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3 Secret Blood Tests for Autoimmunity August 4, 2010

Posted by Dr. Brady Hurst in Autoimmunity, Lab Testing.
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Autoimmunity occurs when the immune system attacks healthy tissue. These diseases are quickly becoming a major global health problem. The top 10 that are most common in the United States are:
  1. Hashimoto’s Disease (Hypothyroidism)
  2. Graves’ Disease (Hyperthyroidism)
  3. Rheumatoid Arthritis (Joints)
  4. Lupus (Multiple tissues)
  5. Sjogren’s Syndrome (Dry Eyes, Skin, and Mouth)
  6. Celiac Disease (Gut)
  7. Psoriasis (Skin and Joints)
  8. Multiple Sclerosis (Brain Cells)
  9. Antiphospholipid Syndrome (Blood Clotting)
  10. Type 1 Diabetes (Pancreas)

Conventional diagnosis of autoimmune diseases is commonly done through a blood test that looks for antibodies against healthy cells. After these antibodies are found, conventional medicine recommends taking immune suppressive drugs and/or hormone replacement therapy for life – with risks that greatly outweigh the benefits. Functional medicine (advanced natural medicine) has powerful and natural tools that dramatically improve the lives of those with autoimmune diseases without these risks.

The reason why conventional medicine has failed with autoimmunity is because their model is not designed to look for the individual cause (or promoters) of the immune dysfunction. Two different people with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism will have very different immune dysfunctions therefore will need different protocols. The key is to get a clear picture of the individual’s unique immune system can only be achieve through functional laboratory testing.

The Three Secrete Blood Tests

TH1 / TH2 Cytokine Test– Your white blood cells communicates with each other through proteins called cytokines. You immune system consists of mainly two systems: The first attackers (Th1 cells) and antibodies (Th2 cells). In a properly functioning immune system, the Th1 and Th2 cells should be in balance like a see-saw. When one of these systems becomes more powerful than the other, and autoimmunity can be triggered. The goal is to balance this system. Since many therapies used in natural medicine can influence this see-saw, it is critical to know which side is dominant in order to promote balance.

CD4 CD8 Ratio Panel (Immune System Analysis)– We have cells in our immune system called “helper cells” that help our white blood cells attack foreign innovators.  Other cells help turn off the immune attack (“suppressor cells”) when the fight is over. This important test it allows you and your doctor to know if a foreign innovator (bacteria, virus, food, environmental toxin, and/or heavy metals) are influencing the autoimmune attack or if the immune system is dysfunctional due to other causes like chronic stress or nutritional insufficiencies.

Vitamin D Test– Vitamin D is not actually a vitamin, it’s a hormone. A hormone that plays an extremely important role in the modulation, or balancing, of the immune system. Not only do most people suffering with autoimmune diseases have low levels of vitamin D but they also have genetic changes that keeps vitamin D from being used in the body. This means they many need to take very high doses of vitamin D in order to function properly. Since vitamin D influenced blood calcium levels it is necessary to have your vitamin D levels rechecked often until optimal levels are achieved. (The vitamin D test is also included in our Health Check Plus with Vitamin D blood test)

Lab tests can become expensive when ordered by a clinic or hospital. Many do not know that by ordering lab tests online, they only pay a fraction of the cost and save on a doctor’s visit.

“Good Treatment Starts with Great Testing”

To help you make the right choice, you may schedule a free phone consultation with one of our highly trained doctors.  We will listen to your health concerns and help determine the best lab tests for you.  Regardless of your diagnosis, the picture that these tests creates is extremely useful for anyone suffering with autoimmune diseases.


Prostate Cancer. The Functional Medicine Approach March 21, 2008

Posted by Dr. Brady Hurst in prostate cancer.
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Summery:

  • Men produce estrogen too! Estrogen can not be eliminated from the body as itself so it is broken down in the liver into 2 4 and 16 hydroxyestradiol (2, 4, and 16 for short) so it can be.
  • 2 are “good” for the prostate and 4, 16 are “bad”.
  • Prostate tissue is negatively effected by the 4 hydroxyestradiol and can cause the glands cells to divide rapidly–>cancer
  • Compounds like I3C, 3,3′-Diindolylmethane (AKA: DIM for those who can’t digest I3C properly) help the liver produce a lot more 2’s thus decreasing risk of prostate cancer…by restoring balanced function.
  • Insulin resistance (“pre-diabetes”) causes men to convert their testosterone into estrogen making prostate cancer risk increase dramatically and further cause worst insulin resistance. Insulin support, diet changes, and compounds such as Chrycin (slows testosterone–>estrogen) can be use to address this nasty vicious cycle.
  • Immune system breakdown is seen in virtually ALL cancer patients. Immune support is a must. Although a full program must be in place by a Functional Medicine physician like Dr. Brady Hurst, compounds such as MGM-3 has been shown to stimulate Natural Killer Cells, immune cells that kill cancer cells.
  • Sherry Rogers suggests an organic diet, pancreatic enzymes, visualization, and a healthy sex life play the most important role in preventing and treating any type of cancer. Read Sherry Roger’s book Wellness Against All Odds: A story of 30 people who all beat their cancer using natural protocols.

