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At the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, we see you as a whole being – body, mind, and personality – rather than as a bunch of disconnected parts. If you tell us you have fatigue and brain fog, we are literally going to look from head to toe. For example:

• Are the mitochondria, the energy factories in each of your 60 trillion or so cells, operating inefficiently because of trans fats in the diet, or because you are low on thyroid?
• What is your level of fatty acids?
• What is your level of vitamin D and other hormones?
• Are there low-level, chronic infections you may not be aware of like candida?
• Are you low on serotonin or dopamine, causing your neurotransmitters to misfire?
• Are allergies or heavy metals stressing your immune system and depleting your energy reserves?
• Do we need to increase the brain’s processing speed by increasing neural connections with HEG (hemoencephalography), or EEG (electroencephalography) biofeedback, teaching the brain to make new connections?

We begin with a thorough physical workup. We combine physical measurements from lab tests with quantum measurements to look at health at the cellular level. And we often incorporate thermography to look for inflammation.

Then we look at diet and lifestyle because they impact so many health issues. Heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and obesity account for 75% of health-care costs, and yet these are largely preventable and even reversible by changing diet and lifestyle. A 2008 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that diet and lifestyle approaches may even change gene expression. Genes associated with cancer, heart disease and inflammation were “turned off” whereas protective genes were “turned on” after only a few months of calculated dietary changes. Food gives information to the body.

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Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine provides treatment for 300+ holistic and medical conditions, some of which are listed below:

Acupuncture – insertion of very fine needles in order to influence physiological functioning of the body

Allergy Testing – ALCAT blood tests, provocation/neutralization challenge, preservative-free allergens

Bioimpedance Analysis – measures the health of cells and the body composition of fat, muscle, and water

Blood Tests and Urinalysis – physical measurement of blood sugar, blood fats, minerals, thyroid, hormones, etc.

Brain Training – retraining the brain to improve memory and focus, and to lessen depression, AD/HD, migraine headaches

Chelation for Heavy Metals and Heart Disease – to decrease the body burden of heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lead, etc.)

Colon Hydrotherapy – a time-honored, effective method of detoxification and the delivery of infusions to restore health

Energy Medicine – working with our natural energy field, called the life force, to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms

Evoked Photon Capture – a quantum physics measurement of the energy level at which the body is operating, both under stress and without stress

FirstLineTherapy™ – a successful program to treat chronic disease with nutrition and lifestyle modification

Genetic Testing – reveals your unique genetic makeup and gives you insight for how best to manage your health preventively

Homeopathy – stimulates the body’s immune system to initiate healing

Hypnosis – access the subconscious mind to determine the root cause of unwelcomed symptoms

Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) for Cancer – a targeted approach that uses a combination of low-dose chemotherapy and complementary therapies designed to both defeat cancer and rebuild the immune system
IV Nutritional Therapies – when the intestinal tract simply does not absorb enough nutrients

NES Scan – assesses strengths and weaknesses of energy pathways that maintain homeostasis

Osteoporosis Test – simple urine test to determine bone loss

Thermography – screening mechanism for breast cancer and painful inflammations that does not use unsafe radiation

Women’s Health – annual wellness exams, breast cancer screening, bioidentical hormones, weight loss, osteoporosis, counseling, and more

We treat children and adults. Many children come to us with developmental delays (autism, PDD, ADD, AD/HD) and/or environmental allergies. Many adults come to us who have not been able to find answers elsewhere and are committed to getting well, not just suppressing symptoms or enhancing memory with prescription drugs. We work in partnership to teach and to hold your hand on the journey toward health. We spend a great deal of time educating our patients to empower them to be well.

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What is FLU and what are your options? Featured by Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine. Treating 300+ holistic and medical conditions in Scottsdale ( Phoenix ) AZ. Call 480-240-2600.

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What is FLU and what are your options?

Submitted by Dr. Martha Grout, M.D., M.D.(H) at the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine Cancer Center, Scottsdale (Phoenix), Az.

Flu season is that dreaded, head-pounding, body-aching, feverish, nauseating, coughing affair that adds up to equal parts misery and inconvenience. Flu season runs November through May; most cases usually occur in January or February.

Influenza virus spreads from infected persons to you when you make contact with contaminated surfaces and then touch your nose, mouth, or eyes. The virus is also passed by sneezing when you inhale someone else’s droplets of contaminated fluid.

Rates of infection are highest among children. Flu can cause:
•  fever
•  sore throat
•  chills
•  fatigue
•  cough
•  headache
•  muscle aches

Influenza can lead to pneumonia and can be dangerous for people with heart or breathing conditions. It can cause high fever and seizures in children. About 90 percent of the fatalities are among the elderly.[1]

ANNUAL FLU SHOT

Flu shots are vigorously promoted each year, but the latest science suggests they simply don’t work very well.

The annual flu shot is a product of the educated guesses of a group of vaccine researchers. Every February, they try to predict which flu viruses will circulate the next winter. Their three top choices are put into the vaccine. The CDC claims the vaccine will be 70 to 90 percent effective against just those strains of flu.

But the virus mutates from year to year. In 2003-2004, the CDC admitted that it completely missed the virulent Fujian flu strain that hit hard that winter. In the 2005-2006 season, a strain not included in the vaccine hospitalized 31 children in Houston.[2]

One of the three strains in the seasonal flu shot for the 2010-2011season is the swine flu virus (H1N1) of 2009. The seasonal flu shot and the swine flu shot will be just one shot this year. If you got the H1N1 vaccination last year, the CDC recommends that you get it again in 2010.[3] And if your shot comes from a multi-dose vial, it will contain mercury as a preservative.[4]

There are two types of influenza vaccine:
•  Inactivated – vaccine made with killed virus material and thimerosal, and injected into the muscle. Usually dispensed from multi-use injectable bottles and thimerosal (mercury) is used as a preservative.

•  Live, attenuated (LAIV) – weakened influenza vaccine and sprayed into the nostrils. These viruses can survive in the nose and throat long enough to trigger the immune reaction that fights off flu, but will be killed by the higher temperatures in the lower respiratory tract. It does not contain thimerosal. The CDC describes this as “an option for healthy people 2-49 years of age who are not pregnant.”

People with egg allergies shouldn’t get the shot because the vaccine is manufactured using eggs. Also, the shot is not recommended for babies under 6 months. The LAIV form is not recommended for children under age 5 with asthma, pregnant women, or those with a weakened immune system (especially cancer, bone marrow transplants), nor for people with various chronic diseases – the list includes Guillain-Barré Syndrome, heart disease, and cerebral palsy.[5]

In February 2010, on the heels of the 2009 Swine Flu “pandemic,” the CDC made a new recommendation that every American over the age of six months be vaccinated for the seasonal flu each year. The effect of the policy change is that flu shots are now recommended for almost 100 percent of the population, up from 85 percent.[6] The CDC said, “This represents an expansion of the previous recommendations for annual vaccination of all adults aged 19 to 49 years and is supported by evidence that annual influenza vaccination is a safe and effective preventive health action with potential benefit in all age groups.”[7]

Meanwhile, the British government was quietly cancelling their flu immunization program for children aged six months to five years. In December 2010, senior government advisers ruled that flu shots for kids would not have significant “gain,” despite flu levels reaching a ten-year high.

THE RISKS

Should you stand in line for your annual flu shot? Consider these findings:

•  Every year only 5%-20% of the US population gets the flu. It can become serious for those with a pre-exiting condition. Approximately 175,000 people are hospitalized each year from flu complications such as pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and other respiratory problems, or the aggravation of chronic illnesses such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, asthma, cardiovascular disease, lupus, and diabetes.

•  A yearly flu vaccine has not been shown to prevent flu-related deaths in people over the age of 65, according to the 2005 and 2007 Cochrane Collaborative’s reports in The Lancet medical journal.[8,9]

“Recent excess mortality studies were unable to confirm a decline in influenza-related mortality since 1980, even as vaccination coverage increased from 15% to 65%.”

The prediction that flu vaccines reduce the mortality risk among the elderly by 50% is also being challenged by researchers of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. This challenge is based on the fact that the actual flu virus is usually cleared before secondary complications set in. When researchers from the Institute included all deaths from illnesses that flu aggravates, like lung disease or chronic heart failure, they found that flu accounts for, at most, 10 percent of winter deaths among the elderly. Dr. Tom Jefferson, head of the Vaccines Field at the Cochrane Collaboration, said:

“For a vaccine to reduce mortality by 50 percent and up to 90 percent in some studies means it has to prevent deaths not just from influenza, but also from falls, fires, heart disease, strokes, and car accidents. That’s not a vaccine, that’s a miracle.”[10]

• The CDC kicks off the annual flu shot campaign with the statistic that 36,000 Americans die from the flu every year.[11] But others find that number is propaganda, not fact. The American Lung Association’s report from April 2010, entitled “Trends in Pneumonia and Influenza/Morbidity and Mortality,” uses CDC figures and shows:[12]

YEAR

FLU DEATHS

YEAR

FLU DEATHS

1991

1137

2000

1765

1993

1044

2001

257

1995

606

2002

727

1996

745

2003

1792

1997

720

2004

1100

1998

1724

2005

1812

1999

1665

2006

849

The CDC’s 36,000 number is based on an estimate of cases where “seasonal influenza infection was likely a contributor to the cause of death, but not necessarily the primary cause of death.”[13] The flu is not a reportable disease and most physicians don’t do a nasal swab to determine whether the symptoms are indeed caused by influenza.

After much criticism, including a blistering editorial in the British Medical Journal, the CDC announced in 2010 that it was discarding that decades-old estimate. The agency now says that flu is unpredictable, and the number of annual fatalities ranges from 3,000 to 49,000.[14,15]

• A study in the British Medical Journal reported vaccines just don’t work too well for people of all ages:[16]

“The optimistic and confident tone of some predictions of viral circulation and of the impact of inactivated vaccines, which are at odds with the evidence, is striking. The reasons are probably complex and may involve a messy blend of truth conflicts and conflicts of interest…”

• Internationally renowned vaccine researcher Dr. Sherri J. Tenpenny found that 70-80% of the sniffles, fevers, and body aches generally characterized as “the flu” between 1999-2004 were not caused by influenza viruses, but by other organisms not covered by a vaccine.

• Between October 1, 2003 and April 9, 2004, the CDC identified 863 antigenically different influenza viruses. If you assume that flu vaccines work for the three chosen strains, the vaccines do not provide protection against the other 860 influenza viruses known to be in circulation.[17]

• Federal health officials warned in November, 2007 that risks from the flu drug Tamiflu warrant stronger warning labels. Tamiflu is prescribed for almost two million Americans a year, including almost 700,000 children. About 600 cases of psychiatric problems in Tamiflu patients have been reported; five children died in Japan after “falling from windows or balconies, or running into traffic,” the FDA stated.

• Flu vaccine is preserved with thimerosal, which is 50% mercury. So with each shot comes a dose of a neurotoxin.

• Vaccines are also grown and strained through animal or human tissue like monkey kidney tissue, chicken embryo, embryonic guinea pig cells, calf serum, and human diploid cells (the dissected organs of aborted human fetuses as in the case of rubella, hepatitis A, and chickenpox vaccines). Vaccines can also contain bits of bacteria and measurable amounts of aluminum, gelatin, polysorbate 80, MSG, and other chemicals.[18]

• Hugh Fudenberg, MD, an immunogeneticist and biologist with nearly 850 papers published in peer review journals, has reported that if an individual had five consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980 (the years studied), his/her chances of getting Alzheimer’s Disease is ten times higher than if they had zero, one, or two shots.[19]

• Vaccine manufacturers received federal legislation to protect them from liability.

“There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza…they are worthless.”
— Dr. J. Anthony Morris, research virologist and
former Chief Vaccine Control Officer of the FDA.

So the flu vaccine is said to be virtually worthless at best and loaded with toxic chemicals at worst. On top of that, many people come down with the flu shortly after receiving the shot. How does that happen? Because it weakens the immune system, making you more predisposed to the illness.

IS IT A COLD OR THE FLU?

Good question. You are much more likely to come down with a cold. Colds and flu are both respiratory illnesses but caused by different viruses. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. There are more than 200 cold viruses, they mutate a lot, and virtually everybody comes down with one from time to time. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.

SYMPTOMS FLU COLD
FEVER Common Uncommon
ACHES Often severe Slight
CHILLS Common Uncommon
ONSET Suddenly, 3-6 hours Slowly, 1-2 days
STUFFY NOSE Common Common
SORE THROAT Common Common
HEADACHE Common Uncommon

WHY DO COLDS & FLU COME IN THE WINTER?

Influenza is an Italian word that some historians proposed originated in the mid-18th century as influenza di freddo, or “influence of the cold.” Here some plausible ideas why winter is to blame:

•  During winter, we are indoors more often in poorly ventilated buildings and this aids the airborne transmission of viruses.

•  Ultraviolet light kills viruses and there is less sunlight in winter.

•  People are exposed to less sunlight in winter and so their bodies make less vitamin D which nourishes the immune system.

•  Colds and flu increase after Christmas when students return to schools and colleges because young people have less mature immune systems and crowded nurseries, schools and colleges provide an ideal breeding ground for viruses which then spread out into the community.

•  Cold weather and sunless days can be tough on the psyche. Combined with holiday stress, our bodies are more prone to succumb to viruses in winter.

•  Researchers found that flu virus is more stable and stays in the air longer when air is cold and dry. Flu viruses spread through the air, unlike cold viruses which primarily spread by direct contact when people touch surfaces. [20]

WHAT’S A PERSON TO DO?

PREVENTION

1. Wash your hands. Even the CDC tells you that hand washing is the best protection. “Rub your hands for 20 seconds – about the length of time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice.” Note though that colds and flu come from viruses, not bacteria, so antibacterial soap doesn’t help. In fact, anti-bacterial soaps merely invite environmental bacteria to become resistant.

2. Sneeze into your elbow, not into your hands. Ditch the old mantra to “cover your mouth” with your hands. Kids especially, when they sneeze or cough into their hands, don’t always wash their hands, and then they use their hands to touch surfaces and other people.

