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Do Not Take a One-A-Day-Vitamin

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Why One-A-Day Vitamins are Not The Healthy Way To go

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If you’re currently taking or considering taking a multivitamin with a recommended serving size of only one pill a day, you’re pretty much wasting your time.

 

Why?

 

It’s very doubtful can pack enough vitamins and minerals to truly make any real difference in complementing your healthy diet.

 

Producers of multivitamins have come up with some pretty amazing ways to compress ingredients, but not to this extreme… not down to where a single tablet provides you the vitamin and mineral levels you need on a daily basis.

 

And speaking of minerals, many producers of one-per-day vitamins don’t even bother including essential minerals like potassium or magnesium in adequate enough amounts to really make a difference.

 

What about other nutrients from sources like vegetables, fruits and herbs? Shouldn’t they be blended into your multi as well? I certainly think so.

 

But it’s also vitally important to know when to take your multivitamin. To maximize your multivitamin’s benefits, you should take a few tablets first thing in the morning and with lunch, or with an early dinner to help optimize your nutrient absorption.

 

Before we jump further into all the nutrients I believe should go into a multi, let’s first take a closer look at why all multivitamins are not created equal.

 

Some may in fact have little impact on your health. So remember, you must be very cautious when choosing a product to ensure that your multivitamin really benefits you.

Why You Should Avoid Synthetic Forms of Certain Vitamins Like the Plague…

 

In my opinion, if you shop for your supplements at discount stores, you may be seriously shortchanging yourself because many of those products typically use cheap synthetic isolate forms for certain important vitamins.

 

Instead of seeking a good multivitamin, millions of people take certain forms of vitamins, which may do less to support their optimal health.

 

You see, certain synthetic forms of vitamins are partial vitamins, combined with other chemicals. They’re completely different than vitamins from whole, real food.

 

When you remove a part from the whole, you get “synthetic,” “isolated” or “fractionated” pieces of the whole, but it’s simply not the same.

 

Here are four major problems with these kinds of vitamins…

 

Nature intended for you to consume food in WHOLE form because all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes are together in one package. They work synergistically to give your body the nutrition it requires for optimal health.

Your body only absorbs a percentage of some forms of vitamins and minerals – and it utilizes even less. You get the best bioavailability in combination whole food form.

Certain synthetic vitamins often give you massive quantities of some nutrients (usually the most inexpensive ones) and insufficient quantities of others.

You may experience side effects of certain synthetic vitamins because the form of the vitamin is not the natural form.

You’ve heard me say it before… Fast food and a sedentary lifestyle can be a disaster for your health. Don’t let your multivitamin add to the collateral damage.

 

In fact, you want to be sure your multivitamin benefits you and offers a real and significant contribution to your health, especially if you’ve already adopted healthy lifestyle practices.

Many people who suffer from allergies can not take some vitamins and minerals, and then they can not take some brands.  Especially children!

 

Who Doesn’t Want to Feel Great All the Time?

 

One thing you can do to optimize your health and feel great is to maximize your immune system’s capabilities.

 

Because face it – everybody wants to feel good all the time, don’t they?

 

Now is the time to start moving toward a healthier diet and lifestyle. Start today, by adding just one raw vegetable per day to your diet… a small, doable step toward your better health.

 

Why make these changes today?

 

Because, ideally, it is best to receive all your nutrition from high-quality unprocessed foods. In fact, before focusing on finding a good multivitamin, I highly recommend first evaluating your diet and your lifestyle.

 

If you are eating a wholesome diet composed of raw fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats and raw dairy from reliable sources, then you may have less need for a multivitamin.

 

Unfortunately, if you’re like most people, you may find it impractical or impossible to eat right all the time.

 

Therefore, even when you take the steps of adding raw veggies to your diet, getting some exercise and obtaining vitamin D from sunshine, you still might want to supplement with a high-quality multivitamin every day – just to be sure you’re getting well-balanced and optimal nutrition.

 

Plus, even if you do well with your diet choices, there is another important factor that involves the actual food supply itself…

 

Up to 50% of the Nutrient Value of Your Food May Be Lost From the Start

 

A number of carefully controlled studies have provided startling evidence that by the time food reaches your table, serious nutrient content could already be lost.

 

Some estimates report the nutrient value lost at over 50%!

 

This is largely the result of conventional farming methods that rely heavily on chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which deplete the soil of nutrients… nutrients that must be absorbed by plants in order to be passed on to you.

 

And it does not necessarily end there.

 

In many cases, it’s likely you unknowingly further deplete the nutrients in your food – just by the way you prepare it. For many foods, cooking will seriously impair the nutritional value.

 

So, realizing that you cannot always obtain the whole unprocessed foods you need – and knowing how easy it is for valuable nutrients to be destroyed – you now know why I believe adding a good multivitamin to complement your diet is a sound move.

 

What Can a High-Quality Multivitamin Do for You?

 

While I cannot endorse taking a supplement in place of living a healthy lifestyle, it is true that a good multivitamin benefits your optimal health.

 

A high-quality multivitamin helps promote your strong immune system, building up your body’s defenses.*

 

If you need help if adding the correct vitamins and minerals to your personal healthcare plan, contact us and we will be happy to go over this with you.

 

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Vitamin C Doubles Effectiveness of Chemotherapy and Radiation

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Vitamin C Doubles Effectiveness of Chemotherapy and Radiation

 

Each day, more than 1,600 people prematurely die from cancer in the United States. Worldwide, an estimated 20,000 succumb to cancer on a daily basis. For a time, the war on cancer initially waged by Richard Nixon in the ’60s, and the promise of targeted cancer drugs, gave hope.

