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The connection between oral health, gut health, and overall health. 

Rick Gold, President of Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.

Rick Gold, President of Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.

By Rick Gold, Certified FDN Practitioner.

As a certified FDN (Functional Diagnostic Nutrition) practitioner, I work with clients to help them find and eliminate the root causes of their symptoms.  The body is a self-healing, self-regulating organism, and all it needs from us is to give it what it needs to do its job: removal of environmental & lifestyle stressors that cause dysfunction, and proper nutrition.

If you strive to find and eliminate the root cause of your symptoms instead of masking them and flood your body with proper nutrition, you can restore balance and homeostasis to your body and allow it to do its job of keeping you healthy.

There are so many potential underlying causes of chronic illness.  Sedentary lifestyle, lack of sleep, increased toxic burden, lack of proper nutrition, chronic undiagnosed bacterial, viral, or fungal infections, bacterial imbalances in the gut, OTC and prescription medications are just a few underlying causes.

So where does oral health fit into all of this?  To understand the connection between oral health, gut health, and overall health, we need to first understand a bit about how the body works:

Anytime the autonomic nervous system senses stress, it sends a stress signal to the brain.  The brain then sends signals to the adrenal glands that the body

The HPA (Hypothalamus/Pituitary/Adrenal) axis illustration shows how the body responds to ANY type of stress.

The HPA (Hypothalamus/Pituitary/Adrenal) axis illustration shows how the body responds to ANY type of stress.

is under stress.  The adrenal glands then produce cortisol, otherwise known as the stress hormone.  Cortisol prepares the body to handle stress.  This is called the “fight or flight response”.  When the fight or flight response is activated, all bodily functions that are required for immediate survival are heightened, and all bodily functions (like digestion, reproduction, or rest and repair) are shut down.

It doesn’t matter what the stress is that you are experiencing; from emotional stress over your job or your relationships, physical injuries, hip, spine, or jaw misalignments, getting chased by a bear, or chronic bacterial infections, the scenario that I just described above will play out every time.  This system works well when the stress we encounter is short-lived.  But these days, stress is something that we live with 24/7/365.  In this scenario of constant stress, the fight or flight response shifts from a life-saving bodily function to one that causes digestive dysfunction, infertility, hormonal imbalances, leaky gut, and malnutrition!

Stress Man

Chronic bacterial infections and heavy metal toxicity are major sources of persistent stress on the body that chronically invokes the fight or flight response.  The oral cavity is one of the most common and most overlooked sources of chronic bacterial infection AND toxicity from heavy metals.  To illustrate this, allow me to get personal with you and share part of my health journey:

Six years ago my state of health was a mess, and I began my health journey to find and eliminate the underlying causes of my stress.  My health has improved dramatically since then.  I had addressed my diet by eliminating gluten, dairy, and other food sensitivities.  I had addressed healing my gut using antibacterial protocols, probiotic therapy,  gut-healing foods and supplements.  I incorporated meditation into my daily life.  I worked on optimizing my quantity and quality of sleep.  I even worked diligently with my wife to rid our home of chemical-laden cleaning products, cosmetics, etc.

But amazingly, while my overall health had improved dramatically, there were still a few things that confounded me.  Although I was much healthier and my immune function had improved, I still had a tendency towards sinus infections when I would get sick.  My blood tests continued to show a slightly depressed white blood cell count.  I still had intense food sensitivities, especially to dairy.  I had pretty much covered everything, right?  Not so fast!

The one area of my body that I had not addressed in recent years was my oral health.  I felt

The tooth that had the root canal done to it.  You can clearly see the mercury filling on top.

The tooth that had the root canal done to it. You can clearly see the mercury filling on top.

that I had an issue with a root canal that I had done about 13 years ago.  The only type of dentist I would ever use for myself, my family, or recommend to clients is a biological dentist.  I decided to go see a biological dentist that I refer all local clients to for oral evaluations.  After a thorough examination, she had determined that the root canal was indeed a problem (I had an abscess and a chronic bacterial infection from the affected tooth that reached into my sinuses) and the beginnings of periodontal disease.  Talk about

a chronic stressor that invokes the fight or flight response!  This chronic infection was putting major stress on my immune system,

The cap that was used to cover my tooth was made of a cheap, non-precious metal that was corroding in my mouth!

The cap that was used to cover my tooth was made of a cheap, non-precious metal that was corroding in my mouth!

which was showing up as an unexplained slightly lowered white blood cell count for years on my blood tests.  No wonder I suffered from leaky gut, bacterial imbalances in the GI tract, food sensitivities, and malnutrition!  Chronic bacterial infections in the oral cavity are also linked to autoimmune disease, heart disease, and cancer.  The dentist expertly removed the root canal and during the procedure discovered that it was filled with mercury; yet another chronic stressor on my body that explains many of the symptoms I had experienced for the last 12-13 years.

You can clearly see the infection once the tooth was pulled out.  It has a white tint.

You can clearly see the infection once the tooth was pulled out. It has a white tint.

So far I have touched on how bacterial infections in the oral cavity can cause gut and immune dysfunction.  I haven’t even yet discussed how mercury can disrupt our health.

