Sunday, August 6, 2017

Lectins: Are They Affecting Your Health?

Lectins: Are They Affecting Your Health?
People are often heard saying the same thing, "I eat really healthy and don't understand why I am not feeling well." The truth is, there is no one diet or generalized way of eating that works for everyone. Some people do well with a vegetarian diet, and others don't feel well without animal protein in their diet.

The bottom line with "healthy" eating is that we all have individual food requirements and sensitivities that are based on our genetics, the microbes in our gut, blood type, the amount of a particular food that we consume, our stress levels, toxin content in our foods and environment, etc. Certain so-called healthy foods may be causing inflammation, digestive disturbances, and contributing to systemic conditions and autoimmune disease in many people.

Lectins are another piece in the complex food puzzle, and many people with chronic conditions and disease may need to limit them in their diet. Lectins are proteins found in plants that are basically a defense mechanism for a plant against animals. Why would a plant want to defend itself against animals? The plant's goal is to survive and reproduce, so lectins act as a deterrent so that animals don't eat them.

Many people argue that certain plants want to be eaten, and sometimes it's true that a seed must be eaten before it will germinate. Other plants, however, must not be eaten to survive and reproduce, and thus produce defenses; most commonly lectins. Lectins attach themselves to sugar molecules throughout the body, especially in the gut and the brain. They disrupt the communication between cells and trick the immune system to counter an attack against them which leads to weight gain and inflammation throughout the body. Animals that eat lectin-based foods (such as farmed cows that eat soy and corn which are not a part of their evolutionary diet) also have high levels of lectins in their meat and milk.

Lectins are in too many foods to count, and not everyone has a problem with all lectins. Lectin tolerance is individually based, just like other food sensitivities. Nutrition Muscle Testing using a homeopathic lectin vial is one way to determine whether you have lectin sensitivity. If you have determined it is a problem, you can take active steps to limit your lectin content, and/or take specific supplementation that will help to bind the lectins to neutralize its effect. The supplement glucosamine is one of the binding agents for many lectins like wheat germ agglutinin in wheat. Why certain people's joints feel better taking glucosamine is simply because it is binding to the lectin that causes inflammation.

Steven Gundry, M.D. recently wrote a book entitled The Plant Paradox. It gives a complete list of foods that have high lectin content. Some of the foods with high lectin content include:
  • wheat pasta and other gluten-containing foods
  • rice
  • night shades (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and bell peppers)
  • soy
  • green beans
  • lentils
  • sugar
  • chia seeds
  • melons
  • sunflower seeds
  • peanuts
  • cashews
  • zucchini
  • squash
  • beans
What are steps you can take to reduce the lectin content in foods?

1. Cook beans and lentils in a pressure cooker: Modern day pressure cookers like the Instant Pot are a great way to cook beans and reduce harmful lectins through its high-pressure cooking process.

2. Soak nuts and seeds before eating them: Soaking nuts and seeds help to remove the lectins that are in their hard outer casing. Make sure you throw out the water that you soaked them in and rinse well. You may have noticed an increase in "Sprouted" nut and seed products in health food stores, which is one way to reduce lectins.

3. Peel the skin and don't eat the seeds of lectin-containing vegetables: The outer skin and seeds hold the most lectins and should be discarded.

4. Supplement with lectin binding agents when eating meals with a high lectin content: Lectin Protect, by Supreme Nutrition, is a lectin binding product that contains okra, larch bark (from the larch tree) and bladderwrack (a seaweed). Okra can bind lectins in foods and those attached to receptor sites. Larch is high in arabinogalactans, which bind to lectin foods and lectin binding sites. Okra binds to lectins and eliminates them from the body. D-mannose and N acetyl glucosamine are also excellent lectin binding agents.

If you suspect you have a sensitivity to certain foods that contain lectins, it is advisable to stop eating these high lectin-containing foods and observe how you feel. Give it a couple of weeks on a strict lectin-free diet. If you do this elimination protocol and it is still not clear, Muscle Testing can determine if lectins are a problem for you.

Dr. Louis Granirer is a leading Holistic Chiropractor in NYC and Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner specializing in holistic remedies for good health maintenance and prevention of disease. Visit his website at to learn more.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Support for Your Heart and Cardiovascular System

Support for Your Heart and Cardiovascular System
The number-one cause of death globally has consistently been cardiovascular disease. Coronary artery disease, heart attacks, and stroke are the most prevalent forms of cardiovascular disease that lead to premature death.

