Indican levels are determined via a simple urine test.
Robert Brody, ND
Indican testing can be a useful tool for monitoring degeneration or improvement in digestive efficiency of your system in dealing with protein. Indican is formed by an abnormal metabolism of tryptophan. Indican is a by-product of putrefaction (protein degradation), usually in the intestine, but possibly in other locations as well. Putrefaction is the anaerobic bacterial decomposition of proteins – not ideally the healthy way for your body to deal with proteins.
By Dr. Peter D’Adamo
At the Center of Excellence I teach a series of classes in “Generative Medicine,” a specialty that resulted from my work with computers and networks. In the class our focus is primarily biochemical and genetic networks, but in fact, networks surround us. From our friends on social media, to our family support systems, most relationships, however direct they may appear, are in fact webs of connections, interdependent upon one another.
Networks experience, gauge, and react. A cellular network might control how a microbe responds to a change in its environment, say a drop in its nutrient supply. The microbe might, for example, alter its gene expression to make a new protein that allows it to change its movement pattern and perhaps explore a different location. Our brain’s neural network processes inputs from our senses and converts the information into thought patterns that might put a grin on our face when a loved one comes into sight.
Dr. Natalie Colicci
We’ve all had that feeling. The sensation that our legs were on fire as we struggle to cycle to the top of a hill, or do those last two crunches. You know, the feeling that makes you say, “Wow! I must be out of shape!” or “I feel muscles hurt in places I didn’t even know I had them!”
Congratulations! You’ve hit your lactic acid threshold.
Meghan Gonick, ND, LAc
While only a trained acupuncturist should treat you with acupuncture needles, you can use massage (acupressure) and some common points for self treatment at home. To treat yourself with acupressure, locate the desired point and use the tip of your thumb to apply sustained pressure to that area. Some commonly used points include:
Saunas are a time-honored way of healing.
Our body naturally rids itself of toxins in several ways; through our kidneys, bowels, and through our skin when we sweat. Working up a sweat can be done through vigorous exercise or through Bikram-style yoga, but it can also be done in a less taxing way – with a treatment in an infrared sauna. At the COE, we employ this method of detoxification to eliminate environmental chemicals and release heavy metals like mercury and lead. But the benefits do not end there! Infrared sauna technology can also help you to lose weight, relieve joint discomfort, increase circulation, and purify your skin.
Salmon and Dill.
RIGHT FOR ALL BLOOD TYPES RECIPE
Fresh salmon needs very little preparation to bring out its savory flavor. In this recipe, the bright essence of lemon is enhanced by the sweetness of dill making this dish nearly perfect. Serve it atop your favorite greens for a quick and tasty lunch or alongside your favorite steamed veggies for a light dinner.
4 6-ounce salmon fillets
4 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons dried dill
2 cloves garlic, minced
Combine lemon juice, zest, oil, dill and garlic in a large re-sealable bag. Add salmon and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Preheat grill. Remove salmon from bag and place on hot grill. Brush salmon with marinade from the bag. Grill salmon for about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove when done. Salmon should be light in color and flake easily through the thickest part.
SkySaw on an iPad
Dr. Robert Brody
As Dr. D’Adamo famously said, “If you want to build a bridge over a canyon, you can’t simply toss bricks into it and expect something to happen. First, you need to come up with a blueprint and lay a foundation.”
At the COE, we are building a rock-solid foundation for our patients based on the latest technically advanced approaches to health care. SkySaw is a computer program that is on the cutting edge of “bioinformatics” technology being developed by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo as part of the Bioinformatics Initiative at the Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine that allows us to create a blueprint and build your foundation in health.
Dr. Peter D’Adamo
In honor of “Naturopathic Medicine Week,” Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo discusses his decision to devote his life’s work to practicing naturopathic medicine.
Why did you choose naturopathy as a profession?
My dad was a naturopathic physician, and as I became more aware of the power of what he has doing, it just looked like the coolest way to spend the rest of my life.
What about your love of bioinformatics and systems biology?
That came later. I started out with an infatuation for biochemistry and immunology. This led to a lifelong study of nutrition. As I began seeing patients in my own practice, my original concept of naturopathic medicine broadened, and I saw the majesty and the promise of weaving my training as a doctor with my love of computer science and the complex interactions between systems. This is where I see the greatest growth not only in our profession, but also in the potential for creating a new model for health in this world. Living systems are always in motion: changing, learning and adapting. We physicians often slow this down to a still photograph so we can study it, but this is not how life proceeds. We study pathways, but living systems behave as networks. It is only in learning the language of the network that we can re-integrate the innate healing capacity of the body back into the daily work of medicine.
That’s a tall order, but if there is anyone who can do that, it is Dr. D’Adamo. We had a few minutes more in our interview, so we got in one last question. What has the most effective therapeutic modality been for you throughout your career and why?
Without a doubt, personalized nutrition. Everyone can benefit from some good, common sense advice, but drilling-down to the specific needs of the patient changes everything. This is where
Acupuncture chart from the Ming Dynasty
Meghan Gonick, ND, LAc
Have you ever considered an acupuncture treatment? Acupuncture is a safe, individualized treatment that has many beneficial effects for the patient, as an added bonus, the effects of acupuncture treatments can be felt immediately. At the COE we offer a full range of acupuncture treatments that compliment your current care. Intrigued? Read on to find out how acupuncture works, what a treatment entails, and how it can benefit you!
Allergies can be debilitating and troublesome.
Spring is around the corner and that means seasonal allergies are around the corner too! Allergies arise from the body’s natural reaction to pollen released from particular trees. The trees most commonly to blame for allergies are oak, olive, elm, birch, ash, hickory, poplar, and sycamore. Allergies are triggered by the body’s own immune system, specifically by mast cells which become unstable and release histamine in response to continual bombardment by allergens in the environment. These histamines are responsible for creating the inflammatory response.