3. Find out what your vitamin D level is. Vitamin D deficiency may be the real reason people come down with the flu in winter. Dr. John Cannell of the Vitamin D Council first introduced the hypothesis in 2006 that influenza is just a symptom of vitamin D deficiency.[21,22] His papers were subsequently confirmed by a large study of 19,000 people that found that those with the lowest blood vitamin D levels reported having significantly more recent colds or cases of the flu.[23]

A Japanese study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests vitamin D is better than the vaccine at preventing flu. Researchers found that vitamin D supplementation almost halved incidence of seasonal flu or influenza A among school children given 1200 International Units per day.[24]

Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is more readily absorbed by the body and more potent than vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol), the form often found in multivitamins and “fortified” milk.

4. During the hectic, stressful holiday time, it is more important than ever to eat right. Conversely, this is the time of year we are bombarded with foods full of sugar which lowers the immune system. Avoid processed foods.

TREATMENT

Out of respect from Grandma’s wisdom, we’ll put this one first on the list: Eat chicken soup. In folk wisdom, rich chicken broth – the famous Jewish penicillin – is a valued remedy for the flu. The 12th-century physician Moses Maimonides prescribed chicken broth as a treatment for colds and asthma. Modern research has confirmed that broth helps prevent and mitigate infectious diseases. Properly prepared broth contains the minerals of bone, cartilage, marrow and vegetables as electrolytes, a form that is easy to assimilate. A big dose of good nutrients is always a good thing to have on board when the body is sick. Nourishing the gut boosts the immune system.

When children run even a small a fever, adults run scared. But hold on a minute. Fevers inhibit the replication of many bacteria and viruses. White blood cells also move more quickly to the site of infection at higher temperatures. A basic fever, brought on by bacterial or viral illness, is an expression of the immune system working well. The argument can be made that children need to experience fevers to develop a strong immune system that can ward off allergies and asthma as they grow older.

At the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, we use different forms of treatment, depending on how early in the course of the flu treatment is requested. Before the start of the flu season we recommend that you purchase Oscillococcinum, a homeopathic remedy for flu, found in any health food store. This remedy needs to be taken early, preferably on day one of symptoms. Many people swear by colonic hydrotherapy – it has been their experience that a colonic taken at the first opportunity keeps the flu from taking hold. We also recommend a couple of Chinese herbal formulae for cold symptoms – one of them, if taken at the very first sign of the cold or flu, will dispel symptoms at least 95% of the time. The other formula we use commonly is taken if the symptoms go deeper – with cough and fever. If symptoms are very severe, we recommend treatment with high doses of Vitamin C, often intravenously, and with glutathione, to oxidize and destroy the viruses from the system. We may also treat your blood by passing some of it through a device which exposes it to ultraviolet light, a well-known killer of viruses and bacteria.

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Sources:

[1] Centers for Disease Control, Inactivated Flu Vaccine-What You Need to Know 2010-2011

[2] http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/10/31/flu.hm.flu.shot

[3] Centers for Disease Control, Inactivated Flu Vaccine-What You Need to Know 2010-2011

[4] CDC dosage chart: Influenza vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for different age groups – United States, 2010 -11 season

[5] LIVE, INTRANASAL INFLUENZA VACCINE – What You Need to Know. CDC info sheet.

[6] February 26, 2010. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/180511.php

[7] Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines – Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2010. Centers for Disease Control. July 29, 2010

[8] T. Jefferson, D. Rivetti et al. Efficacy and effectiveness of influenza vaccines in elderly people: a systematic review. The Lancet, October 2005, Volume 366, Issue 9492, pages 1165-1174

[9] T. Jefferson, C. Di Pietrantonj. Inactivated influenza vaccines in the elderly—are you sure? The Lancet, June 2007, Volume 370, Issue 9594, pages 1199-1200

[10] S Brownlee and J Lenzer. Does the Vaccine Matter? Atlantic Monthly, November, 2009

[11] Centers for Disease Control, Inactivated Flu Vaccine-What You Need to Know 2007-2008, accessed at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-flu.pdf

[12] Accessed at http://www.lungusa.org/atf/cf/%7B7A8D42C2-FCCA-4604-8ADE-7F5D5E762256%7D/PI1.PDF, page 9

[13] http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/us_flu-related_deaths.htm

[14] Peter Doshi. Are US flu death figures more PR than science? British Medical Journal, December 10, 2005

[15] Julie Steenhuysen. CDC backs away from decades-old flu US death estimate. Reuters. August 26, 2010

[16] T. Jefferson. Influenza vaccination: policy versus evidence, BMJ 2006;333(7574):912

[17] Dr. S. Tenpenny. Annual Number of flu deaths: it’s a guess. accessed Jan 2008 at http://www.whale.to/a/ten12.html

[18] Dr. S. Tenpenny Questioning Vaccines is Not Fueled by Ignorance News With Views, Feb 7, 2007

[19] Hugh   Fudenberg, MD, Founder and Director of Research, Neurolmmuno Therapeutic Research Foundation. Information is from Dr. Fudenberg’s speech at the NVIC International Vaccine Conference, Arlington, VA September, 1997.

[20] Gina Kolata. Study Shows Why the Flu Likes Winter. New York Times, December 5, 2007

[21] J Cannell, R Vieth. Epidemic influenza and vitamin D. Epidemiol Infect. December 2006 Dec;134(6):1129-40. Epub 2006 Sep 7.

[22] J Cannell, M Zasloff et al. On the epidemiology of influenza. Virology Journal 2008, 5:29doi:10.1186/1743-422X-5-29

[23] A Ginde, J Mansbach, C Camargo Jr. Association Between Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Level and Upper Respiratory Tract Infection in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Arch Intern Med. February 23, 2009;169(4):384-390.

[24] Mitsuyoshi Urashima, Takaaki Segawa. Randomized trial of vitamin D supplementation to prevent seasonal influenza A in schoolchildren. Am J Clin Nutr, March 10, 2010 (doi:10.3945/ajcn.2009.29094)

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Pollen.com considers WINTER to be December, January and February.

The plants listed below have been documented to grow in Arizona, and to flower during the season indicated nationally. Flowering time pertains to the particular season of the year that a species is most likely to occur within your area. Although the flowering period for any particular species may be fairly extensive, the pollination period itself (which may cause allergic symptoms to those sensitive) is generally much more abbreviated.

Under unusual weather conditions, certain plant species may flower during seasons unexpectedly. For example, dandelions and violets can often be seen in winter in Minnesota when brief warming periods occur. To create as comprehensive a listing as possible, plants that have been documented to flower during this season are listed here.

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Trees

Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany (Cercocarpus montanus)

Arizona Alder (Alnus oblongifolia)

Ashy Silktassel (Garrya flavescens)

Black Elder (Sambucus nigra)

Blue Palo-Verde (Parkinsonia florida)

Box Elder, Ash-Leaf Maple (Acer negundo)

Castor-Bean (Ricinus communis)

Creosote-Bush (Larrea tridentata)

Desert-Olive (Forestiera shrevei)

Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)

Fairy-Duster (Calliandra eriophylla)

Five-Stamen Tamarisk (Tamarix chinensis)

Golden Currant (Ribes aureum)

Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)

Mealy Wattle (Acacia farnesiana)

Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila)

Single-Leaf Ash (Fraxinus anomala)

Sugar Sumac (Rhus ovata)

Texas Mulberry (Morus microphylla)

Velvet Ash (Fraxinus velutina)

White Leadtree (Leucaena leucocephala)

White Mulberry (Morus alba)

Wing-Leaf Soapberry (Sapindus saponaria)

Wright’s Silktassel (Garrya wrightii)

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Weeds

Ambrosia-Leaf Burr-Ragweed (Ambrosia ambrosioides)

Annual Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

Black Medick (Medicago lupulina)

Burning Nettle (Urtica urens)

California-Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

Corn-Mustard (Sinapis arvensis)

Curly Dock (Rumex crispus)

Desert Twinbugs (Dicoria canescens)

Great Plantain (Plantago major)

Mule’s-Fat (Baccharis salicifolia)

Nettle-Leaf Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale)

Nuttall’s Poverty-Weed (Monolepis nuttalliana)

Pale-Seed Plantain (Plantago virginica)

Pennsylvania Pellitory (Parietaria pensylvanica)

Rape (Brassica rapa)

Red-Seed Plantain (Plantago rhodosperma)

Rosinbush (Baccharis sarothroides)

Sand Dock (Rumex hymenosepalus)

Sweet Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Triangle Burr-Ragweed (Ambrosia deltoidea)

Tucson Burr-Ragweed (Ambrosia cordifolia)

Violet Dock (Rumex violascens)

White Burrobush (Ambrosia dumosa)

White Clover (Trifolium repens)

Winterfat (Krascheninnikovia lanata)

Woolly Honeysweet (Tidestromia lanuginosa)

Woolly Plantain (Plantago patagonica)

Woolly-Fruit Burr-Ragweed (Ambrosia eriocentra)

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Grasses

Annual Blue Grass (Poa annua)

Broad-Leaf Cat-Tail (Typha latifolia)

Coastal Salt Grass (Distichlis spicata)

Giant-Reed (Arundo donax)

Johnson Grass (Sorghum halepense)

Large Barnyard Grass (Echinochloa crus-galli)

Little Barley (Hordeum pusillum)

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At the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, we see you as a whole being – body, mind, and personality – rather than as a bunch of disconnected parts. If you tell us you have fatigue and brain fog, we are literally going to look from head to toe. For example:

• Are the mitochondria, the energy factories in each of your 60 trillion or so cells, operating inefficiently because of trans fats in the diet, or because you are low on thyroid?
• What is your level of fatty acids?
• What is your level of vitamin D and other hormones?
• Are there low-level, chronic infections you may not be aware of like candida?
• Are you low on serotonin or dopamine, causing your neurotransmitters to misfire?
• Are allergies or heavy metals stressing your immune system and depleting your energy reserves?
• Do we need to increase the brain’s processing speed by increasing neural connections with HEG (hemoencephalography), or EEG (electroencephalography) biofeedback, teaching the brain to make new connections?

We begin with a thorough physical workup. We combine physical measurements from lab tests with quantum measurements to look at health at the cellular level. And we often incorporate thermography to look for inflammation.

Then we look at diet and lifestyle because they impact so many health issues. Heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and obesity account for 75% of health-care costs, and yet these are largely preventable and even reversible by changing diet and lifestyle. A 2008 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that diet and lifestyle approaches may even change gene expression. Genes associated with cancer, heart disease and inflammation were “turned off” whereas protective genes were “turned on” after only a few months of calculated dietary changes. Food gives information to the body.

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We also look at environmental factors such as heavy metals, pesticides, and chemicals because they can suppress immune system function and alter DNA.

Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine provides treatment for 300+ holistic and medical conditions, some of which are listed below:

Acupuncture – insertion of very fine needles in order to influence physiological functioning of the body

Allergy Testing – ALCAT blood tests, provocation/neutralization challenge, preservative-free allergens

Bioimpedance Analysis – measures the health of cells and the body composition of fat, muscle, and water

Blood Tests and Urinalysis – physical measurement of blood sugar, blood fats, minerals, thyroid, hormones, etc.

Brain Training – retraining the brain to improve memory and focus, and to lessen depression, AD/HD, migraine headaches

Chelation for Heavy Metals and Heart Disease – to decrease the body burden of heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lead, etc.)

Colon Hydrotherapy – a time-honored, effective method of detoxification and the delivery of infusions to restore health

Energy Medicine – working with our natural energy field, called the life force, to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms

Evoked Photon Capture – a quantum physics measurement of the energy level at which the body is operating, both under stress and without stress

FirstLineTherapy™ – a successful program to treat chronic disease with nutrition and lifestyle modification

Genetic Testing – reveals your unique genetic makeup and gives you insight for how best to manage your health preventively

Homeopathy – stimulates the body’s immune system to initiate healing

Hypnosis – access the subconscious mind to determine the root cause of unwelcomed symptoms

Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) for Cancer – a targeted approach that uses a combination of low-dose chemotherapy and complementary therapies designed to both defeat cancer and rebuild the immune system
IV Nutritional Therapies – when the intestinal tract simply does not absorb enough nutrients

NES Scan – assesses strengths and weaknesses of energy pathways that maintain homeostasis

Osteoporosis Test – simple urine test to determine bone loss

Thermography – screening mechanism for breast cancer and painful inflammations that does not use unsafe radiation

Women’s Health – annual wellness exams, breast cancer screening, bioidentical hormones, weight loss, osteoporosis, counseling, and more

We treat children and adults. Many children come to us with developmental delays (autism, PDD, ADD, AD/HD) and/or environmental allergies. Many adults come to us who have not been able to find answers elsewhere and are committed to getting well, not just suppressing symptoms or enhancing memory with prescription drugs. We work in partnership to teach and to hold your hand on the journey toward health. We spend a great deal of time educating our patients to empower them to be well.

View the FREE video below, “How Dr Martha Grout Perceives a Patient”…

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Dr Martha Grout discusses “When will people ‘get it’ about health?”, view the video below or click here.

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Is Budnip in your “organic” food? Featured by Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, treating 300+ Holistic and medical conditions in Phoenix, AZ from the newly expanded Scottsdale office. Call 480-240-2600.

 Out of the mouth of babes.  Well worth 2 minutes of your time. 

Bud Nip – a compound used on many vegetables to prevent sprouting and increase the shelf life. This compound is sprayed on pretty much all non-organically grown potatoes and sweet potatoes, and also on anything else that grows roots. It is an endocrine disruptor. Male animals exposed to it have lower levels of testosterone, and its known to cause spleen, blood and liver toxicity in rats.

She sprouted three types of sweet potatoes. The first, purchased from the grocery store had no sprouts at all in 3 weeks. The second group, Budnip1labeled “organic” sweet potatoes, from the same grocery store grew a few sickly sprouts in 3 weeks. The last, organic sweet potatoes from an organic vegetables farm had sprouts growing all over the place within one week. The video is well worth watching.

Dr Martha Grout MD, MD(H), The Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, says, “If sweet potatoes cannot produce sprouts, what do you suppose is happening to us who eat the sweet potatoes? Could this possibly be one explanation for the decreasing fertility that we are seeing in our population?” Dr Grout continues with an interesting question, “ In vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics are sprouting up everywhere – not to make a really bad pun.”

There is lots more money to be made using IVF than there is not using Bud Nip.

Most of us cannot choose to grow vegetables without Bud Nip. But we can certainly choose which to buy – commercial or organic.

Dr Grout recommends, “Watch the video above – it will open your eyes.” 

