Heavy Metal Toxicity

According to researchers, not since the Roman Empire has human exposure to heavy metals been greater than now.

When I say “Heavy Metal Toxicity” or “Heavy Metal Burden” what image conjures up in your head… a heavy metal rock concert with a decibel level that would crumble a Roman coliseum? Rome may not have been built in a day, but its fall was in part due to heavy metal poisoning.Wellness Minute Heavy Metals

According to researchers, not since the Roman Empire has human exposure to heavy metals been greater than now. Today, heavy metals and other toxic substances in our environment appear to be bringing about a similar decline in the mental and physical health of society. Learning disabilities and behavioral problems are rampant. Autoimmune disorders continue to increase at an alarming rate. These include rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, type I diabetes, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis. Heavy metals and other environmental contaminants are likely a factor in these and other modern health problems.

The heavy metals that are affecting us are those on the periodic element chart that settle into the body and cause health problems. They’re not called “heavy metals” because they weigh a lot. The term “heavy metal” refers to any metallic chemical element that has a relatively high density, are toxic and even poisonous at low concentrations.

Our environment and lifestyle allows for heavy metals to make their way into our bodies. We can breathe them, eat them, drink them, and even absorb them through our skin. It’s always helpful to “know your enemy,” so here are some important facts about the major heavy metals we’re being exposed to. If you are chronically ill, heavy metals may be causing your health problems! Learning disabilities, infertility, Alzheimer’s, a variety of neurological disorders, autoimmune disorders, rheumatoid  arthritis, chronic fatigue and even cancer can involve heavy metal toxicity! Let’s take a brief look at a couple.

Mercury is one of the most toxic substances we can be exposed to and we are exposed to it on a fairly regular basis. The World Health Organization position on mercury is: “Recent studies suggest that mercury may have no threshold below which some adverse effects do not occur.” Mercury is found in pesticides, dental fillings, contaminated seafood, various cosmetics, and some fabric softeners. Mercury can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled. It can cause chronic candidiasis, depression, dizziness, fatigue, gum disease, hair loss, insomnia, memory loss, muscle weakness, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, food and environmental allergies, menstrual disorders, miscarriages, behavioral changes, asthma, metallic taste in the mouth, loose teeth and more.

Remember those silver fillings that dentists put into your mouth? Well, they are really 50% mercury! Many European countries now completely outlaw the use of silver/mercury amalgam fillings!  According to the World Health Organization, amalgam dental fillings are a major source of mercury exposure. Mercury fillings may be a contributing factor to many chronic, degenerative and autoimmune conditions. It is important to note that a mercury detox program is usually needed after fillings have been removed.

Wellness Minute Heavy Metals 2Lead is also one of the most toxic metals known. It’s been many years since our society was made aware of the damage that exposure to lead-based paints was doing to our health, especially to young children who suck on and chew anything they can get their hands on. “Lead concentrations in the blood as low as 2.07 µg/dL likely represent a public health hazard.” According to published literature, 38% of U.S. adults had a blood lead level above this threshold. Lead can damage the kidneys, liver, heart and nervous system.

The body can’t tell the difference between lead and calcium, so pregnant women, children and other people who are deficient    in calcium absorb lead more easily, with infants and children affected most severely. Possible symptoms of lead poisoning include anxiety, arthritis, confusion, chronic fatigue, behavioral problems, juvenile delinquency, hyperactivity, learning disabilities, liver failure and death. Exposure to lead can come from food that is grown near roads or factories, certain hair products, food from lead-soldered cans, imported ceramic products (especially from Mexico and China),  ink on bread bags, batteries in cars, bone meal, insecticides, and lead solder in the water pipes.

Aluminum isn’t technically a heavy metal, but it is a neurotoxin all the same as it can cross and alter the blood-brain barrier. Possible symptoms are Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, and aching muscles. Trace amounts of aluminum may not be  toxic, but we are exposed to excessive levels in our modern society. We can be exposed through cookware, baking powder, toiletry items like antiperspirants and cosmetics, dental amalgams, medications, fertilizers and unfiltered water.