 

Alas, they’ve all failed to live up to expectations, and have done nothing to improve cancer death rates. Globally, $91 billion was spent on cancer treatments in 2013. In 2014, no cancer drug was approved costing less than $100,000 for a course of treatment.

 

Yet, despite their exorbitant price tags, they offer little in terms of survival. Tarceva, for example, increases the median survival for pancreatic cancer patients by a mere 10 days. Meanwhile, there are inexpensive, non-patentable therapies available that could be truly game changing.

 

One such therapy is high-dose vitamin C. Another is nutritional ketosis — and oncologists in Turkey have presented evidence showing the combination of these two strategies have the ability to “turbo charge” conventional chemo protocols, making them incredibly effective, and far safer to boot.

 

Vitamin C Improves Effectiveness of Chemo and Radiation

Research has shown vitamin C is selectively cytotoxic to cancer cells when administered intravenously (IV) or in liposomal form in high doses. The mechanism behind vitamin C’s ability to selectively target cancer cells has to do with the generation of hydrogen peroxide, which is ultimately what kills the cancer cells.1

 

Normal tissues remain unharmed by the high levels of hydrogen peroxide generated because healthy cells have several ways to remove it, thereby preventing buildup to toxic levels.2

 

One of the primary pathways of removal is the enzyme catalase, and cells with reduced catalase activity — such as cancer cells — are more prone to die from excess reactive oxygen species and secondary free radicals when exposed to high amounts of vitamin C.3,4,5

 

Recent research6 also shows high-dose vitamin C administration in combination with chemotherapy and radiation significantly improves the effectiveness of these treatments.

 

Cancer cells have unstable iron particles (also known as redox active iron molecules), which makes them more vulnerable to oxidative damage caused by high-dose vitamin C.

 

When redox active iron reacts with vitamin C, hydrogen peroxide and associated free radicals are generated, which damage the cancer cells’ DNA and weaken them, thereby making them more vulnerable to the effects of chemo and radiation. As noted by one of the study’s co-authors, Garry Buettner, Ph.D.:7

 

“This paper reveals a metabolic frailty in cancer cells that is based on their own production of oxidizing agents that allows us to utilize existing redox active compounds, like vitamin C, to sensitize cancer cells to radiation [therapy] and chemotherapy.”

 

Vitamin C Doubles Survival Rate of Brain Cancer Patients Treated With Radiation

To evaluate the safety of vitamin C, 11 patients with glioblastoma (a highly malignant and aggressive type of brain cancer) received high-dose vitamin C IV treatments three times a week for two months while undergoing radiation therapy, followed by two weekly infusions for another seven months. As reported by Time Magazine:8

 

“[S]o far, half of the people in the study were alive nearly two years later. The average survival for the disease is generally around a year.

 

In a separate study designed to get an early sense of the vitamin’s effectiveness, the researchers also tested the high-dose vitamin C in a group of 14 people with non-small cell lung cancer.

 

So far, 93 percent of the people receiving the vitamin C infusions are responding to chemotherapy and radiation, compared to 40 percent who usually do.

 

In an encouraging finding, more than 30 percent of the people getting the vitamin C also showed signs of their tumors shrinking. Usually, only 15 percent to 19 percent of people receiving chemo and radiation see their tumors get smaller.”

 

In the second phase of the trial, the researchers will investigate vitamin C’s effects on patients with stage 4 lung cancer and other aggressive cancers.

 

Other Ways Vitamin C Benefits Cancer Patients

Aside from the mechanisms already mentioned, vitamin C also benefits cancer by lowering inflammation.9,10,11

 

As a general rule, chronic inflammation is a hallmark of cancer, and research shows IV vitamin C treatment lowers pro-inflammatory cytokines and C-reactive protein, and that these improvements correlate with a reduction in tumor size.

 

It also lowers the risk of metastasis. A study done by scientists at the Riordan Clinic (the successor to Linus Pauling and his work on vitamin C) noted a positive response in 75 percent of patients.

 

Other research12,13 done by scientists at the Lewis Cantley of Weill Cornell Medicine in New York found high doses of vitamin C help kill and eliminate colorectal cancer cells with certain genetic mutations. Other studies14 have shown high-dose vitamin C can help slow the growth of prostate, pancreatic, liver and colon cancer cells.

 

Human studies also show IV vitamin C can help improve symptoms associated with cancer and cancer treatment, such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting, pain, loss of appetite and overall quality of life.

 

While the above studies and most protocols use IV vitamin C, there is compelling research and anecdotal clinical evidence to support the use of liposomal vitamin C. It may be nearly as effective, or even more effective, than IV vitamin C.

 

It certainly is far easier and less expensive to administer. I personally think liposomal C should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet and travel kit, as high doses (such as 2 to 5 grams every hour) can obliterate most infections.

 

Vitamin C and Nutritional Ketosis Is a Winning Combination

 

While the featured research is certainly on the right track, an oncology center in Turkey has taken it a step further, showing that vitamin C in combination with nutritional ketosis improves the effectiveness of chemotherapy to such a degree that a minimal dose can be used to treat even the most aggressive and advanced cancers.

 

I recently interviewed Dr. Abdul Kadir Slocum from the ChemoThermia Oncology Center in Turkey about this research. If you missed it, you’d be well advised to watch it now, because this metabolically supported therapy is truly groundbreaking, offering hope where previously there was none.

 

In summary, metabolically supported chemotherapy involves applying chemotherapy with a variety of interventions to support its effectiveness. This includes the use of high-dose vitamin C, a ketogenic diet, hyperthermia, glycolytic inhibitors and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, just to name a few.

 

All oncology patients at the center are put on a ketogenic diet, which creates metabolic stress on the cancer cells.