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For additional research and information, Dr Grout suggests these articles from the National Library of Medicine…

 National Library of Medicine

Food Chem Toxicol, click here for entire article >> http://goo.gl/yGStZ

Chlorpropham-induced splenotoxicity and its recovery in rats, click here for entire article >> http://goo.gl/yGStZ

Chlorpropham induces mitochondrial dysfunctional in rat hepatocytes, click here for entire article >> http://goo.gl/iGQHq

Hemotoxicity of chlorpropham (CIPC) in F344 rats, click here for complete article >> http://goo.gl/6Xf91

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Featured by Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine. Treating 300+ holistic and medical conditions in Scottsdale (Phoenix), AZ. Call 480-240-2600.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

The World Gastroenterology Organization defines Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) as “a functional bowel disorder in which abdominal pain or discomfort is associated with defecation or a change in bowel habit. Bloating, distension, and disordered defecation are commonly associated  IBS-lady2features.”[1] The American Academy of Family Practice states that 15% of US adults are afflicted with IBS.[2]

IBS is diagnosed in the absence of changes in the bowel detectable by ordinary western allopathic tests. We cannot diagnose Crohn’s disease, or Ulcerative Colitis or Diverticulitis or Colon Cancer. We do not see massive inflammation of the colon. Therefore we have irritable bowel. It is a so-called “diagnosis of exclusion”.

For years IBS was thought to be just imaginary, “in your head”. Whether it is all in the head or not, the symptoms can be pretty debilitating, interfering with social and work life. How can you have a life when you always have to be on the look-out for the next bathroom?

IBS may be constipation-predominant or diarrhea-predominant. In both cases, there is disturbance of bowel function without any significant changes in the architecture of the bowel.

Symptoms are typically intermittent, not continuous. They are of chronic duration – i.e. months to years rather than days. Pain is typically relieved by passing stool or gas. Cramping and bloating are typical complaints. There may be constipation or diarrhea or symptoms may alternate. Other symptoms may be associated with more dangerous bowel disease: unintended weight loss, blood in the stool, abdominal distension, constant pain and fever.

Web MD states “the exact cause of IBS is not known… But health experts believe faulty communication between the brain and the intestinal tract causes the symptoms of IBS.”[3] What they fail to mention (or perhaps do not realize) is that symptoms are simply a sign that we need to look for the cause.

Causes of IBS may be multi-factorial. Gluten and/or lactose intolerance are two commonly missed causes. Lack of secretion of serotonin in theIBS-2 gut contributes to constipation-predominant IBS. Thus patients with depression because of low serotonin levels are often constipated and complain of abdominal pain. A serotonin-precursor supplement like 5HTP may completely relieve both the constipation and the IBS, while working on the depression at the same time. Courses of antibiotics changing the composition of the intestinal bacterial population are not infrequently followed by symptoms of IBS. Infection with yeasts or parasites is another cause of IBS-like symptoms. A diet high in carbohydrate and low in nutrient quality may also lead to eventual development of IBS.

For some people, the abdomen serves as a barometer of their emotions. Any upset or stress will go directly to the gut. Once this is recognized, it is possible for such people to use the GI distress as a signal that there is something causing them stress. Thus, they may be able to identify a previously-hidden stressor because their gut reacts to it before they do. This may give them an edge when faced with unidentified stressors.

At the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine we recommend a DNA-based stool test, to identify pathogenic bacteria, yeasts or viruses. We test for sensitivity to gluten and carbohydrate. We look for parasites. We work with the entire gut microbiome. Did you know that we have more bacteria in our gut than we have cells in our entire body? And when the gut bacteria are unhappy, both body and brain are unhappy as well.

ButtonFREEconsultation1.6vBoth allopathic and integrative medicine recommend the following tests for diagnosis of IBS: blood work, inflammatory markers, thyroid studies, tissue transglutaminase antibody (a single marker for celiac disease).

Colonoscopy is essential to rule out a diagnosis of cancer, or Crohn’s disease, or Ulcerative Colitis. It would be unusual to develop IBS after the age of 50. If there is blood in the stool, or constant pain, or unintended weight loss, look elsewhere for a diagnosis.

Allopathic medicine then looks for pharmaceutical drugs to suppress the symptoms. The following chart was downloaded from the American Academy of Family Practice website.[4]

IBS-chart

Integrative medicine works much harder to identify food and bacterial population sources of IBS – gluten sensitivity, carbohydrate sensitivity, yeast or bacterial overgrowth, mind-body connections (what Oriental Medicine terms “worry”), heavy metal toxicity.

In most cases we can identify one or more factors which contribute to the development of the disease. In most cases we can lose most of the symptoms of the disease by modifying the contributing factors.

Is there an “instant cure”? Most likely not.

Can the disease be healed? Most likely yes – with lifestyle and diet change, learning how to deal with stressors, learning different eating patterns, taking supplements including probiotics (beneficial bacteria) to improve the health of the intestinal lining.

We are happy to work with you, to determine the cause or causes of your GI symptoms, your Irritable Bowel Syndrome. We can shine light on the situation, so that you can begin to walk the walk toward optimum health.

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Article Sources…

[1] WGO Practice Guideline 2009, downloaded 5/17/2013 from http://www.worldgastroenterology.org/assets/downloads/en/pdf/guidelines/20_irritable_bowel_syndrome.pdf

[2] Hadley SK. Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Am Fam Physician. 2005 Dec 15;72(12):2501-2508.

[3] Downloaded 5/17/2013 from http://www.webmd.com/ibs/guide/irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs-cause.

[4] http://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1215/p2501.htmlDownloaded 5/17/2013

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January is a time of new beginnings. Featured by Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine treating 300+ holistic and medical conditions in Scottsdale (Phoenix) AZ. Call 480-240-2600.

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Clean out the closets in 2014.

Here is a recent newsletter article by Dr. Martha Grout, medical director and physician at Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine.

January is a time of new beginnings.Jan4

We make New Years Resolutions – to lose weight, to get some exercise, to slow down on the alcohol, to leave work on time.

What is it that keeps us inside the hamster wheel?

We are we making resolutions every year, and then breaking those resolutions within a week, or a month, or a day?

January is for addictions – to work, to alcohol, to drugs, to illness, to being a victim, to tobacco, to sex, to food, to emotional upheaval … even to things that are supposed to be healthy, like exercise and whole grains.

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January’s Resolution – No More Addictions

January is for addictions – food, exercise, sugar, drugs, work, alcohol, tobacco, bread, gluten, illness … they all end up affecting the same place in our brains, all seemingly leading to pleasure initially – the dopamine rush – followed by eventual heartbreak.

We will discuss the mechanisms in the brain that lead us into addiction, and look for some of the pathways that lead out of addiction into true pleasure.

In 2002, Sherry Rogers, MD published a book entitled: Detoxify or Die[i], in which she discussed the toxic effect of things we are exposed to on a daily basis – chemicals in our food, pollution in our air, toxic chemicals in our cosmetics, soaps and lotions, artificial sweeteners in our drinks.

As any good cook knows, it is very difficult to cook a meal in a kitchen full of dirty dishes and last night’s food scraps. The first thing a cook does is clean up the kitchen.

By the same token, in order to get healthy, the first thing we have to do is get rid of the toxins in our bodies so that we can build health on a clean foundation.

That’s not so easy in today’s world. Even newborn babies have over 200 toxic chemicals in their blood, from the moment they first come in to this world.[ii]

Most of us do not have much control over the air we breathe (unless we choose to use chemical “air fresheners”) or the water we drink (unless we choose to drink bottled water from toxic plastic bottles). But we certainly do have control over toxic chemicals which we may put into our bodies.

Remember the old catch phrase: “The devil made me do it”? Like Geraldine’s boyfriend, we often choose to deny responsibility for our actions.Jan3 We smoke because we like the taste. We drink alcohol to excess because we like the taste. We eat sweets, and ice cream, and bread, and pasta because we like the taste. We use cocaine, or heroin, or barbiturates or methamphetamine because we like the taste, or the effect, or the high.

We fool ourselves into thinking that we can stop any time we want, we just don’t want to stop just now.

And in the meantime, we smell and taste like the inside of a used ashtray, or a distillery. We get into car accidents and make poor judgment calls in our personal, and eventually in our professional lives. We outgrow our clothes, and sometimes even our furniture. We become diabetic, or get high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, or heart disease. We shoot ourselves up with Fentanyl in the operating room, and lose our jobs (and occasionally our patients). Our home lives are disrupted, we spend all our available money on our drug of choice – whether it be nicotine or alcohol or carbohydrates or pharmaceuticals, legal or illegal.

We do in fact have control over what goes into our mouths, we just have to choose to exercise that control. So why is it so very difficult for us to exercise that vaunted control?

In a 1998 paper entitled A conceptual framework for explaining drug addiction we read that drug addiction “is best defined by repeated failures to refrain from drug use despite prior resolutions to do so. This definition is consistent with views of addiction that see decision-making, ambivalence and conflict as central features of the addict’s behavior and experience.”[iii]

Are all addictions alike? There is “compelling evidence for the similarities between different types of addictions, notably substance-related addictions and Internet and gaming addiction. On the molecular level, Internet addiction is characterized by an overall reward deficiency that entails decreased dopaminergic activity. On the level of neural circuitry, Internet and gaming addiction led to neuroadaptation and structural changes that occur as a consequence of prolonged increased activity in brain areas associated with addiction. On a behavioral level, Internet and gaming addicts appear to be constricted with regards to their cognitive functioning in various domains.”[iv]

In other words, addicts tend to have deficiencies of dopamine (the “pleasure-related neurotransmitter in the brain). They develop neural pathways that reinforce the behavior, as well as a mind-set characterized by denial (I can stop any time I want, I just don’t choose to want right now.). If I give up carbohydrates, what in the world is left to eat? How am I going to stop losing weight? I am always hungry…

And like any habit, the more we do something, the easier it is to continue to do that something, and the more quickly we are tempted to resume the habit after abstinence, as any smoker will attest. “…nicotine dependence develops through a set sequence of symptoms in all smokers, and that the latency to withdrawal, the time it takes for withdrawal symptoms to appear during abstinence, is initially very long but shortens by several orders of magnitude over time.”[v], [vi]

Addictive behavior involves administration of the substance even when the pleasure response is no longer in play. With addiction, there is initial pleasure response. This is followed by tolerance to the pleasure response, and finally adverse response. The compulsion to administer the drug or experience the effect of the situation is present despite the ill effects which the addict knows will follow. It is postulated that the addictive behavior and intermittent dopamine stimulation secondary to chronic intermittent stimuli leads to disruption of the orbito-frontal cortex by another circuit involved in regulating drive, by means of both “conscious (craving, loss of control, preoccupation with the addictive substance or experience) and unconscious (conditioned expectation, compulsivity, impulsivity, obsessiveness) processes.” [vii]

Addiction has finally been recognized by at least some in the medical profession as a chronic neurologic disease. Disease implies the possibility of treatment and cure (although we in the medical profession are not allowed to use the word cure, or to promise cure of any “manifestly incurable” condition , under penalty of being charged with professional misconduct[viii]).

“Substance dependence/addiction, involving both a common brain reward mechanism and longer-lasting molecular and cellular changes, is a preventable chronic, relapsing brain disease… “[ix]

Is addiction limited only to alcohol, tobacco and drugs? It would be much easier to despise the addict, if this were so. Unfortunately, it does appear that any compulsive behavior causes the same dependency changes in the brain.

  • food addiction – to fat[x],  to sugar[xi], to artificial sweeteners[xii]
  • Binge eating, for instance – “Subjects experiencing binge eating describe it as a loss of control during an over-consumption of food, which leads to an uncomfortable fullness and intense feelings of disgust and embarrassment (Stein et al. 2007). Binge eating disorder often occurs in co-morbidity with several diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases… Naltrexone, when administered systemically … reduced … responding for food and motivation to eat…”[xiii] Naltrexone is commonly used in high dose in Emergency Medicine to bring opiate addicts out of a potentially lethal overdose.
  • compulsive buying[xiv],[xv] – “activation of distinct neural circuits related to anticipatory affect precedes and supports consumers’ purchasing decisions.”[xvi]
  • Internet addiction – “On the molecular level, Internet addiction is characterized by an overall reward deficiency that entails decreased dopaminergic activity. On the level of neural circuitry, Internet and gaming addiction led to neuroadaptation and structural changes that occur as a consequence of prolonged increased activity in brain areas associated with addiction.”[xvii]
  • work addiction – to the point of destruction of family life and other pursuits[xviii], described as “compulsive behaviour that has negative consequences on … mental and physical health, … social and familial relationships and finally, … work performance itself”

Early life trauma – e.g. separation from the mother – has been shown (in rats) to affect the dopamine receptors in adolescence, resulting in “microcircuitry-specific changes caused by early life adversity that could help explain heightened vulnerability to drug addiction during adolescence.”[xix]

So… do we chalk it all up to early life trauma? The devil made me do it? I can’t help myself, it’s my personality? Which came first, the brain changes? Or the addiction? The chicken? Or the egg?[xx]

Much of our personality traits reside in our brains, whose basic function is to keep us alive through remembering experience and incorporating those memories into future actions. The orbito-frontal cortex of the brain contains the secondary taste cortex, representing the “reward value” of taste, as well as the areas relating to smell. Smell is one of the most powerful stimuli of memory, which is a major factor in addictive behavior. These areas are activated by both pleasant and painful stimuli, thus are able to help us predict whether our response to a similar stimulus should be “yes” or “no, run away”.[xxi]

Does chemical sensitivity also trigger the structural-emotional-experiential loop the way taste can trigger the orbito-frontal cortex? A body loop is described, in which some previously categorized experience (taste, for example) has been associated with the situation in which the taste was experienced, and the emotions associated with that experience as well – It is thought that the ventro-medial prefrontal cortex establishes a link between past experience of a stimulus and past emotions associated with that experience.[xxii]

What is the essential difference between response to experience and the addiction response?

“addictive disorders reflect a dysregulation of the ability to evaluate potential reward against harm from drug self-administration”[xxiii] Components of addiction are (1) expectancy, based on probability of reward (2) compulsive drive, linked to craving and (3) decision making based on motivation and balance between expectation of immediate reward and possibility of long-term loss. The addict has poor decision-making skills, because craving overrides common sense.

