Years ago when I was figuring out how to heal myself from Hashimoto’s thyroid disease, gut, skin, pain, and other chronic health issues I was having, I came up with the FreeDiet®. This diet is free of not only gluten but gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy legumes, nightshades, and processed foods.
I was struggling with what to eat for breakfast and then came up with the idea of having a smoothie. However, smoothies typically take a lot of time and effort because of washing the fruits, spinach, and kale. It just takes a whole lot of time, effort, and energy. I came up with a solution in under three minutes of how to make a nutritious breakfast smoothie.
How to Make the FreeDiet® 3-Minute Super Smoothie
Start with 12 ounces of filtered water and add half a cup of organic frozen blueberries or cherries. Frozen berries are easy because you don’t have to wash them and they’re already frozen so it’s like adding ice to the smoothie.
Blend filtered water and organic berries on low for about five seconds.
Put the lid on the blender and blend for five seconds. Check the smoothie after five seconds to see if additional blending is needed. This smoothie is a great source of protein, fruits, vegetables, essential fats, and fiber. It’s fast, easy, delicious, and a great way to start your day.
One troubleshooting tip with psyllium fiber, if you don’t drink it right away, it can get really thick. So, you can use just a teaspoon of psyllium instead. Either drink the smoothie very soon after making or just stick with a level teaspoon of psyllium fiber instead.
I’m Dr. Tom Rofrano, founder of the natural medicine clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Over the last 34 years, I’ve had the opportunity to see over 100,000 patient visits. Many of my patients have gut and thyroid issues in addition to hormonal imbalance. Oftentimes, lab results will reveal a hormonal imbalance called PCOS. PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
The main or most common symptom of PCOS is irregular or absent menstrual periods. In addition, severe menstrual cramps, excess androgenic hormones like testosterone DHEA, and polycystic ovaries are other common findings.
With PCOS, the ovaries become surrounded by fluid-filled sacs called follicles that surround the eggs. The ovaries can also swell up and cause a lot of issues. If a woman has two of these three symptoms, they can be diagnosed with PCOS: irregular periods, excess male hormones, or polycystic ovaries.
Living with PCOS
Menstrual cramps, PMS, and infertility are common symptoms of women that have PCOS. PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility in women. Excess male hormones can cause increased hair growth on the face, back, and chest, as well as hair loss on the head. Oily skin and acne can be common complaints. The above symptoms are all signs of excess androgens (male hormones).
Excess sweating, anxiety, depression, weight gain, and hormonal issues including thyroid problems are extremely common with PCOS.
Hormone Imbalance and PCOS
Hypothyroidism, thyroid nodules, and Hashimoto’s (autoimmune thyroiditis) are commonly observed in women that have PCOS. What are the underlying causes? The main cause is insulin resistance. Insulin resistance can lead to increased testosterone production from the ovaries, causing many of the symptoms.
Other hormonal imbalances, like increased DHEA (an adrenal hormone), can be involved too. Prolactin and luteinizing hormone (LH) are other hormones that can be too high. There also may be a genetic component as well. I like to dig deeper and identify the root causes.
Testing for Underlying Root Causes of PCOS
When I do an evaluation, I run comprehensive testing for five different areas of underlying root causes. For instance, I often see deficiencies of iron, B12, folate, magnesium, and vitamin D. Vitamin D is a prohormone that’s really important for regulating hormones and insulin.
I also check for environmental toxins (like too many plastic compounds) as well as heavy metals and their components. Under infections, I often see Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) or gut infections. Most often patients with PCOS suffer from digestive issues, gas, bloating, and IBS. With GI stool testing, I often find bacterial overgrowth, yeast/candida overgrowth, and parasites.
Stress Causes Hormone Dysfunction
Hormone dysfunction is usually linked to adrenal dysfunction. Stress can cause the adrenals to have some imbalances over time, initially excess cortisol—the stress hormone. DHEA or cortisol can also be depleted from excessive stress over a long period of time.
Food Sensitivities and PCOS
The 5th area of testing is food sensitivities. Almost every patient that I have seen with PCOS has a gluten sensitivity. It often has a large effect on insulin resistance. Gluten sensitivity is the main food intolerance I find, but there are other foods as well that are commonly involved in causing food reactions.
Food reactions cause inflammation and are often a large piece of what causes PCOS symptoms. The above-mentioned issues we test for are often the main root causes of PCOS.
Case Study of 36-Year-Old Female Patient
I had a 36-year-old female patient who came in for thyroid nodules. PCOS is often involved in causing thyroid issues. Not only was she dealing with thyroid issues, but she also had PMS, painful menstrual cramps, heavy periods, infertility and prior miscarriages, excessive perspiration, anxiety, depression, fatigue, acne, aches and pains, and headaches.
After doing a thorough evaluation I put her on the main component of our treatment plan, the FreeDiet®. In her case, not only was she gluten sensitive, but she was reacting to other foods. The FreeDiet® is not just free of gluten, but free of gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods. It’s free of all those commonly allergenic foods responsible for causing inflammation, digestive problems, and other chronic health issues. I had her on the FreeDiet® along with the appropriate supplements.
Improvement from PCOS Symptoms
Four weeks later, when I re-checked some of her lab work, her testosterone dropped in half from 42 to 22 to the normal range. Her DHEA, another androgenic hormone was cut by almost 100 points to normal levels, and her estrogen dropped by almost 100 points to normal, where she previously had estrogen dominance. Her progesterone increased by a factor of 10X and her ferritin (which is a sign of insulin resistance) dropped almost a hundred points to normal, and her inflammatory marker (C-reactive protein) went from 57 to less than one.