 

Then, prior to administering the chemo, the patient will do a minimum 14-hour fast (Slocum recommends fasting as long as possible, but a minimum of 14 hours is required), which further increases the metabolic stress on the cancer cells.

 

At this point, the patients will typically have a blood glucose level around 80 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). They then apply glycolytic  inhibitors to inhibit the glycolysis pathway in the cancer cells, which creates a terrific amount of metabolic stress, as the cancer cells are already starved of glucose.

 

Insulin is then applied to lower the blood glucose levels to around 50 or 60 mg/dL, inducing mild hypoglycemia. At that point, when the cancer cells are maximally stressed and weakened, the chemotherapy drug is applied. An added boon of this metabolic approach is that a far lower dose of chemotherapy can be effectively used, thereby lowering the risk of side effects.

 

In the days following chemotherapy, hyperthermia and hyperbaric oxygen therapy is applied, plus a daily infusion of glycolytic inhibitor therapies with high-dose vitamin C (50 grams) and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO).

 

Metabolically Supported Chemotherapy Successfully Treats Aggressive Cancers

Two years ago, Slocum’s oncology team published its first paper,15 reporting complete response for stage 3 rectal cancer. The standard of care for rectal cancer and the only curative option has been surgery or chemo-radiotherapy followed by surgery. In this case, they used metabolically supported chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hyperthermia. No surgery was necessary.

 

Their second paper,16 published in January 2016, was a case series of 33 patients with stage 3 and 4 pancreatic cancer — one of the most aggressive and deadly cancers known. Eighty-one percent of these patients had stage 4 disease when the treatment began, and many of them also had large scale liver metastasis. The typical life expectancy of someone with stage 4 pancreatic cancer is six to 10 months. Most die within weeks or months once they have large-scale liver metastasis.

 

The center treated them with a standard conventional protocol using chemotherapy applied in a metabolically supported fashion (which included the ketogenic diet, fasting prior to chemo administration, high-dose vitamin C, plus hyperthermia, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, supplements and glycolysis inhibitors).

 

The expected median survival time for the conventional chemotherapy protocol alone is between six and 11 months, depending on the drug used. But when given in combination with these other metabolic supports, the median survival time shot up to 20 months, and over 50 percent of the patients are still alive today!

 

Nutritional Ketosis Appears to Be a Key Component of Successful Cancer Treatment

Maintaining nutritional ketosis and fasting for a minimum of 14 hours before the chemotherapy treatment appears to be key for the overwhelming success rate achieved by ChemoThermia Oncology Center. A number of other researchers have verified the remarkable ability of a ketogenic diet to prevent and suppress cancer, and when you combine that with fasting and high-dose vitamin C, you end up creating a very hostile environment for cancer cells.

 

My new book, “Fat for Fuel” — which has been peer-reviewed by over two dozen  medical and scientific experts — details how to implement nutritional ketosis for optimal health and disease prevention. Besides the information presented in “Fat for Fuel,” you’ll also find many collaborative supports, including a nine-hour-long free video series that we hope to launch in early May.

 

Credentialed nutrition professional Miriam Kalamian is also developing a certification course to go along with it through the American College of Nutrition.

 

This certification will teach any qualified clinician — primarily certified clinical nutritionists but also physicians — how to practically implement nutritional ketosis. Eventually, I expect there will be a virtual army of clinicians available to assist patients with this kind of protocol. Hopefully, at that point we’ll finally start making a dent in cancer statistics.

 

An important but often overlooked aspect of nutritional ketosis is “feast and famine cycling.” Meaning, you don’t actually want to stay in ketosis indefinitely. The real magic actually happens during the refeeding phase, so one or two days a week, you’ll want to increase your carb and protein intake, and then cycle back into nutritional ketosis again.

 

ChemoThermia Oncology Center uses this kind of cycling as well, although under far stricter conditions. When you’re dealing with late-stage cancer, you cannot break your ketosis that frequently. However, on the days patients receive chemotherapy, which is once every two or three weeks, they’re allowed to eat as many carbohydrates as they want.

 

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You May Not Want to Take That Multi-Vitamin

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Why One-A-Day Vitamins are Not The Healthy Way To go

 

If you’re currently taking or considering taking a multivitamin with a recommended serving size of only one pill a day, you’re pretty much wasting your time.

 

Why?

 

It’s very doubtful can pack enough vitamins and minerals to truly make any real difference in complementing your healthy diet.

 

Producers of multivitamins have come up with some pretty amazing ways to compress ingredients, but not to this extreme… not down to where a single tablet provides you the vitamin and mineral levels you need on a daily basis.

 

And speaking of minerals, many producers of one-per-day vitamins don’t even bother including essential minerals like potassium or magnesium in adequate enough amounts to really make a difference.

 

What about other nutrients from sources like vegetables, fruits and herbs? Shouldn’t they be blended into your multi as well? I certainly think so.

 

But it’s also vitally important to know when to take your multivitamin. To maximize your multivitamin’s benefits, you should take a few tablets first thing in the morning and with lunch, or with an early dinner to help optimize your nutrient absorption.

 

Before we jump further into all the nutrients I believe should go into a multi, let’s first take a closer look at why all multivitamins are not created equal.

 

Some may in fact have little impact on your health. So remember, you must be very cautious when choosing a product to ensure that your multivitamin really benefits you.

Why You Should Avoid Synthetic Forms of Certain Vitamins Like the Plague…

 

In my opinion, if you shop for your supplements at discount stores, you may be seriously shortchanging yourself because many of those products typically use cheap synthetic isolate forms for certain important vitamins.

 

Instead of seeking a good multivitamin, millions of people take certain forms of vitamins, which may do less to support their optimal health.

 

You see, certain synthetic forms of vitamins are partial vitamins, combined with other chemicals. They’re completely different than vitamins from whole, real food.