So, did the devil in fact make us do it? Or do we have some control over our actions?

Those of us who have experienced addictive behavior realize full well that we have lost any control over our actions that we might once have had. But it is not until we actually admit that we have no control that we have even the possibility of regaining control.

We are capable of admitting that we

  • have an addiction (step 1 of the 12-step groups),
  • are powerless over the addiction by ourselves (step 2)
  • realize that there is a “higher power” that can help us overcome the addiction and life our lives again (step 3)

In the 12-step groups, that “higher power” can be almost any external source of aid. The groups choose to call the higher power God. The 12-step groups generally recommend that a newbie get a sponsor – someone who has already trodden the path, and who can help to show the way.

We all need a light to shine in the darkness, to illumine
our path, until we ourselves become an offshoot of that Light.

So, practically speaking, how do we get help?

At the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, we have many tools to serve as sources of light:

  • Acupuncture to help with smoking cessation, alcohol and other addictions – since almost all addictions involve the sensation of taste and smell, and operate in the same orbito-frontal cortex areas of the brain, we use the standard NADA ear acupuncture points, among other treatments.
  • Nutritional counseling for assistance with getting rid of the carbohydrates and other toxins in our diet
  • Biophotonic therapy to help neutralize the effect of old experience which is still dictating our responses in the present
  • Guided imagery and hypnosis to detoxify and eliminate old compulsions
  • IV nutritional therapy to fill in the potholes in our nutritional status, so that we may move forward into our new lives

In the world of allopathic medicine, we read that “patients with multiple addictions require comprehensive assessment and acute treatment in the form of detoxification by appropriate medications in proper settings followed by long-term maintenance treatment for preventing relapses. It has been reported that when maintenance treatment is discontinued, addiction, like other chronic illnesses, worsens.”[xxiv]

Our aim is to help our patients regain control over their lives, and to serve as a reference source for future health-related issues.

We do not generally use pharmaceutical medications to treat addictions, but we certainly do use supplements as a temporary measure, to help restore balance to the system during ongoing treatment.

Our aim is to empower our patients to regain their health, and to move on with their lives.

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January is the month for awareness of cervical cancer.

The good news is that the incidence of cervical cancer in the United States has dropped by over 70% since we began screening women of child-bearing age by means of the Pap smear. This is one preventive program (or at least an early diagnosis program) which actually works to decrease the incidence of a particularly nasty form of cancer in women – that of the entrance to the womb, the breeding ground for our future generations.

What’s all the fuss about the HPV vaccine?

Read more, click here.

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[ii]http://www.ewg.org/research/minority-cord-blood-report/bpa-and-other-cord-blood-pollutants

[iii] Heather N. A conceptual framework for explaining drug addiction. J Psychopharmacol. 1998;12(1):3-7.

[iv] Daria J. Kuss and Mark D. Griffiths. Internet and Gaming Addiction: A Systematic Literature Review of Neuroimaging Studies. Brain Sci. 2012, 2(3), 347-374; doi:10.3390/brainsci2030347

[v] Joseph R. DiFranza, Wei Huang and Jean King. Neuroadaptation in Nicotine Addiction: Update on the Sensitization-Homeostasis Model. Brain Sci. 2012, 2(4), 434-482; doi:10.3390/brainsci2040434.

[vi] Chantal Martin-Soelch. Neuroadaptive Changes Associated with Smoking: Structural and Functional Neural Changes in Nicotine Dependence. Brain Sci. 2013, 3(1), 159-176; doi:10.3390/brainsci3010159

[vii] Nora D. Volkow and Joanna S. Fowler. Addiction, a Disease of Compulsion and Drive: Involvement of the Orbitofrontal Cortex. Cereb. Cortex (2000) 10 (3): 318-325 doi:10.1093/cercor/10.3.318

[viii]Arizona State statutes of the Board of Medical Examiners.

[ix] Qureshi NA, al-Ghamdy YS, al-Habeeb TA. Drug addiction: a general review of new concepts and future challenges. East Mediterr Health J. 2000 Jul;6(4):723-33.

[x] Pedro Rada, Nicole M. Avena, Jessica R. Barson, Bartley G. Hoebel and Sarah F. Leibowitz. A High-Fat Meal, or Intraperitoneal Administration of a Fat Emulsion, Increases Extracellular Dopamine in the Nucleus Accumbens. Brain Sci. 2012, 2(2), 242-253; doi:10.3390/brainsci2020242

[xi] Rada P, AvenaNM, Hoebel BG. Daily bingeing on sugar repeatedly releases dopamine in the accumbens shell. Neuroscience. 2005;134(3):737-44.

[xii] Qing Yang. Gain weight by “going diet?” Artificial sweeteners and the neurobiology of sugar cravings. Yale J Biol Med. 2010 June; 83(2): 101–108.

[xiii] Blasio A, Steardo L, Sabino V, Cottone P. Opioid system in the medial prefrontal cortex mediates binge-like eating. Addict Biol. 2013 Jan 24. doi: 10.1111/adb.12033

[xiv] Lejoyeux M, Weinstein A. Compulsive buying. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2010 Sep;36(5):248-53. doi: 10.3109/00952990.2010.493590.

[xv] Lejoyeux M, Weinstein A. Shopping Addiction. Principles of Addiction, Volume 1

[xvi] Brian Knutson, Scott Rick, G. Elliott Wimmer, Drazen Prelec, George Loewenstein. Neural predictors of purchases. Neuron. 2007 January 4; 53(1): 147–156. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2006.11.010

[xvii] Daria J. Kuss and Mark D. Griffiths. Internet and Gaming Addiction: A Systematic Literature Review of Neuroimaging Studies. Brain Sci. 2012, 2(3), 347-374; doi:10.3390/brainsci2030347

[xviii] Scheen AJ. [Workaholism, another form of addiction]. Rev Med Liege. 2013 May-Jun;68(5-6):371-6.

[xix] Heather C. Brenhouse, Jodi L. Lukkes and Susan L. Andersen. Early Life Adversity Alters the Developmental Profiles of Addiction-Related Prefrontal Cortex Circuitry. Brain Sci. 2013, 3(1), 143-158; doi:10.3390/brainsci3010143

[xx] Goldstein RZ, VolkowND. Dysfunction of the prefrontal cortex in addiction: neuroimaging findings and clinical implications. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 12, 652-669 (November 2011) | doi:10.1038/nrn3119

[xxi] Edmund T. Rolls. The Orbitofrontal Cortex and Reward. Cereb. Cortex (2000) 10 (3): 284-294. doi: 10.1093/cercor/10.3.284

[xxii] Antoine Bechara, Hanna Damasio and Antonio R. Damasio. Emotion, Decision Making and the Orbitofrontal Cortex. Cereb. Cortex (2000) 10 (3): 295-307. doi: 10.1093/cercor/10.3.295

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Lyme Diease Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment Options. Featured by Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine treating 300+ holistic and medical conditions in Scottsdale (Phoenix) AZ. Call 480-240-2600.

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Lyme Disease.

Dr. Martha Grout dives into Lyme Disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment options.

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Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of a tick infected with a species of a spirochete known as borrelia burgdorferi. There are many species of ticks, but the species found commonly in the United States usually infects the joints, causing pain. Lyme disease may be masked in the body, because the organism hides behind biofilm, a slimy conglomeration of bacterial cells and proteins, and evades the notice of the immune system. To make a diagnosis, symptomatology is just as important as testing. If the immune system is unable to muster a response, then immunoserology tests will be negative, as if there were no infection in the first place.

A controversy exists regarding the treatment of what patients experience as chronic debilitating symptoms. Allopathic medicine calls them post-Lyme syndrome, or dismisses the idea of Lyme out of hand, often prescribing antidepressant medications in an effort to help their patients feel better. Homeopathic medicine calls these debilitating symptoms chronic Lyme disease. As a result, treatments are quite different.

Remember that foreign organisms can only thrive in an environment that is weakened. If the body is toxic because of exposure or inability to get rid of toxins, it is more susceptible to infection. If the body is magnesium-depleted, which most of us are, then it is much easier for organisms to form biofilm to hide behind.LymePenny2.0v

Some patients can be treated with oral or intravenous antibiotics for a period of months or years. Those whose disease is treated successfully have not stopped with antibiotic treatment. They have eliminated chemicals and food additives—any foods to which they are sensitive. Most have eliminated gluten (wheat products) and dairy (cow’s milk products) from their diets, as well as corn (high-fructose corn syrup, genetically engineered corn), soy (genetically engineered), eggs and citrus fruits.

Many have also undergone chelation therapy to decrease the amount of inflammatory heavy metals in their system or taken intravenous nutritional treatments until their intestinal tract was finally able to absorb the needed nutrients. The point is to decrease the total toxic load, so that the body has a better chance of finding and eliminating infectious organisms like Lyme and Babesia.

Several steps need to occur for the best chance at complete healing, including excellent nutrition—working with a practitioner well-trained in functional medicine, to ensure that everything eaten is healthy; nutrient supplementation—test, and supplement with GMP-certified products, so the body has the nutrients it needs to operate efficiently. Removing toxins is a must—whether they be foods, heavy metals, chemicals or toxic relationships, because they all have the same debilitating effect on the body.

ButtonFREEconsultation1.6vGuided imagery, biophotonic therapy, heat and light therapy and chelation therapy all help eliminate these toxins, and antibiotic therapy kills the organisms so that you can get on with your life. Exercise is also proven to improve the function of the immune system. It can be as simple as going for a brisk walk three times a week. All these modalities are important for healing. Antibiotics alone are insufficient, although they are almost certainly a necessary component.

Gratitude is another essential. Infection occurs because of some significant imbalance in our lives—in food, environment or relationships. It is never too late to take steps toward correcting these imbalances. Health is a process, a journey toward the light. A homeopathic or naturopathic practitioner can help to smooth the way.

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FDA Issues New Rules on Gluten Labeling. Featured by Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine treating 300+ holistic and medical conditions in Scottsdale (Phoenix) AZ. Call 480-240-2600.

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FDA Issues New Rules on Gluten Labeling.

Here is a recent Facebook post by Dr. Martha Grout, medical director and physician at Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine.

“I would say it is high time that labels actually say what is true about the product.”

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FDA Issues New Rules on Gluten Labeling.

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Finally, a precise definition on what “gluten-free” means: The food contains fewer than 20 parts per million of gluten.

After years of waiting, the Food and Drug Administration released new rules Friday defining exactly what “gluten-free” on a food label means. The standardized definition will help the 3 million American who have celiac disease, along with millions more who follow a gluten-free diet for other reasons.

Under the federal definition, which FDA has been working on since 2007, food that carries a “gluten-free” label must contain fewer than 20 parts per million of gluten.

With the new rule, when consumers see “gluten-free” on a food label,” they can be assured that those claims have meaning,” said Michael Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine.

Gluten is a protein that occurs naturally in wheat, rye and barley. Celiac disease is an inherited auto-immune condition that makes it impossible for those who have it to digest gluten. If they eat gluten, their bodies produce antibodies that attack and damage the lining of the small intestine. This can cause severe health problems including nutritional deficiencies, osteoporosis, growth retardation, infertility, miscarriages, short stature and intestinal cancers.

The new label rules will be “fantastic,” said Andrea Levario, whose son has celiac disease. Right now when she shops, “if I pick up a product and it says ‘gluten-free’ I don’t know what that means because there’s no federal standard.” Levario is the executive director of the American Celiac Disease Alliance in Alexandria, Va.

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Labeling is crucial because for people with celiac disease, following a gluten-free diet is the only treatment available. “While a diabetic needs insulin to survive, a celiac must have gluten-free food,” Levario said. “Without clear ingredient information and a definitive labeling standard, celiac consumers are playing Russian roulette when it comes to making safe food choices.”

Congresswoman Nita Lowey, D-Westchester, who first began arguing for labeling standards in 1999, hailed the new rules.

“I am pleased that our federal government has finally set clear, uniform standards that will rein in a fast-growing, unregulated market,” Lowey said.

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 required that the FDA issue standards for the term “gluten-free.” It also required food packaging to clearly list whether they contained any of the top eight ingredients that cause allergic reactions. Those are milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, crustacean shellfish, soy and wheat. That portion of the act went into effect in 2006.

Gluten-free foods have become very popular over the past five years. The market was estimated to be $4.2 billion in 2012, according toFDAglutenW Packaged Facts. The market research firm estimates sales will reach $6.6 billion by 2017.

Companies that market gluten-free products were pleased with the new rules. “We are thrilled by the FDA’s decision to regulate gluten-free labeling,” said T.J. McIntyre, vice president of Boulder Brands, which makes Glutino gluten-free products. “This is bigger than products or brands, this is a consumer safety issue.”

Both the European Union and Canada have set the same level of fewer than 20 parts per million for their gluten-free labels, Taylor said.

The new labeling will be useful for people with celiac disease, however “there is a common misconception that gluten-free diets are ‘healthier’ or for weight loss,” said Dana Angelo White, a nutritionist at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.

People who are not afflicted with celiac disease “put themselves unnecessarily at risk for nutrient deficiencies by banishing all gluten from their diet,” she said. It also isn’t helpful for weight loss because “many gluten-free products, including a variety of baked goods, are higher in calories than their gluten-free counterparts.”

Stefano Guandalini, director of the University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center, concurred. “There is no evidence that a gluten-free diet is healthier or is a means to lose weight,” he said. “When completely removing gluten (wheat, barley and rye) from the diet and not replacing with substitutes, you might indeed experience weight loss, but that is not from the lack of gluten, rather from the lack of other calorie sources, especially carbohydrates, that are removed along with gluten.”

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12 Week Weight Loss Plan That Actually Works! Featured by Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine serving Phoenix and Arizona with holistic and medical care at its office in Scottsdale, AZ. Phone 480-240-2600.

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FirstLine Therapy – Diet and Nutrition Made EASY!

Despite two decades of “diet sodas” and fat-free foods, the average waistline has gotten BIGGER. Really? Yes really! Take a look at the current statistics:

  • Two-thirds of America’s adults are overweight or obese
  • As many as 30 percent of U.S. children are overweight
  • Childhood obesity has more than doubled within the past 25 years
  • Within the past 20 years, childhood diabetes has increased 10-fold
  • Unless many people in the United States cut back on their food intake and exercise more, one in three U.S. children born in 2000 will become diabetic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

FirstLine Therapy™ is a GAMECHANGER for Weight Loss.

