Sinus Protocols – Fivefold Sinus Strategy


Sinusitis is often classified as the following:Wellness Minute Allergy Relief 2

  • Acute: Less than 4 weeks
  • Sub-acute: 4-12 weeks
  • Chronic: More than 12 weeks.

 

  1. Reduce factors that cause excessive mucus production and inflammation by reducing wheat, dairy and sugar. My experience is that eliminating wheat and dairy can fix 50% of chronic patients regardless of their presenting complaints. In other discussions sugar intake has been linked to reduced immune competence. Reducing sugar intakes is therefore essential for chronic cases. Other foods may also have to be evaluated. Many companies are available to evaluate food sensitivities. Just to give you an idea Bio-Tek 206-365-1256 utilizes bloodspot technology to determine IgA and IgG antibodies from 96 different foods for around $200.00
  2. Thin existing Mucus. Iodine is necessary to make an enzyme called muconase, which is an enzyme which helps digest mucus and has a thinning effect. Liquid Iodine Forte 6 droppers full in a water bottle and drink throughout the day. Iodine also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Proteolytic enzymes combinations particularly Bromelain CLA may also prove beneficial promote drainage and thereby enhancing access to other antibacterial/antifungal agents. Intenzyme Forte 4-10 tablets qid (4x/day).
  3. Rinse or Wash away excessive mucus by using a nasal lavage to thin the mucus and soothe membranes, I have 2 recipes listed below that have worked well. The salt water is more soothing and the iodine is more therapeutic but I encourage my patients to try both and see which one provides the greatest relief.
  4. Add nutrients that have antibacterial and antifungal properties, of course we are talking about our emulsified oregano oil-ADP (4 tid) another product that works in conjunction with ADP on deep underlying fungal problems is FC-Cidal at 2 caps three times per day.
  5. Support the Immune System for chronic infections by feeding the immune system with immune modulating botanicals and homeopathics. Bio-Immmunozyme (2 tid) , IAG (3 tablespoons in juice drank throughout the day) and 21stCentury Fungal Yeast (1/2 capful bid).

This part of this program involves increasing the virulence of the host. Feeding the patient’s immune system can accomplished by adding trace vitamins, minerals and botanical agents. One of the best foundational immune products is Bio-Immunozyme forte. If patients have any immune regulation issues I use this as their multivitamin to provide key trace nutrients. We often forget how powerful things like zinc and selenium can be if patients are deficient. Bio-immunozyme also provides a healthy dose of antioxidants and immune support glands like thymus, spleen, liver, adrenal in a neonatal form. Another way to increase a healthy immune response is to increase Natural Killer Cells. The Arabinogalactan product IAG has been shown to increase natural killer cells and can be used with serious cases.

The final product I discussed is a homeopathic product specifically designed to alert the body to fight yeast and fungus infections. The purpose of the homeopathics is to alert the body to seek and destroy underlying or hidden fungal infections. 21st Century Fungal-Yeast infection, can be used at ½ capful twice per day. Yes this is a comprehensive program and it can be expensive. But chronic sinus problem are really a serious problem for some people. Remember, any time we have a source of chronic infection there can be a problem sooner or later.

Sinus ReliefRinse and Salt Lavages

The following Lavages can be tried individually and then allow the patient to see which one brings the most comfort as the nutrient s and diet reduce mucus and inflammation. These are by no means the only sinus washes available but the ones listed below are safe and bring comfort. If you find others that bring comfort and relief please share the information with us that we may share with others.

SALT WATER

Use 8 ounces of pure water (no fluoridated or chlorinated water), add ½ teaspoon of Celtic Sea Salt and a pinch of baking soda to adjust the pH. Use a teaspoon and inhale through one nostril while closing the other. Try to inhale a teaspoon, blow your nose and inhale another. Continue the process 2 or 3 teaspoons until you feel you have maximum benefit. The salt will dehydrate the bugs and bring relief to the nasal passages. It also thins and strips mucus, expect to cough up or see multicolored mucus when you blow your nose. The salt water mixture can be used throughout the day.