There was a dramatic reduction in inflammation, which really drives insulin resistance, inflammation, and so many different chronic health issues. A major purpose of the FreeDiet® is to reduce inflammation and insulin levels, which allows you to heal. While women with PCOS typically struggle with weight loss resistance, she dropped 20 pounds. She went from a size 12 to a size four within two months and was thrilled about that as well.
The traditional treatments for PCOS are birth control pills, Metformin (a diabetes drug), and spironolactone (a high blood pressure drug). There’s a surgical procedure called laparoscopic ovarian drilling that is sometimes performed if the drugs don’t work. The traditional treatment listed above can help manage symptoms.
Natural PCOS Treatment
Our Functional & Free™ treatment plan includes, besides the FreeDiet®, the following vitamin supplement recommendations.
ActivMulti™- High Quality Multivitamin
OmegaSorb 3X™ – Fish Oil Capsules
D3 5000 + K2
ProbioSupreme™ 30 – Probiotics
I call these the Functional Five™ supplements. The multivitamin has high levels of nutrients like chromium and vanadium that help also with blood sugar regulation, which is very important for insulin resistance.
FemSynergy™ – Supports Hormonal balance and estrogen detoxification.
Patient-Specific Treatment Plans
The treatment plan for PCOS is based on what each patient specifically needs. Someone may be iron deficient, whereas someone may need some other nutrients that they’re low in. One woman may need 10,000 units of vitamin D, whereas many people only require 5,000. It really depends on the fine-tuning of the individual case, but generally, the above is what I use foundation.
Have hope if you have PCOS, even though online it says there’s no cure and you’re just going to have to live with it. For most chronic health conditions, if you identify the underlying root cause you can often be provided with long term permanent solutions to help you get better.
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I’m Dr. Tom Rofrano from The Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. I’ve had the privilege of helping over a hundred thousand people over the last 34 years. There are simple things you can do at home to help maintain a healthy blood pressure. In this article, we’ll talk about the things you should consider.
What is High Blood Pressure?
What is high blood pressure? A reading of greater than 130 over 80 is stage one, and stage two is greater than 140 over 90. The stage one levels were recently lowered to 130 over 80, so now more people are categorized as having high blood pressure. In our office, it is one of the more common issues patients are dealing with.
Almost half of Americans have hypertension, and 54% of African Americans have hypertension as the rate is proportionally larger in the African-American community. We are going to go uncover some of the underlying root causes and some solutions on how to maintain a healthy blood pressure.
High Blood Pressure Medication Alone May Not be Effective
One of the things that my patients with high blood pressure have in common is that most are on high blood pressure medication. When I take their blood pressure, it’s still high even though they’re on medication.
Oftentimes one hypertension medication is not effective and then you need to go on a second medication, and sometimes a third. One of my patients had a cardiologist husband who was on five different prescriptions for high blood pressure, and it was still high! They were having a hard time figuring out why.
One of the reasons is when you’re not addressing the underlying root cause, and instead just trying to cover it with medication, the body adapts, and the blood pressure increases again because you are not fixing the issue.
What Causes High Blood Pressure / Hypertension
Here are some underlying root causes for high blood pressure.
DEFICIENCIES—ESPECIALLY VITAMIN D
First, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, in particular vitamin D, is a huge factor in this category. As far as getting back to why I believe African Americans have a disproportionately higher amount of blood pressure is because the darker your skin, the less you absorb vitamin D from the sun.
I had a patient from The Bahamas who was a gardener and was out in the sun every day, all day long. He came in with a long list of symptoms, including high blood pressure, aches and pains, and fatigue. His vitamin D was one of the lowest I’d ever seen, and he was out in the sun all day long. The reason is, the darker your skin, the less you break down and absorb vitamin D into your bloodstream.
Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies I see repeatedly, especially in people with hypertension.
Toxins are another underlying root cause. When someone comes in and we perform testing, oftentimes we will see high levels of mercury or iron overload.
Infections are another common root cause of high blood pressure. There’s a particular virus called cytomegalovirus, as well as other gut infections, that can cause high blood pressure.
Other causes of hypertension are hormonal imbalance, such as insulin, cortisol, DHEA, estrogen, and others.
Food allergies and sensitivities can be a root cause for high blood pressure, especially gluten.
Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Supplements for Blood Pressure
I had a 68-year-old female patient who came in with neck and back pain, fatigue, brain fog, dizziness, insomnia, sinus congestion, digestive issues, and high blood pressure. After lab testing, one of her root causes was gluten sensitivity. I put her on the FreeDiet®,as well as vitamin and mineral supplements that she needed. Thirty days later, her blood pressure dropped 66 points to normal, as did her blood sugar, triglycerides, inflammatory markers, and she lost 12 pounds.
The FreeDiet®is free of not only gluten, but gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, and other common allergenic foods that result in inflammation, digestive, and other chronic health issues. Underlying inflammation in the body is a driving force for high blood pressure. By following the FreeDiet® inflammation can be reduced.
Supplements for Blood Pressure Support
I typically recommend five supplements, which I call the Functional Five™. I suggest switching your diet to the FreeDiet®. The first part of the functional five is a good quality multivitamin and fish oil. OmegaSorb 3X is the particular one we use.
