Hi Everyone! December 2004

Welcome to our newsletter. Over 5 billion dollars a year are spent on medication for digestion disorders (Nexium, Previcid). Most digestion problems can be helped by proper dietary habits and natural medicine. In this month's newsletter:

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  1. Meet Drs. Faith and Masa Takakura
  2. Digestion and Illness
  3. Healing or suppression
  4. Formula Approach to Medicine Leads to Misdiagnoses
  5. Let Food be your medicine - Split Pea Soup
  6. Ask Dr. Brannick

Meet Drs. Faith and Masa Takakura

Hi Everyone!

The Brannick Clinic of Natural Medicine is proud to announce the addition of the following doctors:

Both doctors are graduates from Bastyr University in Washington State. See our website for more information on Drs Takakura!

Digestion and Illness

Many philosophies of medicine such as Aruvedic, Chinese, and Naturopathic medicine believe that most illnesses or conditions start with weak digestion. Digestion may become weak due to chronic abuse of eating too fast, consuming high sugar, high fat and poor quality of foods, or by ingesting antacids. We need a high acidic stomach to breakdown food and to absorb nutrients.

How does poor digestion lead to illness?

With the above insults, the production of acid and digestive enzymes decrease and the whole gastrointestinal tract becomes sluggish resulting in symptoms such as heartburn, indigestion, gas or bloating. The decrease of acid and digestive enzymes decreases the absorption of nutrients. The body uses up the storage of nutrients and takes the nutrients it needs from the bones thereby leading to osteoporosis or other nutrient deficient conditions. The body tries to keep the nutrient store in the blood stream to allow our organs (like the heart) to function and therefore will take nutrients like minerals from the skeletal system to maintain this store.

Aruvedic, Chinese, and Naturopathic medicine can tonify the digestive tract when weakened but we must first work on removing or decreasing the insults. We must eat to nourish!

Eating to Nourish

The process of eating should stimulate the senses. It should be enjoyable as well as nourishing. It needs to be balanced with what is healthy to allow for growth and healing of the body. Food should be thought of as nourishment not just part of our daily routine.

How we feel about food and eating play a major role in how the food we take in will or will not affect our bodies. Food helps us get through the rough times. Sitting down for a meal or a snack can be a time for regrouping our thoughts or enjoying someone's company. It can be a time to explore the senses of taste, smell, feeling the texture, seeing the colors and shapes, combined or alone. If the food is of high quality, we may feel a sense of feeling responsible to oneself and that we are worth it.

Shopping for your food should also be an experience that is rewarding. To buy fresh and high quality foods is to provide nourishment to our cells. Shopping should not be done in too much haste especially when you are working to improve your dietary habits. Food should be bought and eaten as fresh as possible. The vegetables and fruit should look rich in color, not old and dried out. Purchase wild fish instead of farm raised fish. Buy food that has the least amount of processing. Nuts should be raw and unsalted. Meat should not be overcooked, cook to med or medium rare. Meats should be red without dyes and hormone free. The key for shopping is about quality which may cost a little more but I can assure you - your medical bills will decrease. You are worth the expense of higher quality food. Frozen or microwaveable food provides very little nutrition and minimal stimulation of the senses. This is not a healthy way to cook or eat.

Your health is vital to your well being. Making time to cook can be quite rewarding by reinforcing the idea that you and your health are worth the time and effort. Meals should be eaten in a relaxed setting with the TV off and in a sitting position (not standing up). The body breaks down and absorbs nutrients while in a parasympathetic or relaxed state. This should also be a time of family discussion without arguments. The food should be eaten slowly and thoroughly chewed before swallowing. You may even decide to put the fork down after each bite to train yourself to slow down. This slower process with allow the digestive enzymes to work better thereby decreasing heartburn, gas, and or bloating while increasing the absorption of nutrients.

Digestive dysfunction is so common today. This problem is a reflection of how fast we do everything. However, our digestive system has not adapted to this new high speed of living. Slow down.

- Dr. Brannick ND

Healing or suppression

Suppression is not cure! Suppression temporary makes the symptoms go away but since the cause is not removed the symptoms usually return at a later date as a more sever symptom and may even be called another newly occurring disease.

To a naturopathic physician, a symptom is the body's cry for help. It is the body's way of alerting the patient that it may be having trouble healing itself. Therefore to only treat the symptom is like "shooting the messenger", the cause is still there and therefore the body will let you know that something is wrong usually at a later date. The body will stop crying for help at death or when cure is reached.

Healing should follow "Herrings Law of Cure":

Healing should proceed from above downward - the symptoms move downward as if on the way out from the trunk to the extremities.
Healing should proceed from within outward - from internal to external which may bring symptoms out to the surface (skin).
Healing should proceed from most important organ to least important organ - heart, kidney, lungs then skin.
Healing should proceed in reverse order of appearance - those most recent symptoms to appear should disappear first as older symptoms reappear then disappear.
The last symptoms most often represent deepening of the illness.

There is a distinct order and if symptoms are not moving in the above manner or new symptoms appear in which the patient has never had before, this usually means the disease is deepening and the patient is getting worse.