IODINE AND GLYCERIN

Take one spray bottle used for nasal sprays like the Afrin bottle. Empty the contents and rinse the bottle. Add about 6 drops of glycerin that you can procure from your local pharmacy to the empty bottle. Add 6 droppers full of liquid iodine forte and then fill the bottle with distilled water. Shake vigorously to mix and spray as needed. The glycerin helps the iodine stick to the sides of the nasal passages and giving the iodine more contact with the areas which breed infection allowing it to provide more relief. Use as needed.

SALT AND IODINE COMBO

Mix 10 drops of liquid iodine forte into 1 cup of warm filtered water with ¼ tsp of salt. Rinse nasal sinuses and gargle mixture several times per day.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC

http://www.GoToGodo.com

To order the above products: www.GetBiotics.com/DrGodo  Discount Code: DFILC501

Sinus Protocols – Fivefold Sinus Strategy


Sinusitis is often classified as the following:Wellness Minute Allergy Relief 2

  • Acute: Less than 4 weeks
  • Sub-acute: 4-12 weeks
  • Chronic: More than 12 weeks.

 

  1. Reduce factors that cause excessive mucus production and inflammation by reducing wheat, dairy and sugar. My experience is that eliminating wheat and dairy can fix 50% of chronic patients regardless of their presenting complaints. In other discussions sugar intake has been linked to reduced immune competence. Reducing sugar intakes is therefore essential for chronic cases. Other foods may also have to be evaluated. Many companies are available to evaluate food sensitivities. Just to give you an idea Bio-Tek 206-365-1256 utilizes bloodspot technology to determine IgA and IgG antibodies from 96 different foods for around $200.00
  2. Thin existing Mucus. Iodine is necessary to make an enzyme called muconase, which is an enzyme which helps digest mucus and has a thinning effect. Liquid Iodine Forte 6 droppers full in a water bottle and drink throughout the day. Iodine also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Proteolytic enzymes combinations particularly Bromelain CLA may also prove beneficial promote drainage and thereby enhancing access to other antibacterial/antifungal agents. Intenzyme Forte 4-10 tablets qid (4x/day).
  3. Rinse or Wash away excessive mucus by using a nasal lavage to thin the mucus and soothe membranes, I have 2 recipes listed below that have worked well. The salt water is more soothing and the iodine is more therapeutic but I encourage my patients to try both and see which one provides the greatest relief.
  4. Add nutrients that have antibacterial and antifungal properties, of course we are talking about our emulsified oregano oil-ADP (4 tid) another product that works in conjunction with ADP on deep underlying fungal problems is FC-Cidal at 2 caps three times per day.
  5. Support the Immune System for chronic infections by feeding the immune system with immune modulating botanicals and homeopathics. Bio-Immmunozyme (2 tid) , IAG (3 tablespoons in juice drank throughout the day) and 21stCentury Fungal Yeast (1/2 capful bid).

This part of this program involves increasing the virulence of the host. Feeding the patient’s immune system can accomplished by adding trace vitamins, minerals and botanical agents. One of the best foundational immune products is Bio-Immunozyme forte. If patients have any immune regulation issues I use this as their multivitamin to provide key trace nutrients. We often forget how powerful things like zinc and selenium can be if patients are deficient. Bio-immunozyme also provides a healthy dose of antioxidants and immune support glands like thymus, spleen, liver, adrenal in a neonatal form. Another way to increase a healthy immune response is to increase Natural Killer Cells. The Arabinogalactan product IAG has been shown to increase natural killer cells and can be used with serious cases.

The final product I discussed is a homeopathic product specifically designed to alert the body to fight yeast and fungus infections. The purpose of the homeopathics is to alert the body to seek and destroy underlying or hidden fungal infections. 21st Century Fungal-Yeast infection, can be used at ½ capful twice per day. Yes this is a comprehensive program and it can be expensive. But chronic sinus problem are really a serious problem for some people. Remember, any time we have a source of chronic infection there can be a problem sooner or later.

