Dr. Richard Hagmeyer Helps Curb Your Sweet Tooth

22 03 2012

People know that sweets are bad for them, but in spite of this “knowing” of the dangers of eating too many sweets, there is still an undeniable craving that just doesn’t go away. Or can it? If sweets are really bad for you than why are you craving them all of the time? paleo-and-sweetsThe answer is actually simpler than one would think: we weren’t designed to eat ample sweets. Sweet cravings indicate a blood sugar imbalance. By addressing this imbalance you can significantly curb your sugar cravings.

Consider reactive hypoglycemia

We like sweets—sugar, honey, agave, maple syrup, and fruit—because they give us a burst of energy and even make us feel euphoric. But feeling like you can’t live without them can signal a blood sugar disorder, and a risk for diabetes later in life.

One common reason for sweet cravings is reactive hypoglycemia, which occurs when blood sugar drops too low. Symptoms include feeling spacey, lightheaded, weak, irritable, shaky, or nauseous. Reactive hypoglycemia prompts a sugar craving in an attempt to quickly raise blood sugar again.

The problem is sweets raise blood sugar too high—our bodies weren’t designed to run on caramel lattes, candy bars, fruit smoothies, or pastries. These foods cause blood sugar—and energy levels—to skyrocket and then nosedive. After the crash the sugar cravings kick in again.

Blood sugar roller coaster leads to other health problems

Many people ride this roller coaster of low and high energy swings throughout the day. Reactive hypoglycemia not only leads to sugar cravings but also a list of other metabolic disorders, including PMS, poor immune function, digestive problems, problems falling asleep or staying asleep, migraines, depression, and a raised risk for diabetes.

Changing your diet to get a grip on cravings

The best way to manage reactive hypoglycemia is to focus your diet on protein, healthy fats, and non-starchy vegetables. Eat breakfast and do not go so long without eating that you crash. Minimize your intake of starchy foods such as grains and potatoes to avoid spiking blood sugar. And of course avoid all sweets, even natural ones, or too much fruit.

The adjustment period can be difficult at first but once you stabilize your blood sugar those sugar cravings should calm down. Also, certain botanicals and nutritional compounds have been shown to help balance blood sugar and curb the cravings.

Reactive hypoglycemia is but one issue that can drive sugar cravings.


Naperville, IL Dr. Hagmeyer Explains Abnormalities in Men and Women

1 03 2012

Why men grow breasts and women grow beards?

The other day I was asked a question during one of my phone consultations: Why do some women grow mustaches while some men grow breasts and start crying at movies?

My answer to this person was that the common diet and lifestyle factors today trigger an enzyme that causes men to overproduce estrogen, a female hormone, and women to overproduce testosterone, a male hormone. What are the common lifestyle and dietary factors you may now be asking. Well, let me go over a few.

The most common culprit is a diet high in sweets, soda, and starches (breads, pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, etc.) This diet consistently raises blood sugar levels, which in turn requires the body to secrete high levels of insulin to lower blood sugar.

Insulin surges trigger the wrong hormones and eventually these insulin surges exhaust the body’s cells and they refuse entry to insulin. This is called insulin resistance and it triggers enzymes in the body that overproduce hormones of the opposite sex. As a result the body and brain of men and women take on characteristics of the opposite sex.

Let me ask you this: do you feel sleepy after eating?

These hormonal trends can be reversed through nutritional therapy, exercise, and other factors. A handy tip: If you feel sleepy or crave sugar after a meal, you ate too many starchy foods. If you feel sleepy after a low-carb meal, you may need specific support for insulin resistance to address hormonal imbalances.

