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Dr. Noopur Lal

MBBS(India) and MD(AM)


Attention deficit disorder (ADD) – Not a disorder, but a symptom!!

Every function in our body is guided by millions and millions electrical signals that run through an intricate and extensive layout of nerves in our body. A good analogy would be something like the complex electrical wiring system that runs in a huge building. The key to understand ADD is to imagine what would happen to this electrical system if the electrical cables had improper or weak insulation. The result would be a leaky or faulty circuit. This would present itself as fluctuations in the voltage and sometimes a tripping of the circuit all together. Similarlyerve impulses are not carried along and information cannot be transported optimally.

How a normal functioning nerve looks like:

The nerves that run in our body are very similar to electrical wires. They have an inner core of nerves tissue through which the electric impulse runs through. Each one of these nerves has an outer insulation covering. This outer insulation is mostly made of a a phospholipid and is called the myelin sheath, i.e., myelin is electrically insulating (see Figure 1). The myelin sheath also increases the impulse conduction rate. The production of the myelin sheath is called myelination. During infancy myelination occurs quickly and does not stop until the adolescent stages of life. Because of this rapid myelination, it is essential that children under the age of two receive a diet high phospholipids compared to that of an adult.

Typical Neuron
Figure 1: Typical neuron.

Nerve impulses pass from one nerve to the other by one dendrite end connecting with the axon terminal of another nerve as sketched in Figure 2. At each junction there is complex network of Ca++/K++  voltage gated channels, neurotransmitters and neurotransmitter receptors which facilitate the passage of electrical impulses. The neurotransmitters are made of a chemical called acetylcholine.

Neuronal junction
Figure 2: Neuronal junction.

What could go wrong?

Some key components make a healthy nervous system and play important role in transmission of electrical impulse e.g. Phospholipids, Acetylcholine and Ca/K ratio. Deficiency can lead to some major malfunctioning of our nervous system. Unfortunately, the kind of nutrition we receive from our diet and environment is limited in many ways and may not be sufficient to support healthy functioning.

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Cancer is a generalized name for a group of disease’s that occur secondary to an uncontrolled growth of cells. These cells are abnormal cells since they carry damaged DNA.

Conventional or Allopathic medicine standpoint:

When it comes to the etiology of cancer conventional medicine has many explanations that boil down to the fact that cells with damaged DNA are responsible for the starting of cancer. Under normal healthy conditions the cells carrying damaged DNA should undergo cellular death, i.e. removed from the system, or be repaired. However, in cancer these abnormal cells do not undergo this, they continue to multiply and recreate more of the abnormal cells, i.e., out of control growth of abnormal cells. Environmental and life-style factors are being labeled as trigerring factors.

The spread of cancer happens by the migration of abnormal cells from the tumor to other parts of the body through the different fluids i.e. arterial, venous or lymphatic system or by local spread.

Different conventional approachs to treat cancer is being explored continuously. Some of the key ones are chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. Some of the newer ones are immunotherapy and hyperthermia. These may be used in different combinations with varied result. It is very encouraging for me to see that conventional medicine looks into the avenues like immunotherapy and hyperthermia. However, due certain limitations these last two treatment modules are being used more as adjuncts to the other protocols.


My Approach:

Without doubt, cells with defective DNA are continuously being formed in the body and under normal conditions the body is able to eliminate it. However, the question that needs to be addressed with cancer etiology is why the body chooses to respond differently and is not able to remove or repair these cells with defective DNA. A naturopathic understanding is that in these cases the body does not have enough nutritional support (hence is out of balance) to respond to these abnormal cells in a manner that restores health.

There is tremendous amount of research going on in the field of cancer and a lot of focus on how to cure it. The question that I like to address is “why the DNA got damaged and why the body failed to identify these abnormal cells and remove/repaire it?” How could something so obviously wrong escaped the immune system of the body?

How can I help?

This problem needs to be addressed at multiple levels.


To summarize I feel compelled to share that killing the cancer cells with cytotoxic treatments (chemotherapy, radiation etc.) may not be the answer to curing this condition. Cancer is like a monster with tentacles. It reaches out everywhere. It is very possible after all the conventional treatment a few cancer cells could be left behind in some nook or corner of the body and this is enough to start the whole process all over again (Relapse), maybe in another place in the body and in another form (and we can give it another name). With the help of a customized nutrition plan and a well-trained immune system the body’s balance can be brought back and, better still, maintained. The answer lies in going to the root of the problem and actually changing the way the body responds to cancer cells. The body must learn to identify, target and eliminate abnormal cells and infections that may be responsible for the cancer to originate in the first place. The body “can” be trained to do so!