Do you have 12 weeks to change your life and put a smile on your face?

Want to feel better?

Want to get to the bottom of what good diet and good nutrition really mean?

Give Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine the next 12 weeks to partner with you to…

  • Lose weight
  • Increase your muscle tissue
  • Increase your mental alertness and calmness
  • Reduce your waist and hips
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Lower your cholesterol
  • Reduce your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other chronic illness
  • Decrease your joint pains
  • Decrease your panic attacks
  • Decrease your emotional breakdowns

A joint scientific statement in 2004 from the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association asserted that:

Cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes account for nearly two of every three deaths in the United States.

These are largely diseases of diet. Yet national investment in prevention of these diseases is estimated at less than 3% of the total annual health care expenditures.1

All these organizations state boldly that the first line of therapy is diet and exercise. Yet neither these organizations nor the medical establishment have been able to provide people with a successful means to:

  • treat the cause of the their health problems
  • incorporate good health practices in their lifestyle

Our FirstLine Therapy™ does both. It really works.

12WeekScaleIt’s like a lifeline with supportive people helping you get on board. And it actually addresses the underlying causes of chronic disease.

FirstLine Therapy™ is based on scientific research. It was created from the desire to prevent disease, rather than wait for it to manifest

and then “manage the disease,” usually with drugs and expensive medical procedures.

Many Americans are pre-diabetic. We have consumed so much sugar in the form of refined sugar and processed grains that quickly turn into sugar, that many of us have what is now called Metabolic Syndrome (also called Syndrome X).

Let’s put this in perspective: 40% of all drug costs are spent on suppressing the symptoms or the expression of Metabolic Syndrome – high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, abdominal weight gain, stroke, osteoarthritis, etc.

FirstLine Therapy™ will help you lose weight now, and will put you on a path for significantly better health in the decades to come.

Our promise to you: This is not a diet. This is not a fad. This is the real thing. We show you how to embrace a lifestyle modification so you feel better now and have a higher quality of life in the future.

Give us 12 weeks and Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine will:

  • Show you how to make healthy choices when you go to restaurants and to friends’ houses (that one is a little trickier).
  • Show you a social structure for nutritional and lifestyle change, so that it is easier to stay “on the wagon” of health.
  • Improve your body composition by reducing the total fat and increasing the total amount of muscle in your body, so that your shape changes – you lose the spare tire, the abdominal fat, and gain shapeliness.
  • Address symptoms of chronic inflammation:
    • Allergy symptoms typically improve or disappear
    • High blood sugar and high insulin levels typically become normalized
    • Joint pain lessens
  • Figure out how to get some exercise – we know this is a hard one for sedentary people.
    • We can use gentle movement therapy for people with chronic illness who are unable to tolerate formal       exercise programs.
    • We advise walking for those who are able to do so – in graded steps.
    • We advise different forms of strength training for those who need to build more muscle mass.
    • We work with local gyms and trainers as needed for those who prefer more formal forms of exercise.
    • We show you how to work it into your day at the office – you will be surprised what you can do while on the phone for example.

Dr Grout speaks on “What will it take for you to ‘Get It’ on health?”…

Here is a critical piece of information for your success:

The average time frame for successful modification of a habit occurs at about 45 days. Between weeks 3 and 6 people will struggle with change. Our bodies seem to release toxicity in a 21-day cycle, which coincides with the times of struggle. If we get as far as the 7th or 8th week, we will do well, because our habits will be modified. The first six weeks are crucial times for forming new habits of lifestyle. That’s why it takes teamwork to be successful.

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First, call Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine at 480-240-2600 to make an appointment at the new Scottsdale, AZ. office and we will get you started TODAY!

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Happy New Year 2014! Featured by Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine treating 300+ holistic and medical conditions. Scottsdale office at 480-240-2600.

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AZCAM Happy New Year wishes and looking ahead – to 2014.

The New Year holiday is a time of reflection.

The New Year is a time of reflection, and a time for gratitude – that the days are getting longer, that Spring will indeed return, that the deepest night is always succeeded by the day, and that the Light will prevail.

We only have control over our own actions.

  • Forgiveness is an act of grace. The willingness to forgive is an act of will.
  • We can say we have forgiven but will never forget, and the gift of forgiveness will elude us.
  • We can say (and truly mean it) that we are willing to forgive, and the gift of forgiveness will come.

Here are some New Year recommendations (from Dr. Joseph Mercola’s website, click here):

  • To your enemy, forgiveness.
  • To an opponent, tolerance.
  • To a friend, your heart.
  • To a customer, service.
  • To all, charity.
  • To every child, a good example.
  • To yourself, respect.

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Dr Grout shares this video with you, in memory of a man who showed the power of one, like the One whose birthday we celebrate today, on December 25th. Nelson Mandela tribute video below…

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Looking ahead to 2014 – the Year of Purification…

The word “doctor” comes from the Latin word for “teacher”. We, as doctors, can only advise and teach. We can shed light on the path that we have followed, in the hope that the lessons we have learned on the journey will be of use to others.

Each month we will discuss a different way of cleansing and purifying our lives.

2014

 Happy New Year!

January is for addictions – food, exercise, sugar, drugs, work, alcohol, tobacco, bread, gluten, illness … they all end up affecting the same place in our brains, all seemingly leading to pleasure initially – the dopamine rush – followed by eventual heartbreak. We will discuss the mechanisms in the brain that lead us into addiction, and look for some of the pathways that lead out of addiction into true pleasure.

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Martha M Grout, MD, MD(H) – Medical Director
Rekha Shah, MD, MD(H) – Gastroenterology
Deborah M Murphy, PA-C – Lyme disease, Bioidentical hormones
Krystine T Nguyen, NMD – Naturopathic Physician
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Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People? Cancer Series #6. Featured by the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine treating 300+ holistic and medical conditions. Call 480-240-2600.

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Cancer Series #6 – Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

This article is sixth in a special Cancer Series of articles featured by Arizona Center of Advanced Medicine. Be sure and share this information with your friends and family.

Submitted by Dr. Martha Grout, M.D., M.D.(H),  Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, Scottsdale (Phoenix), Az.

On June 14th of 2012 a huge body of evidence relating to the human microbiome hit the scientific literature.[1]  Hundreds of articles were published in Nature magazine[2] and in multiple other journals through the Public Library of Science (PLoS).

Dr. Phillip Tarr of WashingtonUniversity at St.   Louis, one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Microbiome Project[3] researchers, is quoted in an AP News story on June 14, 2012[4] as saying: “”These bacteria are not passengers.  They are metabolically active. As a community, we now have to reckon with them like we have to reckon with the ecosystem in a forest or a body of water.”

We know that as a population, we are increasingly subject to chronic diseases – diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer are rising to epidemic proportions. One in two Americans is predicted to develop cancer during his or her lifetime. So-called “health” care is only going to cost us more.

Could this tsunami of chronic illness possibly have something to do with our care of ourselves as an ecosystem?

We know that when we planted too many elms in the same place, the elm virus spread like wildfire and essentially wiped out the entire population of elm trees in the United   States. I personally have never seen an elm tree.[1]

Since the 1930s we have had a love affair with antibiotics, giving them to our cattle to make them grow and to our children to treat what are probably food-induced earaches. We take them for colds, we spray our fruits and vegetables with fungicides to kill the molds that grow on dying and decomposing vegetable matter, we even put them into the soap with which we wash our hands.

View addtional Cancer articles from the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, click here.

We have declared war on germs. All germs. All microscopic creatures that live within and around us.

But wait! Not all are enemies.[1] This NIH project has demonstrated beyond any doubt that (a) the bacterial population within our bodies outnumbers our own cells by a factor of 10 and (b) we would not survive in the wild without our bacteria which produce many of the nutrients essential to our survival.

So is it not possible that if we wipe out most of the bacteria in our systems, we are actually doing ourselves a disfavor, and killing our allies with friendly fire?

Obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer are at epidemic levels. Is that a coincidence?

“Post hoc, ergo propter hoc” – after that, therefore because of that – is a logical fallacy. Temporal sequence does not guarantee causality. There is such a thing as coincidence. The Skeptic’s Dictionary has a very good article on this particular logical fallacy.[2] “To establish the probability of a causal connection between two events, controls must be established to rule out other factors such as chance or some unknown causal factor… to reduce the chance of error from self-deception.”

Nevertheless, sometimes there is a cause and effect relationship between events that occur in a time sequence. Effect generally does follow cause.

More and more in the scientific literature we read of the association of bacterial populations with inflammation, and of the statistical association with obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Much has been written about this issue, in all different medical specialties over the past many years.[1] The National Cancer Institute’s project on the Human microbiome has funded enormous amounts of research in the past five years, demonstrating this association.

View the below FREE IPT Cancer video by Arizona Center of Advanced Medicine, or click here.

In future articles we will explore the association between bacterial populations and chronic illness, with a focus on the current epidemic of cancer.

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[1] Downloaded 6/17/2012 from http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=your-microbiome-community-we-the-people

[2] Downloaded 6/17/2012 from http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v486/n7402/full/nature11234.html

[3] See our blog post from [date] The Gut Microbiome and Cancer [attach link here]

[4] Downloaded 6/17/2012 from http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MED_BODY_OF_GERMS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-06-14-00-06-18

[5] Image downloaded  6/17/2012 from http://treeinabox.com/American-Elm.html

[6] Germ image downloaded 6/17/2012 from http://bradforsyth.com/illustrations/germs.jpg

[7] http://skepdic.com/posthoc.html downloaded 6/17/2012

[8] Bacterial Carcinogenesis and the Role of the Microbiome, downloaded 6/17/2012

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Happy New Year 2014! Featured by Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine treating 300+ holistic and medical conditions. Scottsdale office at 480-240-2600.

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AZCAM Christmas wishes and looking ahead – to 2014.

Christmas is a time of reflection.

Christmas is a time of reflection, and a time for gratitude – that the days are getting longer, that Spring will indeed return, that the deepest night is always succeeded by the day, and that the Light will prevail.

We only have control over our own actions.

  • Forgiveness is an act of grace. The willingness to forgive is an act of will.
  • We can say we have forgiven but will never forget, and the gift of forgiveness will elude us.
  • We can say (and truly mean it) that we are willing to forgive, and the gift of forgiveness will come.

Here are some Holiday Gift recommendations (from Dr. Joseph Mercola’s website, click here):

  • To your enemy, forgiveness.
  • To an opponent, tolerance.
  • To a friend, your heart.
  • To a customer, service.
  • To all, charity.
  • To every child, a good example.
  • To yourself, respect.

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I share this video with you, in memory of a man who showed the power of one, like the One whose birthday we celebrate today, on December 25th. Nelson Mandela tribute video below…

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Looking ahead to 2014 – the Year of Purification…

The word “doctor” comes from the Latin word for “teacher”. We, as doctors, can only advise and teach. We can shed light on the path that we have followed, in the hope that the lessons we have learned on the journey will be of use to others.

Each month we will discuss a different way of cleansing and purifying our lives.

2014

 Happy New Year!

January is for addictions – food, exercise, sugar, drugs, work, alcohol, tobacco, bread, gluten, illness … they all end up affecting the same place in our brains, all seemingly leading to pleasure initially – the dopamine rush – followed by eventual heartbreak. We will discuss the mechanisms in the brain that lead us into addiction, and look for some of the pathways that lead out of addiction into true pleasure.

Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine

Martha M Grout, MD, MD(H) – Medical Director
Rekha Shah, MD, MD(H) – Gastroenterology
Deborah M Murphy, PA-C – Lyme disease, Bioidentical hormones
Krystine T Nguyen, NMD – Naturopathic Physician
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Travel healthy for the holiday. Featured by Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine; treating over 300+ holistic and medical conditions in Phoenix. Call 480-240-2600.

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Happy Holidays from Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine!

Traveling healthy for the holidays.

Dr Martha Grout MD, MD(H), the Center for Advanced Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona, asks, “How in the world does one eat healthy when traveling? Choices appear to be mainly fast food, candy bars, sodas and ice cream. How can we possibly make healthy food choices when no choices are available?”

Truckers have begun to make those choices – because they are having trouble passing their physical exams, and are afraid of losing their jobs, not to mention their lives. Truckers are being diagnosed in record numbers with diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease – the ubiquitous American condition these days.

But some of them have chosen to do something about it. They have chosen NOT to be victims of their circumstances, but when life gave them lemons, they have made that lemonade; when they felt trapped in a room without any doors, they have found the door in the ceiling.

An article in the New York Times (linked below) describes a trucker who weighed 405 pounds on the day he decided to turn his life around. Today he weighs only 300 lb and has reduced his dose of high blood pressure medicine. He no longer drinks a 6-pack of Coke a day, drinks protein shakes, eats fruit, avoids bread and potato chips like the plague, and speed walks around the truck stops instead of going in to them.

Can the rest of us do any less when traveling?

Dr Grout explains, “I saw families coming from China by air, taking out bags of cut up watermelon and vegetables, not touching the cookies, crackers, sodas and pasta dishes offered to them as meals during the 12 hour flight.”

Could we not do likewise? It would be easy enough to pack some apples, some grapes, some cut up melon, along with cucumbers, broccoli and cauliflower, all cut into chunks to dip into hummus as a meal for the road.

Of course, it is always possible to get off the highway and find the expensive restaurants that serve meat and vegetables as well. It all depends on the budget and the time.

Even if we have packed nothing, it is still possible to get a hamburger without the bun or the mayonnaise. And fast food establishments are now offering salads and sometimes even grilled chicken – which would certainly be perfectly acceptable food on the road.

It is possible to make healthy choices while traveling – it just takes some will power, and some thinking ahead. And speed walking certainly burns more calories and makes more muscle than ambling to the hamburger stand.

Dr Grout reminds us, “We have the choice.”

 Dr Grout has provided a link to an external site with more perspective and information on you health while traveling…

New York Times reports, “A Hard Turn: Better Health on the Highway”

After driving hundreds of miles, the last thing Roy Williams, a truck driver fromDenton,Tex., wanted to do was exercise. After a day trapped in the cab, stopping only to gorge on greasy fare at truck stops, who could think of working out?

But once he ballooned to 405 pounds, he knew he had to make a change. So last year, Mr. Williams, 58, did something all too rare for someone in his profession: He embarked on a diet and exercise program.