Symptoms of insulin resistance

  • Women: Hair thins, grow facial hair, voice deepens, may become more aggressive or indifferent
  • Men: Grow breasts and hips; become more emotional
  • Women develop polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Trouble falling asleep, insomnia
  • Fatigue and strong sugar cravings after meals
  • Constant hunger (leptin resistance)
  • Difficulty losing weight

Pancreatic Cancer on the Rise. Are These foods to Blame? Dr Richard Hagmeyer

20 02 2012

British Journal of Cancer—A new link found in eating processed meats and the formation of pancreatic cancer.  Pancreatic cancer is one of the types of cancers that boast the highest mortality rate amongst all cancers.
The study confirms that eating processed meats daily increases the risk of developing pancreatic cancer up to 38 percent.  The data was gathered from 11 clinical trials and over 6,000 pancreatic cancer patients and concluded that this deadly condition can be caused by what is in your refrigerator. [1]

Pancreatic cancer is classified the fourth most common cause of cancer death in the United States. Although it is not as common as many other cancers, it is responsible for 6 percent of cancer deaths each year.  In 2010, it was estimated that over 40,000 people were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  It has been found that 95 percent of pancreatic cancer victims die within 5 years of diagnosis.
The use of preserving agents such as nitrites was found to be the link in the production of cancer.  These agents have been known to be severe carcinogens for many years.  Despite numerous scientific studies confirming the link, processed meats have suspciously stayed on the market.
The methods used for processing meats include preserving, canning, freezing, refrigeration, and dehydration.  Many processed meats are made with unhealthy trans-fats, saturated fats, and large amounts of sodium and sugar.

Shopping Hints–Processed Meats Found to be High in Nitrates/Nitrites:
– Canned meats and corned beef. – Smoked fish and meats. – Summer sausage, breakfast sausage and bacon. – Frozen fish sticks and all other frozen prepared dinners. – Hot dogs, bologna, ham, turkey roll and turkey breast. – Liverwurst, pastrami, prosciutto, roast beef, salami, and pepperoni. – Beef jerkies, Slim Jim’s, meat sticks and other dried meat snacks.

There are several meat sources for sausages including beef, pork, mutton, veal, and poultry.  Meat by-products are also commonly used such as lips, tripe, pork stomachs and heart.  These processed foods and prepackaged meals are very convenient and popular.

Read the Fine Print–The Processed Meat Food Label:

Chemical Free: Beware, this term is not allowed to be put on any processed meats.

Corn syrup: Sugar that is used as a flavoring agent and sweetener in meat and poultry products. Emulsifier: Added to products, such as meat spreads, to prevent separation of product.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): MSG is a flavor enhancer.

Phosphates: The two primary effects in meat and poultry products are moisture retention and flavor protection.

Sodium nitrite: Used alone or in conjunction with sodium nitrate as a color fixative in cured meats and poultry products.

Texturizers/Stabilizers/Thickeners: Used in foods to help maintain uniform texture or consistency.
Becoming an informed consumer can be the most important factor in protecting you and your family from tragedy.  The common processed meats are laced with poisons that increase the risk of developing cancer.  Studies have linked nitrates to many other forms of cancer as well. These cancers include, but not limited to oral cavity, urinary bladder, esophagus, stomach and brain.

[1] http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/bjc2011585a.html

Fluoride Calcifying Your Arteries, Naperville’s Dr. Hagmeyer Explains

26 01 2012

New research reveals a startling new finding: fluoride is likely contributing to the epidemic of cardiovascular disease by stimulating calcification of the vascular system, including the coronary arteries.

In a study published in the journal Nuclear Medicine Communications this month (Jan. 2012), researchers assessed fluoride uptake and calcification in the major arteries of 61 patients who were administered sodium fluoride, the active ingredient in most fluoridated toothpastes. The study revealed:

“The coronary fluoride uptake value in patients with cardiovascular events was significantly higher than in patients without cardiovascular events.”

They also found that there was a signification correlation between fluoride uptake and calcification observed in most of the arterial walls, indicating that the fluoride itself likely stimulates the precipitation of calcium within the arteries.

It is already well-known that vascular calcification is highly correlated with cardiovascular disease mortality. The hardening of the arteries associated with atherosclerosis is in part due to the calcification of plaque which subsequently becomes brittle and susceptible to breaking off into an artery-obstructing clot.

Even taking elemental calcium supplements (sourced from limestone, bone meal or oyster shell), at doses as low* as 500 mg a day, was shown in two meta-analyses last year to increase the risk of heart attack by up to 27%.

