Specializing in Increasing Health for All Ages
Dr. John Litts has helped patients with:
Allergies/sinusitis Sports Injuries Back Pain/Sciatica
PMS Digestive problems Headaches Ear Infections
Neck/ mid-back Pain muscle aches/soreness fatigue
Side effects may include:
Increased energy, less illness, & brighter future
• Identify the cause
• Understand the correction
• Discover True health!
Combining the latest research of today with the personal touch of yesterday!
Recommendations for care for Acute/Chronic pain
• Ice 15 to 20 minutes, can repeat every hour
• Only use moist heat 2 days after initial injury
• Do not cradle phone with neck, keep neck in proper alignment
• Preferable moist heat: shower or hot water bottle for 7-10 minutes
• At bedtime apply castor oil to a towel and leave it on low back while sleeping
• Apply “ Biofreeze” as needed (follow directions on bottle)
• Avoid bending or twisting
• Avoid prolonged sitting and standing (>15 minutes at a time)
• Walk for a few minutes throughout the day to avoid tightening of muscles
• Use good posture throughout the day: sitting, standing, at work and home
• Sleep on back with pillows under knees and neck or on side with pillow between knees
• Sit in rocking chair or recliner
• Take a natural anti-inflammatory: Catalytic Enzymes
(Follow dosage guidelines)
• Follow stretching and exercise recommendations
• Follow guidelines for a healthy lifestyle: stress reduction, good diet, nutritional supplements, and proper rest
Natural ways to treat the cold/flu/bronchitis/Sinusitis
1. Know when to treat symptoms
• Endure a moderate fever/stay hydrated
• Allow yourself to cough
2. Blow your nose often and only blow one nostril at a time. If one blows too hard most of the congestion will go further into the sinuses.
3. Treat that stuffy nose with a saline solution.
4. Gargle with salt water
5. Stay warm and rested
6. Drink hot liquids; especially herbal teas such as ginger, elderberry, chamomile, wild cherry
• Can add hot honey and lemon
7. Use mentholated salve underneath your nose
8. Apply hot or cold packs around your sinuses
9. Sinus Rub:
• Rub forehead, side of nose, and chest with thumbs
• Breath in with the nose and out the mouth
• Best to do with steam
• For exact instruction or demonstration: Ask Dr. John or Dr. Marcus.
10.Sleep on an incline
11.Spice up your life: horseradish, cayenne pepper, curry
12.Consume fresh garlic daily – approximately 2 cloves
13.Humidify living space: can add eucalyptus
• Vitamin A (100,000 to 200,000 IU of beta- carotene per day) for 2 days. Pregnant women or sexually active women should only take 10,000 IU per day. Vitamin A maintains the health of mucous membranes, health of thymus gland, anti viral
• Vitamin C: 2 to 4 grams per day with 500mg to 1000mg of bioflavonoid in divided dosages. Potent anti-inflammatory, antihistamines, anti viral
• Zinc Lozenges: take 2 lozenges initially then 1 every 2 waking hours. The best are the lozenges that use glycine as a sweetener, 15 to 25mg of elemental zinc. (Take up to 7 days)
• Echinacea- 300 scientific studies. German physicians and pharmacists prescribe Echinacea 2.5 million times. It is a powerful immunostimulant. Do not take longer than 2 weeks at a time. Do not take if you have a daisy allergy or have an immune compromising condition.
• Astragalus-member of the pea family, immunostimulant.
• Elderberry-Immunomodulater- inhibits foreign cells from entering healthy cells, can be taken as tea, capsule, tincture, syrup, lozenge.
4. Amino acids
A.N-Acetyl-cysteine- take 1200mg daily
• Thins mucous
• Anti dote for Tylenol poisoning
• Increases function of immune system
B. Glutamine-5 grams of glutamine 3x/daily to maintain your strength level.
* Nutritional supplements work best on the very onset of the first symptom.