Sinus ReliefRinse and Salt Lavages

The following Lavages can be tried individually and then allow the patient to see which one brings the most comfort as the nutrient s and diet reduce mucus and inflammation. These are by no means the only sinus washes available but the ones listed below are safe and bring comfort. If you find others that bring comfort and relief please share the information with us that we may share with others.

SALT WATER

Use 8 ounces of pure water (no fluoridated or chlorinated water), add ½ teaspoon of Celtic Sea Salt and a pinch of baking soda to adjust the pH. Use a teaspoon and inhale through one nostril while closing the other. Try to inhale a teaspoon, blow your nose and inhale another. Continue the process 2 or 3 teaspoons until you feel you have maximum benefit. The salt will dehydrate the bugs and bring relief to the nasal passages. It also thins and strips mucus, expect to cough up or see multicolored mucus when you blow your nose. The salt water mixture can be used throughout the day.

IODINE AND GLYCERIN

Take one spray bottle used for nasal sprays like the Afrin bottle. Empty the contents and rinse the bottle. Add about 6 drops of glycerin that you can procure from your local pharmacy to the empty bottle. Add 6 droppers full of liquid iodine forte and then fill the bottle with distilled water. Shake vigorously to mix and spray as needed. The glycerin helps the iodine stick to the sides of the nasal passages and giving the iodine more contact with the areas which breed infection allowing it to provide more relief. Use as needed.

SALT AND IODINE COMBO

Mix 10 drops of liquid iodine forte into 1 cup of warm filtered water with ¼ tsp of salt. Rinse nasal sinuses and gargle mixture several times per day.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC

http://www.GoToGodo.com

To order the above products: www.GetBiotics.com/DrGodo  Discount Code: DFILC501

Bloating after certain foods? Foul smelling gas? Can’t eat anything it seems without stomach problems? Read on……


You don’t have to put on the white coat, but I’m going to ask YOU to be the doctor. You can relax; what I’m really going to do is to teach you a self examination test for the small intestine. You have heard of breast examinations; well, this one is for your small intestine. Dr. Godo, come on, the small intestine? Here’s why.

One of the major areas of interest in the field of medicine today is auto-immunity. The combined number of people with autoimmune diseases surpasses those with heart disease. Auto-immunity is a process where our own immune system attacks one or more glands. Why does the body attack itself? That’s a billion dollar question but more and more researchers are looking to the bowel as the gate-keeper or one of the first dominoes to fall as auto-immunity progresses.

Inflammation due to food sensitivities, poor diet, bacterial overgrowth, probiotic deficiencies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, and partially undigested proteins are all factors that weaken how the small intestine functions. It’s been my experience and that of many of my colleagues that if you support the bowel, you have a better chance of quieting down the immune system.

Even though the subject of the small intestines has a range of therapeutic possibilities, here are three questions we want to find the answer to: “Do you need supplements to support your small intestines? When should you supplement? And just as important, When should you stop supplementing?” To find the answer to these questions lab tests may be necessary, but let’s try this first.

Not only will it save you the expense of a lab test, it’s easy and effective. I’m talking about a self examination which uses the body as a biofeedback mechanism. It’s a test you can do at home. But first, let’s look at why it may be important. If there is malfunction in the bowel, anything from excess fermentation which causes bloating to tissue damage, the body will try to protect itself by tightening layers of muscles. Using reflex points, we want to look for tenderness or tight muscles in specific areas.

Here’s how to do the test. Lie down on your back with your knees slightly bent; find the umbilicus, which is a medical term for belly button. Now, in your mind visualize a circle 3-4 inches in diameter around the umbilicus. Use a 3 inch radius if you have a small frame and 4 inch radius if you are larger. Mentally, divide the circle in 4 quarters and slowly palpate each of the four quarters. We are looking for tenderness and superficial tension.