Symptoms and conditions that correlate with mercury toxicity.

Symptoms and conditions that correlate with mercury toxicity.

Mercury amalgams can and do constantly shed mercury into our oral cavity and we swallow it into our GI tract.  Mercury alone in the GI tract can cause leaky gut.  It is a major irritant to the gut lining.   The gut lining intimately linked to mental health.  Did you know that about 90% of serotonin that our body makes is made in the lining of the gut?  Serotonin deficiencies are intimately linked to depression and anxiety.   This is one reason depression is a major symptom of mercury toxicity.  Mercury can pass through the gut lining and into the bloodstream.  Mercury from dental amalgams also out-gases and is inhaled.  Inhaled mercury goes straight to the brain and easily crosses the blood brain barrier.  It is known to be a potent neurotoxin.  Click here to read a comprehensive scientific review of mercury in all of its forms and the effect it has on human health.

Now that all the mercury has been removed, the next phase of my healing process will now focus on gentle heavy metal detoxification.  Luckily, I’m equipped with the knowledge to do this.  Unfortunately, so many others are not.

Oral health is a crucial aspect of any wellness program and I urge everyone to find a biological dentist in their area for a thorough evaluation to determine if chronic bacterial infections or heavy metals are part of the underlying cause of poor health.   To find a biological dentist in your area, go to iaomt.org.

If you live in the South Florida area and are looking for a biological dentist, there is only one that I recommend, and I’d be happy to connect you with her.  Feel free to contact me!

Thanks for reading.  Now it’s your turn!  Do you have dental amalgams?   Can you relate to any of this?  Write your comments below and let’s bring some awareness to this issue by sharing this article with our friends and family!

Thanks,

Rick Gold

Certified FDN Practitioner.

Contact me:

Email: Rick@goldfunctionalwellness.com

Website: www.goldfunctionalwellness.com

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Meet Candice – she’s just like you and me!

woman-with-a-headache

“FDN (Functional Diagnostic Nutrition) empowers you to dramatically improve your health through functional lab work and effective natural healing strategies.”

– Rick Gold, Certified FDN Practitioner & GFW President & Founder

As a nation, we are sicker than ever.  The statistics are sobering:

Keep in mind that all of the statistics cited above only keep track of the diagnosed cases.  There are many people that have gone undiagnosed in every bucket above.  So, the health problems we are facing today as a society are far greater than even these sobering statistics show.  

So how did we get here? 

Well, there is no doubt that genetics play a role.  But if you know anything about epigenetics, you understand that it is  environment and lifestyle that are the largest determining factors of our overall health.

Meet Candice, a perfect representation of your typical 30-40 year old American woman.  She is a wife and mom to 2 kids.

In the subsequent story below, I am going to link to information that shows how Candice’s lifestyle and the way Candice was dealing with her health issues contributed to and even caused serious sub-clinical malfunctions in her body that led to all of the symptoms that she was feeling by the time she became my client.

Candice presented the following main health complaints:

  • Always feeling tired, wiped out.
  • Trouble waking up in the morning and getting to sleep at night.
  • Trouble staying asleep at night.
  • Needs coffee at several times a day to keep going.
  • She was carrying extra weight that she could not get rid of.
  • Sugar and salt cravings.
  • Frequent colds, sinus, and yeast infections.
  • Stressed out, anxiety, depression.
  • Acid reflux and heartburn.
  • Alternating constipation and diarrhea.
  • Random skin rashes/hives.
  • Allergies.
  • Frequent headaches.

Frankly, these complaints aren’t very different from what most of us feel on any given day.  These are considered common ailments, and there are a boatload of over the counter medications that help to alleviate the discomfort associated with them.

Candice was no stranger to them either.  She regularly took painkillers for her headaches and sleeping aids to help her sleep.  She took antacids to battle her acid reflux.  Perhaps her doctor never informed her that natural methods are safer and more effective for the treatment of acid reflux than antacids.   She took a common OTC allergy medication to help manage her allergies.  She took a popular anti-depressant and anti-anxiety prescription for her anxiety and depression.  Perhaps her doctors never told her that all of the drugs she takes regularly very likely will create a huge toxic load on her liver and could lead to serious complications down the line.

Because she has 2 young children, she rarely got a full night of restful sleep which causes serious inflammation and stress on her body, and can lead to adrenal fatigue.  She also was under a tremendous amount of stress from her job and financial difficulties, not to mention enduring several deaths in her family which put a huge burden on her adrenal glands and also leads to adrenal fatigue.

Candice is a very busy woman, and she rarely took time to address her own health and stress levels through consistent moderate exercise and brief daily meditation.  She was burning the candle at both ends.

To relieve her stress, Candice started drinking wine regularly and drank heavily on the weekends when she and her husband went out with friends, which unfortunately put even more stress on her adrenal glands and further exacerbated her symptoms.

Her daily morning regimen includes using chemical laden soap, shampoo, shaving cream, anti-antiperspirants, make-up, lotion, and perfumes, all which contain chemicals and metals in them that are known endocrine disruptors, and add to the toxic burden on her liver as well as general stress on her adrenal glands.