About 1-in-4 deaths is the result of heart disease. In the U.S., someone has a heart attack every 42 seconds, and cardiovascular disease-related deaths occur every 60 seconds. Geographically speaking, the southern United States has the highest incidence of heart disease, whereas the West has the lowest.

Diet, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle are essential to supporting the heart and cardiovascular system. Here are some suggestions to help to support this vital system.

1. Inflammation and stress:  Inflammation is the heart's nemesis. Many factors cause inflammation in the body, such as toxicity, sugar, processed food, pollution, food sensitivities, microbial issues, chemicals, and prolonged stress. In fact, a recent study in Lancet (volume 389, no. 10071), showed how the stress response activates a part of the brain called the amygdala.

The amygdala is the integrative center for our emotions and will send a distress signal to another part of the brain called the hypothalamus. The study revealed that when stress activates the amygdala, this activates bone marrow and arterial inflammation. When the arteries are inflamed, the heart has more difficulty pumping blood to different parts of the body. So it is important to mitigate the stress response to support the heart.

One way to physically work with the stress response is a body therapy technique I learned through Neuroemotional Technique.  Bend your elbows with your palms open and facing you. Take one hand and place your palm on the underside of the opposite wrist. This will allow you to wrap three fingers on each of the three acupuncture pulse points. These are located just below the wrist on the thumb side of the hand. Hold firm pressure on the acupuncture pulse points. Take the open palm of the hand/arm that the pulse points are being pressed on, and bring it to the forehead directly applying firm pressure. Continue to hold the forehead in this manner while breathing deeply for two minutes. Do the same procedure with the opposite hand/arm.  This helps to calm the amygdala, hypothalamus and the nervous system. This can be done multiple times per day and is a great stress reliever.

2. Limit sugar and increase the good fats: Sugar is a major stressor on the heart and cardiovascular system. Good fats and cholesterol are beneficial to the heart and cardiovascular system, despite being demonized by the medical community for years.  However, research indicates that cholesterol is an important building block for hormones and cells.

Triglycerides are actually a more telling cardiovascular risk indicator, and sugars get converted to and then stored as triglycerides. Extremely high cholesterol numbers are an indication that something in the body, such as the liver, is in a state of imbalance. Cholesterol numbers act a barometer.  It is important to look at the triglyceride numbers, homocysteine levels and not just the cholesterol numbers in blood work.

Triglyceride numbers that are below 100 are considered healthy (the medical community believes this number should be below 150). The French and many Mediterranean cultures eat a lot of fat, and their cholesterol numbers are consistently over 300, but they have low rates of heart disease. The French consume much less sugar than we do. In this country the sugar consumption is outrageous, and this is why we have such a high incidence of heart disease.

3. Eat these foods for heart health: Beet greens, Brussels sprouts, avocado, squash, Swiss chard, blueberries, blackberries, bok choy, pumpkin seeds, red beans, radish, sunflower seeds, wild Alaskan salmon, olive oil, almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, celery, and cucumber.

4. Correct your nutritional deficiencies, toxicity, and supplement:
There are many nutritional supplements and herbs that support the cardiovascular system. Magnesium, zinc, hawthorne berry, Cardio Plus, CV Tone, B12, B9 and other B vitamins, COQ10, taurine, carnitine, arginine, dan shen, omegas, hibiscus, Hemo Guard, and many other nutritional supplements may support the heart.

If you are on any cardiovascular drugs, make sure you check with your doctor before using and nutritional supplements. Every individual has different requirements based on their genetics. What may work for one person may not work for someone else. Muscle Testing is the best way to determine your individual requirements. Cleaning the body up and supporting the body reduces inflammation and supports the cardiovascular system.

5. Add these culinary herbs and spices to your food: Dill, cinnamon, fenugreek, rosemary, coriander, basil, turmeric, juniper berries, and chives. These should be used in small quantities if on heart medication, and always ask your doctor if these are ok with your medication.

6. Avoid chlorine: Get a shower filter to take out the chlorine and make sure that you drink filtered water that removes chlorine. Swim in a salt pool if possible.  Chlorine can adversely affect the heart, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.

