Archive for October, 2014

Quote from Dr. Leonard Weinstock, MD, About the Relationship Between Inflammation and Restless Legs Syndrome

“I have thoroughly analyzed every known scientific study that has been done on Restless Legs Syndrome. Taking all of this data into consideration, there is no doubt in my mind that inflammation plays a major role in the occurrence of RLS. I see this time and time again with many patient types.”

– Dr. Leonard Weinstock, MD, Specialist In Gastroenterology, St. Louis, MO


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Why is the POWERFUL Link Between Restless Legs Syndrome and Inflammation Being Ignored? (PART TWO)

Puzzled male shrugging wearing lab coatIn PART ONE of this article I listed how several inflammatory conditions have been tested to have a higher prevalence of Restless Legs Syndrome. Yet the idea of inflammation being the common link is completely ignored.

As a medically uneducated person, if I was faced with a question on an exam that stated “There are forty inflammatory conditions that show a higher prevalence of Restless Legs Syndrome. Based on this information, what do you think may be causing the legs to be restless?”

a) abnormal use of iron by the brain
b) dopamine receptors are not signalling correctly
c) medications
d) inflammation

The dumb me would think, “well, if they’re all inflammatory conditions, I’m going to take a wild guess and say that the common link is d) inflammation.”

However, I would be wrong. In fact, according to science ALL the answers are right, except mine.

So despite my stifling ignorance, I present to you more evidence of the unshakeable link between inflammation and Restless Legs Syndrome.

Please visit The Healthy Elephant to read the rest of this article:

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“Restless Legs Syndrome and Emotions” by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP

pick“Emotional well being is an integral part of a healthy physical body In conditions like Restless Legs Syndrome.

I ask my patients to look beyond the symptoms and consider what may be causing these issues in the context of their emotions. Are their legs trying to tell them something? Where are they experiencing emotional restlessness in their lives? It is important to take a step back and take an honest look at the bigger picture of inner well-being. It’s amazing what we can discover when we think about changes we need to make in our daily lives that may be contributing to physical symptoms from stress, or other emotional variables.

When we work with our body naturally, we can utilize safe and effective techniques such as nutritional supplementation to help correct some of the imbalances. Conditions like restless legs syndrome can significantly interrupt daily life, but we can work to figure out what our body needs, and provide that in a course of treatment. When we use our body’s own wisdom to heal, we can rest more than our legs, we can rest our minds and our spirits. And that is definitely worth the effort.”

Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN and Pediatric NP grew up in Australia, surrounded by aboriginal cave drawings, healthy home-cooked meals, sunshine and beautiful crystal water. It was there that she gained an appreciation for the healing power of nature, whole foods, and positive thinking.

After earning a BS in Nursing from the University of New Hampshire School of Nursing, a BA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire, and her MS in Nursing from Boston College–Harvard Medical School, Marcelle went on to co-found the world-renowned Women to Women Clinic in Yarmouth, Maine, with a vision to change the way in which women’s health care is delivered. In her practice, Marcelle undertakes an integrative approach that not only treats illness, but also helps women make choices to prevent disease. She has successfully worked with thousands of women to help them create wellness in their lives.

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“Why is the Powerful Link Between Restless Legs Syndrome and Inflammation Being Ignored?” (PART ONE)

new-THE-pic-2013-186x300A very special thanks to Laurie Boucino of “The Healthy Elephant” for publishing my article about RLS and inflammation.

In this article I’ve taken all the evidence I’ve compiled from researching scientific studies and packed it into a single article. It will hopefully sway even the most devote skeptic. Elephant-elephants-28788752-1024-768 You can view PART ONE of the article at the Healthy Elephant website

The Healthy Elephant website was created in order to guide people to wellness and personal healthcare empowerment  through education.

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RESTLESS LEGS SUCCESS STORY: Jean Alvisse, Sydney, Australia

alviseJean Alvisse is a personal trainer at Innervate Health & Fitness in Sydney Australia. She sent me the following:

“I just wanted to share this news.

I have suffered from RLS for over 20 years. About 3 months ago the RLS had reached a point that was unbearable. We had our first baby so sleep was limited already. With the RLS peaking in intensity it honestly had me questioning my sanity.

I have never taken any prescribed drugs for the RLS but because my legs were so debilitating I arranged to see my doctor.

Literally the night before my appointment in my sleepless and defeated state I was on the internet and stumbled upon the website.

I started with the herbs, vitamins and supplements and the elimination diet immediately.

The first 3 days were still awful, then by the 4th day the intensity was beginning to lessen. By the 8th day I was sleeping the whole night through!

For me, eggplant, spinach and mushrooms are my enemy.

I am so grateful. My sanity levels have been restored. I have enjoyed over 2.5 months of peaceful legs and wonderful sleeps.

