Vol. 15

No. 1

Healing Mysteries of Bile



"Bile is one of the most potent anti-inflammatories in the world."

"The free flow of bile is essential for vitality."

 

Chiropractic Neurovascular Dynamics (NVD) places great emphasis on digestion. The gut is the place where the vital force resides, and the great processes of life – nutrition and elimination – take place in the abdomen. NVD focuses on the 2nd Unit of Digestion in the right upper abdomen, the most metabolically active area in the body, which houses the liver, gall bladder and head of the pancreas.

The liver has over 500 known functions and is the key to health and longevity. Some of its functions include the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, filtration of the blood, blood storage, manufacture of immune substances, hormone breakdown, storage of fat soluble vitamins, and quite importantly, the making of 1.5 quarts of bile daily. Once produced, the bile is stored and concentrated in the small pear-shaped sack that is the gall bladder. Bile fluids, called the "Green Monster" by Shakespeare, is bitter, green and highly alkaline.

When one eats a fatty meal, the intestine signals the gall bladder to release bile salts to break down the fat into small particles for assimilation. This flow also helps eliminate excess cholesterol, pathogens and parasites from the body. If the liver becomes toxic, bile can become thickened like honey and eventually produce gall bladder inflammation symptoms such as gas, bloating, fat intolerance and shoulder blade pain. If the gall bladder is not well, the liver is not well.

Research has now shown that there is a mutual supportive relationship between the gall bladder and the liver. Science Magazine on 04/16/06, pg. 233, reported that "elevated (increased) bile acids accelerate liver regeneration and decreased levels inhibit liver regrowth." This astounding research indicates that we can repair our most important organ, the liver, via good gall bladder function. This green fluid also affects the core of our immune system, the gut or microbiome, by promoting the anti-inflammatory function of the gut lining. Bile is also involved with many other health projects such as metabolic syndrome, IBS, atherosclerosis, psoriasis, constipation, weight issues, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, bloating, migraines, cysts, depression, hot flashes, allergies, arthritis, joint and muscle pain, dry eyes, oily skin, cataracts, and dental tartar.

Healthy bile is produced by a high fiber diet rich in leafy greens, artichoke, beets, radish, dandelion, turmeric and arugula. Sulfur rich foods such as garlic, onions, and cruciferous vegetables also assist. Vegetable proteins like sprouts and whole grains are also bile-friendly.

Good communication between the liver and the gall bladder as reported in Science Magazine is dependent on non-toxic and thin bile. Besides a supportive diet, good tone of the Autonomic Nervous System, our master control system, is required for good "signaling." The entire body, including the digestive system, is an integrated and inter-dependent mechanism, and it is the nervous system that exerts ultimate control. Chiropractic NVD, as developed by Terrance Bennett DC, stresses the importance of the 2nd Unit of Digestion (liver-gall bladder) as the spark plug that ignites the entire digestive tract. NVD gently stimulates nerve reflexes on the abdominal surface with a monitoring stethoscope to insure free flow of bile down the gastro-intestinal tract.

 

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Vol. 14, No.12: "Food Energetics PART I "

Nutritional science is an increasingly important field as our society ages and baby boomers seek healing modalities to enhance their quality of life. Science knows the importance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats for health as well as the vital role of vitamins and minerals. However, all the nutrients essential for health are still not known.

Vol. 14, No.11: "NVD"

In previous newsletters we have outlined the neurological basis of Neurovascular Dynamics. The human organism operates by reflexes or relays, meaning that our organs are networked and support each other in a holistic way. In fact, Gray's Anatomy, 29th edition, states that "the nervous system controls and co-ordinates all organs and structures of the human body."

Vol. 14, No.10: "Early Warning Signs"

Most of us visit our dentist on a regular basis or make an annual medical visit to have a checkup, but we are not aware that there is an innate body system that can also provide clues long before a health challenge manifests. That system is the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), previously described in the"Awakening the Healing Response" newsletter (Vol 14, No. 8). It is the automatic and unconscious organ system that remains silent in health and produces many alarm signals such as headaches, or back and joint pain, when something is awry internally..

Vol. 14, No.9: "The Gut-Bone Connection"

A decade ago few would believe that the human gastrointestinal (GI tract) system would have anything to do with the strength of our bones. Scientific knowledge has now demonstrated that there is indeed an important connection.

Vol. 14, No.8: "Awakening the Healing Response"

The ability to fight disease and maintain health is a natural power within all beings. It is so automatic and instinctive that it is called the Self Healing Response.

Vol. 14, No.7: "Pythagorean Healing"

The Pythagorean Academy began approximately 2500 years ago in greater Greece. It was a school dedicated to the development of the full human potential.

Vol. 14, No.6: "Healing From The Center"

Humans have always searched for the Fountain of Youth, a place where one could be eternally healthy. Diet, herbs, bodywork, exercise, and psychology have all been helpful but that special elixir does not reside outside but resides within our bodies. It is a special force or energy center deep within the body. When we are in harmony with it, healing is possible.