7. If you or someone you know is having a cardiac event do the following: While waiting for an ambulance or help to arrive, do these simple things to help calm the heart.

  • Take two fingers and squeeze the top of the pinky finger of the person who is in need at the side of the nail. Hold the pinky with firm pressure until help arrives. This is a powerful acupuncture point on the heart meridian.
  • Put an ice pack or something cold (a bag of frozen peas) on the right side of the head. This is a point also related to the heart.

Dr. Louis Granirer is a leading Holistic Chiropractor in NYC and Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner specializing in holistic remedies for good health maintenance and prevention of disease. Visit his website at to learn more.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

How to Boost Testosterone Naturally

When diagnosed with low testosterone, there are ways to boost testosterone naturally.
When people think of testosterone, they generally think of men, but both men and women require proper levels of this vital hormone for sex drive, energy, red blood cells, bone health, mood, muscle development and cognitive ability. Testosterone is a steroid hormone that is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands in women, and in the testicles and adrenal glands in men. It starts to decline when we get into our 30's and steadily declines with age.

Testosterone is produced from cholesterol. If someone has very low levels of cholesterol, there is a good chance that they will have low testosterone. Unfortunately, many men that are on cholesterol lowering drugs like statins end up having sexual dysfunction issues because the body has less cholesterol to produce hormones like testosterone.

Men that are overweight are more prone to lower testosterone levels because of an enzyme called aromatase, which is produced by fat cells. Aromatase converts testosterone into estradiol, which is a form of estrogen. The higher the estrogen levels in men, the lower the testosterone levels.

Here are some ways to naturally raise testosterone:

1) Get rid of the toxins: Specifically, phthalates and other toxins are endocrine disrupters. Endocrine disrupters mimic estrogen and disrupt testosterone production. Don't use plastic containers to store food, use glass instead. Use natural cleaning products. Drink filtered water- ditch the water from plastic bottles- glass water bottles are the healthiest. Make sure all of your skincare and toiletry products are natural.

2) Support your adrenal glands and liver: The liver helps in the production of cholesterol, which is the precursor to testosterone. The adrenal glands are where a certain amount of testosterone is produced. Cholesterol is converted to pregnenolone, which is converted to DHEA, and then converted to androstenedione, and finally to testosterone. If the levels of pregnenolone and DHEA are low, the body will have greater difficulty producing testosterone. Microbial imbalance, food sensitivities, heavy metals, and chemical toxins are major culprits that cause the liver and the adrenal glands to have difficulty functioning. Muscle testing can identify remedies to support the adrenal glands, the liver, and help the body to function optimally.

3) Lose weight: Fat cells produce testosterone killing enzymes. Cut out the sugar. Start doing the Phil Maffetone method of cardiovascular aerobic exercise. I find that his method of heart rate monitoring, cardiovascular exercise to be very nourishing for the adrenal glands and the lymphatic system. His routine involves a maximum heart rate of 180 minus your age. Look him up for more details.

4) Weightlifting
: Many studies show that weight lifting exercises that max out at 6 to 12 repetitions stimulate testosterone production.

) As soon as you get up in the morning: Have 12 ounces of filtered water.

) Incorporate these juices into your life: Celery juice (4 stalks with 4 ounces of water in a Vitamix or another power blender- or juicing celery to make 10 to 12 ounces of celery juice) and pomegranate juice are helpful for supporting testosterone levels. You should consume these juices 20 minutes away from anything else including each other.

) Essential foods for testosterone support: Have a protein-filled breakfast. A split pea protein smoothie is a great option to get 25 grams of protein for breakfast. Add to your smoothie some wild blueberries and a nut or seed butter like almond or sunflower butter. Asparagus, wild blueberries, blackberries, wild salmon, cruciferous veggies like cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower (if you have a low thyroid condition you should limit the cruciferous veggies), banana, extra virgin cold pressed organic olive oil (tablespoon with dinner), eggs, avocados, sorghum flour, macadamia nuts, and coconut oil, all help to support testosterone levels (make sure you buy organic to reduce your toxic burden).

