2013 Atrial Fibrillation Conference Living with Afib Mellanie True Hills StopAfib
Mellanie: I'll talk about communicatingwith your s, and also about living with afib. 0:10 Let me give you a little bit of backgroundfirst. Now, I already mentioned that I was a patient. I had a surgical procedure, andI'm now free of afib. I founded StopAfib in 2007, and in that same year, we launchedafib month in September to raise awareness of afib. We worked with other organizations,such as the Heart Rhythm Society, American Heart Association, and the American Collegeof Cardiology to work with Congress to make Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month official.So, it's now a national awareness month.
In raising awareness, I've even had theprivilege of following Barry Manilow at the podium in front of members of Congress. Butas an atrial fibrillation patient, I was scared, lost, nervous, and unsure. I realized justhow vulnerable we patients are when we're sitting with a who may be standingover us, at the very least maybe in a white coat, who's speaking in a language thatwe don't understand, about a condition that is complex, and confusing, and has turnedour lives upside down. What I'm going to share with you is foryou if afib has made your life more difficult, or if it has taken over your life. 1:52One of the biggest challenges that we face
in communicating with s, especiallywhen our appointments are short and there's so much to cover, is that afib is such a complexdisease that we may not get all of our questions answered. We may just not even know whereto start. So, let me give you some ideas for what you can do to make your visitsmost effective. 2:19 First, prepare for your visitslike you might do for a business meeting. Write down your questions, and write downyour goals for your visit, just like you would for a business meeting. Your appreciates you coming prepared. My s usually start out by saying, â€œWhat questionsdo you have todayéâ€� That's a good way
to get your concerns addressed before goingon with the other things that need to be addressed during the visit. With visits being short,the more effective you can make that visit, the much better results you'll get fromyour visit. 3:06 In addition, one patient said, â€œWe'renot stupid. We're smart people who just don't happen to speak the same languageas our s.â€� So, if you don't understand what your is telling you, tell your. Let them know that you need more information, you need explanations. Maybe they're usingmedical jargon that's just not familiar to you. Feel free to tell your thatyou don't understand. If you sit there,
and you're nodding your head, your thinks you understand, and is just going to keep on going. So, help your help you. 3:40 In addition, it's extremely valuableif you can bring an advocate with you to your appointments. Maybe a spouse, a child, a familymember, a friendâ€”someone that can write down the things that the is tellingyou and also remind you if you forget some of your questions. And having a second personhearing what you're saying, and hearing what the is saying, is really valuablebecause you might be taking away a slightly different perspective, and you have someoneto bounce it off of, and make sure that you
really understand. 4:17 When we're in our appointments, thereis so much to know about afib. It's such a confusing condition, and you know, we'rerushed because appointments are short. So, make sure that you're getting your questionsanswered, and make sure that you have someone there with you. That's really the best.As Prystowsky said, sometimes he'll send people away and say, â€œBring your spousewith you,â€� and that really is important because it impacts the spouse as well. We'lltalk about caregivers in a moment. But those who are living with afib include not onlythe patient but also the family members.
How to Treat Auto Immune Diseases
Hi, my name is Troy Giles. I'm a of Chiropractic and a Natural Internist and today I wanted to talk to you about how totreat auto immune issues. Autoimmune is something I find that most, literally everybody has,almost. I think everybody has some sort of leaky gut syndrome because of how we eat.Leaky gut syndrome turns into autoimmune issues. This is why. In our gut everything comes downand we chew our food. It comes in to the stomach. We mix it with different enzymes, then it passesin to the small intestine. Once it's in to the small intestine and large intestine andlarge intestine, now you've got an issue where if you have what's called leaky gut, thisis leaky gut here, where these toxins can
pass through the gut and ultimately into theliver. This picture right here shows a lot of toxins coming out of the liver, or outof the colon, into the liver. When's its leaking too many toxins these fat soluble toxins don'tconjugate like they should. Normally you get some fatsoluble toxins that turn into anintermediate and in phase one they turn into an intermediate. In phase two the intermediateturns to a water soluble toxin and then that's excreted out of the kidney. So normally youonly have a few toxins passing, but when the gut becomes hyperpermeable you start to getautoimmune issues. Let's say, let's say that this little piece right here is an amino acid.Amino acids make up proteins. A piece of chicken
if protein. We chew it, we break it down,our enzymes further degradate it and digest it, down to a single amino acid. When you'vegot integrity of the gut that looks like this, so there's only small holes here, that meansthat only small pieces are getting through. So only amino acids can make it through thatgut. But if we become hyperpermeable, where there's too big of holes, now all of a suddenwe're getting globs of protein. So just underneath, let's say that this out here is the colon,the tube, and here comes a piece of protein as a piece of chicken and it actually comesthrough as a larger chained protein, a larger chained carbon, maybe a 10 or 12 chain carboncomes through, that actually now recognizes
the body says quot;Hey wait a minute, this isno longer an amino acid.quot; This amino acid, oh I get it. I know what this is. This isthe ElArginine. So I am going to take this amino acid and put it over into my heart.Or I'm going to take it over and put it into my liver. When it comes through as a pieceof undigested protein, like a piece of chicken, or something, just underneath this first level,each one of these is a cell, just underneath this layer is 60 percent of the immune system.60 percent rides right here. So as this piece of chicken comes through the body says heywait a minute, that's abnormal protein, send antibodies to this piece of chicken and fightit. Eat it up and take care of it. That process
of fighting this protein that shouldn't bethere creates inflammation. Now we start to get inflamed gut, which leads to further inflammationor further degradation of that semipermeable membrane. Semi means sort of permeable. It'sonly allowing certain small things through. But hyper means too much, too big. So these,now these major holes are showing up allowing these toxins through. These toxins are beingpicked up in that first level, that 60 percent of the immune system there. So now anytimeyou eat, let's say wheat, a lot of people are gluten sensitive, because gluten comesthrough as an abnormal protein that says wait a minute, this is abnormal, send out antibodiestowards it, and likewise so around and check
to see if there's any other infections or,not infections, but any proteins that are wrong. The antibodies actually have a remembrance.They have the ability to check and see, is there something similar to what I just fought.So now the antibodies are out checking and they will start to attack different proteinsof your body that look similar to those proteins that have leaked through as part of chickenor part of spinach or something of that nature. There is some research on, in the research,some of the articles suggest that juvenile diabetes, juvenile onset diabetes can be comingfrom milk allergens. Milk comes through as an abnormal protein. We're not supposed todrink milk after we've been weaned, let alone