Reading the Whether Reports with Dr. Amy Dunn

| August 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Again, falling feels like flying until you hit the ground. This is what your blood work looks like year before the “sudden heart attack”, stroke, cancer, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s etc. Your body sustains years of inflammation before these catastrophes happen.

How do you know if you’re falling and not flying? The biggest clue is your age. You start falling at age 27 (I know. You feel fine. So did I with advanced prostate cancer. I was cycling 30 miles/day). After that, it becomes a matter of how fast. Inflammation makes you fall faster. Your blood work can tell us if you have inflammation.

AST and ALT are liver enzymes. These numbers start to go up as you develop liver inflammation from Candida yeast overgrowth in the liver. The Candida also ferments the carbohydrates in your liver. The result of this fermentation is alcohol-same way alcohol is made in wine, whiskey, and beer.

This condition of inflammation and alcohol toxicity creates a condition called “Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis” or NASH. It’s the number one cause of liver transplants in the U. S. If your AST or ALT is above 25, you have liver inflammation. NASH is more prevalent in Hispanics.

Elevated hemoglobin A1C (A1C) is another marker for early death. Your A1C tells us how much sugar is coating the red blood cells in your blood stream. The higher your A1C, the higher your blood sugar. The higher your blood sugar, the more critters you will grow. The more critters you have, the more your immune system will respond with inflammation.

TSH is an indicator of thyroid function. Thyroid hormone allows you to turn your food into energy. A side effect of this energy is heat. Critters don’t like heat. This is why your immune system produces chemicals (cytokines) that raise your body temperature to create fever. Usually not a good idea to suppress this with Motrin and Tylenol.

As thyroid levels decline, starting around age 27, body temp gets colder because you produce less energy. This low body temperature allows for critter overgrowth and inflammation. The higher your TSH is, the lower your thyroid function. TSH above 1.0 indicates your thyroid levels are not optimal. Obviously, the person below is severely hypothyroid. That doesn’t happen overnight.

Dr. Amy Dunn, DNP, RN, FNPC

Other indicators of inflammation are included on the Whether Report. Like its synonym, the Whether Report gives you a heads up to future problems. Weather men look at meteorological indicators to predict snow, hurricanes and other weather events. I train physicians like Amy Dunn (her patient below ) to look at indicators of inflammation so that she can warn you years before the “heart attack”, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, autoimmune conditions, diabetes etc. ever happen. Her spots are going to fill up fast. Get in to her while you still can.

 

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Category: Blood Sugar, Cholesterol, General Health, Inflammation

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