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What is stress? Do you really know? Featured by Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine treating 300+ holistic and medical conditions in Phoenix at the expanded Scottsdale center. Call 480-240-2600.

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Submitted by Dr. Martha Grout, M.D., M.D.(H) Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, Scottsdale ( Phoenix ), Az.

Dr Martha Grout explains “A patient gave me an article on stress from the Massachusetts General Hospital Departments of Psychiatry and Cardiology – that’s an appropriate combination.”

The title of the article is “Depression and Failure of Cholesterol Lowering after Acute Myocardial Infarction”.[1]  The authors were linking depression with higher cholesterol levels and higher mortality after a heart attack, despite treatment with statin drugs like Lipitor®, and suggesting that lowering the cholesterol further might help treat the depression.

In the discussion section of the article, they did mention that depression in a of itself may cause elevated cholesterol levels because of the effect of stress hormones raising cortisol levels. High cortisol levels are associated with high cholesterol levels.

So it would make sense to work on the high cortisol levels, right? Treat the stress (or the depression), treat the cortisol, lower the cholesterol and decrease mortality from heart attacks.

So why does the body raise its cholesterol levels in the first place? Cholesterol is at the head of the chain that manufactures things like Vitamin D, sex hormones and cortisol.

Cortisol? Isn’t that what is produced in response to stress? Hm’m’m…

Most of us associate the word “stress” with the word “emotional” – i.e. emotion-based, with all the associated factors relating to difficulty coping with a given situation.

View a new video “Stress” by Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, click on video below…

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We know that stress impacts the body, because we see it all the time. Monday morning heart attacks. Death of a spouse followed within a short time by death of the partner. Heartburn. Agida. Asthma. Depression. Anxiety. The list goes on…[1]

We use these concepts in our metaphors. How often do we hear things like “died of a broken heart”, or talk about how some situation may give us “heartburn”. Clearly we are comfortable with the idea that the heart is somehow associated with emotion.

We even have evidence of physiologic change in the organism under stress.

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With acute stress, we see the “fight, flight, freeze” response – racing heart, emptying of the bowels and bladder, hyperfocus on the stress-inducer to the exclusion of everything else. The result may be belligerence, or running away, or simply paralysis – depending upon whether there is a perceived way out.

Our bodies are very finely tuned machines, and have developed over the course of our evolution many ways of dealing with problems that we have all the time, every day. Cortisol is one of those mechanisms. But cortisol doesn’t just come out of thin air. It has to be manufactured by the adrenal glands, in response to a signal from the pituitary gland in the brain that recognizes the need for more cortisol. And if cortisol causes us to lay down more cholesterol, there may be a good physiologic reason.

Maybe we with our pharmaceutical drugs are trying to put the cart before the horse.

View FREE video “Chemicals that harm us” featuring Dr Grout, click here.

Does the answer to stress actually lie in the realm of perception rather than entirely in the realm of the physical?

Might we actually have really good control of stress if we can simply change our attitude about it?

That sounds simplistic, doesn’t it? But there is plenty of evidence that control of our reaction is key to changing our response to stress.[1]

We tend to feel more stress when we see no way out of our situation. Rats raised in isolation are under severe stress, and die at a younger age than rats raised in a group. So do people.[2] When the isolated rats are given nesting material, they heal from wounds faster.[3] Stress early in life, as well as isolation later in life, is associated with reduced longevity, both in birds[4] and in people.[5]

So what can we do about stress? The serenity prayer written by the German theologian Reinhold Niebuhr is one really good solution:

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

That pretty much sums it up. Each of us has control over only one person’s behavior – our own. We have the choice, to keep running in the squirrel cage, or to look up and find the door in the ceiling, the way out of the box.

The Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine reminds us “We have the choice.”

[1] Huffman JC, Smith FA et al. Depression and failure of cholesterol lowering after acute myocardial infarction. Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2010;12(1):PCC.08m00766.

[2] Ivy AS, Brunson KL et al. Dysfunctional nurturing behavior in rat dams with limited access to nesting material: a clinically relevant model for early-life stress. Neuroscience. 2008 Jun 26;154(3):1132-42.

[3] Endrighi R, Hamer M et al. Associations of trait optimism with diurnal neuroendocrine activity, cortisol responses to mental stress, and subjective stress measures in healthy men and women. Psychosom Med. 2011 Oct;73(8):672-8.

[4] Brody JE. Communities Learn the Good Life Can Be a Killer. New York Times January 30, 2012

[5] Vitalo AG, Gorantla S et al. Environmental enrichment with nesting material accelerates wound healing in isolation-reared rats. Behav Brain Res. 2012 Jan 15;226(2):606-12.

[6] Monaghan P, Heindinger B et al. For better or worse: reduced adult lifespan following early-life stress is transmitted to breeding partners. Proc. R. Soc. B 22 February 2012 vol. 279 no. 1729 709-714.

[7] Friedman E, Thomas SA et al. Relationship of depression, anxiety, and social isolation to chronic heart failure outpatient mortality. American Heart Journal 152;5:940e1 – 940e8, November 2006.

Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine has provided links to additional information below:

Communities Learn the Good Life can be a Killer.

By Christopher T. Martin

ACTIVE ANTIDOTE Atlanta is transforming an old rail corridor into a trail network that encourages walking and biking.

Developers in the last half-century called it progress when they built homes and shopping malls far from city centers throughout the country, sounding the death knell for many downtowns. But now an alarmed cadre of public health experts say these expanded metropolitan areas have had a far more serious impact on the people who live there by creating vehicle-dependent environments that foster obesity, poor health, social isolation, excessive stress and depression.

As a result, these experts say, our “built environment” — where we live, work, play and shop — has become a leading cause of disability and death in the 21st century. Physical activity has been disappearing from the lives of young and old, and many communities are virtual “food deserts,” serviced only by convenience stores that stock nutrient-poor prepared foods and drinks.

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Early Life Stress Harms Mental Function and Immune System in Later Years, According to New Research.

ScienceDaily (Oct. 30, 2004) — Evidence continues to mount that prenatal and early experience can have profound long-term effects on the developing central nervous system and its regulation of basic physiology, psychology, and immune function. Several reports at the Society For Neuroscience annual meeting demonstrate that this phenomenon is conserved across species-from the barn owl to rodents to humans-suggesting that these effects are mediated by fundamental mechanisms.

Insight into one potential mechanism comes from studies showing how maternal care can induce alterations in gene methylation in offspring. Other new research is uncovering how stresses during pregnancy and early life can affect learning and memory, as well as immune function, much later in life, long after the stress has disappeared. Still other studies are unraveling the cellular basis for how early life stresses can lead to later cognitive impairment, the effects of using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as Prozac during early development on the emotional behavior of adult mice, and how experience—hunting in the case of barn owls—can dramatically increase adult animals’ adaptability to new stimuli. Together, these studies point to exciting new approaches for potentially lessening or preventing these long-term changes that can lead to disease or psychopathologies.

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“An Alphabet of Good Health in a Sick World”. A great gift featured by the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, Scottsdale, Az. Call 480-240-2600.

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“An Alphabet of Good Health In A Sick World”

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A great holiday gift for friends and family!

Dr. Martha Grout, medical director and physician at Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine and Mary Budinger hold a bright candle in the midst of epidemics of chronic disease.

Never before have we seen so much chronic illness in so many people and at such a young age. People often do exactly what their insurance company told their doctors to tell them to do, and after much time and money, they still are not well. They feel conventional medicine has failed them, and too often it has. When something goes wrong, the system views our body as the enemy and bludgeons it with surgeries, drugs, and radiation.

Discover that illness is really your friend, your body’s cry for help. This book offers uncommon clarity and easily accessible information.

There is a new paradigm emerging called green medicine and consumers are demanding more of it. Green medicine has a strong respect for the body’s own healing abilities. Green medicine also recognizes that what we put into our environment, we also put into ourselves.

It is paramount today to acknowledge the impact of food, chemicals, and electrosmog (wireless technology, electrical fields). If your doctor has little to say about them, then he’s working with obsolete information. The new paradigm of medicine sees food as medicine, chemicals as more important than germs, and electromagnetic frequencies as a double edged sword.

The 2011 winner of the UnBreak Your Health Award for Best Alternative Medicine Book at Reader Views was written by Dr. Martha Grout and Mary Budinger. This well-researched guide to healthier living in our sick world covers a wide range of topics in an easy-to-read style. My conversation with Dr. Grout explored several of the concepts in the book so you can get a taste for what lies inside.

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“Good health is not inseparable from what is going on in the world. Some 75 percent of health care spending now goes to treat preventable chronic diseases. Well, most chronic diseases have their roots in diet and environment. Those two factors also tweak our genes in ways that affect us now and will be passed down for generations to come.”Dr. Martha Grout, Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine

“Our chemically saturated environments and our way of eating are the big white elephant in the room when health care is discussed. Let’s get our heads out of the sand. This ‘epidemic’ of chronic disease in America isn’t going away until we have a more honest dialogue about what we eat and what is in our environment.”Mary Budinger

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Read an entire book review in Natural Awakenings Magazine, PDF file download click here.

A few of the discoveries you will make when you read the book…

- The real cause of most chronic disease is a constant, low level inflammation inside us. We can’t see it or feel it, but we can measure it. It erodes our health like saltwater on metal.

- Half the people who have heart attacks have “normal” cholesterol levels. High cholesterol does not cause heart disease.

- An epidemic of too little vitamin D helped escalate rates of cancer, autism, diabetes.

- We can use one-tenth the amount of chemo in cancer treatments and spare people the bald heads, severe nausea, and organ failure.

- Osteoporosis is a not a calcium deficiency.

- The brain’s frontal lobe usually isn’t working right in people with head injuries, ADHD, depression, autism, and other forms of brain dysfunction. Directing oxygenated blood to the frontal lobes usually works far better than drugs.

- Pollution and junk food make autoimmune diseases more common than breast cancer.

- Erectile dysfunction is usually the early warning sign of heart disease.

- Chronic illnesses first show up on an energetic level.

Part One of the book summarizes what you need to know about the impact of food, chemicals, and electrosmog. Part Two has an alphabetical listing of various health conditions and health topics.

“When you have two powerhouses of practical knowledge and medical expertise combine forces, you end up with a book such as this. When you know you are ill and do not know what to do or where to turn, simply turn the pages of this book. The answers are there.” — best selling author Doris J. Rapp, M.D.

“Congratulations on this outstanding book. It desperately needs to be read and used to practice real healthcare by every M.D.” — Martin Plotkin, MD, MD(H), Saint Charles, IL

To your good health!

View the complete “An Alphabet of Good Health in in Sick World” website with addtional information, click here >> http://goo.gl/RIyB1.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for alternative health!, October 2, 2010

By Andrew

This is a great book! It covers so much and in a readable style that I could understand. If you want to know how to deal with everything that is assaulting us daily–drugs, genetically modified foods, environmental pollutants–read this book. I know Dr. Grout personally and have worked with her professionally for years. Dr. Grout serves on my company’s Advisory Board because we value her input. She is an ethical, powerful person who cares deeply about natural health and demonstrates it every day of her life.

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended, October 18, 2010

By Neiman

This book might save your life.

Much of what was in her book this writer had read about before in other places, but she covers in one book the reasons for many of the chronic diseases that ail thousands of us in the United   States.

According to Dr. Grout, there are numerous things in our world today that are not good for us, among them are electromagnetic fields, fluoride in our city water supply, amalgam fillings, and processed foods. And they are causing chronic illnesses; but the popular press has not informed us. You have to really dig for this information, or you can read about it in Dr. Grout’s book.

In the first part of the book, she covers what she calls the three pillars: food, chemicals, and electromagnetic energy. Even if you do not read any farther than this section, you will be able to make more informed choices in the future. In the second part of the book, she covers the causes of twenty different chronic diseases in detail. This writer feels that the sections in the second part of the book on cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis are the most important since these dreaded diseases seem to affect so many people. What she has to say will truly surprise you. Really.

Her approach in treating patients is to educate them to avoid the things that cause these diseases or to advise them on proper nutrition, not simply “to put a band-aid on” the problem by prescribing medications that have side effects. What she writes about is not simply her opinion. She cites numerous medical studies and papers at the end of each chapter that validate what she has to say. There are several references to web sites in the text that I also found very informative.

This writer believes this would be an important read for parents of small children. Once you realize the harmful ingredients that are in household chemicals that children are exposed to, or the sinister ingredients found in processed foods, you will want to protect your family by eliminating these hazards.

The book is very well written, with no grammatical or spelling errors. But most important, it is written in a manner that does not require a medical degree to understand.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for everyone!, October 25, 2010

By jadkjd

This is a great book, really well done. It explains why so many people have chronic diseases, and why they have had so much difficulty trying to find a doctor who knows how to make things right.

By  Vicki Landes for Reader Views

“An Alphabet of Good Health in a Sick World” is an impressive and comprehensive look at the dangerous world we live in.  Extremely well-organized and written with a voice of authority and experience, the book discusses a myriad of subjects that can have an extreme impact on our wellbeing.  I’m normally a skeptic, especially when it comes to alternative medicine, but by the end, I found myself rethinking my opinions on a number of things. The language is easy to understand.  You’ll be rethinking that burger and soda for lunch after only the first chapter!”

By best selling author Doris J. Rapp, M.D

“When you have two powerhouses of practical knowledge and medical expertise combine forces, you end up with a book such as this.  When you know you are ill and do not know what to do or where to turn, simply turn the pages of this book.  The answers are there.”

By Eric Sells, Publisher Natural Awakenings Magazine

“An Alphabet of Good Health in a Sick World provides a thorough description of the specific dangers lurking around us that can wreak havoc upon an individual’s health. Alarmingly, many are not publicized because there’s no company or organization that has a vested interest in promoting them. … I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in enjoying better health and wellness.”

Read the entire book review in Natural Awakenings Magazine, PDF file download click here.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Featured by Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine. Treating 300+ holistic and medical conditions in Scottsdale (Phoenix), AZ. Call 480-240-2600.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

The World Gastroenterology Organization defines Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) as “a functional bowel disorder in which abdominal pain or discomfort is associated with defecation or a change in bowel habit. Bloating, distension, and disordered defecation are commonly associated  IBS-lady2features.”[1] The American Academy of Family Practice states that 15% of US adults are afflicted with IBS.[2]

IBS is diagnosed in the absence of changes in the bowel detectable by ordinary western allopathic tests. We cannot diagnose Crohn’s disease, or Ulcerative Colitis or Diverticulitis or Colon Cancer. We do not see massive inflammation of the colon. Therefore we have irritable bowel. It is a so-called “diagnosis of exclusion”.