Vitamin D is an important nutrient and testing will reveal what your levels are and what dosage you need to take. On average, most people need 5,000 IUs of vitamin D along with Vitamin K2. It’s really important to get vitamin K2 with Vitamin D to help with absorption.
Magnesium is an important mineral to take, and I believe magnesium malate is the best form. You can take magnesium citrate if you deal with constipation, but magnesium malate is my first pick. Typically, I recommend approximately 400-600 milligrams a day. A good quality probiotic like ProbioSupreme is very important to take as well.
Other vitamin and mineral supplementation would be recommended unique to your specific levels. For instance, B12 and folate deficiency are common deficiencies with hypertension, so I would recommend MethylFolate B12 Plus. If your inflammatory markers are high, curcumin is a great supplement to support healthy inflammation.
A 54-year-old male patient whose blood pressure was 182/108 followed all the guidelines to avoid hypertension. He didn’t smoke and only drank alcohol occasionally.
He wasn’t overweight, exercised regularly, consumed a generally healthy diet, monitored his salt intake, and still had high blood pressure. His doctor said it was hereditary and needed to be on medication for the rest of his life, but he didn’t accept that.
After testing, I put him on the FreeDiet® as well as all of these supplements listed above. At the follow-up appointment four weeks later, his blood pressure had come down 71 points. A lot of people don’t realize when they have hypertension, they are actually experiencing food reactions.
Gluten, in particular, can aggravate inflammation and raise blood pressure if you have a gluten sensitivity. In addition to taking supplements, it’s important to follow a good quality anti-inflammatory diet, such as the FreeDiet®.
I’m Dr. Tom Rofrano from the Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Over the last 34 years of practicing, one of the most common issues I observe is a vitamin D deficiency. My practice is located in South Florida where that’s not even supposed to be an issue.
In a study presented by Dr. Mark M. Alipio on 4-9-20, of the COVID-19 patients exhibiting mild symptoms, 96% had normal vitamin D levels.
In the group of patients with severe or critical illness of Coronavirus, only 4% had normal Vitamin D levels.
96% of the patients that had a severe or critical illness from COVID-19 had vitamin D deficiency.
Only 4% of the patients that exhibited mild symptoms had a deficiency. The baseline Vitamin D level was 30, which is on the lower side of normal.
Optimize Vitamin D Levels for Immune Strength
A study in a British medical journal showed that vitamin D supplementation was very protective against acute respiratory tract infections. Studies show that vitamin D prevents a cytokine storm in the lungs, and one of the reasons people are dying from COVID-19 is a cytokine storm in their lungs. Multiple studies show the positive effects of vitamin D on the immune system. The United Kingdom has recommended their citizens take vitamin D supplements regularly to help boost their immune system. In general, it is very simple to get adequate levels of vitamin D. The easiest way is getting sun. It is nearly impossible to get enough Vitamin D from your diet unless you’re consuming cod liver oil on a regular basis. There’s just not enough Vitamin D in food to provide adequate levels. Exposure to sunshine is the best source of vitamin D.
Vitamin D Absorption
When I moved to Florida years ago, I was on the beach two to three times a week on a regular basis. When I had my vitamin D levels tested, I was very deficient. How could that be? Well, I have olive skin and tan very easily; the darker your skin is, the harder it is to absorb vitamin D from the sun. Regarding COVID 19, studies have found that people with dark skin have a much higher incidence of severe or critical illness or death than people with light skin. Years ago, I had a patient from The Bahamas who did landscaping. He was out in the sun at least 40 hours a week, all day long in The Bahamas. He was Bahamian and has very dark skin, yet he was vitamin D deficient. So, being out in the sun does not necessarily ensure that you’re getting proper levels.
Vitamin D Supplementation and Proper Levels
A good supplement is the best source of vitamin D. Typically, the supplement dose depends on what your blood levels are. I recommend having your blood levels of vitamin D checked. The optimal lab levels are different than what the actual optimal levels are.
Optimal Range of Vitamin D
Ideally, you want to be in the 60 ng/ml range, so 50 to 70 range is optimal for most people. The normal lab levels are from 30 to 100. It depends on many factors, but to achieve that level, a dosage of 2,000 to 10,000 IUs of vitamin D/day is recommended. I had been taking 5,000iu, and it was not enough to get my levels up towards the 50-70 range. I took 10,000iu for a while to increase my levels more, and then I reduced to 5,000iu/day. Taking the proper amount of Vitamin D depends on your levels, height, weight, how much sun you get, and more.
Vitamin D and K2 Supplements
I highly recommend taking vitamin K2 along with D as K2 helps with the absorption of vitamin D and provides extra immune support. A Vitamin D supplement that contains K2 is best such as our D3 5000 + K2. A typical dosage of vitamin K2 would be 90-180 mcg/day.
The recommended vitamin D dose for children depends on their weight, but generally, a thousand units per 35 pounds of body weight is a good starting point. Ideally, you want to have your blood levels tested to see what your levels are. I really cannot stress the importance of vitamin D enough. I hope all this information is helpful to improve your health and immune system.
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I’m Dr. Tom Rofrano, founder of The Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. I have had the opportunity to see over 100,000 patient visits over the last 34 years. Today, I’m going to talk about how a stomach bug called H. Pylori can cause your gut and thyroid issues and how to fix it.
What is H. Pylori?
It’s a bacteria that can inhabit your stomach. Over 50% of the world’s population has it, over 80% in some undeveloped countries, and in North America, over 20% of the people are estimated to have it. It can cause a wide range of symptoms.
