a Practical Paleo approach because it is rooted in nutritional wisdom, backed by modern-day scientific research, and adaptable to our individual needs.


Digestive Health Ann Arbor: Find the Paleo Diet that's Right for You

The appropriate Paleo diet should be determined by your life circumstances and the foods locally available to you. At Digestive Health Ann Arbor we help guide you through a simple three-step nutritional process to Refresh, Restart and Recalibrate your diet. People are different, so each person's diet should be, too. Digestive Health Ann Arbor can help to build a Practical Paleo Approach tailor-made for you.

Please call 734-726-0153 to schedule a free consultation and evaluation. At Digestive Health Ann Arbor we are known for providing professional and compassionate care. We strive to guide people towards a comprehensive and holistic healing strategy. Restoring your body to health will restore the quality of your life.

Article features some excerpts from Adam Farrah, “A Practical Approach to the Paleo Diet, Part 2”


8 Shocking Facts about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

1. Cases of ADHD have increased 30-fold since 1970. The diagnoses have skyrocketed from 150,000 (in 1970) - 4.5 million (by 2003).

2. Nearly 1 in every 10 American children is diagnosed with ADHD. In a recent study based on results from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a collaboration between the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Center for Health Statistics, 8.6% of American children and adolescents have been diagnosed with ADHD.

3. Other developmental disabilities on the rise. Now 1 in 6 children in America has a developmental disability such as autism, ADHD/ADD, or cerebral palsy according to a study conducted by Philippe Grandjean, of the Harvard School of Public Health and co-author Philip Landrigan of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

4. Undetected food allergies implicated in onset of ADHD. Often a food which our body perceives as a foreign invader (an allergen) can trigger a variety of systemic reactions, including neurological malfunction and abnormal behavior.

5. Industrial and agricultural chemicals implicated in onset of ADHD. Though many chemicals are now banned, they continue to exist in our bodies and natural environments. As Grandjean puts in an article on the Environmental Working Group website, these chemicals are “like a debt from the past.”

6. It takes 20-50 years to determine the long-term consequences of exposure to a man-made chemical. More than 2,000 new synthetic chemicals are registered annually for use in everyday products. We do not know how these chemicals will affect us in the long-run.

7. There are over 200 chemicals in everyday use for which there is evidence of neurotoxicity. The list was compiled by Grandjean and Landrigan.

8. There are currently more than 75,000 chemicals licensed for commercial use. There may be other chemicals which also have detrimental affects - it's difficult for a single study to test them all.

Holistic Path To Wellness: Food Allergies

I. Spotlight on Ann Arbor Holistic Health and Treatments
Ann Arbor Holistic Health offers a comprehensive approach to facilitate the natural healing process of the human body through Acupuncture, Digestive Health, Nutrition, Food Allergy Testing, Herbal Medicine, Supplements and Natural Hormone Balancing. Our newsletter is an excellent way to learn about the efficacy of these methods, and the many issues they treat.

Symptoms do not exist separately from the rest of our bodies. They arise when the body has exhausted its reserves and can no longer compensate for life’s demands. Resolving those symptoms can be simple, but often times they are not and chasing them alone can prove frustrating. The most important question about your health is: What is stopping your body from healing? A complete approach to wellness will give your entire body what it needs to heal.

II. Phil's Story: Personal Accounts of Healing
Many people have food allergies even though they don't exhibit familiar symptoms such as hives or digestive problems. Phil is a great example of how allergies affect us in unbelievable ways.

Phil, a 63 year old patient at the Ann Arbor Holistic Health clinic, had a chronic cough for nearly half his life. He worked with people every day, and the cough interfered with his ability to perform his job. Sometimes he would be forced to leave work early, other times he would wake to the sound of his own wheezing. At the age of 48, he began seeing a pulmonologist. His pulmonologist was extremely knowledgeable, yet nothing they tried seemed to help Phil. When Phil was hospitalized with bronchitis and pneumonia after 15 years of doctors visits, he accepted that he would live with his cough forever.

Frustrated, but still intent on improving his quality of life, Phil began to look into other influencing factors. He started to read more about how food allergies may be affecting his respiratory system. Journal articles, doctors and websites continuously highlighted the correlation between the two, and Phil decided to make a free consultation with Gary Merel at Ann Arbor Holistic Health. During his consultation he was screened for food allergies using a simple blood test that examined 96 of the most common food allergens. His results were positive for a significant number of foods. Phil removed these allergens from his diet, and his respiratory problem resolved itself within a month. Phil has been cough-free ever since.

III. What is an allergy?
An allergy is the immune systems response to a protein usually found in a food, such as peanuts, eggs, wheat or milk that it perceives as a foreign body.

IV. How can you know if you may have an allergy? Check these 14 Warning Signs:
1.    Tiredness, drowsiness, no energy.
2.    Frequent headache or migraines.
3.    Stomach bloating, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence.
4.    GI disorders including, Crohn’s disease, Ulercatice Colitis & IBS
5.    Mouth Ulcers.
6.    Chronic cough, bronchitis, asthma, colds and 'flu'.
7.    Eczema, psoriasis, and chronic skin problems.
8.    Aching joints, backache.
9.    Gradual weight change.
10.    Tinea or Yeast (Candida) infections.
11.    Clumsiness, lack of coordination.
12.    Miscarriage, infertility.
13.    Hemorrhoids and Ear pain.
14.    Cravings, addictions.

V. The Need to Heal a Leaky Gut
Food allergens trigger inflammation in the digestive tract which leads to the many symptoms listed above. This inflammation creates increased permeability in the walls of the intestines, leading to a phenomenon called Leaky Gut Syndrome. By removing the allergen, we can heal our “leaky” guts and begin the process of improved health.

VI. How is a Food Allergy Diagnosed?
The most comprehensive diagnostic tool is the ELISA blood test, which examines the bodies reaction to 96 different potential food allergens, including gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and peanuts. This simple test also allows health professionals to efficiently check for the severity of allergies, ranging from IgE (most severe), IgA (moderate) and IgG (least severe). 

Our office offers appropriate therapies to help guide people seeking help towards a comprehensive and holistic strategy to healing. Restoring your body to health will restore the quality of your life. In the coming months our newsletter will address nutritional factors to keep you health, natural ways to balance hormones, gluten intolerance, women's health, and other related subjects.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation and evaluation, please call our office at (734) 222-8210.