Vol. 14, No.5: "Hand Yoga"

Yoga therapy, now well-known in the West, is commonly associated with postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayama), but there is another independent branch of yoga called Hand or Mudra Yoga. This unique branch sees the human body as a miniature of the larger universe.

Vol. 14, No.4: "Hidden Causes of GERD"

GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is a common health condition affecting 25% of the U.S. population. Highly acidic stomach juices should stay in the stomach in order to properly break down food but instead the hydrochloric acid and food moves backwards into the esophagus where they do not belong. The highly acidic irritation causes chest burning, choking, swallowing difficulties, hoarse throat and coughing. These acids can even erode the dental enamel and cause gum disease.

Vol. 14, No.3: "THE Microbiome Mania"

Hippocrates, father of medicine, taught some 2500 years ago that "all diseases begin in the gut." The worlds of medicine, immunology, microbiology and nutrition are confirming this finding concerning the popular topic of the microbiome.

Vol. 14, No.2: "The Magic of Sleep"

Sleep is an activity that all humans do automatically and is often underestimated in regards to its healing potential. In fact, restorative sleep is the foundation of physical and mental health. Lack of adequate nighttime rest has been associated with dementia, high blood pressure, increased blood sugar levels, depression, increased cancer risk and obesity.

Vol. 14, No.1: "Mystery of Persistent Back Pain"

Lower back pain has been a challenge for all professions. In fact, many years ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that lower back pain is more prevalent than the common cold. Medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy and many allied professions have tackled this epidemic malady with varying results. Of these, the chiropractic profession has had the best success record in dealing with this painful condition, although results can depend upon the pain’s cause and point of origin.

Vol. 13, No.1: "Emotional Healing & Psycho-Peristalsis"

Stress, whether physical, mental or nutritional, is now recognized as the cause of most illness, and its reaction takes place throughout the nervous system including the abdomen, as many people can attest.

Vol. 12, No.7: "The Great Mimic"

Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from periodic gastrointestinal complaints such as hiatal hernia, esophageal reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, hemorrhoids, or constipation. In this brief article we will explain what we think is the common denominator for all these digestive maladies and why we call this factor "The Great Mimic."

Vol. 12, No.6: "Exhausted? It Might Be Adrenal Stress Disorder"

In nature, when an animal is attacked, it can respond with extraordinary feats of strength and endurance. This is accomplished with the mobilization of hormones – specifically, adrenalin. The same response also occurs in humans, but with a very significant difference. Once an emergency has ended, the animal will recover quickly from the galvanizing effects of adrenalin. Humans, however, live with such persistent stress that, all too frequently, we do not have adequate time to rest and re-set the nervous-hormonal system.

Vol. 12, No. 5: "Oh, My Aching Head!"

All of us experience feelings of sadness, unhappiness or frustration at times, and this is a normal part of human existence. However, when these feelings persist and start to interfere with our normal functioning, we begin to suffer from depression.

Vol. 12, No. 4: "Hidden Factors in Depression"

All of us experience feelings of sadness, unhappiness or frustration at times, and this is a normal part of human existence. However, when these feelings persist and start to interfere with our normal functioning, we begin to suffer from depression.

Vol. 12, No. 3: "Your Aching Sinuses"

There is a simple – yet unseen – mechanism in the human body that regulates and restores our health. This “Great Harmonizer” is actually wired in to the human nervous system and needs only to be properly stimulated in order to maintain health.

Vol. 12, No. 2: "From Stressed Out to Chilled Out"

There is a simple – yet unseen – mechanism in the human body that regulates and restores our health. This “Great Harmonizer” is actually wired in to the human nervous system and needs only to be properly stimulated in order to maintain health.

Vol. 12, No. 1: "Surprising Eyes"

Heredity can be either blessed or blamed for many of our physical characteristics...  from the inheritance of Mom’s curly hair to Dad’s bald head to, unfortunately, Grandpa’s diabetes. In fact, just knowing about or having observed a beloved relative suffer from a hereditary illness can create an aura of ticking time bomb in our own lives.

Vol. 11, No. 1: "Natural Immunity"

Human beings have always searched for methods to preserve health in the face of aging, infection and disease. One such route to health has increasingly been the promotion of the body’s own self-protective and self-healing mechanisms. These mechanisms, in turn, are dependent upon the  strength of the body’s “natural immunity,” its inherent ability to defend itself against infection and degenerative disease.

Vol. 10, No. 1: "Reflex Healing"

Chiropractic methods may seem, at times, to be mysterious and have little obvious connection with the object of a patient's complaint. While the "light touch" used at Friedman Chiropractic may possibly appear superficial, it is actually a critical tool for helping the body to regain health.

Vol. 9, No. 1: "Hara and Healing"

There is an old Taoist saying which advises: "When you are sick, do not seek a cure. Find your center and you will be healed." "What is this Òcenter" of which the ancients spoke and what is its importance to natural healing?