 

When you remove a part from the whole, you get “synthetic,” “isolated” or “fractionated” pieces of the whole, but it’s simply not the same.

 

Here are four major problems with these kinds of vitamins…

 

Nature intended for you to consume food in WHOLE form because all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes are together in one package. They work synergistically to give your body the nutrition it requires for optimal health.

Your body only absorbs a percentage of some forms of vitamins and minerals – and it utilizes even less. You get the best bioavailability in combination whole food form.

Certain synthetic vitamins often give you massive quantities of some nutrients (usually the most inexpensive ones) and insufficient quantities of others.

You may experience side effects of certain synthetic vitamins because the form of the vitamin is not the natural form.

You’ve heard me say it before… Fast food and a sedentary lifestyle can be a disaster for your health. Don’t let your multivitamin add to the collateral damage.

 

In fact, you want to be sure your multivitamin benefits you and offers a real and significant contribution to your health, especially if you’ve already adopted healthy lifestyle practices.

Many people who suffer from allergies can not take some vitamins and minerals, and then they can not take some brands.  Especially children!

 

Who Doesn’t Want to Feel Great All the Time?

 

One thing you can do to optimize your health and feel great is to maximize your immune system’s capabilities.

 

Because face it – everybody wants to feel good all the time, don’t they?

 

Now is the time to start moving toward a healthier diet and lifestyle. Start today, by adding just one raw vegetable per day to your diet… a small, doable step toward your better health.

 

Why make these changes today?

 

Because, ideally, it is best to receive all your nutrition from high-quality unprocessed foods. In fact, before focusing on finding a good multivitamin, I highly recommend first evaluating your diet and your lifestyle.

 

If you are eating a wholesome diet composed of raw fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats and raw dairy from reliable sources, then you may have less need for a multivitamin.

 

Unfortunately, if you’re like most people, you may find it impractical or impossible to eat right all the time.

 

Therefore, even when you take the steps of adding raw veggies to your diet, getting some exercise and obtaining vitamin D from sunshine, you still might want to supplement with a high-quality multivitamin every day – just to be sure you’re getting well-balanced and optimal nutrition.

 

Plus, even if you do well with your diet choices, there is another important factor that involves the actual food supply itself…

 

Up to 50% of the Nutrient Value of Your Food May Be Lost From the Start

 

A number of carefully controlled studies have provided startling evidence that by the time food reaches your table, serious nutrient content could already be lost.

 

Some estimates report the nutrient value lost at over 50%!

 

This is largely the result of conventional farming methods that rely heavily on chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which deplete the soil of nutrients… nutrients that must be absorbed by plants in order to be passed on to you.

 

And it does not necessarily end there.

 

In many cases, it’s likely you unknowingly further deplete the nutrients in your food – just by the way you prepare it. For many foods, cooking will seriously impair the nutritional value.

 

So, realizing that you cannot always obtain the whole unprocessed foods you need – and knowing how easy it is for valuable nutrients to be destroyed – you now know why I believe adding a good multivitamin to complement your diet is a sound move.

 

What Can a High-Quality Multivitamin Do for You?

 

While I cannot endorse taking a supplement in place of living a healthy lifestyle, it is true that a good multivitamin benefits your optimal health.

 

A high-quality multivitamin helps promote your strong immune system, building up your body’s defenses.*

 

If you need help if adding the correct vitamins and minerals to your personal healthcare plan, contact us and we will be happy to go over this with you.

 

Health and Wellness Associates

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Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency

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Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency

 

Approximately 36% of healthy young adults and approximately 57% of inpatients in the United States and Europe suffer from vitamin D deficiency – that’s a staggering figure! Vitamin D is essential to strong bones and also to optimal muscle function. It has also been connected to reduced risk of death from heart failure, various cancers, hypertension and diabetes. Yes, it’s that important.

Many of the people who are vitamin D deficient do not even know. You can always request lab testing from your doctor and this is a very good thing to do. I recently had very thorough lab work which checked everything from my thyroid function to kidney function, vitamins and minerals – and it really helps not only isolate potential issues but can also sometimes catch life threatening illnesses early!

 

Although we are warned against sun overexposure, the best way to get enough vitamin D is through sun exposure. How much sun you need a day depends on many factors such as age, skin color, time of the day, season, and…. the use of sunscreen. Yes, if you put sunscreen on it blocks the vitamin D production. 10 to 15 minutes of natural sun per day is considered optimal. You can even spread this out so as to reduce risk of overexposure.

 

It’s interesting to note that in some cultures (for example China) it is considered fashionable and chic for women to be pale, not tanned. In China women go to great lengths to preserve their alabaster complexions.

Aside from sunshine, the two other main sources of vitamin D are food and supplements. For those who – for whatever reason – wish not to expose their skin to the sun, vitamin D supplementation may be a good idea

12 Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency

  1. Muscle and Bone Weakness:

Vitamin D is important for bones, muscles and teeth. Weakened bones, teeth, or muscles may be a sign that you are not getting enough of it.

 

  1. Feeling Blue Or Sad:

Researchers have found that woman with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to be depressed or struggle with deep feelings of sadness.

  1. Great Pain Sensitivity:

People who struggle with chronic pains often have inadequate vitamin D levels.

 

  1. Chronic Gum Disease:

People with lower levels of vitamin D are more vulnerable for swelling, reddening, and bleeding of gums.

 

  1. High Blood Pressure:

Vitamin D is important for your heart too. When you don’t get enough of it, you’re blood pressure may rise.

 

  1. Fatigue and Sleepiness:

People with lower levels of vitamin D lack the energy during the day and may have a constant feeling of fatigue.