It’s the primary cause of ulcers, gastritis, abdominal pain, burning, reflux, constipation, diarrhea, and belching. H. Pylori can also cause bad breath. You can develop other conditions like autoimmune diseases, thyroid Hashimoto’s or Graves’, and skin conditions from this bacteria.
H. Pylori Symptoms and Testing
Pylori is a prime cause for malabsorption, anemia, and esophageal and stomach cancer. It is important to be aware that this might be an underlying cause if you have any of these symptoms.
How do you diagnose H Pylori?
There are three different tests, but I recommend the stool test for the most accurate testing.
1. Blood and Breath Tests
There are blood and breath tests available, but they aren’t as accurate as stool testing. I’m not fond of the breath test because you have to drink a liquid loaded with aspartame, an artificial sweetener.
Some people also suffer from side effects of the drink, like burning of the throat and stomach, nausea, and diarrhea. Many of these symptoms are already present in people with H. Pylori.
2. Stool Test
I prefer the stool test because it’s accurate and easy to do. The stool test is an accurate diagnosis of whether you have an H. Pylori infection. I’ve recently had five patients diagnosed with H pylori, and I’ll briefly discuss their issues and how they got rid of H. pylori.
Traditional Treatment for H Pylori
The traditional treatment is antibiotic therapy. It is called triple therapy because it has two antibiotics and an acid-blocking drug. Over time, it has been proven not to be that effective.
So now the protocol is quadruple therapy, which adds an additional drug. There are also different combinations of hybrid therapies. Sometimes these therapies may involve having a patient take 14 prescription pills in one day for two or three weeks.
The success rate for these treatments varies from 29% to 90%, depending on the person and the area. Antibiotic resistance has evolved over the years, so it’s shown not to be as effective. That’s why the protocols had to keep changing and increasing dosages.
Sometimes people take three or four drugs for two weeks and then move on to other drugs.
Natural H. Pylori Treatment
Now that we’ve gone over the medical treatment protocol, we will cover the natural treatment. We’ve been able to help many patients that come in with an H. Pylori infection resolve it naturally.
There are three steps.
1. Get Tested
First, if you have symptoms, you get tested and find out if you have it.
2. Change Your Diet
Next, there is a diet that I created and use called the FreeDiet®. The diet is free of gluten, grain, sugar, and yeast- all foods that are commonly inflammatory, and bacteria love feeding on sugar and starches. You want to help starve them while at the same time giving products that help clear them out. That’s where the FreeDiet® diet comes into play.
3. Take Specific Supplements to Support Gut Health
As far as supplements go, I’ll tell you what I found to be helpful below.
Effects Of These Natural Methods on My Patients
Here is a look at a few of the cases I’ve treated in my clinic:
Female – 20 Years Old
I saw a 20-year-old female patient who was suffering from extreme stomach burning, reflux, pain, bloating, and black stools, which is common. Typically that means ulcerations and bleeding in the stomach. Her stool test came back positive for H pylori.
Female – 36 Years Old
I also saw a 36-year-old woman dealing with severe fatigue, weakness, nausea, and constipation. She ended up with an iron deficiency, anemia and other deficiencies, which are common with H pylori. She was so fatigued and weak that she couldn’t even work for two months.
Conventional medical doctors told her she had anemia and to take iron supplements, but that wasn’t helping because it wasn’t fixing the underlying cause. She had internal bleeding because H. pylori can cause ulcers.
Male – 67 Years Old
I had a 67-year-old male patient dealing with constipation, diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, and heartburn.
Female – 37 Years Old
A 37-year-old female patient had similar symptoms: nausea, vomiting, constipation, bloating, iron deficiency, anemia, very weak, and couldn’t even exercise.
Every one of them had low thyroid function and gluten sensitivity.
Diet and Supplements for H. Pylori Gut Support
The diet I recommend is free of gluten and grains and is extremely helpful in treating this type of infection. The program also involves a combination of different supplements.
I recommend a very strong probiotic as well as our supplement called GastroBlast™. It is a combination of different nutrients like mastic gum, licorice, zinc carnosine, and cabbage extract. These are all compounds that have shown to be very helpful with this condition. It helps the stomach lining heal as well.
ProbioXtreme™, GastroBlast, Curcumin Protect™, C-Bioflavonoids 500, NAC (N Acetyl Cysteine), and GI-Mend are all compounds that when taken together, can help with eliminating symptoms of H Pylori.
All the patients mentioned above did a three-month protocol, and they all showed resolution with follow up testing.
The last step of the protocol is to retest to make sure the infection is gone. All of my patients’ tests showed the infection was gone, as well most of their symptoms. Their gut symptoms and skin symptoms like eczema, rashes, and itchiness (which are common symptoms) had all cleared up. They typically resolve when you follow the above-mentioned protocol.
Why It’s Important to Eliminate Alcohol with H. Pylori
I did have a 37-year-old female patient with all these similar symptoms that I mentioned. When I retested her, it hadn’t completely resolved. When I look at the differences between the patients, she was the only one that drank alcohol.
She did not quite follow the FreeDiet® 100% accurately, as she drank a lot of alcohol every weekend. Alcohol is very inflammatory to the stomach lining and can damage the stomach lining.
When you are trying to heal the stomach, alcohol is avoided on the FreeDiet® phase 1 for a reason. When you’re going through this, it is important if you want to get better, you have to strictly adhere to the diet. If you want to get better, then you have to stick with what works.