Dr. Godo can help you determine if heavy metal toxicity or heavy metal burden is the root of your chronic health problem and prescribe safe, effective methods to eliminate it.  He can alert you to foods which are high in heavy metals and offer natural strategies for reducing your exposure to them, and improving your health.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC


Adrenal Gland Support

“Impaired adrenal function can be an underlying cause of chronic fatigue, dizziness, depression, apprehension, anxiety, auto-immune disease, inability to concentrate, inability to hold adjustments.

People talk about getting an “adrenaline rush.” That’s when adrenaline is being pumped into your bloodstream under extreme circumstances giving you an energized sensation. You’ve heard of people being referred to as “adrenaline junkies.”Adrenal Fatigue

The adrenal glands are the triangular shaped glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They release hormones into the body as a response to stress. Stress can take many forms: taking an examination, recovering from a broken bone, a challenging sport or activity, the presence of danger, trying to survive a difficult situation, or just maintaining proper levels of energy when faced with even mild starvation.

Adrenaline is good thing. But if any kind of stressful situation becomes prolonged, the adrenal glands can become over stimulated; and we experience adrenal fatigue. Weak adrenal glands can affect other areas of the body as well.

Dr. Alex Zatkin has linked impaired adrenal function as one of the  underlying causes with thyroid problems. He says that when the adrenals are over-stimulated the body will try to compensate via the hypothalamus-pituitary axis and ultimately affects the thyroid. In other words, it’s like the brakes are being applied to the thyroid. That’s why some patients are given thyroid medication or supplementation and feel great for a few months or even years but ultimately the symptoms they experienced will return to their prior hypothyroid status.

Recently, a friend of mine who is also a naturopath was sharing his  effectiveness with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a condition where a person’s antibodies, which are a type of white blood cell, attack the thyroid. He told me one of the main things he does to address this condition is to support the adrenal glands.

We all recognize that people are under more emotional, physical, and mental pressures than we can imagine. Listen close to conversations  wherever you go; people are talking about being overwhelmed, exhausted, stretched to their limits, pushed at work, and relationships are strained. Remember stress comes in the form of chemical stress, mechanical stress, thermal stress, and emotional stress.

Stress has a powerful effect on hormones. It can increase cortisol and catecholamines, even decrease sex hormones. Stress has also been linked to reductions in pituitary hormones. The list of symptoms or conditions frequently associated with impaired adrenal function is too long to list. They range from dizziness to depression, apprehension to auto-immune disease, inability to concentrate to the inability to hold adjustments.

Wellness Minute Adrenal Gland Support.1jpgDr. Godo has methods to evaluate how your adrenal glands are functioning. He may start by giving you a brief questionnaire on specific adrenal indicators. If you score above a certain level, he may change your diet and make general recommendations. However if the score is above a certain threshold, he will want to schedule you for a separate office visit to evaluate things like your pupil reflex or check to see if your blood pressure drops when you stand up from a lying down position.

Some tests are a little more expensive, but offer great levels of specificity and can bring tremendous clarity. He may collect urine, saliva or blood, to assess your adrenals. Some clinicians utilize what I call in-office tests. That’s because you can do them in the office without sending them out to a laboratory. I love the in-office tests because they are relatively inexpensive and can be used to assess where to start. Your progress can be evaluated over time by retesting. If your test levels aren’t improving, we can alter the treatment program until they do.

Everyone is different and has unique biochemical individuality. The changes in your diet along with supplementation can be helpful to rebuild your organ reserve. Simple changes like eliminating sugar and refined carbohydrates can make a big difference in how you feel. For most people, the stresses in their lives are not going away soon. Those little adrenal glands need all the help they can get. Let’s take care of them.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC


Your Medication Could Be Depleting Vital Nutrients

“Many prescription drugs can reduce absorption and cause depletion of vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes crucial for good health.


If you take prescription drugs, here are some nutritional facts especially for YOU. Many people who are on prescription drugs, as well as many doctors and pharmacist who administer them, don’t understand that some medications can reduce absorption and even cause depletion of vitamins, minerals, and  electrolytes crucial for good health.

Well Dr. Godo, I take prescription drugs, but I take vitamins, should I be concerned? With certain drugs I’d be concerned. Simply put, many drugs while intended to help people, deplete crucial nutrients in the body. Over time, if you don’t replenish the body, nutrients become seriously depleted and can cause a downhill slide to further health problems.