It is important to use your finger tips and apply pressure slowly and tenderly. Evaluate the tenderness level on a 1-10 scale for each quadrant. A score of ten represent extreme tenderness or pain. Dr. Godo, tenderness, what does that mean? Tenderness or discomfort represents dysfunction. The greater the tenderness, the greater the potential problem. Your response can tell you if something is not right in your gastrointestinal track. If you are bloated, there’s no such thing as an antacid deficiency. When you experience pain, there’s no such thing as a Motrin or aspirin deficiency. Something is amiss.

But what’s both interesting and exciting is your body knows what it needs. So we take the next step. By tasting different nutrients that feed or enhance the function of the small intestine the pain or tenderness will go away. The catch is that I can think of 20-25 nutrients that will facilitate the small intestines to work more efficiently. If you have a digestive issue, you may need probiotics or essential fatty acids. You may have a need for glutamine, hydrochloric acid or vitamin D. Here’s where Dr. Godo can help. Working together, Dr. Godo will have you taste different nutrients to discover which ones reduce the tenderness. Your response to each nutrient can help your clinician decide the best approach for your body. It is mind blowing to see how sensitive the body can be when we are asking the right questions.

Try this self examination. If you find discomfort or tenderness, ask Dr. Godo for help. The right nutritional support for your bowels can fix many problems and help build a stronger core to prevent disease and keep you healthy.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC

http://www.GoToGodo.com

How To Lower Your Body’s Toxic Overload


Toxic load is the cumulative effect of the pesticides, hydrogenated fats, sunscreens & mosquito repellents, deodorants, toothpastes, and any chemicals not readily processed & expelled.

We hear the word “toxic” used to describe everything from chemical waste and household mold to toxic relationships with toxic people. Toxic means “poisonous” with the potential for harm or even death. Just Google “oil spills in the United States” and you will be surprised at the year by year results. Many of them are NOT reported in the news and people don’t realize their toxic effects. The sun and heat on crude oil emits benzene as well as a plethora of other hydrocarbons.Godo Chiropractic Toxic Overload

Before we think we are safe because we don’t live near an oil or chemical spill, a recent study shows arctic birds are laden with chemical toxins. Who lives in a more pristine area than an arctic bird? Scientists are measuring the excrement of arctic birds and finding heavy metals and chemicals in their waste.

Let’s be truthful, there are toxins in the air from industry and pollutants invading us from all kinds of manufactured products. But rather than getting depressed, let’s consider TOXINS and what we can do. All of us carry a toxic load. Our toxic load is the cumulative effect of the tainted environment we live in, pesticides we eat in our food, hydrogenated fats we get from fast food restaurants, sunscreens and mosquito repellents we apply to our skin, our deodorants and toothpastes or any chemicals that our body is not able to readily process and expel.

The body stores toxins to protect us and then breaks them down as fast as possible. Usually it takes several steps to break down the fat soluble toxins because the body must attach a water soluble handle to it so it may be expelled without doing more harm to the cells and organs on the way out of the body. Two factors slow the process. One is that it takes certain co-factors to break down the toxins. If those co-factors which we need in tiny amounts are not present, the body will have to find another way to either break it down or store it until the necessary ingredients are available.

The second reason is that the toxins are coming in so fast that the body can’t break them down safely. Again in the best interest of your health the body stores them until the right environment and materials are available to dismantle them. So the term “total toxic load” refers to all the toxins your body in its wisdom has stored until such a time that it can dispose of them.

Remember, your body is working in your best interest and wants to clean house and function at top speed. Here’s the important point: we all have a “total toxic load.” As the toxic load increases so do the symptoms our body displays to signal that an overload is occurring and major changes are necessary. Stuff is breaking down. So let’s say our toxic load is 40%, due to our lifestyle and diet. Next, we breathe indoor air all winter long, our house has some mold or cat hair, maybe it goes to 60%, no big deal. We consume wheat or dairy or another food that we are mildly sensitive to. Our load goes up to 80% but now it is spring and this year the pollen is excessively high. Suddenly our toxic load rises to 90% and we experience symptoms.