 

  1. Mood Swings:

Vitamin D plays a role in serotonin production. This “feel good hormone” has a major impact on our mood.

  1. Decreased Endurance:

Studies have shown that athletes with lower vitamin D levels preform less and have lower energy levels compared to other athletes.

 

  1. Overweight:

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, stored in our fat cells. People who are overweight or obese therefore need more vitamin D.

 

  1. Gut Issues:

People who struggle with fat absorption (ex. Crohn’s, celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and inflammatory bowel disease), may have lower vitamin D levels as well.

 

  1. Head Sweater:

Excessive head sweating is a common, early sign of vitamin D deficiency.

 

  1. Allergies:

Adequate vitamin D can reduce allergies. A study done on 6000 individuals showed that people with low vitamin D levels are more susceptible to allergies

 

The concern is there are many kinds of vitamin D and which one is right for you.  Contact us and that is our job to figure out what is correct for your body, not your neighbors or spouses.

 

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Heal the Cause

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Why Supplements Often Work BETTER Than Drugs

Many chronic health problems are actually caused by nutrient deficiencies. Instead of taking drugs to cover up the symptoms, why not correct the deficiency and solve the real cause of your symptoms.

Your body is designed and adapted to work with the natural healers found in foods. These natural molecules help your body repair, restore, and revitalize itself the way nature intended.

Supplements are concentrated forms of the natural molecules found in foods. Your body knows exactly how to use them. They work in a much more balanced way to help solve the real cause of disease, instead of just relieving the symptoms. That’s why vitamins and supplements are…

Nature’s Targeted Healers

For example, you’ve probably heard about resveratrol. It’s the remarkable phytonutrient found in grapes and red wine. Studies show that it can extend the lifespan of lab animals by an incredible 60%. And many experts believe it’s the “secret weapon” that keeps French peoples’ hearts healthy despite their rich diet. Now you can take a supplement and get the equivalent resveratrol of 26 bottles of red wine in a single pill!

Or maybe you’ve heard about the cancer-fighting power of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts. They’re rich in a nutrient called diindolylmethane (DIM). DIM is shown to stop cancer cell growth by 90% in lab tests. But now you can get the DIM content of up to…

Nine Pounds of Broccoli IN A SINGLE PILL!

Do you see the power of these targeted healers? You would never want to drink that much wine or eat that much broccoli in one day—even if you could afford the cost! Supplements make it convenient, practical and cost effective to get concentrated forms of nature’s most powerful healing nutrients.

Every single year there are more than 14 million preventable cases of heart disease, 1.3 million preventable cases of cancer, and more than 500,000 preventable strokes, and many thousands of other preventable diseases in the U.S. alone. With the right nutrition, many of these deadly diseases could have been completely avoided. For example, consider…

 

The Natural “Smart Bomb” That SELECTIVELY KILLS CANCER CELLS

The problem with conventional cancer treatments is that they often kill healthy cells too. That’s why this next vitamin cure is a great weapon in the fight against cancer. It’s selenium, a potent antioxidant mineral.

Your body uses selenium to create a crucial cancer-fighting enzyme called glutathione peroxidase. This enzyme can selectively seek out and kill cancer cells, but leaving healthy cells alone!

Clinical studies show that taking selenium leads to 66% fewer prostate cancers, 50% fewer colorectal cancers and a 50% decrease in lung cancer deaths.

But beware! You read a supplement label and see that it contains selenium. That’s good, right? Not so fast! There are different types of selenium. Some forms of selenium are shown to be potent cancer fighters. But not all kinds of selenium work.

 

What REALLY Works for Lowering Cholesterol Naturally?

Many of my patients would love to lower their cholesterol without drugs. After all, the drugs give them a wide range of troubling side effects.

You hear of all sorts of “natural cures” touted for cutting cholesterol, but now a new clinical study shows what works and what doesn’t:

What DOES NOT WORK: There’s little evidence supporting the use of “guggulipids”, “policosanol”, and cinnamon.

What DOES Work: Red yeast rice was shown to effectively lower people’s deadly LDL cholesterol. But a vital fact that virtually no one else will tell you is this: The Wrong Type Could Be

TOXIC TO YOUR KIDNEYS!

So although red yeast rice is indeed a powerful natural way to lower your cholesterol, you need to choose your brand carefully.

Some brands contain vastly different amounts of the key active ingredient lovastatin. Perhaps even more important is that some incorrectly fermented types may contain a chemical called “citrinin” that is very toxic to the kidneys.

 

Reverse Heart Disease and Clean Out DEADLY ARTERY PLAQUE!

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States. For too many victims, their first symptom is a fatal heart attack. A key cause of heart attacks is the build-up of deadly plaque in the arteries. For example, research has shown that phytomenadione can prevent the “vascular calcification” that leads to heart attacks and strokes.

 

Save Your Vision from MACULAR DEGENERATION

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness for people in their senior years. The macula is the tiny yellow spot near the center of the retina in the back of your eyes. It controls the central field of your vision.

 

Thankfully, clinical studies have proven that a few natural supplements can help halt the effects of macular degeneration. One of the most effective is Zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin is a “carotenoid” found in highest concentrations in the central maculae in the retinas of your eyes.

 

The New Arthritis Cure That’s Spelled “ASU”

“Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables” (ASU) is the collective name of a new breed of natural pain-relieving supplements. People take them to reduce pain and inflammation in the knees and hips, and to reduce deterioration of these joints. ASU is the newest effective arthritis treatment. Studies show that it can relieve arthritis pain, repair damaged cartilage, and reduce the need for painkillers.

In France, it’s available only by prescription; but over here, you don’t need a prescription.