You may have heard that statin drugs deplete CoQ10. But did you know that statin drugs directly or indirectly deplete nutrients like beta-carotene, B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, folic acid, phosphorous, vitamin A, B12, vitamin E, vitamin K, zinc and vitamin D? Coenzyme Q10 is famous for its role in the mitochondria and for energy production. But minerals and vitamins are necessary for energy production as well, especially magnesium, which is deficient in most Americans and is a major influence on heart function. Think about it, you take statin drugs to reduce cholesterol; but in doing so, you deplete the nutrients that are needed for healthy muscle function. Hmmmm, isn’t the heart a muscle? What could possibly go wrong?

Another group of nutrient depletions are caused by diuretics. It makes sense that diuretics as a group will deplete minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium as forced increased urination is the goal of the drug. Increase urination and you will have a loss of minerals, probably all minerals. However, an important nutrient lost with diuretics is B1. Thiamin (B1) is essential for healthy sugar metabolism. Many people are not aware that B1 is a huge deficiency and should be supplemented with anyone who is taking diuretics.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs are another class of drugs that cause stomach bleeding. In fact over 16,000 people die every year from NSAID use.

Some gastroenterologists are aware of this phenomenon and routinely use a natural supplement by Biotics Research Corporation called Gastrazyme. Gastrazyme supports healing of the GI tract when you are taking NSAIDs for pain. If you take NSAIDs, ask Dr. Godo about Gastrazyme.

Oral contraceptives are another class of drugs that deplete nutrients. It is very common for families to take oral contraceptives and plan a pregnancy only to find they can’t conceive. I wonder if maybe it is the lack of depleted nutrients that causes the systemic or metabolic inflammatory problems that prevent conception. It’s very possible. The deficiencies caused by oral contraceptives are beta-carotene, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, folic acid, biotin, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, tryptophan, and tyrosine.

SSRIs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, are antidepressant medications that deplete B6, B12, folic acid, vitamin D and sodium. Even if SSRIs don’t directly deplete essential fatty acids we know that “people who are depressed can benefit from supplementing essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids can help with inflammation and depression.”

Anti-diabetic medication will reduce Coenzyme Q10, folic acid and B12.

Do you take antibiotics frequently? Antibiotics obviously cause a need for flora replacement, but did you know that “antibiotics will cause depletions in biotin, inositol, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and vitamin K?

The drugs I’ve mentioned and many more create nutrient deficiencies. If your medication was not mentioned, you may find them on the Nutrient Drug Chart. You may be taking one or more prescription drugs. I recommend that you see Dr. Godo and get examined for factors that cause nutrient deficiencies.

If you’ve made the decision to take pharmaceuticals, especially long term, you should at least compensate by supplementing the nutrients that are depleted by these drugs. Foundationally you need to take a quality multivitamin/mineral, balanced essential fatty acids, and an active probiotic.

Talk to Dr. Godo about the medications you take. They can help you replenish vital nutrients necessary for living healthy. Knowing the truth about your prescription drugs is the first step. The next step is doing something about it.

Dr. Jason Godo


Stopping Joint Pain

Almost all people over the age of 40 have some chronic degenerative changes in their joints. The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy states that osteoarthritis becomes universal by age 70. Knees, hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, ankles, bones in the feet and the over 200 bone surfaces in the back are all prey to degenerative changes in the joints. This is a huge problem and yet there are many things we can do to prevent and even reverse osteoarthritis.

Commonly prescribed over-the-counter medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs provide temporary relief, but many people don’t know these drugs have dangerous side effects. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can cause gastrointestinal bleeding, joint and liver problems, and even death. 16,500 people die each year from the negative side effects of taking NSAIDs. On the other hand, the nutrients suggested by Dr. Godo provide a variety of positive side effects and in some cases are cardio (heart) protective.

Joint Pain

Healthy joints mean healthy cartilage. We have cells in our cartilage called chondrocytes, and these cells build new cartilage but at the same time chew or break down the damaged /aged cartilage. So growth and destruction are taking place simultaneously. It’s a healthy balance. But when the destructive phase exceeds the growth phase there is a greater amount of damaged or aged cartilage present; friction occurs, pain is experienced and ultimately degeneration.

