Chronic Inflammation and ED

Chronic Inflammation and ED


Hi, I’m Susan Bratton, your trusted hot
sex adviser, and I’m here with Dr. Madiha Saeed. Madiha has written a new book that
I am totally in love with. You can get it on Amazon and it’s about chronic
inflammation and it’s called ‘The Holistic RX, like the holistic
prescription to your health, and Dr. Saeed and I are going to talk
about what chronic inflammation is and how it could be affecting your
sexual vitality, your sexual health, your erectile function, which is important for
not just men but women and your pleasure. So Dr. Saeed, I’m just gonna call you
Madiha during the interview. Is that okay? Excellent.
Alright, so my first question is let’s just talk about what chronic
inflammation is and give us a couple of examples of the most common kinds of
chronic inflammation people could be suffering with. Like how do you know if
it’s chronic inflammation you have that could be causing your problems?
Absolutely. Oh my gosh, just thank you so much for this honor. This is so exciting.
So a topic near and dear to my heart. Inflammation, and it really means,
actually means, fire inside and something that we’re all familiar with, that the
hot fierce life-saving reaction that occurs when your body’s immune system is
trying to fight off infections, heal injuries, and protecting us from disease. So
all of that and basically we would be left in danger, in a
hostile world if it wasn’t for inflammation. There’s two types of
inflammation. There is an acute inflammation, and that’s a good
inflammation. It serves a healthy purpose. It lasts for a short time. That’s
basically if you cut yourself, a quick sore throat, something that doesn’t
last a long time and you get over it. But then too much of a good thing can lead
to something called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is that
hidden smouldering fire that burns inside, that burns because of these
constant chronic triggers from the outside world and the internal
world, for example as the body tries to fight off unhealthy food,
stresses, toxins, allergens and overgrowth of bad bugs, low-grade infections, all
driving obesity and chronic disease of every stripe. So some of the symptoms
that you would look for, you can see these in young children starting
from chronic ear infections to allergies to asthma, colicky baby,
constipation, digestive issues and as we get older – all of your headaches, visual
changes, waking around the midsection, problems with joint pain, any
way you have pain, it’s inflammation, allergies. We give you an
anti-inflammatory, it’s inflammation- related, digestive complaints. No matter
what you’re dealing with, autoimmunity and even cancers. So the list
goes on and on about what kind of symptoms can come from chronic
inflammation, and I see it all in my practice. So even all those
vague symptoms that you don’t really talk to your doctor about can also
be due to inflammation. Let’s start with women and when they’re having
loss of libido, painful intercourse, loss of orgasmic capacity, those kinds of
things, and they look like they might be reasonably healthy people, but they
can’t really tell why they don’t feel good. Often it is chronic inflammation.
How do you get to what the root cause of it is? How do you get to know where in your
body this inflammation is? I mean some people you can tell they have gum
disease, their teeth aren’t good. So they’ve got a lot of inflammation in
their mouth which leads to heart disease. Some women have upset stomachs. They
don’t go to the bathroom with regularity or they have diarrhea all the time so
they have dysbiosis, gut issues. How does a woman pinpoint her issues enough
to be able to reverse them because we’re going to talk about how to reverse
chronic inflammation as well, but how does a woman narrow it down? I don’t feel
good. I’m not sexually interested and there’s nothing specifically wrong with
me that I’m aware of. My first appointment is about an hour apiece. I go through everything. I want to
know everything and anything about that woman or the patient that I have. They can just think about themselves. Also, where do their deficiencies lie because inflammation is a complex problem.
And it’s complex because the fact that it is all these different pieces. I
really like to focus on deficits in any of your digestive health and
detoxification and the four S – stress, sleep, social and spiritual health.
Deficits in any of those can lead to inflammation and cause chronic problems.
So because some people could be eating really well but then
they have a lot of negativity in their lives or if you are a positive person but then your life is full of toxins. So everybody has their specific imbalances. And really targeting
once we go through those specific areas keeping in mind
that that’s where my deficiency may be and then trying to really focus on
that is a great starting point to help with not just libido issues or other sexual issues but really all the overall health and wellness and
happiness. A lot of times a person will know “oh, it’s my sleep that’s a
problem. I can’t sleep.” Okay then you drill down.