Godo Chiropractic Toxic OverloadSo what does that mean? “Symptoms that we call headaches, brain fog, allergic reactions, fatigue, or even painful inflammation may be our body trying to unload some of its toxic load.”

From a naturopathic perspective, if we lower the entire toxic load by eating cleaner food, cutting out the dairy and gluten, get an air purifier or whatever we need to get rid of the mold, we can now go outside without experiencing what we would call seasonal allergies.

There are several strategies to lower your toxic load. You can start by eating a cleaner source of food, drinking purified water and consulting with your wellness clinician about antioxidants, alkalizing nutrients, multi vitamin/mineral support, essential fatty acids and probiotics. Dr. Godo recommends Pro-Multi Plus (athletic multi-vitamin/mineral with high b-complex), Bio-D Mulsion Forte (vitamin D liquid), and Optimal EFAs (essential fatty acids combination) for patients as the basic regimen to health and consistent detoxification. Ask Dr. Godo about the different types of detox programs and find the right one for your schedule and budget.

I’m always amazed at how many conditions disappear after lowering someone’s toxic load with a good detox. Everyone, anywhere will get toxins. It’s inevitable. Even the arctic birds do. So if you want optimal health, ask your clinician about lowering your “total toxic load.”

Dr. Jason Godo, DC

http://www.GoToGodo.com

http://www.getbiotics.com/drgodo       Discount Supplement code: DFILC501

Bloating after certain foods? Foul smelling gas? Can’t eat anything it seems without stomach problems? Read on……


You don’t have to put on the white coat, but I’m going to ask YOU to be the doctor. You can relax; what I’m really going to do is to teach you a self examination test for the small intestine. You have heard of breast examinations; well, this one is for your small intestine. Dr. Godo, come on, the small intestine? Here’s why.

One of the major areas of interest in the field of medicine today is auto-immunity. The combined number of people with autoimmune diseases surpasses those with heart disease. Auto-immunity is a process where our own immune system attacks one or more glands. Why does the body attack itself? That’s a billion dollar question but more and more researchers are looking to the bowel as the gate-keeper or one of the first dominoes to fall as auto-immunity progresses.

Inflammation due to food sensitivities, poor diet, bacterial overgrowth, probiotic deficiencies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, and partially undigested proteins are all factors that weaken how the small intestine functions. It’s been my experience and that of many of my colleagues that if you support the bowel, you have a better chance of quieting down the immune system.

Even though the subject of the small intestines has a range of therapeutic possibilities, here are three questions we want to find the answer to: “Do you need supplements to support your small intestines? When should you supplement? And just as important, When should you stop supplementing?” To find the answer to these questions lab tests may be necessary, but let’s try this first.

Not only will it save you the expense of a lab test, it’s easy and effective. I’m talking about a self examination which uses the body as a biofeedback mechanism. It’s a test you can do at home. But first, let’s look at why it may be important. If there is malfunction in the bowel, anything from excess fermentation which causes bloating to tissue damage, the body will try to protect itself by tightening layers of muscles. Using reflex points, we want to look for tenderness or tight muscles in specific areas.

Here’s how to do the test. Lie down on your back with your knees slightly bent; find the umbilicus, which is a medical term for belly button. Now, in your mind visualize a circle 3-4 inches in diameter around the umbilicus. Use a 3 inch radius if you have a small frame and 4 inch radius if you are larger. Mentally, divide the circle in 4 quarters and slowly palpate each of the four quarters. We are looking for tenderness and superficial tension.

It is important to use your finger tips and apply pressure slowly and tenderly. Evaluate the tenderness level on a 1-10 scale for each quadrant. A score of ten represent extreme tenderness or pain. Dr. Godo, tenderness, what does that mean? Tenderness or discomfort represents dysfunction. The greater the tenderness, the greater the potential problem. Your response can tell you if something is not right in your gastrointestinal track. If you are bloated, there’s no such thing as an antacid deficiency. When you experience pain, there’s no such thing as a Motrin or aspirin deficiency. Something is amiss.