However if I am very stressed or overtired the RLS does surface but the intensity is manageable.

Thank you again I am eternally grateful!”

– Jean Alvisse, Sydney Australia

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Endorsement of my Website from Dr. Hyla Cass, MD

cassI’d like to give a heart-felt thank you to Dr. Hyla Cass, MD for promoting my website on her Facebook page

Dr Cass is a frequently quoted expert in the field of integrative medicine, addiction, women’s health, and psychiatry, combining the best of leading-edge natural medicine with the modern science, in her clinical practice, writings, lectures, and nationwide media appearances. She consults to the supplement industry on formulation, and is the author of numerous articles and several popular books including “Supplement Your Prescription”, “Natural Highs”, and “8 Weeks to Vibrant Health.”

You can find out more about Dr. Cass and her books at:

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“WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO CHRONIC INFLAMMATION: The Connection Between Inflammation and Disease” by Paul DiCorleto, PhD

Paul-DiCorleto-Pull-QuoteIf you read health sites or follow celebrity doctors, you’ve probably heard the buzzword “inflammation.” You may even have heard people touting miracle cures such as the “anti-inflammatory diet.”


Many people think of inflammation in terms of external signs: swelling, bruising and so on. But in truth, uncontrolled inflammation plays a role in almost every major disease, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and even depression.

Inflammation occurs naturally in your body. But when it goes wrong or goes on too long, it can trigger disease processes. That’s why researchers spend so much time trying to understand it – and developing ways to counteract it.

“Inflammation occurs naturally in your body. But when it goes wrong or goes on too long, it can trigger disease processes.”


Inflammation is your body’s first line of defense against toxins, infections and injuries.

When your cells are in distress, they release chemicals to alert the immune system. The immune system sends its first responders — inflammatory cells — to trap the offending substance or heal the tissue. As this complex chain of events unfolds, blood vessels leak fluid into the site of the injury, causing the telltale swelling, redness and pain. These symptoms might be uncomfortable, but they are essential for the healing process.

Here’s the problem with inflammation: Over time, you can end up with too much of a good thing. With chronic inflammation, your body is on high alert all the time.

This prolonged state of emergency can cause lasting damage to your heart, brain and other organs. For example, when inflammatory cells hang around too long in blood vessels, they promote the buildup of dangerous plaque. The body sees this plaque as foreign and sends more of its first responders. As the plaque continues to build, the arteries can thicken, making a heart attack or stroke much more likely.

Similarly, inflammation in the brain may play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. For many years the brain was thought to be off-limits to inflammation because of the blood-brain barrier — a sort of built-in security system — but scientists have proved that immune cells can and do infiltrate the brain during times of distress.  Their role in disease progression is not yet clear, however.

WHY RESEARCHERS FOCUS ON INFLAMMATIONacute-and-chronic-inflammation

Add these disease processes — and many others — together, and it’s easy to understand why inflammation is a hot research topic. Understanding exactly how it causes disease could lead to better interventions and treatments to stop it.

The science of obesity offers an example. We’re learning more about how obesity triggers a cascade of inflammation that leads to metabolic conditions such as insulin resistance. Understanding exactly how that cascade works could lead to treatments for such conditions.

For example, Xiaoxia Li, PhD, of the Lerner Research Institute recently discovered that a protein called MyD88 helps coordinate the inflammatory cascade in obesity. Dr. Li’s research showed that making changes to MyD88 could reduce inflammation and insulin resistance in mice fed a high-fat diet. Future research to back up these findings could lead to better understanding, and even targeted therapy.


You’re going to have occasional inflammation from minor infections, allergies or injuries. This is normal. And every bump and bruise does not require an anti-inflammatory medication.

However, you can focus on lifestyle choices that reduce your risk of chronic inflammation — the kind that leads to disease. Many lifestyle factors have been shown to play a part in cellular inflammation: smoking, obesity, chronic stress and drinking alcohol excessively, for example. Fortunately, you can control these factors. And if you need help from a medical professional to do so, it’s available.

Work on a smoking cessation plan with your doctor, and know that many people need multiple attempts to find success quitting tobacco. Ask about a weight-loss plan through healthier diet and exercise, and know that medications and surgical options are available for more serious cases. Be wary of miracle claims about diets, but do seek nutrition advice from your doctor and a registered dietitian if needed. Talk to your doctor about stress-management techniques if work or home life are overwhelming you.
Researchers are learning more about the missing links between inflammation and disease every day. But until we have more answers, your best defense against inflammation is to control the factors you can choose to control.

As Chair of the Lerner Research Institute, Paul DiCorleto, PhD, oversees all laboratory and clinical research at Cleveland Clinic. He is an expert in cardiovascular biology.

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