H. Pylori is a Stealth Infection
In the midst of all this, I found out I had H. pylori. I was in the process of testing another company to ensure I was using the best stool testing for my patients, and all my colleagues were talking about how great this one company was. I was comparing their stool test to the one I had been using, and so I did a test on myself. I used three companies- the original one and two others. To my surprise, the test came back positive for H. pylori, and that was through the company I’d been using all these years.
Not Everyone with H. Pylori Has Symptoms
It’s possible to have no symptoms and have H. pylori, as I wasn’t exhibiting any symptoms. I’ve had digestive symptoms and thyroid issues in the past, as well as Hashimoto’s, skin, joint, autoimmune, and other conditions.
I was surprised I came back positive for H. pylori as I hadn’t had any gut symptoms in a while. I did the complete protocol for six weeks, as I wanted to see if it would work in that amount of time. I did it for six weeks instead of three months. I retested, and the infection had been eliminated.
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I hope this information has been helpful. If you think you may have H. pylori and want a natural functional medicine nutrition approach, please contact our office today. We would be happy to help.
Have you ever soaked nuts before eating them? Why would you consider soaking nuts? Soaked nuts do not even sound very appealing. But, soaking nuts before eating them is beneficial.
Benefits to Soaking Nuts
There are three reasons soaking nuts is beneficial. Here are three reasons you should consider this:
1. Reduce Mold
The first reason is a four-letter word: mold. Yes, that’s right. Most nuts have mold on them. You may not be able to taste or see it, but they’re kept in storage bins for weeks or months and accumulate mold, which produces toxins called mycotoxins. Soaking nuts helps reduce and eliminate mold from the nuts.
2. Eliminate Pesticide Residue
If the nuts are not organic, they are sprayed with pesticides and fumigated with chemicals. Soaking them helps reduce and eliminate pesticide residue.
3. Easier to Digest
Soaking nuts makes them more digestible, and the nutrients become more bioavailable as soaking helps reduce phytic acid, lectins, and oxalates. Those are all compounds that block nutrient absorption and can also aggravate gut issues and affect your health in other negative ways.
How to Properly Soak Nuts
The other day, I soaked some nuts and poured off the water and could tell they had been affected by mold. Over a couple of days, mold started growing on pecans and almonds as well. If you’re not soaking nuts, you’re eating the mold and mycotoxins. I have seen water become disgusting in as little as four hours.
To minimize your exposure to toxins, make sure you soak the nuts before you eat them. It’s simple to do:
take the nuts and pour them in a bowl or a mason jar. You can do this with seeds as well.
Pour filtered water at least 1/2 inch over the top of the nuts.
Add a tablespoon of salt for every quart of water, stir it in the water to dissolve, and set it on the counter for 12 to 24 hours.
After the nuts have soaked, pour off the contaminated water.
Rinse the nuts or seeds with fresh water. You can pour fresh water back in and put it in the refrigerator and use the prepared nuts for recipes or snacks.
Remove the amount you’re going to eat daily, pour fresh water over them and put it back in the refrigerator. You can do that for about five days.
Aside from using them in recipes, you can also dehydrate or roast them. Place them in the oven at 200 degrees for 2-4 hours. If you want them to roast faster, you can do it at a higher temperature. I like to use lower temperatures.
You want to sprinkle plenty of salt all over the nuts first. If you prefer, you can also use a dehydrator: spread it out on the sheet, add plenty of salt, and put it in the dehydrator. I prefer using a low temperature, 120 degrees for 24 to 48 hours. You can use a higher temperature if you want them done faster. You can use cinnamon, and stevia, or monk fruit to sweeten the nuts, making it a great dessert snack idea.
Those are the best options for consuming nuts. They taste great and are a lot healthier for you. Give it a try!
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I recently had a patient who came in that suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome for over 40 years. She was able to drastically improve her health once we identified that she had a parasite called Blastocystis Hominis and naturally supported her body to eliminate it.
My name is Dr. Tom Rofrano from The Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and author of the FreeDiet®. I’ve had the opportunity to see over 100,000 patient visits over the last 34 years, and some of the most common health complaints I see are gut issues. This woman came in with a lot of bloating, abdominal pain, indigestion, and constipation. She said she had IBS for over 40 years, had been to many different doctors, and had tried numerous medications. She had spent the last five years on an antispasmodic drug.
Getting to the Root Cause
Even though she was on the medication, she was still suffering from symptoms. She went to a functional medicine doctor before me who performed blood testing and a breath test, then put her on some supplements. But she still did not know what was causing her digestive issues and was still suffering.
In addition to the gut symptoms, she was also experiencing fatigue, brain fog, sinus congestion, dry flaky skin, and high cholesterol. She was on medication for that as well.
The first step I performed was an evaluation with some comprehensive testing. Part of that testing was a stool test that she performed at home. The stool test came back positive for a parasite called Blastocystis hominis, which is this microscopic protozoa/amoeba.
Blastocystis hominis is very common, and many of our patients that I see with this had picked it up when they traveled to the islands. This patient went to The Bahamas quite a bit. It’s also common in other tropical islands, South and Central America, and even Europe.
Treatment for Blastocystis Hominis
There are specific medications used to treat Blastocystis Hominis, although a lot of doctors think it’s not a big deal and it doesn’t require treatment. Other doctors do take it seriously and treat it with prescription drugs.
The downfall is that, in my experience, medications are not all that effective. I suffered with blastocysts over 12 years ago and tried many different natural products which did not work. I then visited an MD who prescribed different medications to try and rid my body of it. Unfortunately, the prescriptions did not work either. So, I kept experimenting until I came up with a supplement protocol and diet that worked together.
