Learn the Dan Tian Technique for Helping With SIBO, Ileocecal Valve, Digestion and Brain Balance

What do problems with coordination, learning, digestion, ileocecal valve (ICV) induced toxicity, food allergies, and SIBO (Small Intestional Bacterial Overgrowth) all have in common? Well, aside from the fact that everything in the body is connected and influences everything else, some new studies indicate that dan tian may be a key factor in all of these.

Dan tian is a key energy storage area in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has been used therapeutically for hundreds of years. My friend and mentor, Dr. Walter Schmitt, has observed for years that small intestine problems will cause imbalances between the right and left brain. There have also been numerous studies demonstrating that “leaky gut” will cause “leaky brain” and that many of the same neurotransmitters (brain communication chemicals) are produced and have effects in the brain and the small intestine.

A study published in “The American Journal of Chinese Medicine” in 2006 found that focusing on the lower dan tian stimulated both insular cortexes of the brain (areas involved in receiving information from our internal organs) and had a balancing effect. Dr Schmitt took this study and found some great applications that show promise in helping with food allergies, SIBO, ileocecal valve toxicity and neurological disorganization which can result in coordination and learning problems.

I’ve been using this technique in my practice for the last two months with impressive results. I’ve found that it will correct ICV problems and also the low hydrochloric acid production in the stomach that often triggers ICV problems. I also find that many inhibited digestive organ related muscles such as the quadriceps, hamstrings, tensor fascia lata (knee support muscles), latissimus dorsi and pectoralis (shoulder support muscles) will show dramatic increases in strength after the dan tian technique treatment.

While the dan tian technique is not the magic answer to every problem, it is great step toward better health. The best part is that you can do a simplified version at home to get many of the benefits listed above!

 

Here’s how:

  1. Find dan tian. It’s 2-3 inches below your belly button or about half way between your belly button and pubic bone and abour 1 1/2 inches deep
  2. Place your fingertips over dan tian
    1. females, place right fingers on dan tian and left fingers on top of the right fingers
    2. males, place left fingers on dan tian and right fingers on top of the left fingers
  3. Focus your attention about 1 1/2 inches below your fingertips, dan tian
    1. keep your attention there for a minimum of 60 seconds
  4. After the 60 second focus on dan tian, leave your bottom hand over dan tian and, with your other hand, tap just below your nose in the middle of your upper lip for 30 seconds at about 2 taps/second.
  5. This can be done lying down, sitting or standing.
  6. For best effect, repeat 3 – 6 times/day. This may sound like a lot but we’re only talking about 1.5 minutes for each treatment
  7. For more info, check out the video below

So, that’s the dan tain (or at least a dan tian) technique. I’ve been getting great results with it in the office, especially when combined with all the other powerful healing protocols we use in the treatment room. I’d love to hear your feedback as well as any questions you may have. You can contact me at: drhogg@drhogg.com.

Dr. Hogg

 

How to Stimulate the Vagus Nerve at Home

 

The Vagus nerve helps control almost all our internal organs. Our heart, lungs, kidneys, adrenals, stomach and intestines (to name just a few) are all controlled by the Vagus nerve. Keeping the Vagus nerve functioning well is key to good health.

There are some powerful techniques we use in the office to improve Vagus nerve function and there are also some things you can do at home to “exercise” the Vagus nerve.

1. Gargling.

Pour yourself a cup of water. Take about a quarter cup (exact amount isn’t important) and gargle it vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Swallow that water and take another quarter cup and gargle that 20-30 seconds. Keep repeating until all the water in the cup is gone.

Repeat the above gargling exercise 3-4 times/day

2. Singing

If you like to sing this one is for you. Sing your favorite songs as energetically as possible.

3. Gagging

This one is not as much fun as gargling or singing but can be a very effective exercise for your Vagus nerve. Take a tongue depressor or a spoon and lightly touch your uvula (that “hangy down” thing in the back of your throat). If that doesn’t gag you, try lightly touching the back of your throat. Don’t “poke” yourself, just lightly touch. Do 3 gags, 3 times per day.

Of the three exercises, gargling is my favorite which is why I put it first.

These exercises are from a book written by one of my colleagues, Dr. Datis Kharrazian, “Why Isn’t My Brain Working?” It’s a great book on brain function and works well for both health professionals and lay people.

