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By carefirstm72005544, Jan 10 2017 12:05AM

A FREE seminar on Detoxification was held in the office. Patients learned not only what toxins in the environment are harmful to our bodies, but also about toxins in our food. Patients learned not only how to become healthier by ridding our bodies of toxins, but how to live and eat healthier to ensure optimal cellular results. All participants in attendance were surprised at the amount of daily toxins that we’re exposed to.

The question is not “Are you Toxic”. The real question is “How Toxic Are You”.

By carefirstm72005544, Jan 10 2017 12:03AM

How toxic you are?

“The question is no longer are you Toxic; it is how Toxic are you?” Everyone is exposed to toxins every day all day long!

So what are Toxins?

In a simplified definition, toxins can be small molecules that are capable of causing disease on contact with and/or absorption by body tissues, enzymes or cellular receptors.

These Toxins vary greatly in their severity, ranging from usually minor and acute (as in a bee sting) to almost immediately deadly (as in Botulinum toxin).

Without being consciously aware of it we spend every second of our lives absorbing, inhaling and ingesting allergens, pathogens, chemicals and other toxins. When these toxins build up inside the body, there are host of possible symptoms that may occur, including:

sinus congestion indigestion hives bloating

irritability fatigue headaches joint pain

weight gain insomnia fuzzy thinking

coughing sneezing constipation chest pain

In other words, through above symptoms or illnesses our body starts sending us signals that our toxin intake from various sources is exceeding the capacity of our body’s mechanism of detoxifying.

Yes, our body has an amazing system of detoxification that runs round the clock behind the scene without much conscious input or help from us. However, due to the increase in the amount of toxins we are exposed to in our daily environments, our natural detoxification system gets bogged down and needs assistance.

Address where toxins come from

Air, drinking water, food, makeup, lotions, sunscreen, etc.

How does the body remove toxins?

These are the primary toxin removal systems that MUST all be working in harmony with each other:

• The disposal of cellular waste products, especially lactic acid.

• The removal of larger waste products through lymph (smaller waste products go into veins and are exhaled or sent to the liver).

• The processing of toxins by liver, the most of which then go into bile and then into digestive tract for final clearance (some are water–soluble and go to kidneys to be extracted in urine).

• The final clearance of waste products by digestive tract.

These systems tend to flow from one to another. Any glitch in any of these major systems of detoxifications will back trash up in the body and cause problems, minor to eventually major.

This system is called the detoxification or biotransformation system.

Nutritional support for biotransformation

Provision of macronutrients is extremely important in a detoxification program.

Detoxification is an energy-requiring process that puts a metabolic burden on the body. Instead of decreasing nutrient support, a focused, high-impact source of nutrients is essential. However, this source of nutrients should have a low allergy potential in order to decrease the body’s burden of inflammation and potential allergen toxins.

Help your body eliminate harmful toxins in the following natural ways.

(from the book 15 Easy Ways to Detoxify Your Body Today by Michelle Schoffro Cook)

1. Eat pectin-rich organic apples. Pectin binds to toxins in the intestines to escort them out of the body.

2. Drink a freshly made organic veggie juice daily. This can be as easy as throwing a couple of handfuls of leafy greens into a blender with some frozen berries and water.

3. Drink a large glass of purified water with the juice of one fresh lemon in the morning. Lemons have over 20 proven anti-cancer compounds.

4. Eat Blueberries daily. They are rich in anthocyanin that reduce inflammation in the body and brain, as well as help reduce allergies and excess weight.

5. Remember to breathe. Oxygen kills bacteria, viruses, and helps us to feel more energized. Breathe deeply as much as possible.

6. Eat at least a half-cup of legumes daily. If they cause you gas, build up slowly and add a digestive enzyme with cellulose (breaks down the fiber in beans). Fiber in beans helps keep the bowels eliminating properly.

7. Find the positive in every day. Smile and laugh. A positive attitude reduces the number of stress chemicals in the body. And, as the adage says, “laughter is the best medicine.”

8. Eat more organic raw fruits and vegetables. They contain enzymes that aid digestion and improve nutrient absorption. Many nutrients are needed for efficient detoxification, including: beta carotene, folic acid, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin B12, pyridoxine, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, copper, germanium, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, sulphur, and zinc, among others.