Migraine headaches are vascular headaches characterized by a throbbing pain that pounds sharply in the sufferer’s head. In contrast, a tension headache is associated with a steady constant pain that starts at the forehead or back of the head and can spread pain over the entire head. Sometimes migraines hit without warning. Many who suffer migraines get unusual symptoms called “auras” before the pain hits. The aura may be a tingling or numbness in the body. Alternatively, the individual’s vision may become blurred or show bright spots. Thinking may become disturbed. Anxiety or fatigue may suddenly set in. More than half the sufferers have a family history of the illness.
Recommendations in treating and preventing Migraines
Identification of the precipitating factors, and their avoidance, is important in reducing the frequency of headaches (eighty to ninety percent) of food allergy/intolerance in patients with migraine headache, we recommend beginning treatment by identifying and eliminating food allergies. This can be accomplished by an elimination diet. The primary foods to eliminate are alcoholic beverages, cheese, chocolate, citrus foods, and shellfish.
Evaluation of the spine is important, especially in the upper cervical region. Any alteration in the biomechanics of the upper cervical spine will alter the function of the nervous system and blood flow to the brain and surrounding tissues.
• High potency multiple Vitamin/Mineral
• Additional Calcium and Magnesium. Calcium supplementation should be 1200 to 1500mg/daily and magnesium should equal 600 to 800mg daily. Preferred forms are chelated forms of citrate.
• Feverfew, 600mcg of parthenolide daily
• B-complex stress formula
• Flaxseed oil, 1 tablespoon
Science and Supplement News: Butterbur for Migraine Prevention
Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) has long been used for migraine prevention in Europe, and a recent U.S. study has demonstrated its ability to reduce the frequency of headaches. Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York compared two different doses of butterbur to a placebo among about 230 patients, who had reported two to six migraines per month prior to the study. Results showed that taking 75 milligrams of butterbur twice daily reduced headache frequency by 45 percent compared to only 28 percent for the placebo; a 50 mg dose decreased migraine frequency by only 32 percent. The only side effect reported was burping; no changes in blood pressure, heart rate or routine laboratory test results were seen. Because butterbur contains pyrrolizidene alkaloids (PA) that are toxic to the liver, you should be careful to choose only certified PA-free extracts that are standardized to contain 7.5 mg of Petasin and Isopetasin. Take butterbur with meals. Results of the new study were published in the Dec. 28, 2004 issue of Neurology.
Source: Neurology, Dec. 28, 2004
|Guide to treating Allergies and Asthma:
Allergies develop when the immune system misidentifies a common substance, such as rag -weed pollen, as a threat and responds to it as it would an infection. Once the immune system is programmed to an allergen it is difficult to change that programming. However, it is possible to modify the immune response. The mechanisms responsible for asthma and allergies are similar for the development, as well as treatment, are similar in both. Asthma is an allergic disorder characterized by spasm of the airway tubes, swelling of the mucous lining and excessive production of mucous.
• Avoid dairy (except for yogurt) to avoid immune-system irritation
• Eat yogurt daily that contains live active cultures. The good bacteria that the yogurt provides increase the ability of your digestive and immune system.
• Eat plenty of antioxidant rich foods such as berries and cherries to help modify the body’s inflammatory response.
• Eat apples, garlic, onions daily to obtain adequate levels of quercetin (a powerful natural antihistamine)
• Reduce trans-fatty acids-any fried foods, packaged foods. These foods will increase the inflammatory response
• Increase essential fatty acids-cold water fish, freshly ground flax seeds, and avocadoes. These foods will decrease the inflammatory response and increase the ability of the immune system.
• Eat foods containing magnesium such as tofu, legumes, seeds, nuts, whole grains, and green leafy vegetables. Magnesium can open the airways and relieve asthma.
• Drink plenty of water to keep nasal passages hydrated and to flush out your system
• Avoid salt.
Home care advice:
• The first step in the natural approach of asthma is to reduce the allergic threshold by avoiding airborne and food allergens.
• Nasal douching with a warm saline solution
Nutritional supplement protocol:
The following doses are for adults; divide the dosage in half if they weigh between 50 to 100lbs. For children under 50lbs, use 1/3 the adult dosage.