One of the reasons why blastocystis can be so stubborn is parasites thrive off sugar, starches, and yeasts. When you are trying to eliminate parasites and still eating the standard American diet that has a lot of sugar and starches, it can be very hard to get rid of parasites.
A Specific Diet Protocol
One of the things I discovered was a specific diet that can be very helpful with clearing Blastocystis Hominis. I call it the FreeDiet® because it’s free of not only gluten but gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed food. It’s also free of those foods most commonly responsible for inflammation and chronic digestive issues.
This diet is one that can be extremely effective in starving off the blastocystis. Treating yeast is a large part of this plan. This patient, as did I, had positive yeast and bacterial overgrowth on her stool test. Treating parasites, bacteria, and yeast are all important parts of the protocol. All three of those are starved by eliminating those foods as well as alcohol.
The first step in treatment is diet, and then supplements are part two. I use a protocol of supplements called the Blasto Pack™ which is a combination of five supplements, including a probiotic called ProbioSupreme SB™, Microb-Balance, Yeast Drfeat™, NAC, and Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids. It is designed as a three-month protocol.
Beyond that, I recommend the Functional Five™: a good quality multivitamin, fish oil, magnesium, probiotic, and vitamin D w K2. Many people are deficient in a variety of vitamins and minerals if they are the host of a parasite.
The results of the patient’s testing showed she also had leaky gut, gluten sensitivity, as well as other food sensitivities. These parasites can wreak havoc on your gut and lead to other issues.
I used other supplements as well to restore proper nutritional balance and correct any other deficiencies. After four weeks of treatment, we did a follow-up blood test because her inflammatory markers were high. The testing showed her inflammation went down by a factor of five. Her CRP (C-Reactive Protein) initially was a 5 and went down to 1 in four weeks, and she also lost 8 pounds in four weeks. Her digestive symptoms were clearing up as well.
Many Symptoms Resolved
The patient talked to her doctor about stopping her IBS and cholesterol medication at the beginning because she wanted to give this treatment a hundred percent effort. It turns out her cholesterol and other blood work had improved. Her IBS symptoms completely cleared up as well.
After following the 12-week protocol, we performed the follow-up stool test which showed her blastocystis and yeast were gone, and bacteria had cleared up in her gut.
I was thrilled about the results because having lived through the misery of having blastocystis myself, I knew what it was like to finally get rid of it.
I was ecstatic that not only had her bloating and all her digestive symptoms clear up, her other symptoms resolved as well—fatigue, brain fog, sinus congestion, and skin issues.
Your Body Has the Ability to Heal
It just shows you that no matter how long you’ve had an issue, the body has an amazing ability to heal itself. You first have to find the underlying root cause and then be provided with the proper solutions for you to heal.
If you have thyroid or gut issues, fatigue, or brain fog, then you will want to learn about these simple tests that can really help you. My name is Tom Rofrano from the Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Over the last 34 years of seeing 100,000+ patient visits, one of the most common things I see when I get lab test results back is the patient’s ferritin level is not within the optimal range. Ferritin is a storage protein for iron, and one of the values it represents is whether you have too much or too little iron.
Ferritin level is important because if your iron is too low, you can get symptoms like fatigue, weakness, difficulty concentrating, shortness of breath, hair loss, decreased thyroid hormones T4 and T3. Low iron is also involved with Irritable Bowel Syndrome because when you have gut issues like IBS, you tend to have malabsorption of food, so your body does not absorb enough iron. Also, blood loss or too little iron intake are other common causes of low ferritin.
Normal and Optimal Ferritin Lab Values
The normal range of a ferritin lab lest depending on the lab, is usually 10 to 150 ng/ml for females or 20 to 400 ng/ml for men. That means you can have a result of say, 10 ng/ml, and be considered within normal range but feel terrible: exhausted, not able to think straight, and weakness are common symptoms.
I found that the optimal range for ferritin is between 60 and 90 ng/ml. That is the optimal ferritin level I recommend because below that you can start to suffer from symptoms such as fatigue and weakness. As a matter of fact, one of the common causes of hair loss is low ferritin levels, and once ferritin level drops below 40 or 50 ng/ml, hair loss can occur. This information can be invaluable to someone suffering from an unknown cause of symptoms.
Now, on the other hand, high ferritin levels can represent iron overload. It can also represent other things which we will delve deeper into later. If your ferritin level is too high, you can also get very similar symptoms to low ferritin, like fatigue, brain fog, abdominal pain, irregular heartbeats, diabetes, hypothyroidism, and infertility.
Yes, infertility can be caused by iron overload and can also be caused by too little iron. And there are many other symptoms and conditions as well that can be caused by either.
The cause of elevated ferritin level from iron overload can be due to hemochromatosis, which is a genetic condition. There are also other causes of high ferritin levels, such as chronic illnesses like liver disease, certain anemias, and even cancer.
Excessive alcohol consumption over a long period of time can increase ferritin levels, and insulin resistance is a common cause of high ferritin as well. People should not generally assume that a high ferritin level is always from iron overload.
Running the Correct Labs for Ferritin
I made a video on this subject a while back, where I had a 64-year-old female patient whose ferritin levels were over a thousand: 1,094 ng/ml. We did the genetic testing and discovered she had hemochromatosis.
By following my protocol, she was able to lower her ferritin over 1000 points in four weeks, which is an amazing improvement for iron overload disease.