For years IBS was thought to be just imaginary, “in your head”. Whether it is all in the head or not, the symptoms can be pretty debilitating, interfering with social and work life. How can you have a life when you always have to be on the look-out for the next bathroom?

IBS may be constipation-predominant or diarrhea-predominant. In both cases, there is disturbance of bowel function without any significant changes in the architecture of the bowel.

Symptoms are typically intermittent, not continuous. They are of chronic duration – i.e. months to years rather than days. Pain is typically relieved by passing stool or gas. Cramping and bloating are typical complaints. There may be constipation or diarrhea or symptoms may alternate. Other symptoms may be associated with more dangerous bowel disease: unintended weight loss, blood in the stool, abdominal distension, constant pain and fever.

Web MD states “the exact cause of IBS is not known… But health experts believe faulty communication between the brain and the intestinal tract causes the symptoms of IBS.”[3] What they fail to mention (or perhaps do not realize) is that symptoms are simply a sign that we need to look for the cause.

Causes of IBS may be multi-factorial. Gluten and/or lactose intolerance are two commonly missed causes. Lack of secretion of serotonin in theIBS-2 gut contributes to constipation-predominant IBS. Thus patients with depression because of low serotonin levels are often constipated and complain of abdominal pain. A serotonin-precursor supplement like 5HTP may completely relieve both the constipation and the IBS, while working on the depression at the same time. Courses of antibiotics changing the composition of the intestinal bacterial population are not infrequently followed by symptoms of IBS. Infection with yeasts or parasites is another cause of IBS-like symptoms. A diet high in carbohydrate and low in nutrient quality may also lead to eventual development of IBS.

For some people, the abdomen serves as a barometer of their emotions. Any upset or stress will go directly to the gut. Once this is recognized, it is possible for such people to use the GI distress as a signal that there is something causing them stress. Thus, they may be able to identify a previously-hidden stressor because their gut reacts to it before they do. This may give them an edge when faced with unidentified stressors.

At the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine we recommend a DNA-based stool test, to identify pathogenic bacteria, yeasts or viruses. We test for sensitivity to gluten and carbohydrate. We look for parasites. We work with the entire gut microbiome. Did you know that we have more bacteria in our gut than we have cells in our entire body? And when the gut bacteria are unhappy, both body and brain are unhappy as well.

ButtonFREEconsultation1.6vBoth allopathic and integrative medicine recommend the following tests for diagnosis of IBS: blood work, inflammatory markers, thyroid studies, tissue transglutaminase antibody (a single marker for celiac disease).

Colonoscopy is essential to rule out a diagnosis of cancer, or Crohn’s disease, or Ulcerative Colitis. It would be unusual to develop IBS after the age of 50. If there is blood in the stool, or constant pain, or unintended weight loss, look elsewhere for a diagnosis.

Allopathic medicine then looks for pharmaceutical drugs to suppress the symptoms. The following chart was downloaded from the American Academy of Family Practice website.[4]

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Integrative medicine works much harder to identify food and bacterial population sources of IBS – gluten sensitivity, carbohydrate sensitivity, yeast or bacterial overgrowth, mind-body connections (what Oriental Medicine terms “worry”), heavy metal toxicity.

In most cases we can identify one or more factors which contribute to the development of the disease. In most cases we can lose most of the symptoms of the disease by modifying the contributing factors.

Is there an “instant cure”? Most likely not.

Can the disease be healed? Most likely yes – with lifestyle and diet change, learning how to deal with stressors, learning different eating patterns, taking supplements including probiotics (beneficial bacteria) to improve the health of the intestinal lining.

We are happy to work with you, to determine the cause or causes of your GI symptoms, your Irritable Bowel Syndrome. We can shine light on the situation, so that you can begin to walk the walk toward optimum health.

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[1] WGO Practice Guideline 2009, downloaded 5/17/2013 from http://www.worldgastroenterology.org/assets/downloads/en/pdf/guidelines/20_irritable_bowel_syndrome.pdf

[2] Hadley SK. Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Am Fam Physician. 2005 Dec 15;72(12):2501-2508.

[3] Downloaded 5/17/2013 from http://www.webmd.com/ibs/guide/irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs-cause.

[4] http://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1215/p2501.htmlDownloaded 5/17/2013

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Is there a dark side to Coke and GMO? Featured by Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine treating 300+ holistic and medical treatments in Scottsdale, AZ. Call 480-240-2600.

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Is there a dark side to Coke and GMO?

Comments from Dr. Martha Grout, Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, Scottsdale, AZ.

We like to think that organic foods are safe, and manufactured ethically. Who would have guessed that most of the organic food companies have been bought by large food manufacturers like CocaCola and Nestle? Of course, the same thing is happening in the vitamin and supplement industry. Big business knows which side its bread is buttered on. Just like the grocers who now have entire aisles of gluten free products, Big Pharma is now touting vitamins and probiotics, and Big Food touts their organic products – all the while contributing huge amounts of money to the efforts against labeling of GMO foods.

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We can vote with our wallets. We can make our own juices, brew our own teas, even brew our own Kombucha – we do not have to purchase these things from large two-faced food corporations that speak “with forked tongue”.

 

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The following article previously posted at Huffington Post.

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On November 22, Coca-Cola completed its acquisition of Zico Coconut Water. The company now owns a string of beverage brands marketed to people who like natural foods, including not just Zico but also Honest Tea, Odwalla, Simply Orange, and Vitamin Water.cancerCokePoster

In the last few years, sales of natural and organic foods have become big business. Annual revenues have nearly tripled since 2001, and they now exceed $91 billion. Healthy food isn’t just for hippies any more, and corporate America wants in on the action.

While sales of Coca-Cola’s soft drinks have been slumping, company profits were up in the third quarter of 2013, thanks to strong and growing sales from Coca-Cola’s non-soda and healthier beverage offerings.

But not everything is cheery in organic-land. Some natural food lovers are uncomfortable with the fact that most of their treasured brands have been bought by corporate behemoths. Clorox bought Burt’s Bees. General Mills claimed Cascadian Farms and Muir Glenn. Even Kellogg’s got into the natural foods buy-up bonanza by purchasing popular brands like Kashi and Gardenburger. In fact, 80 percent of organic brands are now reportedly owned by mega corporations.

This means that natural foods consumers might be unknowingly contributing to the profits of, and supporting the policies and practices of, parent companies like Coca-Cola with whom they have profound disagreement.

For example, the vast majority of natural foods consumers want Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to be labeled. GMO labeling is already mandatory in 64 nations including the entire European Union, and recent polls find it supported by 93 percent of the American public. But profits from the sale of Coca-Cola’s healthier brands have been used by Coca-Cola to fight labeling efforts. It stands to reason that the company doesn’t want the public to know that its soda pop is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup made from genetically engineered corn.

Monsanto and Coca-Cola might like to dismiss GMO labeling advocates as a bunch of uninformed Luddites who are afraid of science and don’t care about the world’s hungry. But many scientists and informed humanitarians have real and significant concerns about GMOs.

In the 20 years since genetically modified crops first came on the market, studies have found that they have led to higher pesticide use, and no meaningful improvement in flavor, nutrition, yield or water requirements. And many independent scientists are deeply concerned that they have not been adequately tested and may even present health risks, and that their use has led not only to vastly increased use of pesticides but to a host of other environmental problems.

But companies like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Kellogg have joined forces with Monsanto to bankroll efforts aimed at keeping Americans from knowing which foods contain GMOs. And they’ve used money from sales of their natural brands to help finance the effort.

In November, WashingtonState voters narrowly rejected ballot initiative 522, which would have mandated the labeling of GMOs. The “no on 522″cancerCokeTwitter campaign broke state initiative fundraising efforts by pulling in more than $22 million, all but $550 of which came from out of state. They spent much of their record-setting haul on a barrage of ads deemed “mostly false” by the Seattle Times.

More than half of the “no” campaign funding came in the form of allegedly illegally laundered money. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestle were the leaders in a group of companies that tried to finance the campaign through secret contributions to the Grocery Manufacturers Association. It took a lawsuit from the state attorney general to bring the truth to light.

It turns out that sales of Honest Tea, one of the world’s fastest growing organic and non-GMO brands, were joined by sales of Zico, Simply Orange, Odwalla, and Powerade, along with Coke itself, in helping to bankroll a secret scheme to keep GMOs from being labeled.

Fortunately for fans of the right to know what’s in our food, there’s a petition and boycott campaign underway, launched by the Food Revolution Network (for which I serve as CEO), and the Center for Food Safety. We are pushing Coca-Cola to be accountable to the natural foods consumers from whom it profits, by ceasing to fund efforts aimed at derailing GMO labeling. More than 135,000 people signed on in the first two weeks.

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It seems the power of health knowledge is a world wide passion. To celebrate, we now feature an embedded translator tool that you can view all of the articles and pages on the blog in your native language and in a single window.

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Winter seasonal allergens 2013 / 2014 forecast for Phoenix AZ. Featured by Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine treating 300+ holistic and medical conditions in our Scottsdale ( Phoenix ) AZ office. Call 480-240-2600.

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Pollen.com considers WINTER to be December, January and February.

The plants listed below have been documented to grow in Arizona, and to flower during the season indicated nationally. Flowering time pertains to the particular season of the year that a species is most likely to occur within your area. Although the flowering period for any particular species may be fairly extensive, the pollination period itself (which may cause allergic symptoms to those sensitive) is generally much more abbreviated.

Under unusual weather conditions, certain plant species may flower during seasons unexpectedly. For example, dandelions and violets can often be seen in winter in Minnesota when brief warming periods occur. To create as comprehensive a listing as possible, plants that have been documented to flower during this season are listed here.

View TODAY’s Phoenix Allergy and Asthma 7-Day Forecast, click here.

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Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany (Cercocarpus montanus)

Arizona Alder (Alnus oblongifolia)

Ashy Silktassel (Garrya flavescens)

Black Elder (Sambucus nigra)

Blue Palo-Verde (Parkinsonia florida)

Box Elder, Ash-Leaf Maple (Acer negundo)

Castor-Bean (Ricinus communis)

Creosote-Bush (Larrea tridentata)

Desert-Olive (Forestiera shrevei)

Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)

Fairy-Duster (Calliandra eriophylla)

Five-Stamen Tamarisk (Tamarix chinensis)

Golden Currant (Ribes aureum)

Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)

Mealy Wattle (Acacia farnesiana)

Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila)

Single-Leaf Ash (Fraxinus anomala)

Sugar Sumac (Rhus ovata)

Texas Mulberry (Morus microphylla)

Velvet Ash (Fraxinus velutina)

White Leadtree (Leucaena leucocephala)

White Mulberry (Morus alba)

Wing-Leaf Soapberry (Sapindus saponaria)

Wright’s Silktassel (Garrya wrightii)

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Weeds

Ambrosia-Leaf Burr-Ragweed (Ambrosia ambrosioides)

Annual Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

Black Medick (Medicago lupulina)

Burning Nettle (Urtica urens)

California-Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

Corn-Mustard (Sinapis arvensis)

Curly Dock (Rumex crispus)

Desert Twinbugs (Dicoria canescens)

Great Plantain (Plantago major)

Mule’s-Fat (Baccharis salicifolia)

Nettle-Leaf Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale)

Nuttall’s Poverty-Weed (Monolepis nuttalliana)

Pale-Seed Plantain (Plantago virginica)

Pennsylvania Pellitory (Parietaria pensylvanica)

Rape (Brassica rapa)

Red-Seed Plantain (Plantago rhodosperma)

Rosinbush (Baccharis sarothroides)

Sand Dock (Rumex hymenosepalus)

Sweet Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Triangle Burr-Ragweed (Ambrosia deltoidea)

Tucson Burr-Ragweed (Ambrosia cordifolia)

Violet Dock (Rumex violascens)

White Burrobush (Ambrosia dumosa)

White Clover (Trifolium repens)

Winterfat (Krascheninnikovia lanata)

Woolly Honeysweet (Tidestromia lanuginosa)

Woolly Plantain (Plantago patagonica)

Woolly-Fruit Burr-Ragweed (Ambrosia eriocentra)

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Grasses

Annual Blue Grass (Poa annua)

Broad-Leaf Cat-Tail (Typha latifolia)

Coastal Salt Grass (Distichlis spicata)

Giant-Reed (Arundo donax)

Johnson Grass (Sorghum halepense)

Large Barnyard Grass (Echinochloa crus-galli)

Little Barley (Hordeum pusillum)

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Travel Healthy on Your Next Journey. Featured by Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine; treating over 300+ holistic and medical conditions in Phoenix. Call 480-240-2600.

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Traveling Healthy on the Highway

Dr Martha Grout MD, MD(H), the Center for Advanced Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona, asks, “How in the world does one eat healthy when traveling? Choices appear to be mainly fast food, candy bars, sodas and ice cream. How can we possibly make healthy food choices when no choices are available?”

Truckers have begun to make those choices – because they are having trouble passing their physical exams, and are afraid of losing their jobs, not to mention their lives. Truckers are being diagnosed in record numbers with diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease – the ubiquitous American condition these days.

But some of them have chosen to do something about it. They have chosen NOT to be victims of their circumstances, but when life gave them lemons, they have made that lemonade; when they felt trapped in a room without any doors, they have found the door in the ceiling.

An article in the New York Times (linked below) describes a trucker who weighed 405 pounds on the day he decided to turn his life around. Today he weighs only 300 lb and has reduced his dose of high blood pressure medicine. He no longer drinks a 6-pack of Coke a day, drinks protein shakes, eats fruit, avoids bread and potato chips like the plague, and speed walks around the truck stops instead of going in to them.

Can the rest of us do any less when traveling?

Dr Grout explains, “I saw families coming from China by air, taking out bags of cut up watermelon and vegetables, not touching the cookies, crackers, sodas and pasta dishes offered to them as meals during the 12 hour flight.”

Could we not do likewise? It would be easy enough to pack some apples, some grapes, some cut up melon, along with cucumbers, broccoli and cauliflower, all cut into chunks to dip into hummus as a meal for the road.