Dr. Hogg

Sunlight: an Anti-Cancer Therapy and Not Just Because of Vitamin D

It’s been known for several years, that vitamin D from sunlight is key for preventing several types of cancer. Ironically this includes several skin cancers, including melanoma. The irony is that, since people have been warned that sunlight exposure causes skin cancer they have been avoiding sun exposure or wearing protective clothing or sun blocking chemicals on their skin. The result has been an increase in skin cancer rates!
Low levels of vitamin D can also make us more prone to:
– cardiovascular disease
– type 2 diabetes
– weight gain
– depression
– auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, MS and Hashimoto’s thyroid disease
– depressed immune function and more vulnerability to infections
– osteoporosis, osteopenia and tooth decay
Although the standard for adequate blood vitamin D levels is 30 ng/ml according to most labs. I recommend a minimum of 50 ng/ml for best health. If you have autoimmune problems or are dealing with cancer, you should aim for around 80 ng/ml. If you’re going for 80, you will want to get your blood levels checked every 2 – 3 months. Vitamin D levels of 120 ng/ml can cause kidney problems if they stay there long.
As in many things, moderation and balance are key. Too little sun exposure can result in low vitamin D levels and all the problems above, including skin cancer. Getting burned repeatedly will increase your chances of skin cancer. So, the key is regular sun exposure on as much skin as possible but not enough to burn.
Now, you might be thinking “Why don’t I just take vitamin D supplements? That way I get the benefits of sun exposure without the risk of burning.” Not a bad plan as far as it goes. Actually, we all should take D supplements in the Winter, IMO. One reason there is more colds and flus as well as more depression in the Winter is because of lower vitamin D levels.
A recent study, however, points to the importance of sun exposure in preventing cancers beyond the vitamin D factor. Regular sunlight exposure has been found, for instance, to reduce the risk of prostate cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma but these cancers are not shown to be related to vitamin D levels the way breast and colon cancer are.
So, for a healthier, happier Summer: get out there and enjoy the sun. Try to make it a regular part of your day with as much skin exposed as practical just avoid staying exposed long enough to burn.
Dr. Hogg

Chemotherapy may help spread breast cancer

Chemotherapy has been “standard of care” for many types of breast cancer for over 60 years. Chemotherapy uses toxic drugs that are usually also harmful to normal cells. The theory is that, since tumor cells are growing faster than normal, the drugs will kill the cancer before severe harm is done to the patient.
A recent study published in Science Translational Medicine, has found that, while chemo does reduce tumor size, it also triggers processes that can allow the cancer to spread to other organs and come back even stronger!
Researchers at Albert Einstein University advise closely monitoring patients on chemo and stopping the drug use immediately if any sign of spreading shows.
When we dealt with my wife, Karen’s, breast cancer in 2014, we found that the term “standard of care” seems to take the brain of many doctors out of gear. We had done our own research into the type of cancer Karen had and the vast majority indicated that the 6 weeks of radiation therapy that was considered “standard of care” at our local hospitals was not needed and increased chances of death from heart and lung damage.
 
The surgeon even acknowledged that he knew about the research but countered that the 6 week radiation was “standard of care”. He acted as if this was a magic phrase that was supposed to make us forget about the research!
 
We opted for a different approach involving a one-time, very focused radiation dose right at the tumor removal site. We also declined the suggested chemo. The oncologist admitted that the chemo “makes us feel like we’re doing something”. Karen has been cancer-free for over 3 years now. When she went for her one year check up, the technicians at the hospital were amazed at how well she had healed! I added some specific laser and homeopathic therapy to get that great healing.
 
The bottom line is that we need to be our own advocates when it comes to dangerous medical treatments. We need to to do our homework, check on related research and be ready to challenge the “standard of care” (maybe it’s just ” CYA”) dogma of entrenched medicine. For my patients, I’ll be glad to help guide you where to look for information. I also recommend checking on www.mercola.com for information on alternatives to medical procedures.
 
Dr. Hogg
Reference: (Source: Science Translational Medicine, 2017; 9: eaan0026; doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aan0026)

HEARTBURN MEDICATIONS LINKED TO EARLY DEATH. THERE IS A BETTER WAY!

As you may know, I have been an opponent of long-term use of heartburn medications, called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)like Nexium and Previcid, for many years. In addition to interfering with our normal digestive process, research has linked long-term PPI use to:

  • anemia
  • brittle bones, osteoporosis and fracture
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
  • kidney disease
  • dementia

Because PPIs interfere with digestion of protein, iron, calcium and B12 I’ve found, clinically, that they can cause:

  • gas and bloating
  • poor wound and injury healing
  • problems with hormone production
  • problems with neurotransmitter production resulting in:
    • depression
    • anxiety
    • memory problems
    • sleeping problems
    • focus and concentration problems
  • thinning hair and nails
  • poor muscle development

Now a recent study has linked use of prescription proton pump inhibitors to a 25% increased risk of early death!

All this to treat the symptoms (not the cause) of a problem that can usually be treated fairly easily with natural methods. We have helped hundreds of patients get rid of heartburn, acid reflux, GERD by addressing the underlying causes and actually fixing the problem rather than treating symptoms with a dangerous class of drugs. For more information on natural approaches to heartburn etc., check out my video at http://drhogg.com/video-blog/

Before risking all of the above problems and even early death, give us a call at 563.386.9494 for a consultation to see if we can help you treat the actual underlying cause of your problem.

Dr. Hogg

Making “Gingeraid”

Ginger root is a tasty and very useful herb. You can buy it in many forms at most grocery and health food stores. It comes as a powder for cooking and in capsules as a nutritional supplement. Ginger is useful as a digestive aid as well as being a classic for motion sickness, especially air sickness.