 

Did you know that some 100 million North Americans suffer from some type of chronic joint pain? Plus, many suffer deadly side effects from painkilling drugs. The prescription painkiller Vioxx® was taken off the market after it caused some 60,000 fatal heart attacks. And over-the-counter drugs, such as aspirin kill over 16,000 Americans every year from stomach bleeding.

But when you treat your joint pain with natural supplements, instead of just covering up the symptoms, you…

Heal the CAUSE OF YOUR PAIN!

Don’t Cover Up the Symptoms!

 

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Sleep and Psychiatric Disorders

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Sleep and psychiatric disorders often occur at the same time, and untreated sleep disorders can increase the risk of developing psychiatric conditions, such as depression, later in life. Recent reports found that as many as two-thirds of patients referred to sleep disorders centers have a psychiatric disorder. The most common psychiatric disorders associated with sleep complaints include depression, anxiety, and substance (illicit drugs and alcohol) abuse. Treating sleep disorders has been shown to improve the co-existing psychiatric condition and overall quality of life.

 

Depression

 

Depression is a mood disorder identified by low mood and/or lack of interest in activities previously found to be enjoyable. Depression affects one’s appetite, concentration, energy level, and motivation. People with depression report feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, worthlessness, and have suicidal thoughts. The majority experience symptoms of insomnia, consisting of difficulty in falling asleep, staying asleep, early morning awakening, or non-refreshing sleep.

 

Studies of depressed patients demonstrate prolonged sleep latency (time to fall asleep), lack of slow wave sleep (also known as deep sleep), reduced REM sleep latency (time to REM sleep from sleep onset), and increased amount of REM sleep. REM stands for rapid eye movement, a sleep cycle characterized by the following physiological changes:

 

Accelerated respiration

Increased brain activity

Eye movement

Muscle relaxation

There is much evidence linking depression with sleep disorders. It has been shown that insomnia increases the risk of depression and that depression can cause insomnia. In a 34-year follow-up study of medical students at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, the risk of developing depression among students with insomnia was twice that of those without insomnia. Of all the symptoms of depression, insomnia is often the last to respond to medications. Failure to treat insomnia increases the risk of a depression relapse.

 

Rarely, people with depression report excessive daytime sleepiness. This is more common in patients with seasonal affective disorder, also known as “winter depression.”

 

Anxiety disorders

 

People with anxiety disorders feel nervous, tense, have difficulty controlling worrying, and find it hard to relax. Sleep disorders are found in over 50 percent of patients with generalized anxiety disorder. Difficulty in falling and staying asleep is the most common sleep disturbance. People with anxiety disorders report a high level of psychological distress and are unable to relax enough to sleep at night. Insomnia in turn can raise anxiety levels. Nocturnal panic attacks are also common; these are sudden awakenings from sleep accompanied by intense anxiety, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and usually lead to difficulty falling back asleep.

 

Sleep and substance abuse

 

People who abuse alcohol and other illicit drugs frequently experience sleep problems. Many people say they use alcohol and illicit drugs in order to fall asleep. However, these substances are not effective in the long run and can lead to a variety of serious health and performance problems, including psychiatric and medical disorders, and psychosocial problems such as impaired performance at school or work. Though many believe in its sleep-promoting benefits, alcohol actually disrupts sleep, causing recurrent awakenings and a reduced amount of REM sleep. The use of alcohol and other illicit drugs to treat insomnia is strongly discouraged.

 

Treatment

 

Treatment of co-existing psychiatric and sleep disorders requires a thorough evaluation by experts with knowledge in both sleep medicine and psychiatry. Medications to treat depression and anxiety must be chosen carefully, as some promote wakefulness while others cause drowsiness.

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a structured and focused treatment for insomnia, typically provided by an experienced psychologist. CBT refers to a variety of behavioral strategies used to correct harmful or negative thought patterns and behaviors that can cause or worsen insomnia. This type of therapy is not only effective, but its benefits outlast those of medications. Examples of CBT include relaxation therapy and biofeedback (a type of therapy that uses medical monitoring equipment to help patients learn to relax by controlling their vital signs — heart rate, breathing, etc).

 

People with insomnia should also adopt healthy habits and rituals that promote a good night’s sleep. These include:

 

Thinking positively

Establishing fixed bed and wake times

Relaxing before going to bed

Maintaining a comfortable sleeping environment

Avoiding clock watching

Following a 20 minute “Toss and Turn” rule (giving yourself only 20 minutes to continue tossing and turning, before leaving the bed for some restful activity)

Using the bedroom for sleep and sex only

Avoiding daytime naps

Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine within 6 hours of sleep

Exercising regularly but not within 3 hours of sleep

 

All health professionals should be asking about your sleep habits when they are talking to you.  Irregular sleep patterns, mind racing with thoughts, heart palpitations, inability to sleep for 5 hours straight, are all signs of underlying diseases and some serious conditions.  Many times this can be fixed with the right vitamin and supplement program.  We have found many people who are taking supplements but we the wrong amount or the wrong combination for them.

 

If you would like to make an appointment with us please just call, leave a voice message if no one can pick up at that time, and we will be happy to help you.