Comprehensive care and treatment are what people are looking for but cant find. My comments here are just the tip of the iceberg and requires this comprehensiveness to be effective when trying to treat and MOST IMPORTANTLY prevent prostate cancer or any other chronic disease.

I am Dr. Brady Hurst. I run a clinic in Atlanta Georgia that uses the most advanced diagnostic technology and natural, safe protocols to  prevent / manage disease and dysfunction. People from all of the country come to get help. You can read their testimonials here.

Please keep my uncle Johnny in your thoughts. He is currently going through reoccurring metastatic prostate cancer.

Dr. Brady Hurst
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Functional Medicine- Redefining Healthcare as we know it January 28, 2008

Posted by Dr. Brady Hurst in breast cancer, Healthcare.
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Today, as over 110,000 people a year are dying from adverse drug interactions (now the 4th leading cause of death in America, right behind stroke deaths), more and more people are turning away from the traditional medical care model and gravitating toward alternative healthcare physicians such as specialized Chiropractors and Doctors of Naturopathy to take care of them and their families. What they are finding is that these doctors are able dig to the root of health problems and find answers by using laboratory test to evaluate function rather than strictly looking for a disease. This, model unfortunately is not being applied to today’s mainstream healthcare system. Instead, we have developed a “Sick-care” system, a system where you are considered either “healthy” or “sick” based on a group of symptoms not how well you’re body is able to adapt to it’s environment. Normal Function→Dysfunction→Disease: True “Health”-care is keeping people in normal function and not letting them continue on the path to disease.

I am asked daily, “Does this alternative natural stuff really work for people with chronic health problems?” I answer them simply, “Yes”. The reason why it has worked for millions of people is that it makes use of personalized supplements and lifestyle changes, to give the body support while it heals itself.

As many of us know (and the many who don’t) pharmaceutical medication work by suppressing biological function rather than balancing it out. A great example is the commercial where you see dam inspectors looking at a hole they find in the dam. The guy pulls out the piece of gum from his mouth and plugs the hole and says, “That should do it”. Abnormal pressure builds behind the dam and the dam explodes and destroys everything downstream. Our body works the same way. Be cautious and ask questions the next time you hear your prescribing doctor say “Take this, that should do it.”

This is where specialized physicians, like myself, who practice what is called Functional Medicine, come to the forefront of healthcare. Functional Medicine practitioners gather detailed information about the individual. This includes specialized laboratory findings, in depth medical and personal histories, and detail exams in order to see how the patient is able to adapt to his/her environment not just to determine if the patient has a disease.

One example is assessing the risk for breast cancer. Rachel and her daughter (18 years of age) came to my office following one of my lectures on breast cancer. Many of their family members either had or currently have breast cancer. After getting detailed information about her lifestyle, I decided to run an Estronex™ test. This simple urine test measures to see if her body is breaking down the hormone estrogen correctly. We know from the professional literature that waste products of estrogen breakdown (4-hydroxyestrone and 16-x-hydroxyestrone) are very toxic to breast and cervical tissues and can play a major role in the development of cancer. The good news is that another breakdown product of the same estrogen (2-hydroxestrone) had anti-cancer properties. Rachel’s daughter was not pumping out much of this “good” estrogen but did have large amounts of this “bad” estrogen. Because of her dreadful lifestyle and her “genetic individuality”, her body was not able to make enough of these good estrogens. We made changes in her lifestyle habits and used strong supplements that have been shown in the literature to promote “good” estrogen production. Then, four months later we re-tested her and not only did she feel like an entirely new person, we were able to see through the laboratory test that she was producing larger amounts of “good” estrogen. True, she did not have cancer at the time I first saw her, however, I knew that her risks of developing cancer within 20, 30, 40 years were very high. We focused on restoring health to her broken system not just determining if she had cancer or not (current healthcare model). Rachel’s family now knows the importance of having a doctor of Functional Medicine monitor their health.

Many MD’s are great at treating people in emergency situations and using drugs to relieve short term symptoms, however, fails to adequately determine if the person’s ability to heal itself is quality or not.

I say this because all doctors take the Hippocratic Oath, “If you can not do good, at least do no harm.” This oath is being extremely ignored by many of today’s healthcare professionals because of being only symptom focused.

Functional Medicine practitioners who specialize in long-term optimum health directives and give serious attention to complex chronic diseases are the doctors who people, like you, are reaching out to for help. These are the doctors that you hear other people travel across the country to see because of their success rates.

True Health: Center for Functional Medicine is located in Atlanta, Georgia. We help patients from all over the country, restoring their hope when faced with a chronic condition and bringing them to and keeping them in their realm of vitality and optimal health.

Welcome to my Blog and I know it will supply you with life changing information.

To schedule a face-to-face or phone consultation with Dr. Brady Hurst, call 678-701-3368 or send an email to Schedule@TrueHealthDC.com.

Dr. Brady Hurst
True Health: Functional Medicine
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