) Nutritional supplements that support testosterone levels: There are many natural herbs, vitamins, and minerals that help give the body the support it needs to raise and balance testosterone levels. Some of these include Vitamin D, specific types of Zinc, specific types of Magnesium, Damiana, Tribulus, Ashwagandha, Panax Ginseng, Rhodiola, Suma, and Lurong. Every person has different requirements for hormone balancing, and Muscle Testing can determine which particular nutrients or herbs are the appropriate remedies.

Dr. Louis Granirer is a leading Holistic Chiropractor in NYC and Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner specializing in holistic remedies for good health maintenance and prevention of disease. Visit his website at to learn more.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Organ Spotlight: The Liver

The liver is the most active organ in the human body, filtering toxins and much more.
The greatest multitasker and the most active organ in the human body is probably the liver. Many of us know the main function of the liver is to filter out the bad stuff from our bodies, but the liver's functions are vast and go way beyond filtration.

The liver filters chemicals, toxins, and biological compounds. It stores vitamins, glycogen (stored form of glucose), cholesterol, iron, copper, and fats. The liver synthesizes cholesterol, estrogen, proteins, bile (fat digestion aid), anti-clotting factors, hormones for bone growth and soft tissue growth, and is essential for thyroid hormone conversion. It controls homeostasis for glucose, proteins, fat, cholesterol, hormones, and fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K). It excretes Immunoglobulins into the digestive tract (Kupfer cells), which are important for the health of the immune system. It regulates the blood supply by storing blood cells and breaking down blood cells for elimination.

Even if a majority of the liver is damaged, it has the ability to regenerate and produce new liver tissue. Dietary modification and nutritional supplementation can reverse liver damage and provide the liver and the entire body the ability to function better.

Fructose is a form of sugar that can only be metabolized by the liver, but unfortunately, the liver has difficulty metabolizing fructose. Glucose, on the other hand, can be metabolized by the majority of cells of the body. If the body is bombarded by fructose, then it causes the liver to have difficulty functioning. Fructose is in high fructose corn syrup (an ingredient in many processed foods), soft drinks, agave, honey, fruits and dried fruits.

There are certain fruits that have high fructose levels like pineapple, mango, plums, certain pears (Bartlett), red apples, and grapes. Believe it or not, excess fructose can be just as bad for the liver as alcohol. Limiting your fructose to about 25 grams per day is recommended for proper liver function. If you have liver dis- ease or disease, you should limit your fructose intake to no more than 15 grams per day. A good guideline is limiting your fruit intake to one serving of fruit per day. Berries are my personal favorite as they have plenty of antioxidants and anti-cancer properties.

Liver function is compromised by air pollution and toxin exposure, alcohol, illegal and legal drug use, fructose overconsumption, processed foods and poor diet, stress and emotional distress like anger, viruses, parasites and microbial imbalance. Many studies have revealed the connection between viruses like hepatitis and liver damage. The Epstein Barr Virus also can have a detrimental impact on the liver. Many parasites migrate to the liver and result in liver damage. Cleaning the body up of toxins and microbial imbalance is the most important step in helping the liver to function optimally.

Symptoms of improper liver function include fatigue, weakness, confusion, irritability, prone to anger, bloating and gas, bruising easily, yellow hue to skin, sometimes discomfort in the right upper portion of the abdomen, excessive sweating, dark urine, skin issues, musculoskeletal imbalances especially sciatica, eye floaters, constipation, and being prone to colds and flu.

How to Keep Your Liver Functioning Well and to Help Reverse Liver Damage:

1- Eat these foods (as long as you are not sensitive to them): Collard greens, Swiss chard, dandelion greens, beets, Brussels sprouts, walnuts, and avocados. Try to buy organic as much as possible. These foods increase glutathione, which is the most powerful anti-oxidant in the body and helps with detoxification pathways. Other foods that help the liver include olive oil, asparagus, cucumber, lemon, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and raw garlic.

2- Use these spices and herbs: coriander, cilantro, rosemary, turmeric, parsley, oregano, and peppermint. They help with glutathione production and to cool the liver heat.

3- Nutritional supplements that support the liver's health: Milk Thistle, Siberian lettuce, Couch Grass, Chickweed, Dandelion, Nettles, Rosemary, Schisandra berry, NAC, Panax Ginseng, Ginger, Taurine, Betaine, Phyllanthus Fraternus, and Glutathione have regenerative qualities to support the liver. It is important to know which specific nutrient is right for you by Nutrition Muscle Testing. Otherwise, you are playing a guessing game.