Vol. 8, No. 3: "Water: The Overlooked Nutrient"

We can live weeks without food, but no more than a week without water. For health, we need a balance of fluids for all of our cells to function properly. Our bodies consists of from 50% to 80% water. These fluids are what carry nutrients, waste products, and minerals to our cells. The fluid in our bodies can be divided into two main groups: There is fluid inside our cells (intracellular fluid) and fluid outside our cells (extracellular fluid).

Vol. 8, No. 2: "Fibromyalgia"

Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects over 8 million Americans, 80% of them female. People with this chronic condition have symptoms of severe fatigue and multiple sites of aches and pain in their muscles, ligaments and tendons. Years ago, people with this condition were told they had fibrositis, myalgia, rheumatism or were just plain hypochondriacs.

Vol. 8, No. 1: "Food Allergies"

Many medical experts predict that between 50%-60% of all Americans have negative reactions to some foods. These reactions are not restricted to the intestinal tract but can also cause brain, immune system, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, respiratory and skin symptoms...

Vol. 7, No. 2: "The Law of Polarity"

Since ancient times there have been many seekers of Nature's secret laws of healing. One such doctor was Randolph Stone, DO., DC., who explored the world in hopes of determining the common denominator of all healing systems. He concluded that there is an unseen field of electro-magnetic energy that both runs and heals the body. Dr. Stone organized his discoveries into a method he called Polarity Therapy ...

Vol. 7, No. 1:" Toxic or Tired?"

Fatigue is epidemic is our society. Common causes of this malady can vary from life-style choices to dietary indiscretions. Many people are aware that their exhaustion may come from poor food and emotional pressures, but an often overlooked factor is "auto-intoxication." Autotoxemia is poisoning with toxic substances formed within the body.

Vol. 6, No. 1: "The Importance of Posture"

There is an old adage that states: "The shape you are in determines the shape you are in." The implication is that the way one's body looks reflects one's general health. This idea goes back to the ancient Greeks who appreciated an erect and poised body in athletics and the arts, particularly statuary. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, exhorted: "In all diseases, look to the spine."

Vol. 5, No. 1: "The Four Stages of Healing"

An understanding of how the body-mind becomes ill can be helpful in guiding us through the healing process. The body becomes ill and gets well in an orderly manner whether the stressor is nutritional, mechanical, or emotional. The stages of disease in the order of progression are Acute, Sub-acute, Chronic, and Degenerative. All stages are various degrees of a condition called "inflammation." ...

Vol. 4, No. 1: "The Healing Field"

Many people wonder what is the mechanism in the human body that co-ordinates our daily physiology and also heals illnesses and injuries. A simple finger cut, for example, goes through many stages of tissue healing. How does the body know what type of connective tissue to lay down and when the scar is ready to fall off? ...

Vol. 3, No. 6: "Understanding Your Gut Feelings

Most of us believe that important decisions are made via the intellect or the reasoning part of the mind. Current scientific research reveals this to be only partially true. It appears that we think with our minds but experience our emotions from another locale within the body: the stomach area. ...

Vol. 3, No. 5: "Retracing: The Untold Story"

There is a belief among many health practitioners working with natural therapies that a person who is in the process of getting well may undergo some sort of a "healing reaction" in order to fully heal. The "healing crisis," as it is known, occurs at a point when the body's self-healing mechanism has begun to "retrace" its own history of illness in order to completely heal and rid itself of the accumulated residues of disease...

Vol. 3, No. 4: "May the Force Be With You"

The physicians of the ancient world believed that health comes from a power within the human body which they called "Vis Medicatrix Naturae" or the healing power of nature. The Greek physician-philosopher Plato observed that every living thing is activated by an "inherent vital principle" which both runs and heals the body-mind complex...

Vol. 3, No. 3: "Change Your Thinking...Change Your Life"

The philosopher-psychologist Henry James observed almost a century ago:
"The most profound discovery of my generation is that, by changing one's thinking, one can change one's life."
Increasingly, science is finding that, by engendering positive and uplifting thoughts, we can not only improve the quality of our emotional and spiritual lives, but we may be also able to influence the quality of our physical health. ..

Vol. 3, No. 2: "Is It Mind? Is It Body? Is It Body-Mind?"

Except for a small number of physical complaints such as injuries or acute infections, there is an increasing array of health complaints being labeled as having a "stress-related" or emotional component. By current estimate, almost 90% of present health issues have emotional stress as a partial cause of disease. How can we, as health consumers, know if a disease derives from emotional or physical causes or from a combination of both? To find the answer to this question, it is helpful to look to the past. ...

Vol. 3, No. 1: "Fatigue and Its Remedies"

At various times throughout our lives, all of us will experience a sense of tiredness or fatigue.Sometimes this feeling will last a day or two but, for some people, it can persist for months, years, or even a life-time. It is important to understand that serious fatigue, that is, fatigue that is not attributable to temporary over-exertion, is actually a symptom of some other process going on within the body-mind unit. Prolonged fatigue is not an illness in itself, but a manifestation of a health imbalance. ...

 

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