Formula Approach to Medicine Leads to Misdiagnoses

October 10, 2004

The Chicago Sun Times
RE: Editorial: Formula Approach to Medicine by Dr. Strong

Dr. Strong's highly critical commentary "Formula Approach to Medicine Leads to Misdiagnosis" (Chicago Sun Times, 10-2-2004 p. 17) was right on target. Dr. Strong correctly pointed out that standardized diagnostic protocols - the "algorithmic" approach to medicinethat can be appropriate to specific situations, are universally applied without consideration of the surrounding circumstances, thus leading to frequent misdiagnosis. In addition, Dr. Strong also noted that the formula approach to diagnosing illness and disease allows duller doctors to practice without consequences for their actions and restrains the creativity and effectiveness of smarter doctors. In this respect Dr. Strong pointed out that better doctors "are powerless to act contrary to the protocols for fear of legal or professional repercussions."

What Dr. Strong failed to mention is that there are safe and cost effective science-based alternatives to the formula approach taught at mainstream medical schools and subsequently practiced by mainstream Medical Doctors or "Allopathic physicians". One such alternative is Naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic Medicine is a highly specialized discipline that is focused on strengthening and supporting the body's natural healing process. Naturopathic physicians (ND) attend four to five year accredited naturopathic medical schools, are board certified, and practice as licensed primary care physicians in 14 states, Washington DC, and US territories and possessions. In states that license NDs as primary care physicians, NDs are highly valued and are an increasingly important part of the health care delivery system.

NDs utilize protocols for diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illness and disease. However, the protocols used by Naturopathic physicians are dictated by each client's unique physiology, life style patterns, and environmental concerns. Moreover, Naturopathic protocols and treatment interventions are focused on the cause of illness and disease rather than treating or masking the symptoms of illness and disease. Because Naturopathic protocols are based on the unique physiology of each patient duller NDs are always challenged, smarter NDs are never restrained, and all patients are always treated as individuals. Because Naturopathic medicine always treats the individual, NDs are not facing a malpractice insurance crisis, nor do licensed ND's fear legal repercussions from patients, other ND's, or other professional health care providers.

Fortunately there currently exists a dramatically expanding medical paradigm that effectively eliminates the disastrous consequences of the formula approach to medicine. This Naturopathic paradigm is composed of licensed medical professions with impeccable credentials and a passionate desire to place the health of their patients ahead of economic or other non-clinical concerns. The benefits that these deeply committed professions offer their patients and society in general include but are not limited to the reduced potential for a misdiagnosis, an increase in the quality of life and health of each individual patient, and a significant reduction in the overall cost of health care.

It should be noted that Naturopathic "doctors" are at times mistaken for licensed board-certified Naturopathic physicians. Naturopathic "doctors" do not attend accredited four- five year medical schools, are not board-certified, and are not licensed as primary care physicians. Most Naturopathic "doctors" certifications are mail order degrees typically received after completion of a correspondence program with no clinical training. Naturopathic "doctors" only use the title of Naturopathic "doctors" in states like Illinois, which do have licensing statues for Naturopathic Medicine -- buyer beware.

Michelle A. Brannick, ND, DC
Kevin J. Brannick, PsyD (abd), MA, MA
The Brannick Clinic of Natural Medicine
Riverside, IL 60546

Let Food be your medicine - Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup - Great for lunch or dinner

peas2 Teaspoons of cold pressed olive oil
1 onion
2 stalks of celery chopped
2 carrots chopped
2 Potatoes diced
1/2 teaspoon curry
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 cups dried split peas (washed and soaked for minimum of 1 hour)
6 cups of vegetable or chicken stock (preferably homemade)
1 large bay leaf
1 cup of fresh or frozen peas
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of dill dried(add more if fresh)
1 piece of Kombu or Dulse (dried sea vegetables)

Heat oil in a crock pot or pressure cooker. Add onions and sauté until they are soft. Add celery, carrots, potatoes, curry, and pepper and continue to sauté for 7 minutes. Add split peas, dried sea vegetables, stock and bay leaf. If pressure cooking add heat to bring up the pressure then lower heat to cook for 1 hour. If using a crock pot let it cook for 5-8 hours. (Great to start before you leave the house in the morning then return to a ready made meal!) Add fresh or frozen peas, salt and dill 5 minutes prior to serving.

Ask Dr. Brannick

Dr. Brannick,

What do you think of the flu vaccination?


Dear Kim,

Since the flu vaccine manufacturers are notoriously inaccurate at predicting the appropriate strain of the virus most flu vaccines are ineffective. People still have a high chance of getting the flu whether they are vaccinated or not. There is also a risk of side effects from the vaccine such as Guillaume Barre Syndrome and mercury and aluminum toxicity.

Fluzone is the flu vaccine given to babies which contains 25ug mercury/.5ml dose, formaldehyde, sucrose, chicken embryos, sodium phosphate, sodium chloride, gelatin, Polyethylene Glycol p-Isooctyphenyl Ether and hemaggluttinin. I do not want these chemicals in the bodies of my family or yours. The flu is treated safely and effectively by natural means. Come is with the first signs of aches and pains, fever, runny nose, cough, or fatigue to decrease the severity and duration of the illness.

“Health is Everything”

Dr. Brannick ND, DC

Info: https:// www.vaccineshoppe.com/US_PDF/Fluzone_P-free_2002.2003_4675.4681.pdf