4- Movements to help the liver: The revolved side angle pose and the seated spinal twist (yoga poses) are great to stimulate the liver. The Liver 3 Point in the acupuncture system is located on the top of the foot, in the angle between the first and second toes. This is a great point to apply firm rotatory pressure, for about one minute, every other day. Exercise is key in helping the liver; a gentle cardiovascular aerobic routine and chi gong are probably the most therapeutic activities for liver health.

This specific movement incorporates the liver healing sound "SSSSHHHH." While standing up, touch the ring finger to the thumb with the arms down by the side (the ring finger is part of the liver meridian). Chant the sound "SSSSHHHH" while raising the arms (palms up) with your ring fingers and thumbs touching to the level of your shoulders/ears, and then open up your palms. Repeat this three times (take a 10-second rest between each repetition).

5- Self Care: Balance your stress and emotional body with meditation, breathing exercises, tai chi, chi gong, yoga, getting body work such as chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, taking baths, aromatherapy, and spend time in nature. Even if you can't get out of your urban environment, go to a park and sit on the grass or at the base of a tree. Nature attunes and calms the body, and can be the best medicine of all.

Dr. Louis Granirer is a leading Holistic Chiropractor in NYC and Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner specializing in holistic remedies for good health maintenance and prevention of disease. Visit his website at to learn more.

Additional Resources About the Liver:

The American Liver Foundation

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Homocysteine: How to Reduce Your Levels

High homocysteine levels can affect health, but reducing those levels can reduce the risk factor for multiple diseases.
Everyone should add this test to their bloodwork.

Homocysteine is an amino acid that has been gaining a lot of traction as an indicator and piece of the health puzzle. If levels of homocysteine are high in the body, people may be at much greater risk for heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's, migraines, hearing loss, brain atrophy, eye problems, and other inflammatory conditions.

Homocysteine is derived through the methylation process and another amino acid called methionine. Methionine is taken into our bodies through food like meat (especially beef and lamb), eggs, fish, dairy, seeds, nuts (Brazil nuts have the highest levels), and some vegetables (broccoli, mushroom, cauliflower). The methionine to homocysteine conversion and back to methionine is dependent on certain B vitamins, minerals, and trimethylglycine (extract from beetroot).

30 to 50 percent of the population has an MTHFR defect, and this limits the ability to methylate. Methylation is a vital process in the body that allows your body to change a physiological chemical or toxin into a form that it requires to absorb or release. If someone can't methylate properly, this can contribute to high homocysteine levels.

High homocysteine levels affect the arteries by damaging their lining. High homocysteine can also contribute to hypercoagulation, which increases the likelihood of blood clot formation and can lead to blockages including a stroke!

If your bloodwork indicates that your homocysteine levels are above 7, this must be addressed by changing your diet and taking nutritional supplements to allow the body to reduce homocysteine levels. Most labs indicate that normal ranges for homocysteine can be as high as 12. This is way too high, as studies have shown the risk factors increase dramatically over 7. Even though your medical doctor may say that your level is fine, if it's within the lab range and above 7, I respectfully disagree.

How Can You Reduce Your Homocysteine Levels and Reduce Your Risk Factor For Multiple Diseases?

1- Start with your diet: The most methionine comes from red meat, so cut your red meat intake in half. Do not have meat more than once per day (this includes chicken, turkey, duck and pork). If homocysteine levels are above 17, then cut your total meat intake to no more than four times per week.

Eat beets once per day. Beets contain trimethylglycine and other forms of betaine, which aid in the conversion of homocysteine. You can also purchase organic beet crystals, which are dehydrated and will give you the same benefits in a convenient form.

Consume a small handful of berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries,) once per day and four servings of vegetables each day (bok choy, collard greens, parsley, celery, butternut squash). Make sure that you don't limit your veggie intake to cooked veggies, but that you consume some raw veggies as well.

Reduce your coffee intake and diversify by drinking caffeine-free herbal teas. A tea that has cinnamon and rooibos is a great alternative.