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Crohn's Disease:

Looking at it from a different perspective…..there is hope!

In conventional medicine Crohn’s Disease is considered to be an autoimmune disorder of the gastro-intestinal tract leading to mild to severe inflammation of the tract. This is an extremely debilitating disorder and most of the time patients need to live with it and suffer for the rest of their life. In conventional medicine there is no cure for it.

A lot of different factors have been attributed to the etiology of this condition e.g. including genetics, diet and environment. However, most of these are ill explained and patients are mostly put on a lot of medications that only provide partial or no relief of symptoms. It is common knowledge that these medications are very damaging to the body, long term as well as short term, and frequently lead to another set of medical issues at some point of the patient’s lifetime.

It is important to understand the root cause of the disease, i.e. the causative agent. In concise the following are the causative factors for Crohn’s Disease:

Primarily, we stimulate the immune system (not suppress it like conventional treatment!) so as to enable the body to fight any infection that may be contributing to the inflammation. It is not uncommon to find various localized infections like bacteria (especially anaerobic bacteria) and parasites that are actually adding to the symptoms. Again, it is not only these organisms that generate the symptoms but also the toxins released by them that make the symptoms worse and contribute to the inflammation.

Secondarily we get a control on the yeast. It is not easy to stay away from yeast. It is wide spread in our diet. Foods such as breads and dried fruits and drinks such as wine and beer are loaded with yeast. The idea to completely eliminate yeast from our diet may be challenging. A smarter way to deal with this is to create an oxygen rich environment in the gut which will not favor the growth of yeast (Remember yeast is an anaerobic organism!). This is what we help you do. We help you create this oxygen rich environment in your gastro-intestinal tract by giving you certain supplements.

Concomitantly we also evaluate the liver and gall bladder function and make sure that enough bile is being produced to carry the pancreatic juices to assist maximum break down of ingested food.

We understand that giving antibiotics is not the answer to the infection. No amount of antibiotics can eliminate the microorganisms to the very last and even one left behind is capable of starting the whole colony all over again making the effect of the antibiotics short term; not to forget the side effects of these strong medications. I may conclude that :

… is the natural and permanent route to overcome such “autoimmune” disorders; but fore most I feel compelled to add that maybe it is also the smartest route, too!!

Carvalho et al. (2009) from University Clermont, working in association with scientists from McGill University in Quebec, have published a scientific article where the research team has been able to demonstrate the colonization of the intestinal mucosa of patients suffering from Crohn’s Disease with a bacteria called Escherichia coli. This is a major break-through because finally the role of a localized active infection is being attributed to this debilitating chronic inflammatory disease.



Frédéric A. Carvalho, Nicolas Barnich, Adeline Sivignon, Claude Darcha, Carlos H.F. Chan, Clifford P. Stanners, and Arlette Darfeuille-Michaud, Crohn's disease adherent-invasive Escherichia coli colonize and induce strong gut inflammation in transgenic mice expressing human CEACAM, J. Exp. Med. 2009, vol. 206: 2179-2189.

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What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes the skin to be red and irritated. Most people with psoriasis present with thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches called scales.

Healthy skin and Psoriasis
Figure 1: Healthy skin (left) and skin with Psoriasis (right).

Patients commonly show history of “flare ups” of the condition where the skin worsens and gets better. Factors that cause these "flare ups" can include emotional stress, injury to the skin, some types of infections and reaction to certain drugs.

The Conventional Medicine standpoint

In conventional medicine Psoriasis is considered a disease of the immune system.  The role of the immune system is to protect the body from infections and diseases. In patients with Psoriasis, certain immune cells are activated and produce too much of a protein called tumor necrosis factor (TNF). This protein can cause skin cells to grow too quickly. As a result the skin cells build up and form raised, red patches often with silvery flakes, known as scales very characteristic of Psoriasis. These scales may itch, be painful, and can bleed (see Figure 1).

My approach

I trust the innate capability of the body to heal itself. There is only one catch to this: the body must be nourished with the kind of food and nutrition that will actually support the regenerative powers of the body. Symptomatic drugs may help alleviate the symptoms but they do not address the cause of the disorder/disease. It does not make your body any smarter or better!!

It is important to understand the root cause of the disease or the causative agent. From my understanding and perspective psoriasis is not a disease rather it is the body’s way of reacting to a certain imbalance. It is not only about the infection or immune dysfunction, but rather how our body is choosing to respond to this underlying dysfunction that becomes the deciding factor for the disease presentation. Taking this into account I understand that the following are causative factors for psoriasis:

Sustainable healing approach

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