Normally, cartilage is slippery. It is valuable to assure your bones glide easily across each other. Cartilage is also a shock absorber to protect you from injury. To imagine how slippery the cartilage between your joints can be, think of 2 perfectly smooth, slightly wet, ice cubes rubbing together. They effortlessly glide quickly and easily without catching or tearing. Now imagine a substance 5-8 times more slippery than ice. That’s your cartilage. No man-made substance can compare to the low-friction and shock absorbing properties of healthy cartilage.

Clinicians use many effective strategies to treat osteoarthritis. Some recommend minerals, antioxidants, fish oil or even hormones. But here, I’d like to focus on how you can feed your joints with purified chondroitin sulfates. The beauty of using a Wellness approach is that when we feed our joints we are also feeding other areas of our body. I know we are talking about osteoarthritis; but often when we feed the body in one way, we inadvertently support other organs.

Dr. Lester Morrison used purified chondroitin sulfates for patients with documented heart disease back in the late 70’s. He was interested in the effects that purified chondroitin sulfates had on certain fractions of cholesterol and was hoping he could help patients increase their cardiovascular health. In a six year study, Dr. Morrison using purified chondroitin sulfates showed significant results in coronary health involving 120 patients with arteriosclerosis.

Let’s look at the results. Of 60 patients that were treated with purified chondroitin sulfates, only 6 suffered coronary events resulting in 4 deaths. A comparable group, also of 60 people using “conventional” medical therapy, resulted in 42 coronary events and 14 deaths. These are dramatic results, and they were achieved by using purified chondroitin sulfates daily. Imagine taking a supplement for your joints and your arteries become more flexible.

Knee Joint PainWe use the term “purified” because most other forms of chondroitin available are from beef trachea and contain collagen, making it difficult to digest, which will limit its absorption significantly.

Studies like this are exciting because they highlight the willingness and ability of the body to repair itself. When Dr. Godo makes nutrient recommendations, realize the benefits are far reaching; for example by supplementing with essential fatty acids to reduce pain, chances are you will probably find your skin improves. Fix your digestion and you will notice your hair and nails have new luster. The same is true for supplementation to feed your joints. Daily use of purified chondroitin sulfates, while highly effective for improving joint health, support coronary health and other areas of your body as well.

If you are experiencing joint problems, give Dr. Godo a call; ask about purified chondroitin sulfates for natural joint care and repair.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC


Common Cold or Sinusitis?

People spend millions of dollars for over the counter medication to relieve sinus infections and sore throats. It is often the drip, drip, drip, from the sinuses that causes a sore throat or even lung problems, but if we fix the sinuses, the symptoms disappear. So how do you fix them?


Sinus infections are more prevalent than most physicians realize. In a  research study performed at the University of Virginia in 1993, students who thought they had a cold were evaluated with CT scans, the most used diagnostic test for sinusitis. The scans revealed that an astounding 87 percent didn’t have a common cold, but in fact, had a sinus infection!


Chronic sinusitis affects 17 percent of the adult population of the U.S. Physicians often treat sinus infections with antibiotics with mixed results. In 1999 Dr. David Sherris and his team at Mayo Clinic and University of Buffalo found the underlying cause wasn’t an infection at all but an immune response to fungal organisms. His study showed that “fungal” organisms were present in the mucus of 96 percent of patients who had surgery for chronic sinusitis, and that inflammatory cells were clumped around the fungi, which indicated that the condition was an immune disorder caused by fungus.”


As it turns out, these fungi cause inflammation and the thickening of healthy mucus. The average human body produces about a liter of mucus per day. Nasal mucus is clear and thin. However, during times of infection, mucus can change color to yellow or green either as a result of trapped bacteria, or due to the body’s reaction to viral infection. This excessive mucus is a breeding ground for bacteria and other airborne fungi. So if we can thin the mucus and apply nutrients that are antifungal and antibacterial in nature, we can really treat the cause and not just the symptoms. If you have a problem with sinus infections, give Dr. Godo a call. He may begin by asking you to reduce wheat and dairy.