2- Nutritional Supplementation: The majority of people that have high homocysteine have a genetic methylation issue. You can help this process by taking folate (B9), methylcobalamin (B12), pyridoxal 5' phosphate (B6), trimethylglycine, glutathione, zinc, taurine, n-acetyl cysteine, and magnesium. Some people require one, or different combinations, of these nutritional supplements. It depends on the individual, and you can get muscle tested to determine which factors are required. Many nutritional supplement companies have specific combination formulas designed to reduce homocysteine. This is more convenient than having to take multiple supplements for homocysteine reduction.

3- Exercise, tai chi, chi gong, and yoga:
These activities have led to a reduction in homocysteine levels in many studies.

4- Decrease alcohol and eliminate smoking: Alcohol and smoking deplete the body of the essential B vitamins that are necessary to keep homocysteine levels low.

5- Check your homocysteine levels: If your homocysteine levels are above 7, you should get homocysteine checked to see that whatever you are doing is effective in reducing these levels. It is recommended that you get it checked every three months until your levels are below 7.

Dr. Louis Granirer is a leading Holistic Chiropractor in NYC and Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner specializing in holistic remedies for good health maintenance and prevention of disease. Visit his website at to learn more.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

How To Wipe Out A Cold - FAST!!!

Woman suffering from a cold
The most common infectious agent in the U.S. is by far the common cold. Most people who get a cold will suffer for 7 to 10 days. Some people can suffer three weeks or longer if their immune systems are not functioning well.

Colds are caused by viruses; they are not caused by bacteria. Antibiotics do not treat a cold because they are antibacterial and not anti-viral. If your doctor gives you an antibiotic for a cold, you might want to find a new doctor!

So, how do you cut the duration of a cold from 10 days to 2 days? Here are my tips for zapping a cold.

1- Anti-viral herbs and supplements:
One of the herbal complexes that I have used to help patients battle colds is a product by Standard Process called Andrographis Complex. It contains andrographis, holy basil and the root of Echinacea. It is successful in significantly reducing the duration of approximately 85 percent of common cold cases. Andrographis Complex is effective when 5 to 6 pills are taken per day spread out in four dosages (2 in the morning followed by 1, 1, and 2). On average, a person takes Andrographis Complex for 6 or 7 days, even when their symptoms have abated.

Along with Andrographis Complex, I recommend using colloidal silver 30 parts per million. Every 3 hours put three small drops in each ear. Put three drops in one ear while you are lying down on your side, and stay in this position for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, repeat this in the other ear. I also recommend taking a full dropper in each nostril and making sure you snort it into your sinuses. You can put the colloidal silver in each nostril every 2 to 3 hours for three days.

Another great anti-viral is Illicium Supreme by Supreme Nutrition. Illicium is star anise, and it is also what the flu drug Tamiflu is derived from.  An effective dosage is 5 pills per day divided into three dosages (2, 2, and 1). Other antiviral supplements include olive leaf supreme, goldenseal, elderberry, sinus forte, euphrasia, camu supreme, schisandra supreme, immuplex, and cyruta plus. There are hundreds of different cold viruses, and depending on an individual's immune system, some nutritional supplements work better than others. Muscle testing a nutritional supplement at the first sign of a cold will give a patient a greater likelihood of getting rid of a cold quickly.

2- Exercise: Exercise cuts down the chance of getting a cold by 50 percent, but if you belong to a gym, the equipment you are touching may contribute to exposure to many cold viruses. If you are using weights or weight equipment, wear workout gloves to avoid touching the machines. If you are using a cardio machine, wipe it down before and after you use it.

3- Lemon bath: Take half a lemon and rub it all over your body. Get in a warm bath with 5 drops of rosemary essential oil. Stay in the bath for 20 minutes.

4- Get adjusted: Many clinical studies support the immune-boosting effects of chiropractic care. The adjustment raises the levels of T killer cells, which are prime immune system responders to viruses.

5- Tap your sternum: Why do apes and gorillas hit their chest before they get into a fight? They are aware that there are points on the sternum that will increase white blood cells when stimulated. A couple of inches below the collar bone lies the thymus gland, which is a key gland for the immune system. Tap your sternum or breastbone with an open palm, for one minute, three times per day. Another immune stimulating point is midway between your nipple and armpit. You can rub this point vigorously for one minute 5 times per day.