• Omega –3 fatty acids- 1,000 to 3,000mg/daily
• Quercetin-1 to 2gm daily
• Stinging nettle-300mg twice daily
• Vitamin C-1 to 3 gm daily
• Grape seed extract 50mg three times daily
• Magnesium 300mg three times daily
• Allergy: food and/or environmental
• Infection: bacterial, viral, fungal
• Mechanical obstruction
• Nutrient insufficiency
Possible food allergies:
• Cow’s milk 38 %
• Wheat 33%
• Egg whites 25%
• Peanuts 20%
• Soy 17%
• Cigarette smoke
• Carbon monoxide
• Animal dander
• House dust
Problems with allergies:
• Interferes with open/closing of Eustachian tube
• Swollen tonsils/adenoids which will decrease drainage and obstructs Eustachian tube
• Increase mucous/serous fluid
• Decrease white blood cells ability: immune cells that fight infection
Signs of allergies:
• Increased pulse
• Shallow breathing
• Red ears
• Watery eyes
• Puffy eyes
• Behavior changes: crying, biting, hitting, anger, changes in handwriting
• Viral: does not respond to antibiotics
• Bacterial: may need antibiotics specific to that bacteria if the infections doesn’t resolve in 3 days
3. Mechanical obstruction:
• Swollen tonsils
• Biomechanical obstruction: bones of the cranium, TMJ (bone/joint of the jaw), Cervical spine (bones of the neck)
• A Chiropractic physician who specializes in pediatrics is the best in evaluating/treating problems with biomechanical obstructions
*Case reports/studies of Gottfried Gutmann M.D. of over 1,000 children with ear infections due to mechanical obstruction and was benefited by manual therapy
*Case reports/studies from Joan Fallon D.C over 200 cases relieved with manual therapy
4. Nutrient Insufficiency:
• Deficiency of nutrients: trace minerals/vitamins/essential fatty acids
• Which will cause decreased immunity and increased inflammation
• Essential fatty acids helps regulate fever, affects tissue swelling, decrease allergies, regulates secretion, smooth muscle, and decrease pain
• When to get medical care:
• Loss of consciousness
• Abrupt change in voice
• Neck stiffness/ headache
• Difficult breathing/swallowing/vomiting
• Discharge from ear
• Doesn’t respond in 2-3 days
• Loss of hearing
• Severe ear pain
• Fever lasting more than 3 days
• Fever above 104
• Fever above 100 in 2 month old
1. Keep child at home when the child has an ear infection
2. Have meals consisting of:
• Lamb, rice, squash, carrots, red potatoes, chicken, applesauce
3. Lymphatic flush:
• Have child lay on back, head slightly elevated
• Apply lotion: unscented, warm hands
• Rub lotion on both sides of the neck
• Broad hand contact
• Begin one inch from collar bone, stroke hand downward 5-6x
• Then 2 inches upward
• Then one inch upward
• Repeat until your hands are at tonsils at this point, make long strokes downward
4. Sinus rub:
• Rub forehead with fingertips and stroke downward
• Rub at each side of nose, do the same
• Follow hands from side of forehead along face down to throat
• Rub top of chest
5. Spinal massage:
• Have child lie on belly
• Rub lotion on low back and work your way up
6. Ear drops:
• Consisting of mullein oil, olive oil, garlic
• Place 3 drops in ear and cover with cotton
• "A good home remedy for the early stage of ear infections in children is to put a few drops of warm garlic oil in the ear canal, then plug the ear loosely with a piece of cotton. To make the garlic oil, crush a few cloves of garlic into some olive oil, let it sit a few days at room temperature, and strain it. Keep the oil in a container in the refrigerator and warm a bit for use as needed. Do not use garlic oil prepared this way for food preparation or cooking
7. Nose drops:
• Ayr, ocean
8. Blow hot air from a hair dryer with help of a straw to relieve pressure and increase drainage or use warm compress.
9. Nutritional supplements:
• Echinacea: One half the adult dosage is appropriate for children under 6. “ Esberitox” is the recommended brand name.