What is novel about this new study is that it indicates how cardiovascular calcification may be occurring. Beyond the excessive consumption of inorganic calcium, fluoride may be an essential factor in mediating calcium’s contribution to enhanced cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Fluoride exposure is now ubiquitous, thanks to the fluoridation of public drinking water, medications like Prozac (fluoxetine), non-stick cookware, to name but a few common routes of exposure. 

Fluoride-induced calcification is not a new finding. Back in 2001, autopsies on cadavers revealed that fluoride accumulation in the pineal gland is associated with enhanced calcification of that endoctine organ. 

GreenMedInfo.com contains research on natural substances which may attenuate fluoride toxicity and ectopic calcification.

*The National Osteoporosis Foundation, whose corporate sponsors include elemental calcium supplement manufacturers Oscal and Citracal, recommend 1200 mg a day for women over 40.

Naperville, IL Hashimotos Dr. Richard Hagmeyer Answers, “Why isn’t my doctor doing anything?!”

26 01 2012

Every day I get asked the question, “Why isn’t my doctor doing anything about the autoimmune part of my low thyroid problem?”  There are three reasons why your doctor isn’t doing anything about it…

1. Your doctor may not know that you have autoimmune problem.  If they have not tested you for Hashimoto’s, then they don’t know you have  an autoimmune thyroid problem.

2. What you have to understand is if that even if your doctors knows for sure that you’ve got Hashimoto’s autoimmune hypothyroidism— the only treatment your doctor has for you replacement thyroid hormones.  They don’t have any other tool to offer you.

3. The more sinister reason–your doctor doesn’t really understand Hashimoto’s in the first place. They haven’t read a scientific article about Hashimoto’s in years. They’re out of touch with current science. (The current record for admitted out-of-touchness by my patient’s former doctors is TEN years.)

I see a lot of people in my practice that have Hashimoto’s, which is an autoimmune attack on the thyroid gland.  And most of these people have already been taking thyroid hormones for a year or two years or three years, but they still feel bad.

They still have:

  • constipation
  • depression
  • hair loss
  • brittle nails
  • dry skin
  • severe fatigue
  • sleep problems (not enough, insomnia).
  • low libido
  • infertility.

The reason why they still have theses low thyroid symptoms?

When you have Hashimoto’s and all you do is give the person replacement thyroid hormones like Synthroid®, Levoxyl® or Armour® — it does very little for what’s actually happening in Hashimoto’s.

In Hashimoto’s your immune system is destroying your thyroid gland.  The replacement hormones don’t stop that. 

It’s the same as if  I were to come home and my house is on fire, but the firefighters give me a key to a hotel room…but NEVER try to put out the fire. What are we going to do to put out the fire? Ignore it. Let it burn and hope everything works out OK?

To me, that’s asinine.  I’m shocked that more physicians aren’t trying to do something more.

You can’t tell me that all these doctors don’t know something’s not working when their patients are coming back every six months saying, “I still feel awful.”  I mean what are the doctors doing?  In their mind, what are they thinking? 

Well, I’ll tell you what they might be thinking.

  • A lot of doctors think your nuts.
  • A lot of them think you’re not complying.
  • A lot of them think you’re overeating etc.

I’ve come to the conclusion that a lot of the doctors that treat these women suffering with Hashimoto’s think that you go home and eat ice cream & bonbons while sipping a milkshake. And that’s why you’re still gaining weight.

Seriously, I think that’s what some of them think.  But I don’t understand why they don’t try to do something about it.

If you’re the doctor, I just don’t understand how someone can show up to your office and say, “I still feel bad.”

And you say, “Well, time to give you more of the same thing I already gave you that didn’t work.”

That just doesn’t make any sense to me.  But that’s what a lot of these doctors are doing; and I think it’s because they don’t understand Hashimoto’s.  They don’t understand that it’s an autoimmune condition.

A lot of doctors have stopped reading.  When they got their diploma and they got their degree, they stopped reading medical journals.  They certainly stopped reading about anything that has to do with natural management or non-drug methods.  They’re not reading any of that.

It just saddens me.