Many cases of high ferritin are not from iron overload but are from insulin resistance, which is more common than you think. The way you discover that not just by running a ferritin test alone. You must run a full iron panel and check serum iron, percent saturation, iron-binding capacity, and ferritin level to really get a true picture of what is going on.
And you really need to go beyond that. So instead of just asking your doctor to run ferritin level, you want to ask for ferritin level plus an iron panel, which covers the %saturation, TIBC, and iron. You also want to get a CBC, a chemistry panel, CRP, which is for inflammation, lipids, thyroid, markers, GGT, uric acid, and insulin.
There are other functional lab tests that can be helpful as well to find out what is the root cause. Almost every patient I see has either too little ferritin or too much, so it’s really important to get a more complete picture.
Why Running the Correct Labs is Important
I did have a patient recently who had high ferritin levels, but her iron was low, which is like an oxymoron. Her ferritin level was 316 ng/ml, which is about twice the lab normal value.
At first glance, you may think she had iron overload when in fact, her iron saturation % was low and her iron was on the low side as well. What she did have was insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome.
Insulin resistance is a condition that can lead to obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure, which she did have. She also had a whole list of other symptoms like digestive, fatigue, skin issues, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
We put her on the diet I like to use for these chronic health issues. I call it the FreeDiet® because it is free of not only gluten but gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods. It is free of foods commonly responsible for inflammation, digestive, and other chronic health issues.
I ran her blood test after she was on the FreeDiet® for four weeks. Not only was she feeling a lot better and had more energy, but her digestive issues cleared up, and her blood pressure dropped 21 points to normal levels. Her ferritin dropped in half down to 151 from 316, and her cholesterol dropped 61 points to normal. Her liver enzymes, which were elevated, dropped to normal levels by over 50%. Her inflammatory markers dropped by about 50% to normal levels.
Before I met her, she suffered from PCOS, had infertility, and required IVF to get pregnant. PCOS is a hormone imbalance that can be related to excess ferritin, insulin resistance, elevated DHEA and testosterone. Her testosterone was 70 ng/dl which was almost twice normal levels, but her testosterone dropped dramatically by over 80% in four weeks on the FreeDiet® and supplements.
Supporting the Body to Heal
So, her iron was low and her ferritin was high. As her ferritin decreased, her iron came up to normal, even though she did not take an iron supplement. It is amazing what can happen if you start normalizing the body. Give the body what it needs and take away the things that are causing harm.
For instance, I tested her, and she had gluten sensitivity. She was sensitive and allergic to other foods as well. So just a matter of getting all those things balanced out. I also gave her, besides the FreeDiet®, what I call the Functional Five™: multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D, magnesium, and probiotics. She was deficient in vitamin D, which is very common and I also added a Curcumin supplement to her regimen.
For people with iron overload, I often add Metal Cleanse™ if they have high iron or other toxic metals. Liver Support is an important supplement as well.
If someone is iron deficient, of course, I use an iron supplement instead of Metal Cleanse™. Also, if someone has iron overload, the infrared sauna I use as part of the protocol as it can work very well at excreting out excess heavy metals, including iron.
Your Body Can Heal
It’s good to know that no matter what’s going on with you, if you get the right testing and find out what’s causing it, then you can be provided with specific solutions on how to heal. Not just feel better, but get better.
Did you know that rashes can be caused by a parasite? From seeing over 100,000 patient visits in the past 34 years at my Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, many of whom have digestive, thyroid, and skin issues. I have noticed a lot of patients testing positive for a parasite called Blastocystis Hominis.
What is Blastocystis Hominis?
Blastocystis Hominis is a single cell protozoa amoeba that can cause all sorts of issues. Apart from the usual symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, and IBS, it can cause nausea, abdominal cramps, skin problems, aches and pains, fatigue, and thyroid issues.
In fact, in one study that performed stool tests on patients with hives, 61% tested positive for Blastocystis Hominis. This was compared to only 8% of those who had it in a control group of those without hives.
A Story from My Clinic
I recently had a patient who woke up to lesions all along her back. Naturally, she was quite concerned and turned to several different topical solutions, but it would not go away. Once arriving at my office, we did stool testing in which she was able to take home a kit and collect her stool over a few days. Our results found she was positive for the blastocystis hominis parasite.
I placed her on an eight-week treatment protocol which quickly proceeded to clear up her lesions. While most doctors and dermatologists would diagnose this condition as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, or chronic hives I was able to look internally and get to the root cause of her problem. Instead of prescribing lotions, internal steroids, or steroid creams, I could prescribe a treatment that truly resolved it.
What is the Treatment?
So what treatment is recommended for knocking out Blastocystis Hominis? Below are the steps I help my patients take to treat this parasite and ultimately their skin conditions:
Diet is an important first step in eliminating this parasite. Most parasites like Blastocystis feed on sugar, grains, and starches. So, even if someone is taking a natural product or medication, eating a bunch of sugar (which is standard to a typical diet), can prevent them from working.
So I recommend a diet program I created called The FreeDiet®. Not only is it free of gluten, but it’s free of gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nitshades, and processed food. These can all be contributors to inflammation and a leaky gut; therefore, avoiding them will starve the yeast and parasites you are working to kill. Instead, incorporate plenty of quality proteins, vegetables, and healthy fats.
On a Personal Note
I created this diet years ago, around the time I too had this blastocystis hominis parasite and was experiencing skin and digestive issues, fatigue, joint pain, and tested positive for both Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and rheumatoid arthritis.