9. Switch from chemical cleaning products to natural ones. Chemical cleaning products contain toxins like formaldehyde, chlorine, petroleum products, ammonia, perchloroethylene (“perc”), and many other harmful chemicals that research links to cancer, skin conditions, asthma, and other serious health conditions. Baking soda, vinegar, or orange oil work well. No chemical cleaner removes stains as well as orange oil.

10. Eat at least three of the best detoxifying foods daily: broccoli, garlic, spinach, cabbage, sprouts, blueberries, and ginger.

11. Drink plenty of pure water to help flush toxins from your body. Almost every process in your body depends on proper hydration to function smoothly. Can you combine this with #3? Seems repetitive.

12. Help remove toxins in your intestines by using Aloe Vera juice (about a quarter cup) or drinking a few cups of slippery elm bark, marshmallow root, or rhubarb root tea (about one teaspoon of the dried herb per cup of water). Maybe include something about where to buy these items like a local health food store.

13. Take a probiotic supplement with live cultures on an empty stomach daily (morning or evening works well). The beneficial bacteria kill harmful bacteria and yeasts and help to heal the lining of the intestines. OTC probiotics often don’t have live cultures.

14. Get at least 30 minutes of vigorous physical activity daily. Sweating is one of the best ways of removing harmful toxins, including heavy metals, from the body.

15. Take turmeric daily (a teaspoon in a small glass of water), added to soups or stews, or in capsule form. It contains the phytonutrient curcumin that is one of the most powerful liver protectors and healers. The liver is largely responsible for detoxification

IMPORTANT NOTE: Water Fasting and Detoxification

Water fasting (or lack of water intake)can be detrimental to the body’s ability to support detoxification. In addition, fasting results in catabolism of muscle over fat, which is not beneficial to health.

Oh, one more thing of very high importance, as Pam Grout explains:

The tragedy that occurs is when cells don’t get enough oxygen and they convert from fat-burning equilibrium to the fat-storing equilibrium. And that is hardly any good news for someone wanting to shed pounds. In a nutshell, our cells are very advanced time management specialists. When they’re not getting enough oxygen, it’s smart on their part to change from a metabolism that burns fat to a metabolism that doesn’t. It takes a lot of oxygen to burn up fat; and if the body isn’t getting enough oxygen, it’s only sound reasoning to form a fat cell because body is trying to conserve the oxygen that’s there. In absence of enough oxygen, the fat-burning mechanism stops and starts storing fat. So, get up and get oxygen… it is the lifeline and is absolutely free.

Healthy Living with Veena K. Gupta, MD

Diplomate of American Academy of Family Physicians

Fellow of American Academy of Family Practice

Fellow or Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine

Care First Medical Center

3307 Broadway, Ste. 140

Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

Phone: (618) 244-7200

By carefirstm72005544, Jan 9 2017 11:37PM

Metabolic Syndrome & Obesity

Causes and Prevention Tips

(Compiled from the material written by Dr. James Wilson)

Metabolic (met-ah-BOL-ik) syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems such as diabetes and stroke. The term “metabolic” refers to the biochemical processes involved in the body’s normal functioning. Risk factors are traits, conditions or habits that increase your chance of developing a disease.

With obesity on the rise, it is estimated that around 30% of the U.S. population has metabolic syndrome. This syndrome occurs when three of the following conditions are experienced concurrently:

• High blood pressure

• High fasting glucose

• High levels of serum triglycerides (bad cholesterol)

• Low HDL (the good cholesterol) levels

• Weight gain in the stomach or abdominal area

Causes of Metabolic Syndrome

In addition to aging and genetic predisposition, many factors, such as daily consumption of foods high in sugar and fat combined with lack of exercise, can contribute to the development of metabolic syndrome.

Stress, Cortisol and Insulin Resistance

Modern Stress

Every stress you experience, whether it’s a sleepless night or an overdue bill, triggers a chain reaction that prepares you to physically respond to the stressor. Without physical action in response to stress, it can disrupt metabolic balance over time, as well as lower stress tolerance.

Cortisol is hormone secreted by adrenals in response to stress.

Cortisol and insulin work together to increase energy; when cortisol goes up (as it does during stress), blood sugar goes up; and when blood sugar goes up, insulin does too. However, when insulin is high too often or for too long, the cells develop insulin resistance. This means they become less sensitive to the effects of insulin in order to protect themselves from the harmful effects of too much glucose. This leads to hunger and craving for carbohydrates.