6- Give your digestive system a break: Cut out gluten, dairy, grains, and sugar. Best thing to do is drink bone broth. If you can handle it, do a bone broth cleanse. For 24 to 48 hours, only drink bone broth. You can drink as much as you want. I would recommend drinking a cup every 4 hours. It is quite filling but allows your body to focus on fighting the cold as opposed to its energy focusing on the digestive tract.

If you feel like you are coming down with a cold, please follow this advice.

Dr. Louis Granirer is a leading Holistic Chiropractor in NYC and Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner specializing in holistic remedies for good health maintenance and prevention of disease. Visit his website at to learn more.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Tips For Healthy Eyes

Tips For Healthy Eyes
The eyes are incredibly complex, delicate and amazing structures that allow us to witness the world around us. As we age, the eyes change and, like every organ, gland, and system, require some added support to help them function optimally.

Here are eight tips to help support your eyes and to prevent eye problems.

1- For every 45 minutes of reading, take a 10-minute rest: Look into the distance for a couple of minutes or alternate looking in the distance and at something closer to you. Get up and walk around. This is important for the muscles of the eye; they get tight just like any muscle. Imagine if you were lifting bags for long periods of time. Your arms would get tired. Give your eyes a breather and let them relax.

I would also suggest palming your eyes: Rub your hands together briskly for 15 seconds. Close both eyes and gently place each palm diagonally over each eye, putting the fingers of one hand over the fingers of the other hand on your forehead. Let the heat from your hands bathe your eyes and focus on the darkness. When the heat dissipates, you can do it again. Do this three times.

2- Eye exercises: bring your eyes from the center to the 12 o'clock position. Very slowly and gently move your eyes clockwise and stop at each hourly position. Coordinate your breath as you move down from the 12 position to the 6 position to be one slow exhale, then one slow inhale as you move up from the 6 to the 12 position. When you have completed three circles, stop at the 12 o'clock position, center your eyes and close them for a 15-second break. Then move your eye counterclockwise in the opposite direction for the next set.

Another option is to draw a figure eight at eye level and follow your finger with both eyes. Make sure the finger is moving in an upward direction as it passes through the center of the figure eight.

3- Eye drops to help and prevent eye problems: Numerous eye problems like cataracts and certain types of eye floaters are the result of the aging process. Cataracts involve the lens slowly becoming more opaque, which causes blurriness. Floaters are tiny irregular dark shapes that appear to move through one's field of vision. Most floaters are not serious, although a sudden appearance of multiple floaters should be looked at by an eye doctor.

Floaters can be caused by the vitreous humor reducing in size. This is a gel-like substance in the back of the eye. Natural eye drops that contain MSM, Vitamin C, N-acetyl carnosine, and glutathione can help to nourish the lens and vitreous humor and support overall eye health.

4- Normalize your blood sugar: Too much sugar in your blood can pull fluid from the lens of your eye, affecting your ability to focus. It can also negatively impact your retina. High fructose-containing foods and fruits should be eliminated from the diet.

5- Acupressure points for eye health: Take two fingers to the outer edge of each nostril and apply firm rotatory pressure for one minute on each point. Go to the bridge of the nose and then move towards the inner part of the eye orbit. Put firm rotatory pressure on this point for one minute on each side. Another point to put firm rotatory pressure on is the mid-eyebrow.

6- Eat foods that are high in Lutein and Zeaxanthin: Eggs, spinach, and dark leafy greens contain these vital antioxidants, which help prevent macular degeneration and many other eye-related problems. You can also take nutritional supplements that have these key antioxidants. There are great eye formulas out there that contain these antioxidants.

7- Herbs that support eye health: Bilberry has been studied and found to increase retinal pigment that allows the eye to tolerate light. It strengthens the capillaries walls in the eye and helps to balance blood sugar. Eyebright or Euphrasia has been documented to help inflammatory conditions of the eyes.

8- Nutritional supplements:
Astaxanthin is found in microalgae and protects them from solar radiation. Astaxanthin and many other supplements can support the health of the eye

Dr. Louis Granirer is a leading Holistic Chiropractor in NYC and Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner specializing in holistic remedies for good health maintenance and prevention of disease. Visit his website at to learn more.