 

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Foods, Vitamins and Supplements

Get Your Daily Dose with Foods

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Get Your Daily Dose With Foods
1. B Vitamins: This team of nutrients works together to convert food into energy. Too few Bs can make you feel anything from fatigue and irritability to muscle weakness and depression.
Gluten-free sources: GF oats, brown rice, quinoa, and buckwheat, as well as leafy green vegetables, legumes, seeds, chicken, beef, milk products, and pork.
Get your daily dose: Covering all your B needs (other than folate) could be accomplished by eating 1 scrambled egg, 1 cup 2-percent milk, 1 ounce raw pistachios, 1/2 cup chopped chicken breast, 1 ounce dried sunflower seeds, 3 ounces roast pork tenderloin, and 1/2 cup each sliced cooked zucchini and cooked spinach. However, if you are a gluten-free vegan, you will likely need a B12 supplement since that vitamin is only found in animal sources. 2. Iron: An essential mineral, iron delivers oxygen to red blood cells and is necessary for cellular metabolism. When you don’t get enough, it can sap your energy, and you could develop anemia, which also drains your immune system, makes you feel cold, and can impair your work performance. As with B12, as long as you’re eating animal products, it’s not hard to meet your iron needs, says Nina Eng, R.D., chief clinical dietitian at Plainview Hospital in New York.
Gluten-free sources: Meat, seafood, legumes, spinach, GF oats, quinoa, and buckwheat. Pair iron-rich foods with those packing vitamin C such as bell peppers, citrus, broccoli, and tomatoes to enhance absorption of the mineral. Get your daily dose: To get your iron without resorting to fortified foods, you’d need to eat 1 scrambled egg, 3 ounces canned water-packed light tuna fish (drained), 1 cup cooked shelled edamame, 6 ounces lean beef sirloin, and 1/2 cup each cooked gluten-free oats, lentils, and spinach.
3. Folate: Part of the B-vitamin family, folate is often discussed separately due to its role in preventing birth defects. Even if you’re not in baby-making mode, your cells need folate to grow and function, plus it helps keep your heart healthy. Gluten-free sources: Beef liver, leafy greens, black-eyed peas, asparagus, and avocado.
Get your daily dose: You could eat 1 navel orange, 1/4 cup sliced avocado, 1 cup shredded romaine, 3/4 cup cooked quinoa, 1/2 cup kidney beans, and 4 cooked asparagus spears to meet your needs.
4. Fiber: In addition to filling you up and keeping you regular, fiber is associated with a lower risk of heart disease. Gluten-free sources: Legumes, air-popped popcorn, berries, nuts and seeds, artichokes, pears, and other fruit and vegetables. Get your daily dose: Hit your fiber target by consuming 1 medium apple, 3 cups air-popped popcorn, 1 cup each blackberries and raw spinach, and 1/2 cup each cooked lentils and Brussels sprouts.
5. Satiety: Twenty-seven percent of consumers eat gluten-free products because they think doing so will help them lose weight, but this often backfires, says Jaclyn London, R.D., senior clinical dietician at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. “A majority of gluten-free products are made with very low-fiber potato or flour, and they can be low in protein, making them less satisfying.”
And if, as a result, you eat more, watch out: “Gluten free” is not synonymous with “low calorie.” Depending on the brand and product, labels read about the same, if not worse, on gluten-free foods. For example, one brand of gluten-free chocolate chip cookies comes in at 70 calories per cookie, whereas a top regular brand registers 55 calories a pop. And chances are your mouth doesn’t know that two gluten-free cookies is the same serving size as three non-gluten-free ones, and you’ll eat both to your stomach’s content.
Many gluten free products start out to present themselves for what they are. They become successful and are bought out by a larger company, and now we find items like GMO corn, dextrose, malto-dextrose, pulverized wheat, and such, which are just a sampling of ingredients that people should not eat.
NOTE: Never buy gummy vitamins!
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Health and Disease

Hair Loss

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Hair Loss

About 40% of both men and women, have visible hair loss by

age 40.  There is a supplement combo that

reduces hair loss in 90% of the men and women who take it daily.

Fish Oil  400 mg, fish

oil is still the best source of Omega3 fatty acids which quell inflammation and

help nerve endings heal, both of which can reduce hair loss. Omega 3’s also

reduce wrinkles.

Blackcurrant seed oil, 460mg     This supplement has an ideal balance of

omega 6’s and omega 3 fatty acids, which together help stimulate the growth of

hair.   This also help with hormonal

balances and menopause symptoms.

Vitamin C 30 mg,

This nutrient is abundant in citrus fruits, bell peppers and berries,

booster the blood vessels that help the scalp retain hair.

Vitamin E    5mg     This supplement works in conjunction with

vitamin C to reduce the free radical damage that contributes to hair loss.

Lycopene 1 mg.   This

super nutrient zaps hair harming free radical.

It also helps you skin resist sun damage.

Contact us with your questions

Health and Wellness Associates

312-972-WELL

Picture:  Echineachea in my garden.  Also known as Vitamin C, and you can put the petals in salads.

Vitamins and Supplements

Do you have a Vitamin B12 Deficiency

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One of the pitfalls of

pursuing a healthy diet is that we are sometimes blind to nutrients we may be

missing. And in the world of healthy eating, one of the most common nutrient

deficiencies involves vitamin B-12, a crucial nutrient for nerve health

and the construction of red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout your body.

Vitamin B-12 deficiency is especially common among vegetarians and vegans,

but it’s also surprisingly common in meat eaters, too. Why? Because vitamin

B-12 can only be absorbed in the small intestine, and due to common intestinal

ailments, even many meat eaters who consume high levels of B-12 are

unable

to absorb it in their gut.

This leads to a series of seemingly “mystery” health symptoms that

actually have a simple common cause: Vitamin B-12 deficiency!

Symptoms

of B-12 deficiency

B-12 deficiency is

shockingly widespread. Studies now show that up to 40% of the population

may be deficient in vitamin B-12

Here are some of the most common symptoms of deficiency (do you experience any

of these?):

* Chest pain or shortness of breath

* Fatigue or unexplained weakness

* Dizziness, trouble with balance, and fainting

* Confusion, memory loss or dementia

* Coldness, numbness or tingling in the hands and feet

* Slow reflexes or diminished nervous system function

* Pale skin or yellowing of the skin

* Sore mouth and tongue

… in addition,

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B-12 deficiency can actually cause brain shrinkage, according to a

University of Oxford study (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7595423.st…).