Basically you’re looking for a person to tell you where they feel that
things aren’t operating well in their life and then you get someone who says “I’m happy, I eat well, I feel I get enough sleep but I
just don’t have that vitality, that desire,” and borrowing the
fact that they’re annoyed with their partner. Then we have to look at things like the toxins in life. I’ve been talking to my fans and followers a
lot about changing their makeup, shampoos, body soaps and
lotions and the fact that your skin is the biggest organ in your body and
you’re absorbing the laundry detergent that you use, the dry cleaning fluid, the
the fire retardants that are on your new carpets or your sofas, not only all of the convenience foods that one consumes, but
the plastic-coded containers you buy them in. Exactly, with all those xenoestrogens and their hormones, the endocrine disruptors. The
fact that you hydrate but you’re drinking out of
plastic water bottles. There’s so many things to unwind even
in our environment that can make a difference. I had
a sore throat and my doctor gave me antibiotics and I took them and now she’s killed off the good bacteria in my digestive system in
addition to yeast infection. Exactly, it’s an ongoing issue. This is
where I start off with all of my patients, in a specific
place. I listen to their story, I figure out
what’s going on with them, this is why I named my book “The Holistic RX” And it’s because of the fact that this
is really where I start with my patients and I feel if we can have a
really good baseline and the rest of it we can build on
them a lot better. Once our baseline is strong, this is where I can move to my beautiful little diagram here
where deficits in any of these pieces can lead to inflammation. That can
cause your chronic diseases and so we can quickly talk about each one
of those, because where I start all my patients on is with spirituality and
gratitude and because that in itself can turn genes on and off.
It influences everything down to your epigenetics and it
lowers inflammation. They have done studies where your heart rate
variability if you’re frustrated with life and with your partner, your heart rate variability is all over the place but when you’re
living a life of appreciation things work so much better and
it is coherent. And then when your heart rate variability is like that then
every year hormones start to work better then you’re less stressed and that
improves your cortisol. We’ll talk about that but it works so much better
and then especially for women I feel like that is one place when every time I
have a woman who comes to me with some sort of issues, we
got to start with a gratitude. He doesn’t do this, he doesn’t do that, he doesn’t do
this. Let’s focus on what he does and now he’s more sexy
to you. So really focusing on the positivity
of what’s going on in the world around us what we have instead of focusing and
what we’ve not been given really helps with the overall lowering inflammation
and how you feel inside and out. Can you completely get rid of inflammation in your body? Can you be inflammation free? What would it take to do that? So just
with these pieces you can really try. I mean obviously it’s a balancing
act. So for example I have four children, 10 and under,
I live with my in-laws, they live with me and my husband works. He’s also a family
physician so has 80-hour work weeks literally. So we’re all trying to
maintain this balance. We do the best we can but I know for example
I’ve had people with severe chronic issues. My first patient was a 31-
year-old with nine autoimmune diseases myasthenia gravis, psoriasis,
Sjogren’s, Hashimoto’s, a list that goes on and on and she no longer suffers
from any of those conditions. I myself had lupus and Hashimoto’s, and all these
other acnes, dermatitis, and digestive complaints. I no longer
suffer from those conditions and now that I know where my baseline is, I can
tell when my body is feeling off-balance. This is where I
really like to focus on these aspects to try to keep your body as low
as inflammation as possible. So when somebody really gets to know
their baseline then it becomes a balancing act of “Okay,
today I’m more stressed, so I better do this and this is why I’m having this, this is
why I’m feeling this way. So let’s shift that stress management a little
bit more so that it becomes more of a balancing
act. But how does it take to clean it all up? Again it depends on the person.
I’ve had people if they’re really gung-ho, in three months four months. I’ve
had people where I saw recently somebody with Petraeus’s Ruby at Polaris
and she is head-to-toe like a worst eczema that you’ve ever seen. Her
body’s burning on fire and Grave’s disease, all these conditions. Three
months it took her to reverse her conditions. What did she do? So we talked about the spirituality. Then we have social
health which love does heal, oxytocin, all of that is really important
for the healing component. We have sleep, making sure we’re optimizing our sleep.
That’s when we’re making all of our hormones, that’s when we’re detoxing, lowering inflammation. So making sure that we’re sleeping properly. Stress
leads to 80% of the complaints that come to primary care
physician and with elevated cortisol levels, sex
is the last thing on your mind. Or we can help improve the
the stress management by having lots of sex. So it’s an ongoing cycle.