But what’s both interesting and exciting is your body knows what it needs. So we take the next step. By tasting different nutrients that feed or enhance the function of the small intestine the pain or tenderness will go away. The catch is that I can think of 20-25 nutrients that will facilitate the small intestines to work more efficiently. If you have a digestive issue, you may need probiotics or essential fatty acids. You may have a need for glutamine, hydrochloric acid or vitamin D. Here’s where Dr. Godo can help. Working together, Dr. Godo will have you taste different nutrients to discover which ones reduce the tenderness. Your response to each nutrient can help your clinician decide the best approach for your body. It is mind blowing to see how sensitive the body can be when we are asking the right questions.

Try this self examination. If you find discomfort or tenderness, ask Dr. Godo for help. The right nutritional support for your bowels can fix many problems and help build a stronger core to prevent disease and keep you healthy.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC

http://www.GoToGodo.com

Bloating after certain foods? Foul smelling gas? Can’t eat anything it seems without stomach problems? Read on……


You don’t have to put on the white coat, but I’m going to ask YOU to be the doctor. You can relax; what I’m really going to do is to teach you a self examination test for the small intestine. You have heard of breast examinations, well, this one is for your small intestine. Dr. Godo, come on, the small intestine? Here’s why.

One of the major areas of interest in the field of medicine today is autoimmunity. The combined number of people with autoimmune diseases surpasses those with heart disease. Autoimmunity is a process where our own immune system attacks one or more glands. Why does the body attack itself? That’s a billion dollar question but more and more researchers are looking to the bowel as the gate keeper or one of the first dominoes to fall as autoimmunity progresses.

Inflammation due to food sensitivities, poor diet, bacterial overgrowth, probiotic deficiencies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, and partially undigested proteins are all factors that weaken how the small intestine functions. It’s been my experience and that of many of my colleagues that if you support the bowel, you have a better chance of quieting down the immune system.

Even though the subject of the small intestines has a range of therapeutic possibilities, here are three questions we want to find the answer to. “Do you need supplements to support your small intestines? When should you supplement? And just as important, When should you stop supplementing?” To find the answer to these questions lab tests may be necessary, but let’s try this first.

Not only will it save you the expense of a lab test, it’s easy and effective. I’m talking about a self examination which uses the body as a biofeedback mechanism. It’s a test you can do at home. But first, let’s look at why it may be important. If there is malfunction in the bowel, anything from excess fermentation which causes bloating to tissue damage, the body will try to protect itself by tightening layers of muscles. Using reflex points, we want to look for tenderness or tight muscles in specific areas.

Here’s how to do the test. Lie down on your back with your knees slightly bent; find the umbilicus, which is a medical term for belly button. Now, in your mind visualize a circle 3-4 inches in diameter around the umbilicus. Use a 3 inch radius if you have a small frame and 4 inch radius if you are larger. Mentally, divide the circle in 4 quarters and slowly palpate each of the four quarters. We are looking for tenderness and superficial tension.

It is important to use your finger tips and apply pressure slowly and tenderly. Evaluate the tenderness level on a 1-10 scale for each quadrant. A score of ten represent extreme tenderness or pain. Joe, tenderness, what does that mean? Tenderness or discomfort represents dysfunction. The greater the tenderness, the greater the potential problem. Your response can tell you if something is not right in your gastrointestinal track. If you are bloated, there’s no such thing as an antacid deficiency. When you experience pain, there’s no such thing as a Motrin or aspirin deficiency. Something is amiss.

But what’s both interesting and exciting is your body knows what it needs. So we take the next step. By tasting different nutrients that feed or enhance the function of the small intestine the pain or tenderness will go away. The catch is that I can think of 20-25 nutrients that will facilitate the small intestines to work more efficiently. If you have a digestive issue, you may need probiotics or essential fatty acids. You may have a need for glutamine, hydrochloric acid or vitamin D. Here’s where Dr. Godo can help. Working together, Dr. Godo will have you taste different nutrients to discover which ones reduce the tenderness. Your response to each nutrient can help your clinician decide the best approach for your body. It is mind blowing to see how sensitive the body can be when we are asking the right questions.