Of course, it is always possible to get off the highway and find the expensive restaurants that serve meat and vegetables as well. It all depends on the budget and the time.

Even if we have packed nothing, it is still possible to get a hamburger without the bun or the mayonnaise. And fast food establishments are now offering salads and sometimes even grilled chicken – which would certainly be perfectly acceptable food on the road.

It is possible to make healthy choices while traveling – it just takes some will power, and some thinking ahead. And speed walking certainly burns more calories and makes more muscle than ambling to the hamburger stand.

Dr Grout reminds us, “We have the choice.”

 Dr Grout has provided a link to an external site with more perspective and information on you health while traveling…

New York Times reports, “A Hard Turn: Better Health on the Highway”

After driving hundreds of miles, the last thing Roy Williams, a truck driver fromDenton,Tex., wanted to do was exercise. After a day trapped in the cab, stopping only to gorge on greasy fare at truck stops, who could think of working out?

But once he ballooned to 405 pounds, he knew he had to make a change. So last year, Mr. Williams, 58, did something all too rare for someone in his profession: He embarked on a diet and exercise program.

New York Times reports, “A Hard Turn: Better Health on the Highway”, click here >> http://goo.gl/vmNwz.

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Lyme Diease Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment Options. Featured by Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine treating 300+ holistic and medical conditions in Scottsdale (Phoenix) AZ. Call 480-240-2600.

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Lyme Disease.

Dr. Martha Grout dives into Lyme Disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment options.

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Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of a tick infected with a species of a spirochete known as borrelia burgdorferi. There are many species of ticks, but the species found commonly in the United States usually infects the joints, causing pain. Lyme disease may be masked in the body, because the organism hides behind biofilm, a slimy conglomeration of bacterial cells and proteins, and evades the notice of the immune system. To make a diagnosis, symptomatology is just as important as testing. If the immune system is unable to muster a response, then immunoserology tests will be negative, as if there were no infection in the first place.

A controversy exists regarding the treatment of what patients experience as chronic debilitating symptoms. Allopathic medicine calls them post-Lyme syndrome, or dismisses the idea of Lyme out of hand, often prescribing antidepressant medications in an effort to help their patients feel better. Homeopathic medicine calls these debilitating symptoms chronic Lyme disease. As a result, treatments are quite different.

Remember that foreign organisms can only thrive in an environment that is weakened. If the body is toxic because of exposure or inability to get rid of toxins, it is more susceptible to infection. If the body is magnesium-depleted, which most of us are, then it is much easier for organisms to form biofilm to hide behind.LymePenny2.0v

Some patients can be treated with oral or intravenous antibiotics for a period of months or years. Those whose disease is treated successfully have not stopped with antibiotic treatment. They have eliminated chemicals and food additives—any foods to which they are sensitive. Most have eliminated gluten (wheat products) and dairy (cow’s milk products) from their diets, as well as corn (high-fructose corn syrup, genetically engineered corn), soy (genetically engineered), eggs and citrus fruits.

Many have also undergone chelation therapy to decrease the amount of inflammatory heavy metals in their system or taken intravenous nutritional treatments until their intestinal tract was finally able to absorb the needed nutrients. The point is to decrease the total toxic load, so that the body has a better chance of finding and eliminating infectious organisms like Lyme and Babesia.

Several steps need to occur for the best chance at complete healing, including excellent nutrition—working with a practitioner well-trained in functional medicine, to ensure that everything eaten is healthy; nutrient supplementation—test, and supplement with GMP-certified products, so the body has the nutrients it needs to operate efficiently. Removing toxins is a must—whether they be foods, heavy metals, chemicals or toxic relationships, because they all have the same debilitating effect on the body.

ButtonFREEconsultation1.6vGuided imagery, biophotonic therapy, heat and light therapy and chelation therapy all help eliminate these toxins, and antibiotic therapy kills the organisms so that you can get on with your life. Exercise is also proven to improve the function of the immune system. It can be as simple as going for a brisk walk three times a week. All these modalities are important for healing. Antibiotics alone are insufficient, although they are almost certainly a necessary component.

Gratitude is another essential. Infection occurs because of some significant imbalance in our lives—in food, environment or relationships. It is never too late to take steps toward correcting these imbalances. Health is a process, a journey toward the light. A homeopathic or naturopathic practitioner can help to smooth the way.

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Does your child have an infectious disease? Featured by Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine treating 300+ holistic and medical conditions in the newly expanded Scottsdale, AZ center. Call 480-240-2600.

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Bacteria Fight Back – Drug resistance and infectious diseases.

By Dr. Martha Grout, M.D., M.D.(H)
Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, Scottsdale, Az.

Dr Martha Grout, Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, remembers, “In my mother’s childhood, infectious diseases were among the five leading cause of death of children. (The others were prematurity, congenital malformations, and injury at birth.) Two of my father’s 3 brothers died of polio. Meningitis and gastroenteritis were major problems.”

Dr Grout explains, “By the time I went to medical school, infectious diseases were all treated with antibiotics. Most of the time, treatment was successful – although with certain forms of meningitis, success did not mean that the infant would be normal, just that the infant no longer died of the infection.”

And now we come back full circle, to the point where our antibiotics are less and less successful. Patients are dying of infections acquired in the hospital. We are seeing organisms with multiple antibiotic resistance, virtually unkillable with our current antibiotics.

It’s not as though the medical community is unaware of the problem. In fact in early June an entire 2-day symposium is being held, with the title: Forum on Drug Resistance and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Meeting the Challenge.

Sounds promising, right? Perhaps we are finally going to look at the actual problem of drug resistance, and begin to consider why it is that our population is so vulnerable.

Not so much, unfortunately.

The entire agenda is taken up by lectures like “Global Landscape & Markets in Anti-Infectives and the Implications of Drug Resistance and Emerging Infectious Diseases” and “Multidrug-Resistant Pathogens: What Can We Learn from the Success of Our Enemy?” and “Identification of Novel Drug Targets”.

View FREE video discussion with Dr Grout, “Chronic illness vs. acute illness” below…

Not a single lecture on strengthening the immune system, or decreasing the use of antibiotics as a growth hormone in cattle, or improving the nutrition of our population so as to improve their resistance to microorganisms.

There is an old saying: “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”

Bacteria are our friends. They populate our gut. They produce vitamins and nutrients that we ourselves are unable to produce. They digest thatwhich we cannot, and produce the great bulk of our stool so that we do not become constipated. Once we (or our herd animals) have evacuated the stool, it can be recycled as fertilizer for the next generation of crops.

Without bacteria (and fungi) we could easily become overwhelmed with trash, both inside and outside our bodies. Landfills would never break down. Oil spills would remain on the surface of the ocean.

So what if, instead of calling the bacteria our enemy, we enlist their help as our friends?

  • Probiotics for healthy bacteria in the gut – this is a fundamental piece of our “Heal the Gut” protocol.
  • Fruits and vegetables to nourish not only ourselves, but also our helpful bacteria.
  • Lay off the sugars and chemicals which make the gut more acid, less friendly to the helpful bacteria, more friendly to those bacteria which cause illness.

Lay off the sugars and chemicals which make the gut more acid, less friendly to the helpful bacteria, more friendly to those bacteria which cause illness.

Not all bacteria are alike. When the climate of the gut is healthy, those bacteria which are friendly to us flourish. When the climate of the gut is unhealthy, inflamed and swollen, those bacteria which are friendly do not survive, allowing the unfriendly (or pathogenic) bacteria to take over.

Sure, sometimes antibiotics are needed, if the individual has been so overwhelmed by bacteria that it cannot survive.

But after the antibiotics, healing needs to occur. Healthy food, healthy exercise, healthy surroundings and healthy emotions are all a piece of the progress toward health.

At the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, we work with all these levels – antibiotics if needed, supplementing nutrients where needed, eliminating toxicity on all levels – physical, mental and emotional – healthy diet and healthy surroundings. Our aim is to help our patients get healthy, so they no longer need us in order to stay healthy.

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The 2012 meeting introduced the new and very topical Forum on Drug Resistance and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Meeting the Challenge, on June 7-8, 2012, to tackle the rising global threat posed by antimicrobial/antibiotic resistant organism and emerging infectious diseases. Drug resistance among Gram-positive and Gramnegative bacteria has reached more than 25% in certain OECD countries, while the armamentarium of available medical countermeasures is at its lowest point since 1928. The development of effective and affordable antimicrobial and antibiotic drugs and diagnostics devices is now more important than ever. Join experts from government, pharmaceutical and biotech firms, NGOs and academia as they explore the latest challenges, research initiatives and funding opportunities.

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Fall Allergy Season 2013 Forecast for Phoenix AZ. Featured by Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine treating 300+ holistic and medical conditions in our Scottsdale ( Phoenix ) AZ office. Call 480-240-2600.

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We consider Fall Allergy season to be September, October and November.


This information previously posted and provided by Pollen.com.
The plants listed below have been documented to grow in Arizona during the FALL, and to flower during the season indicated nationally. Flowering time pertains to the particular season of the year that a species is most likely to occur within your area. Although the flowering period for any particular species may be fairly extensive, the pollination period itself (which may cause allergic symptoms to those sensitive) is generally much more abbreviated.

View TODAY’s Phoenix Allergy and Asthma 7-Day Forecast, click here.

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Trees

Alder-Leaf Mountain-Mahogany (Cercocarpus montanus)

Blue Palo-Verde (Parkinsonia florida)

Castor-Bean (Ricinus communis)

Cat-Claw Mimosa (Mimosa aculeaticarpa)

Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)

Creosote-Bush (Larrea tridentata)

Desert-Olive (Forestiera shrevei)

Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)

Long-Flower Catclaw (Acacia greggii)

Mealy Wattle (Acacia farnesiana)

Mescat Wattle (Acacia constricta)

Prairie Wattle (Acacia angustissima)

Velvet Mesquite (Prosopis velutina)

Western Poison-Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

White Leadtree (Leucaena leucocephala)

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Weeds

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

Annual Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

Black Medick (Medicago lupulina)

Black Mustard (Brassica nigra)

Burning Nettle (Urtica urens)

California-Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

Carruth’s Sagebrush (Artemisia carruthii)

Cattle-Spinach (Atriplex polycarpa)

Chinese Mustard (Brassica juncea)

Chufa (Cyperus esculentus)

Corn-Mustard (Sinapis arvensis)

Curly Dock (Rumex crispus)

Desert Twinbugs (Dicoria canescens)

Dragon Wormwood (Artemisia dracunculus)

English Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)

Five-Horn Smotherweed (Bassia hyssopifolia)

Flat-Spine Burr-Ragweed (Ambrosia acanthicarpa)

Four-Wing Saltbush (Atriplex canescens)

Fremont’s Goosefoot (Chenopodium fremontii)

Great Plains False Willow (Baccharis salicina)

Great Plantain (Plantago major)

Hemp (Cannabis sativa)

Iodinebush (Allenrolfea occidentalis)

Lamb’s-Quarters (Chenopodium album)

Mat Amaranth (Amaranthus blitoides)

Mediterranean Hoary-Mustard (Hirschfeldia incana)

Mule’s-Fat (Baccharis salicifolia)

Narrow-Leaf Goosefoot (Chenopodium leptophyllum)

Nettle-Leaf Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale)

Nuttall’s Poverty-Weed (Monolepis nuttalliana)

Palmer’s Amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri)

Pennsylvania Pellitory (Parietaria pensylvanica)

Perennial Ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

Pit-Seed Goosefoot (Chenopodium berlandieri)

Quailbush (Atriplex lentiformis)

Rape (Brassica rapa)

Rosinbush (Baccharis sarothroides)

Rough Cockleburr (Xanthium strumarium)

Saltmarsh Club-Rush (Schoenoplectus maritimus)

Sand Dock (Rumex hymenosepalus)

Sandhill Amaranth (Amaranthus arenicola)

Short-Leaf False Willow (Baccharis brachyphylla)

Silver Sagebrush (Artemisia filifolia)

Smooth Amaranth (Amaranthus hybridus)

Triangle Burr-Ragweed (Ambrosia deltoidea)

Tumbleweed (Amaranthus albus)

Tumbling Orache (Atriplex rosea)

Weak-Leaf Burr-Ragweed (Ambrosia confertiflora)

White Burrobush (Ambrosia dumosa)

White Clover (Trifolium repens)

White Sagebrush (Artemisia ludoviciana)

Winged-Pigweed (Cycloloma atriplicifolium)

Winterfat (Krascheninnikovia lanata)

Woolly Honeysweet (Tidestromia lanuginosa)

Yellow Sweet-Clover (Melilotus officinalis)

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Grasses

Annual Blue Grass (Poa annua)

Beardless Lyme Grass (Leymus triticoides)

Bermuda Grass (Cynodon dactylon)

Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis)

Bluebunch-Wheat Grass (Pseudoroegneria spicata)

Broad-Leaf Cat-Tail (Typha latifolia)

Broom-Corn (Sorghum bicolor)

Cheat Grass (Bromus tectorum)

Chufa (Cyperus esculentus)

Coastal Salt Grass (Distichlis spicata)

Common Canary Grass (Phalaris canariensis)

Common Panic Grass (Panicum capillare)

Common Reed (Phragmites australis)

Corn (Zea mays)

Fall Panic Grass (Panicum dichotomiflorum)

Giant-Reed (Arundo donax)

Golden Crown Grass (Paspalum dilatatum)

Green Bristle Grass (Setaria viridis)

Hairy Crab Grass (Digitaria sanguinalis)

Hog Millet (Panicum miliaceum)

James’ Galleta (Pleuraphis jamesii)

Johnson Grass (Sorghum halepense)

Kentucky Blue Grass (Poa pratensis)

Large Barnyard Grass (Echinochloa crus-galli)

Nodding Wild Rye (Elymus canadensis)

Orchard Grass (Dactylis glomerata)

Perennial Rye Grass (Lolium perenne)

Prairie Koeler’s Grass (Koeleria macrantha)

Saltmarsh Club-Rush (Schoenoplectus maritimus)

Side-Oats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)

Southern Cat-Tail (Typha domingensis)

Spreading Bent (Agrostis stolonifera)

Stink Grass (Eragrostis cilianensis)

Western-Wheat Grass (Pascopyrum smithii)

Wild Oat (Avena fatua)

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