I’m constantly surprised how eliminating wheat and dairy can fix many cases of sinus infections. For example, one of my patients struggled with painful sinus infections every winter. Our results were mixed until we did testing and realized how bad her sensitivities were. When she saw the allergy test results she was willing to give it a chance and eliminate wheat and dairy. Sixty days later she was a new woman physically and emotionally. She was sleeping better, had more energy and in short, had her life back.


Also, Dr. Godo can recommend a nasal lavage, which uses salt water or iodine solutions to thin mucus and soothe membranes. Dr. Godo can advise you which nutrients have antibacterial and antifungal properties. Nutraceutical grade vitamins, trace minerals, antioxidants and botanicals are available that are designed to feed your immune system. By taking a wellness approach, and addressing the cause of sinus infections, not only will you be fixing the problem and getting relief for the present but you will be strengthening your immune system for future protection against colds and flu bugs.


If you are ready to get off of the antibiotic rollercoaster or you are frustrated with over the counter drugs, there is a way. You’ve been through enough pain and discomfort already. Ask Dr. Godo about sinus infections and get started with a “natural therapy” that promotes clear, healthy sinuses. Not only will you feel great, you’ll breathe easier.



Stop Running to the Drugstore for This

Stop Running To The Drugstore For This


Are you wellness minded? Maybe you are or maybe you’re somewhere in the process of becoming wellness minded. Changing how we think can take time. It’s exciting to discover nutrition and wellness because it is so life-enhancing. With wellness “in mind” you make decisions about “what to do” when you experience health problems.


With wellness “in mind” you evaluate foods and nutrients to feed your body. Becoming wellness minded is turning a corner to face the underlying cause of a condition rather than to cover up the symptom, or push it back in a corner. You may say I take vitamins, try to eat better and exercise a little but with certain areas of my health, I cave in. I either “avoid” dealing with the underlying causes, stay in my “comfort zone” or make choices that may make the problem worse. As a chiropractic physician, I can tell you, you are not alone. Many people do the same thing.


This can happen for several reasons. You may get impatient and want a quick fix. But it’s possible that you may not recognize certain health problem can be helped by taking a Wellness approach; for instance, that little headache you get in the afternoon. What’s your first thought? Is it to grab some ibuprofen or is it what did I eat? Did I drink enough water today? Is my toxic load high from breathing commercial chemicals, being exposed to mold or some allergen? If you know these factors, you can avoid taking drugs and address the problem naturally and often just as quickly.


Here’s an example: Are these the kind of things people say if they are wellness minded? “I get dandruff so I have no choice but to buy dandruff shampoo; I’m getting arthritis, like my mom. I guess that just means I’m getting old; My ankles swell during airplane flights, I have to take something for it or I won’t be able to get my shoes on; Some days my joints are so stiff I just don’t feel like exercising; My allergies are acting up again, I’d better take an antihistamine; Every winter I get sick with bronchitis. It’s a good thing my insurance covers antibiotics; My real fingernails break or crack, so I wear the fake ones; Every night, I take a harmless little sleeping pill before bed or I don’t sleep well; I’m having horrible indigestion. Somewhere I have a coupon, buy one antacid get one free.” These may sound funny but they are real.


Can you see how people fall into a routine? Without thinking, people make choices and the consequences are prolonged health problems or worse. On the other hand, if we are wellness minded, each situation I’ve just illustrated would be played out differently. Common conditions like dandruff, nails breaking or other skin conditions are signals your body is deficient. By ignoring the symptom and the deficiency, we leave the door open for other problems.


Symptoms like arthritis, swelling ankles, allergies or stiff joints are glaring red flags. Your body is giving you a warning sign. Someone who is wellness minded will allow the signs to be a catalyst for change: changes in diet, a detox, a regiment of supplements, all to get to the underlying cause. With a wellness approach, symptoms do go away but something greater happens. You experience a higher level of health.


The same is true with winter colds, trouble sleeping or indigestion. A wellness approach puts you on a higher path that leads to feeling better and offers greater immunity for the future. I want to encourage you. Keep watching the “Wellness Minute” and learn to be wellness minded.


Obviously, you will get the very best results by working with Dr. Godo. It’s like having a personal trainer or coach. With diligence and patience you can do it. How you feel every day defines the quality of your life; and as we age, that can make the difference between a “just getting by” life or a fulfilling life.


Dr. Jason Godo