Try this self examination. If you find discomfort or tenderness, ask Dr. Godo for help. The right nutritional support for your bowels can fix many problems and help build a stronger core to prevent disease and keep you healthy.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC

http://www.GoToGodo.com

 

Bloating after certain foods? Foul smelling gas? Can’t eat anything it seems without stomach problems? Read on……


You don’t have to put on the white coat, but I’m going to ask YOU to be the doctor. You can relax; what I’m really going to do is to teach you a self examination test for the small intestine. You have heard of breast examinations, well, this one is for your small intestine. Dr. Godo, come on, the small intestine? Here’s why.

One of the major areas of interest in the field of medicine today is autoimmunity. The combined number of people with autoimmune diseases surpasses those with heart disease. Autoimmunity is a process where our own immune system attacks one or more glands. Why does the body attack itself? That’s a billion dollar question but more and more researchers are looking to the bowel as the gate keeper or one of the first dominoes to fall as autoimmunity progresses.

Inflammation due to food sensitivities, poor diet, bacterial overgrowth, probiotic deficiencies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, and partially undigested proteins are all factors that weaken how the small intestine functions. It’s been my experience and that of many of my colleagues that if you support the bowel, you have a better chance of quieting down the immune system.

Even though the subject of the small intestines has a range of therapeutic possibilities, here are three questions we want to find the answer to. “Do you need supplements to support your small intestines? When should you supplement? And just as important, When should you stop supplementing?” To find the answer to these questions lab tests may be necessary, but let’s try this first.

Not only will it save you the expense of a lab test, it’s easy and effective. I’m talking about a self examination which uses the body as a biofeedback mechanism. It’s a test you can do at home. But first, let’s look at why it may be important. If there is malfunction in the bowel, anything from excess fermentation which causes bloating to tissue damage, the body will try to protect itself by tightening layers of muscles. Using reflex points, we want to look for tenderness or tight muscles in specific areas.

Here’s how to do the test. Lie down on your back with your knees slightly bent; find the umbilicus, which is a medical term for belly button. Now, in your mind visualize a circle 3-4 inches in diameter around the umbilicus. Use a 3 inch radius if you have a small frame and 4 inch radius if you are larger. Mentally, divide the circle in 4 quarters and slowly palpate each of the four quarters. We are looking for tenderness and superficial tension.

It is important to use your finger tips and apply pressure slowly and tenderly. Evaluate the tenderness level on a 1-10 scale for each quadrant. A score of ten represent extreme tenderness or pain. Joe, tenderness, what does that mean? Tenderness or discomfort represents dysfunction. The greater the tenderness, the greater the potential problem. Your response can tell you if something is not right in your gastrointestinal track. If you are bloated, there’s no such thing as an antacid deficiency. When you experience pain, there’s no such thing as a Motrin or aspirin deficiency. Something is amiss.

But what’s both interesting and exciting is your body knows what it needs. So we take the next step. By tasting different nutrients that feed or enhance the function of the small intestine the pain or tenderness will go away. The catch is that I can think of 20-25 nutrients that will facilitate the small intestines to work more efficiently. If you have a digestive issue, you may need probiotics or essential fatty acids. You may have a need for glutamine, hydrochloric acid or vitamin D. Here’s where Dr. Godo can help. Working together, Dr. Godo will have you taste different nutrients to discover which ones reduce the tenderness. Your response to each nutrient can help your clinician decide the best approach for your body. It is mind blowing to see how sensitive the body can be when we are asking the right questions.

Try this self examination. If you find discomfort or tenderness, ask Dr. Godo for help. The right nutritional support for your bowels can fix many problems and help build a stronger core to prevent disease and keep you healthy.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC

http://www.GoToGodo.com