Unfortunately, the chemical assault on Candice’s liver and adrenal glands doesn’t stop there; she regularly uses similarly chemical-laden household cleaning products, drinks from plastic water bottles, colors her hair with chemical dyes, and uses chemical-laden sunscreen that actually may increase her risk of cancer.

Because of how busy she is, Candice regularly eats out at restaurants, where she unfortunately does not really know what ingredients are being added to her food.  They also cook their food in artery clogging oxidized vegetable oils that cause inflammation in her body.

Because of a lack of understanding the dangers involved with eating non-organic foods, the benefits of eating organic food, and her financial difficulties, Candice rarely buys and eats organic food, which increases the toxic load on her body further, and promotes malnutrition.

Candice’s use of antacids reduced her stomach acid, which impairs her body’s ability to digest and assimilate the food that she eats and further results in malnutrition.

Over the last several years, Candice has been to several doctors for her various ailments.  In some cases, she was given prescription strength drugs to help alleviate the discomfort associated with them which did temporarily help alleviate her symptoms, but unfortunately also increased the toxic burden on her body.  Her blood tests, however, came back unremarkable, and she was consistently sent on her way under the impression that she was healthy, and that she was just under a lot of stress and needed to get better sleep.

This, of course, is true…but it’s not the whole truth…

After running several functional labs on Candice, I identified several sub-clinical malfunctions and imbalances in her body that were likely the causes of most of her symptoms:

  • She had stage 2 adrenal fatigue, low DHEA, and other hormonal imbalances.
  • We found that she was having trouble digesting and absorbing proteins, and thus was malnourished (even though she had extra weight).
  • She had low melatonin levels which can explain the trouble she is having with her sleep habits and circadian rhythms.
  • She had elevated lipid peroxides, which, put simply, means that her body was aging before its time, and putting her at increased risk for diseases like cancer.
  • Candice’s thyroid was not functioning properly (hypothyroidism), likely a result of the adrenal stress she was under.
  • She had multiple food sensitivities (including gluten, dairy, and other seemingly innocuous foods like iceberg lettuce!), which caused heightened immune activity, general inflammation, and increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut).
  • Candice had elevated urinary bile acid sulfates, a key marker that indicates possible liver congestion.
  • She had heavy metal toxicity.

Through the use of functional lab work, we identified an enormous amount of healing opportunities for Candice.

So why didn’t her doctors find this stuff?  Simple: Most doctors don’t run the type of labs that I run on clients.  They run labs that are geared towards diagnosing disease…and they are in the business of diagnosing and treating disease through the use of prescription drugs, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.

The labs that I run are geared towards finding sub-clinical malfunctions in the body, meaning malfunctions that are not diseases.  These are the type of malfunctions that, if left to proliferate, can and will lead to disease eventually.

For instance, a doctor will diagnose you with NAFLD (non-alcohol fatty liver disease).  That is a disease of the liver.  But he/she isn’t necessarily concerned with testing for urinary bile acids, because elevated UBAS does not mean you have liver disease.  It is a potential precursor for that.  So, only practitioners who work in the field of prevention would be interested in that marker.

Back to Candice: Through the use of potent, proven, and effective natural protocols, she is well on her way to building her overall health back.

The protocols include recommendations for intense lifestyle changes in Diet, Rest, Exercise, Stress reduction (mental/emotional and hidden internal), and targeted Supplementation.  I had Candice take a Metabolic Typing Assessment to find out the best type of diet for her specific metabolic type.  We used top-notch services that created a very tailored and specific meal plan for her that excluded the laundry list of foods which she was reactive to.  I gave her recommendations on how to optimize her sleep habits, balance her hormones, nurse her adrenal glands back to health, and to detoxify her body.  At FDN, we like to call it the D.R.E.S.S. for health success program.  You can read more about how I work on my FAQ page.

I taught Candice how to become less reliant on modern medicine to take care of her health, and how to become an active every-day participant in her health.  The lab testing and the natural protocols that I taught her empowered her to not only take charge of her own health, but the health of her entire family.

Candice is currently regaining energy and vitality, and has a new-found knowledge, interest, and a passion for taking care of her own emotional and physical well-being.  Here is the bottom line:

When we employ a holistic view of the body, recognizing that all parts of the body are inter-connected and inter-dependent on one another for proper function, and work to positively affect the underlying causes of the symptoms that people feel through natural protocols, the clients’ symptoms usually subside or are eliminated completely.  It’s really that simple.

I hope that this article helped to inspire you to do the same as Candice: Take charge of your health!  Don’t accept the current medical model, which is to sit back and wait for serious conditions or diseases to strike and then pray that modern medicine will save you!

You hold the keys to vibrant health, and those keys are the lifestyle choices that you make each and every moment of each and every day of your life.  Every lifestyle choice that you make either degrades your health or improves it.  There is no in-between.   

Now I’d like to hear from you.  Do you suffer from any of the symptoms that Candice did?  Have you been to the doctor and were told that ‘everything looks normal’ even though you are certain that something feels ‘off’?  Have you had any experiences with working with a holistic practitioner that runs the type of labs that I run?

Thanks for reading!

Rick Gold

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