It took me years to figure out how to get rid of it because natural products and even prescription drugs were not working. However, after several trial and error attempts, I found that combining The FreeDiet® along with a specific supplement regimen, it cleared up.
Sticking to this treatment plan, all symptoms and both autoimmune conditions resolved and have yet to see this parasite return in over 12 years.
Another important aspect of tackling this parasite (as well as Candida, or yeast, overgrowth) is supplementation. I use five supplement protocol called the Blasto Pack. You can click here to view and the protocol is under the details tab.
ProbioSupreme SB (Saccharomyces Boulardii) – A specific type of probiotic
N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine – An amino acid that helps to break down biofilms and allows treatments to work better
C Bioflavonoids 500
These can be taken daily over a three-month period, with some seeing results even faster. In addition to these, I recommend the Functional Five™ supplements and a smoothie in the morning that combines protein, fiber, essential fats, and FreeGreens™ that provide a way to nourish and cleanse the body.
It’s important that as the yeast and parasites are dying off to clear them out of your system. The idea is as the parasite clears up, the skin clears up as well.
Seek Help and Stay Informed
So, if you have any skin or digestive issues or know of anyone that does, feel free to share this information. For more information on this topic, feel free to check out my book, The FreeDiet® at thefreedietbook.com.
Another option is to download and follow The FreeDiet® Phase 1 food chart and get started on the foundational supplements. If you have specific questions, please reach out. I look forward to working with you!
After 34 years of practicing at the Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, I’ve seen over a hundred thousand patient visits. More and more I am noticing patients coming in with thyroid and gut issues, and, in particular, thyroid nodules. With this increase, I’ve set out to discover not only what causes these, but how I can help my patients treat and shrink them naturally.
Finding the Root Causes
I recently helped a patient shrink her thyroid nodule by 73% in the first three months of treatment. At only 36 years old, she had multiple nodules, one was over four centimeters or two inches, the size of a plum. Naturally, she was very bothered by it. Not only was it uncomfortable, but it also made it difficult to swallow.
Doctors did ultrasounds and biopsies, finding them to be benign, but said that the only solution was surgery, which she did not want. After finding my practice, she flew down for evaluation and testing.
What Causes Thyroid Nodules?
What we found after testing were the root causes of her thyroid nodules:
In her case, she had an iodine deficiency, which is one of the more common causes of this condition. And, while you may hear or read the information that says iodine is bad for the thyroid, it can be quite helpful with things like nodules and goiter if someone is deficient.
This patient also tested low in other nutrients like vitamins B12, B6, and several minerals. A Vitamin D deficiency can also be a common cause of nodules.
We also tested for toxins, specifically heavy metals, mercury, arsenic, and lead. Commonly, I see mercury, arsenic, and fluoride, and in her case, she had high levels of fluoride.
Fluoride can interfere with iodine absorption and can make thyroid conditions and nodules worse. Because of this, I often recommend that my patients use a more natural, fluoride-free toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental floss.
On top of that, we looked at hormones as estrogen dominance is common with this condition. This patient had high levels of estrogen versus progesterone, as well as high levels of testosterone. This can be associated with PCOS, which is another condition, but one that is commonly related to thyroid issues. It’s necessary to balance these by addressing diet and supplementation.
Next, we looked at pathogens or infections by running blood and stool tests. Oftentimes, we’ll see bacterial overgrowth, viruses, parasites, and yeast, which are very common and cause inflammation in the body.
Nodules and goiter are caused by inflammation affecting the thyroid. Therefore, even if you remove this gland, you’re never really addressing the underlying issue.
Infections that are found must be solved individually. For this specific patient, she had a bacterial imbalance, or dysbiosis, in her gut, so we had to work to create a proper balance.
After infections, we looked at food reactions. A big one for goiter and nodules is gluten sensitivity, which was also the case here. She was sensitive to gluten, along with other foods, and, like many others, she had a leaky gut. Therefore, we worked to remove the offending foods from her diet.
Changing the Diet
The diet that I use and recommend to my patients is called The FreeDiet®. It is free of gluten, grain, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods. I call it the FreeDIet® because the diet is free of the foods commonly responsible for inflammation.
My new book, The FreeDiet®, addresses this and explains the plan in a lot more detail. There is even a chapter about thyroid nodules.
As mentioned, after three months of addressing these issues, my patient was able to shrink her 4.3 cm thyroid nodule by 73%. Additionally, her fatigue, brain fog, headaches, and digestive issues were resolved.
After years of failed attempts to lose weight,she lost 23 pounds and her hormones, including adrenal and thyroid hormones, were balanced. Furthermore, her inflammatory markers, which should be less than 1.0, went from 57 down to less than 1.0 in four weeks.
Finding the Root Cause
So, the important thing when dealing with thyroid nodules is to address all five of these different areas to find out what the root causes are. The FreeDiet® is a great place to start as it works to remove the most common foods responsible for inflammation and therefore gut and thyroid issues.
As far as supplements, I recommend what I call the Functional Five™. These include a multivitamin, fish oil, Vitamin D, magnesium, and a probiotic. Beyond that, depending on testing and deficiencies, I recommend iodine, selenium, B12, zinc, and iron.
Seeking More Information?
For more information on shrinking thyroid nodules and goiter, feel free to check out my book, The FreeDiet® at thefreedietbook.com.
Another option is to download and follow The FreeDiet® Phase 1 food chart and get started on the foundational supplements. If you have specific questions, please reach out. I look forward to working with you!
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