I find the greatest benefit of ginger in my practice is as an anti-inflammatory agent. It’s in the same family as turmeric and cumin which are also anti-inflammatory.  One of the problems with turmeric is that it is hard to absorb unless it receives special preparation which limits it’s effectiveness as an anti-inflammatory compound. Ginger, on the other hand, is relatively easy to absorb, especially prepared as “Gingeraide”.

This recipe takes about one and a half to two hours to prepare but only about 15 minutes of that is hands-on time. The rest is steeping time. The original recipe, for a drink called “Oos Juice” is one I got from David Seaman, D.C. Some folks find that recipe is too strong. This includes my wife, Karen. I’m going to give you my adapted recipe first with the original “Oos” recipe below.

Gingeraide

Ingredients

  • 1/4 LB fresh ginger root
  • 2 green tea bags (optional)
  • 2-4 tbs honey to taste
  • 1 gallon water.
  • This makes 1 gallon Gingeraide, to make 1/2 gallon, just cut everything in half

Tools/utensils

  • 5 quart pot for steeping
  • Food scale
  • Colander or strainer
  • Another metal pot or bowl to strain the Gingeraide into. It can be smaller than the steeping pot and you can do the straining in 2 or more batches.
  • Mason jars. I prefer wide mouth. I use a pair of 2 quart jars but 4, 1 quart jars work just as well. Any jars with enough capacity will do but make sure they’re glass and not plastic.
  • Canning/mason jar funnel (optional)

Start with a pot large enough to hold all the water plus about a quart. Put all the water in and turn on “high” heat.

While the water is heating, weigh out your ginger root and slice it up. Slices the thickness of a quarter will do but thinner slices will put more gingery goodness in your drink.

When the water comes to a boil, turn it off and leave it off. Add the sliced ginger (careful not to splash) and 2 green tea bags (one if making 1/2 gallon). Cover the pot and let it sit steeping for  1 – 2 hours. The longer it sits, the stronger the drink will be.

Add 1 – 2 Tbs honey to each empty 2 quart jar according to taste. If you’re using 1 quart jars, cut the honey in half for each jar. Put a metal or ceramic bowl or pot into your sink. put the colander or strainer in it. Carefully pour the Gingeraide mixture through the colander into the bowl. Remember, it’s still going to be hot! When the bowl gets 1/2 to 3/4 full, put the steeping pot back on the stove, empty the strainer into the garbage or compost and carefully pour the contents of the bowl into the jars. When each jar is about half full, stir or swirl the contents a little to help dissolve the honey. Continue until all the Gingeraide is strained and poured into jars.

Once the jars cool to near room temperature, put them in the refrigerator. Gingeraide will keep about a week and a half refrigerated, maybe longer but it never lasts that long in my house. I suggest drinking 1 – 4 cups/day, depending on inflammation levels.

If you want a stronger “Oos Juice”, follow the recipe above but use 1/2 Lb ginger and let it steep for 2 – 4 hours. The resulting Oos Juice will have quite a “kick”.

Enjoy!

Dr. Hogg

 

Video Blog

In this video I talk about GERD/heartburn/acid reflux, the dangers of drugs like Nexium and how you can treat yourself without drugs

 

In this Video I talk about the real causes of carpal tunnel syndrome, how it may affect your life and steps you can take to correct it without surgery!

Dr. Hogg

Coconut Oil

– Is easier to digest than most oils
Its medium chain fatty acids can be digested without pancreatic enzymes, or being converted to triglycerides
Can act as a quick energy boost without triggering insulin increase
– Helps with weight loss, especially if used to replace other fats and oils
I ncreases “thermogenesis”
May improve thyroid function
– Is a good source of Lauric acid which converts to monolaurin in the body
antiviral
antibacterial
• antiparasite
• – Is a good source of Caprillic acid
antifungal, helps with Candida albicans
– Is very heat stable, won’t break down with cooking as easily as other cooking oils, butter or olive oil
– Can be kept at room temperature without rancidity
– May help protect from certain types of cancer, especially if used to replace other oils
– Helps protect the skin from ultraviolet light and wrinkling
Helps prevent oxidative damage and “liver spots”
Note: it does not block ultraviolet light like sunscreen
Especially helpful if used as a food and as a lotion on skin
– Studies show it increases HDL and that virgin coconut oil may decease serum cholesterol, not increase it as previously believed.
– Contains no dangerous trans fats
– Suggested daily use: 1 – 4 tablespoons/day
Use in cooking
Spread on bread
Can be used directly by the spoonful
Use in blender drinks or mix into yogurt
Rub into skin to help promote healthier skin
– Be sure to use only virgin, non-hydrogenated coconut oil.
Hydrogenation of any oil makes it dangerous to your health
Beneficial aspects of coconut oil may be lost if it’s not virgin.
Virgin coconut oil tastes dramatically better than non-virgin