Weight gain and insulin resistance

Compared to other fat cells, deep abdominal fat cells have greater blood flow, more cortisol receptors and higher levels of an enzyme that increase cortisol’s fat-storing activity within these cells. In addition, rising insulin inhibits fat burning hormones, like growth hormone, and signals the body not to release any stored.

Metabolic Syndrome Prevention and Support Tips

The three keys to managing metabolic balance are: maintaining a healthy weight; managing stress; and exercising regularly.

Dietary Guidelines for Weight Management

Healthy Foods:

• Low carb (low glycemic), unrefined foods

• Oils high in Omega 3

• White meat, fish, legumes, nuts and seeds

• Plenty of vegetables (5-6 servings a day)

• High potassium foods (most seeds, vegetables and fruit)

Foods to Avoid:

• Caffeine (stimulates cortisol)

• Sugar and refined carbs (stimulates insulin)

• Partially hydrogenated oils (disrupts healthy fat metabolism)

• Reduce calories, fat and sodium

Lifestyle Tips for Stress Management

• Eliminate as many sources of stress as you can

• Limit contact with energy robbers (people, environments and activities that leave you feeling drained)

• See the stressors you can’t get rid of in a more positive light

• Laugh more

• Make time to just relax (even if it’s only for 10 minutes a day)

• Practice some simple breathing and meditation techniques daily

• Don’t do anything else while eating (no TV, work, or texting)

• Prioritize

• Learn to say no

• Exercise for Weight & Stress Management

Exercise for Weight & Stress Management

Exercising 30-40 minutes a day helps normalize cortisol, insulin and blood sugar, and reduces belly fat. Combine the following:

Aerobic (vigorous walking, jogging, swimming, dancing)

Anaerobic (weights, isotonic, Pilates)

Flexibility (yoga, stretching, tai chi)

Veena Gupta MD

Diplomate of American Academy of Family Physician


Medical Director

Care First Medical Center

Physician Rural Health Clinic

3307 Broadway

Mount Vernon

Illinois 62864

Phone 618 2447200

Fax 618 2447274


By carefirstm72005544, Jan 9 2017 11:28PM

As we age, the degenerative, dying or decaying process starts in our body; the pace of this degeneration or aging process depends on our genes and environment.

Genes can’t be changed and our environment – nutrition, air we breathe, exercise, and stress etc. are sometimes not enough to combat the aging process, no matter how hard we try.

So, what can be done to delay aging process or to age gracefully, as it is said?

Go for Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine is a growing medical specialty focused on prevention treatment and reversal of health deterioration due to age. It is far beyond cosmetic practice. As the average lifespan continues to increase, it is important to stay hormonally and nutritionally healthy throughout the middle and last stages of life.

You may not believe but the age deterioration can begin as early as in the 30s. This is when production of the body’s natural hormones (progesterone & estrogen in women and testosterone in men) start to diminish. At the same time, thyroid hormones, melatonin, brain hormones and DHEA start to diminish as well.

These hormones need to be restored for proper hormonal balance in the body…through regenerative process.

At Care First Medical Center in Mt. Vernon, IL, we use Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy or simply called BHRT. BHRT is a recent breakthrough in the Anti-Aging Practice and was developed to replace SYNTHETIC hormones, which can pollute the body with foreign substances that cannot be broken down. The replacement hormones used by CARE FIRST MEDICAL CENTER are identical in molecular structure to the ones our body produces.

After a lab test is done to determine the precise quantity of hormone deficiency, a prescription is sent to the pharmacy. The hormones are absorbed via pills, a patch, cream or even insertion of a pellets under the skin for consistent release and even blood levels (newer approach).

The effects of Bio-Replacement Hormone Therapy will help you look and feel younger by counteracting a rapid decline in quality of life due to deterioration of heart, brain, blood vessels and other organs.

BHRT also helps prevent such health problems as erectile dysfunction in men and reduced muscle strength, hair loss, bloating and various other symptoms in men and women.

Health deterioration due to aging or chronic illness should be treated as early as possible. We at CARE FIRST have A proficient doctor, Veena K Gupta, with an advanced Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine and we are ready to fulfill all of your anti aging, regenerative and functional medicine needs.

We would want you to be included in our list of satisfied individuals who are on BHRT treatment with us and are feeling better and younger.

Our motto is:



Veena Gupta M.D.

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