A fortuitous cycle. and then we have detoxification that
you had spoken about earlier. Just really trying to clean up the environment and
then working on the gut health. Whenever you put food in your
mouth, you want to make sure that it follows three criteria. You
want to make sure that it keeps the gut balanced, keep the microbiome happy and healthy, make sure you balance your insulin
levels. That is a key component, insulin. Because insulin resistance
leads to hormonal imbalances that then lead to erectile dysfunction and
problems with libido and all these other slew of chronic issues. So really you
need to make sure the food balances your gut bacteria, keeps your insulin and
glucose nice and balanced and happy and thereby your other hormones and you also need the most nutrient-dense foods. I start with
these places. I have people remove all the junk like the refined sugars and the
dairy, if you’re sensitive to it, and then grains to help optimize your hormone levels so even you can heal on
not one symptom but all of them simultaneously. So that’s where I
start off with all my patients. It takes a long time to reverse that gut
dysbiosis. That leak that takes a little bit long. Once you’ve gotten that
far when you have that leaky gut, when the material from your intestines is
leaking into your bloodstream and basically you’re poisoning yourself from
the inside out. It really takes a couple of years of good clean
eating grapes, of pure filtered water. However, you feel the improvements
immediately, the joy, you start to have good bowel
movements, your brain fog gets lifted, you turn into new person. Once I’m done eating avocados and nuts
and seeds and sustainable fatty sea-foods, and lower all of your
barbecue foods, you start seeing those. But it
does take time because obviously after you’ve improved your symptoms, you’re not
going to go back on that. That was inflammatory food. You can never go back. You can have little cheats. Even my kids we are no grain, no
dairy, no sugar, and no processed foods in our house. Because I don’t feel like they need it. They don’t need any of that stuff, plus they are
fully satiated with tons of vegetables and a clean source of
whole foods, organic vegetables. My
favorite thing in the world is organic lettuce. I love it so much and one recipe I use all the time is my basic salad dressing recipe. I like to use a
nice filtered avocado oil, some loaded sherry wine, or red wine, vinegar, locally
sourced is always nice but get what you can and once you start eating decent
lettuce with delicious homemade salad dressing that takes no time at all and
you just shake it up at a shaker and pour it on, it really increases
your health and your sanity, your feeling of being satisfied by the food you eat.
It’s leptin. And I learned the fact that in your
book you talk about how to identify what the issues are and then you talk about
all kinds very specific diseases with the solutions to each of them step by
step plus supplements and other homeopathic remedies. I think you have in
there aroma therapy, essential oils and all kinds of healthy things and then you give recipe
after recipe. So one of the things that you’ve done with this
gorgeous book that you’ve created is you’ve given a person the how to
identify the problem and then exactly how to solve their problem across a wide
array of problems. It is very well done and I read a lot of books which is why I was
so pleased to be able to interview you for a short time. Now the question that I
have is if someone goes to their doctor and their doctor really
can’t help them identify and they need some help getting through your book,
they’re not really sure what’s wrong with them, they can’t self identify the
issues are I know that you’re based in Naperville, Illinois outside of Chicago but do you do Skype appointments or what would you recommend to someone. You know what, there are
so many doctors like me out there and It’s just not
just me myself and I. We have an entire organization like Institute of
Functional Medicine and the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. So
there’s lots of different practitioners out there you. Look for
functional medicine, holistic medicine, integrative medicine and then take them
my book. Also because this is where I feel like a lot of them may
be functional medicine people who won’t know too much about the integrative side
of it, or the integrative integrative physicians won’t know much
about the functional. But the thing is they know enough
to keep their mind open and learn. So you would be able to get that kind of help
from anybody. And we just got to Google it. Find a really qualified, licensed health practitioner around you
who will be able to do the exact same steps. So this book was really just combined integrative holistic functional
medicine all in one source for all ages. So it gives people a place to start
because I know, as a family physician, I didn’t deal with just one area, one
disease, one symptom, I dealt with a slew of chronic conditions, a slew of
problems and I didn’t know where to start. This is the frustration that
I had as a patient and have as a practitioner, as a physician and so
therefore I created this to one, help adjunct your conventional care, even
educate your physician because again I am a family physician my
brother is an interventional cardiologist, my sister’s a pediatric ICU
physician. I have all these doctors in my family. Literally every one of them and
none of us was taught a single class of nutrition.
This is a guide that I’ve created to help take you to even your doctor just
because all the studies are in there. It’s all evidence-based and so then you
can get help from anywhere. That is so great.
Well if you have been feeling like there’s something wrong or
there is and you’re not sure where to start, I’d highly recommend that you go
on Amazon and get “The Holistic RX” book. You know that I don’t do a lot of what
feel like commercials for books and this is an excellent book that will give you
step-by-step instructions about how to detoxify your life, how to eat well and
how to identify the issues that are problems and find the solutions so
between The Holistic RX book and a good functional medicine doctor in your area
you can turn your life around. You can turn yourself back on you can get your
health and vitality back. I started as someone who was ailing and failing, my
hair was falling out, my knees hurt, I couldn’t walk up the stairs anymore
and I went to a beautiful doctor who helped me figure out that I had a gluten
allergy and then once I got rid of that, I lost my gallbladder. Once I got
rid of that, I had Epstein-Barr. Once I got through that, I
started on the road to recovery of reversing all of the things that I’d
spent my whole life accumulating through problems with allergies, eating
breads and flours and starches and sugars and taking birth control pills
which were synthetic hormones. And by the time I was 50, I was starting to go
downhill and now I’m pushing 60 and I have more energy than I did
a decade ago because I was following the advice that is the kind of advice that
you’re going to get in the Holistic RX. So I love you. I care about you and I’m
finding you fabulous doctors who have really great information that you can
hold up wherever you live in the world and I want you to take good care of
yourself. So there you go. That’s it. Thank you so much Dr. Saeed.
My honor, my pleasure. Alright. We’ll see you on the other
side.

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