• Vitamin C: dosage = age in years x 50mg every 2 hours
• Zinc: dosage = age in years x 2.5mg per day (up to 30 mg/daily)
• Acidophilus – Pro-biotic (powder form)
• Fish oil: 1 teaspoon daily
• Multi vitamin/mineral that is age/gender specific is recommended.
|Path to Wellness Series:
Women’s Health Issues
Health is a process or a journey; we should take life one day at a time. One shouldn’t make any drastic changes in their diet or go from no exercise to exercising 7 days a week. We should incorporate good health philosophy into our lifestyle.
1. Diet - Consume a diet that focuses on whole unprocessed foods
• Whole grains, legumes, vegetables, (especially cruciferous vegetables) nuts, seeds, fruits, legumes.
• Phytoestrogen veggies: green beans, Brussels sprouts, split peas, olives
• Maintain fiber intake
• Keep refined carbohydrates (sugar) to a minimum, pasta/bread/rice, crackers, etc.
• Keep soda to a minimum
• Consume good fats (olive oil, nuts, seeds)
• Consume cold water fish weekly: tuna, salmon, sword steak.
(During pregnancy only eat fish 1x/week because of mercury)
* Fish oil supplements are recommended to assure proper fatty acid
(omega –3’s) intake
• Keep fried foods or hydrogenated fats to a minimum.
• Drink water as your primary beverage
• Consume green tea: for cancer prevention and bone density
• Consume garlic and onions: for good health and bone density
• Consume yogurt (that contains live active cultures)
• Consume soy unless allergic or sensitive. Also, in pregnancy one should not consume a high amount of soy.
* Soy can substituted with Red Clover supplementation
• Good source of Phytoestrogen
• Rich in isoflavones, which can act, to stimulate estrogen or interfere in its action. Soy inhibits and decreases mammary tumors. It is 2% as strong as estrogen but will cause an increase in estrogen effect, balancing estrogen levels.
• Known to help reduce the risk of breast cancer, heart disease, PMS and menopause, and osteoporosis
• Try to consume 40 to 160 mg of isoflavones per day
• Lower protein count, higher isoflavones. Whole soy or flour better than high protein isolates (protein bars)
• If allergic or sensitive to Soy, try Red Clover (herb) to be discussed later
• Moderate exercise such as walking can be done daily.
• Weight bearing exercise to increase bone density
• Arthritic conditions: Pool, Tai Chi
• Strenuous exercise such as weightlifting, swimming, aerobics should be done 3 to 4 times per week.
• Start slowly and set goals.
• Decreased cholesterol
• Decreased bone loss
• Improve circulation
• Improved heart function
• Increased energy
• Reduced hot flashes – best results 3.5 hrs of exercise per week
• Reduced blood pressure
3. Correct spinal alignment/ proper nervous system functioning:
• Especially third lumbar (low Back area) because the lower lumbar nerves control the reproductive system.
4. Avoid xeno (foreign) estrogens:
• Have estrogen like effects
• Examples are pesticides, insecticides, heated plastic from microwave
5. Nutrition supplements:
• High potency mineral/Vitamin supplement
• Should be specific for age
• Certified laboratory tested
• Free of dyes
• Should contain more the than RDA allowance
• Use the most effective form/dosage
1. Black Cohosh:
• Must be standardized to contain 1 mg of 27- deoxyacetin which contains 1 to 2mg of tripertine glycosides (the most active ingredient)
• Hormone balancing effect on the brain
• Decreases muscle spasm
• Promotes calcium storage
Dosage: 20 to 40mg daily, could take up to 2 months before significant reduction in symptoms
Safety: for ALL herbs don’t take during pregnancy, allergic to aspirin, history of estrogen positive cancers, may interfere with birth control, HRT, coumadin
2. Red Clover:
• Good substitute for soy or Black Cohosh
• Rich in isoflavones
• 10x stronger than soy
3. Chaste berry fruit (Vitex)
• Very effective for PMS, helps balance a deficiency of progesterone or excess of estrogen, suppresses the release of prolactin
Dosage: 20 to 20mg daily of dried chaste berry extract, best results by taking it the first thing in the morning
4. St. John’s Wort:
• For mild or PMS related depression
• 300mg of standardized extract three times daily
• Other herbs for stress are Kava, Valerian
Can increase light sensitivity, do not use if on depressants,
can cause headache, nausea, dizzines
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