I see hundreds of these people – thousands of these people that are taking thyroid medication just like they’re supposed to.  Their labs are normal, but they still have low thyroid symptoms while they’re taking that medication.  And it’s because the medication is not helping their underlying problem.

Many times, when I’m here in my office talking to people, I get really angry at what doctors are telling people….

That can’t have anything to do with it,”

“Gluten can’t have anything to do with your Hashimotos.  There’s nothing you can do for this, you just have to live with it.”

Trash that doctors spit out as a defense mechanism. But they’re really not getting you better in the process.

And that’s why your doctor’s not doing anything about the autoimmune part of your thyroid problem.  They either

A. Don’t know you’ve got it, so then you’ve got to get tested for it. 

B. Even if you did get tested for it, they’re the hammer and you’re the nail. 

They only have one tool and their hammer is thyroid replacement hormones.  Most of them don’t have any training in what to do with autoimmunity.  They have no idea about what modulates it, what makes it better.  And they’re terrified, terrified that they’re ignorance is going to be exposed.  Most of these people are just terrified that you’re going to ask them some question that they don’t know the answer to, which is why they say, “Oh, you can’t do that.”  

If you’ve found a doctor that can tell you, “Look, I don’t know about that, It’s not my field.”  That I can accept.  It’s the doctors that act like they do know what they’re talking about but really have no basis for their opinion… that infuriates me.

There is help.  You have to find a doctor who understands all these things I’m just telling you.

Someone who understands and has been trained on how to functionally deal with this autoimmune problem and get it calmed down and get your immune system under control.

If you don’t get the right help, that autoimmune problem can expand into more tissues, more organs, and cause more problems that are ten times worse than the awful thyroid symptoms you’re suffering right now.

Call my office for your free phone consultation and begin the road to recovery.

(630) 718-0555

Dr. Hagmeyer: Is this Common Condition Behind Heart Attacks? Naperville, IL

9 01 2012

The amount of prescriptions that are filled for depression each year reach and exceed up to 230 million, thus making  antidepressants one of the most-prescribed drugs in the United States. More than 1 in 20 Americans are still depressed according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Research over the last two decades has shown that people with cardiovascular disease are more likely to suffer from depression than otherwise healthy people. The reverse is also been found to be true, people with depression are at greater risk for developing cardiovascular disease.

The National Institute of Mental Health states that “people with heart disease who are depressed have an increased risk of death after a heart attack compared to those who are not depressed.”  Cardiovascular disease is classified as one of the leading causes of death and now affects over 12 million Americans. The depression incident rates skyrockets to 1 in 2 for people who have survived their first heart attack according to the institute.

Depression and anxiety can result in heightened levels of stress hormones called cortisol and adrenaline.  The elevated levels signal an alteration and damages the type of tissue healing needed for muscle tissue repair, especially the heart.

A recent study which involved 80 adults aged 20 to 45 years who were diagnosed with moderate depression were able to cut their symptoms nearly in half with exercise alone. Exercise performed three to five times per week has immediate effects on your mood and brain health according to the study.¹

The proper balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 has now been considered to be the most important nutrient to battle cardiovascular disease and depression. Omega-3 deficiency can also decrease normal blood flow to numerous regions of the brain.  The ideal balance of Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids has been found to be in a 2:1 ratio.

[1] American Journal of Preventive Medicine January 2005;28(1):1-8

Naperville’s Dr. Hagmeyer: Chiropractic Fires Up Your Life

1 12 2011

A chain reaction occurs when a small event ignites a reaction nearby, setting off another reaction, then another, until it produces an ultimate result. Getting your health back with Chiropractic care happens in a similar way.

Chiropractors start the process with a small event called an Adjustment. Spinal adjustments restore a state of Ease in your nerve system which ignites Healing. Over Time your body’s internal Functions light up and you experience Benefits like stronger immunity, deeper sleep, greater physical performance and a confident sense of well being. The ultimate thing that lights up is your LIFE.

The goal of Chiropractic is to ignite Life within you so you can regain your health, fulfill your purpose and bring more joy to those around you. Staying ‘lit up’ with regular Chiropractic care is one of the best gifts you can give yourself and those you love the most.