Clare Kelway Bergman, Founder of Kelway Health is a member of the mentorship program with the Kalish Institute. Kelway Health is integrating the Kalish Method into all our work. As a holistic health professional, Clare has always taken an integrative approach but using the Kalish Method has enabled us to simplify everything. This is helpful for her; patients and Kelway Health.
So what is the Kalish Method?
The Kalish Method is a functional medicine lab based health approach focused on addressing five common conditions – weight gain, fatigue, depression, female hormone and digestive problems – through restoring the 3 main body systems: hormones, digestion and detoxification.
Hormones act as the command and control system of the body and regulate energy production, fat burning and mood. Hormonal imbalances are common among people suffering from weight issues, fatigue and depression. Most cases of hormonal imbalance are a secondary response to a primary stress, whether it is emotional stress, physiological stress due to pain and inflammation, or dietary stress. In general, if the stress can be addressed with diet changes, correction of chronic inflammatory conditions and support for emotional health, the need for continued hormonal support is eliminated.
Stress hormone reduction impacts the female hormones progesterone and estrogen, and the predominant male hormone, testosterone. Since sex hormone levels drop as stress hormone levels increase, sex drive diminishes in both men and women. In both men and women, hormonal symptoms such as mood swings, irritability, sweet cravings and headaches can be related to the failure of the adrenals to adapt to stress. Female hormone symptoms such as menstrual cramping, infertility, night sweats and hot flashes can also be related to adrenal insufficiency. Many women feel they are on an emotional roller coaster with their female hormones, and testosterone levels in men also suffer as a result of weak adrenal output.
The digestive system is a group of organs working together to convert food into energy and basic nutrients to feed the entire body. Food passes through a long tube inside the body known as the alimentary canal or the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract). We need to absorb our nutrients in order to enjoy the vitality we are meant to enjoy.
Problems with the digestive system are typically experienced as bloating, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea. Many people have experienced gastrointestinal discomfort for so long that they have adjusted to it and think that their system’s poor function is normal. With healthy digestive function a person will feel energized and revitalized after a meal for several hours and will not experience any cravings for sweets.
Assimilation of vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids from the foods you eat is required to keep you healthy. Low stomach acid and low digestive enzymes are common problems due to poor diets and high stress levels. In addition, an imbalance in the healthy organisms that inhabit the intestinal tract can be caused by parasitic infections, bacterial overgrowth, or invasive yeast often referred to as candida. Hidden inflammatory conditions can also interfere with digestion. Did you know that the majority of your immune system lies within your intestinal lining? The lining of your gastrointestinal tract is your first line of defense from invading pathogens. If this lining is compromised from years of faulty digestive function, you will be more susceptible to invasion from pathogens, parasites, and infections.
Did you know that 85% of Americans have a parasitic infection? This is quite horrifying but it accounts for the high levels of chronic illness. So now you know why we must address digestive issues when we work with you. But we can’t do this until we have stabilized your cortisol production throughout the day because this will help SIgA to be produced. Immunoglobulin A (IgA, also referred to as sIgA) is an antibody that plays a critical role in immune function in the mucous membranes. More IgA is produced in mucosal linings than all other types of antibody combined. Three to five grams of IgA are secreted into the intestinal lumen each day.
Research studies have shown that if you have lowered mucosal immunity you will have a decreased ability to fight pathogens successfully.
The first step to increase (or decrease) SIgA naturally is to use an anti-inflammatory diet. The most common food allergens include all grains, pasteurized dairy, soy products, eggs, nuts and high-sugar fruits. Utilizing intermittent fasting strategies is very helpful. Fasting for 18 – 20 hours with only clean water, herbal teas, organic broths and light fermented beverages each day is highly recommended.
Detoxification (detox for short) is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism which is mainly carried out by the liver.
The detoxification system refers to the body’s pathways for eliminating harmful toxins such as mercury. And various chemicals and the products that result from the breakdown of alcohol or medications are other toxins. Our modern world is creating a level of chemical and heavy metal exposure that is taxing our detoxification system. There are 80,000 new chemicals in our world since World War II. Our detoxification systems are not adapted to deal with this onslaught.
Your liver is at the center of your body’s detoxification system. The liver is an amazing organ, responsible for filtering toxins out of your blood. Our bodies must handle and process toxins from many sources.
Hormones and antibiotics fed to animals, preservatives and dyes used in foods all cause serious symptoms and side effects. Heavy metal toxicity from dental fillings, contaminated food and water, and other environmental exposure also add to the total toxic load on the body. In addition, everything you apply to your skin or expose yourself to in your environment must pass through your liver. The liver then as to neutralize it and excrete it, if it can.
Poor liver function leads to allergies, asthma, joint pain, skin problems, headaches, inability to concentrate, and alcohol intolerance.
There are two phases of the liver and both need to work efficiently for the detoxification process to work.
“I believe that most depression, fatigue and weight gain can be relieved by exercise, diet changes and proper nutritional supplements. Of course based on lab assessments. These are the 3 most common complaints we see in our clinic. ” – Dr Daniel Kalish.
This is why we work with every patient on their diet and lifestyle. We have them undertake lab assessments. Then we put together a program of suitable nutritional supplement intervention for a defined period of time.
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