Although more work needs to be done, research is already suggesting a link

between vitamin B-12 deficiency and Alzheimer’s.

If you (or someone you know) shows any of the symptoms listed above, I urge you

to immediately investigate vitamin B-12 and determine if a deficiency in

this nutrient may be causing your symptoms!

Again, vitamin B-12 deficiency is especially common in vegans and vegetarians

because typical vitamin B-12 sources (meats, yogurt, etc.) are simply not

present in their diets. But even meat eaters can be deficient in B-12 due to

poor digestion. This is especially true for older people who suffer a

diminished ability to absorb nutrients in their small intestine.

In addition, diabetes medications and even pain pills can interfere with B-12

absorption, and intestinal parasites can also strongly block its absorption in

the gut.

Solutions

for vitamin B-12

Traditionally, people who

are deficient in vitamin B-12 have received injections of B-12. This is

extremely effective because it bypasses the digestive tract and goes right into

the bloodstream. But it has one obvious downside: It requires being injected!

So most people aren’t interested in this method.

Instead, most people supplement their vitamin B-12 using nutritional supplements.

But here’s where this can go wrong: The most commonly available form of vitamin

B-12 on the market is the cheap synthetic form that’s actually bound to a

cyanide molecule (yes, cyanide, the poison). It’s called cyanocobalamin,

and you’ll find it in all the cheap vitamins made by pharmaceutical companies

and sold at grocery stores and big box stores.

Action item: If you have any vitamin B-12 supplements, check the

ingredients label right now to see what form of vitamin B-12 they

contain. If they contain cyanocobalamin, throw them out!

Cyanocobalamin is a cheap, synthetic chemical made in a laboratory. It’s

virtually impossible for you to find this form in nature. Low-end vitamin

manufacturers use it because it can be bought in bulk and added to products

with claims that they “contain vitamin B-12!” What they don’t tell

you is that the vitamin is bound to a toxic, poisonous cyanide molecule that

must then be removed from your body by your liver. Cyanocobalamin is also up to

100 times cheaper than the higher quality methylcobalamin

which we’ll talk about below.

As Wikipedia explains:

“A common synthetic form of the vitamin,

cyanocobalamin, does not occur in nature, but is used in many pharmaceuticals

and supplements, and as a food additive, because of its lower cost. In the body

it is converted to the physiological forms, methylcobalamin and

adenosylcobalamin, leaving behind the cyanide…” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_B12)

Removing the cyanide molecule from the vitamin and then flushing it out of your

body requires using up so-called “methyl groups” of molecules in your

body that are needed to fight things like homocysteine (high levels cause heart

disease). By taking low-quality cyanobalamin, you’re actually

stealing

methyl groups from your body and making it do more work at the biochemical

level. This uses up substances such as glutathione that are often in short

supply anyway, potentially worsening your overall health situation rather than

helping it. This is one of the reasons why low-grade vitamins may actually be

worse for your body than taking nothing at all!

Cyanocobalamin, in summary, is a low-grade, low-quality and

slightly toxic

(cyanide) form of vitamin B-12 that’s used by all the cheap vitamin

manufacturers. I recommend avoiding it completely. It won’t kill you to take

it, of course, but there’s a better solution for B-12.

The

better choice: Methylcobalamin

The proper form of

vitamin B-12 to supplement is called methylcobalamin. This is the form

that exists in nature, and it is pre-methylated, meaning it’s ready for your

biochemistry to put to immediate use. Methylcobalamin has several key

advantages over cyanocobalamin:

* Increased absorption

* Better retention in tissues

* Contains no toxic cyanide

* Supports production of SAMe

As explained by Ed Sharpe:

“The coenzyme form of vitamin B12 is known as methylcobalamin or methyl

B12. It’s the only form of vitamin B12 which can directly participate in

homocysteine metabolism. In addition, converting homocysteine to methionine via

methyl B12 generates an increased supply of SAMe (S-adenosyl methionine), the

body’s most important methyl donor.” (http://www.health101.org/art_methylcobalamin…)

Every informed nutritionist knows that methylcobalamin is far superior to

cyanocobalamin. That’s why companies like Ola Loa (www.DrinkYourVitamins.com)

use only the high-end “methyl” form of B-12.

Why

99% of vitamin B-12 supplements are wasted

Taking vitamin B-12 as an oral dose is largely a waste of money. As much

as 99% of what you swallow is not even absorbed… it’s just passed through

your body. (http://www.health101.org/art_methylcobalamin…)

There are really only three methods for absorbing vitamin B-12 that reliably

work:

#1) B-12 injections, with no presevatives or cyanocobalamin, which is hard but

not impossible to find.

#2) Sublingual absorption.

#3) Skin absorption.

B-12 injections obviously require injections from a trained medical

professional, so few people pursue this route. Sublingual absorption is a

viable route, but nearly all the sublingual B-12 products use the cyanocobalamin

form of the vitamin (with the cyanide molecule).

A vitamin B-12 skin patch is now available that delivers methylcobalamin

through the skin, using a small medical-grade patch placed behind the ear. Each

patch delivers 1000 mcg of methylcobalamin (1,666% DV) in a steady

release over a 1-2 day period, after which the patch may be removed and discarded.

If you need help with a possible B12 deficiency please give us a call

Health and Wellness Associates

312-972-WELL

Foods, Lifestyle, Vitamins and Supplements

Body Sculpting Supplements, Pregnancy and Death

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Supplements, Pregnancy and Death

If you are taking supplements, or powder, or detox cleansing drinks, or any of the products for weight lost or body sculpting, you are injuring the organs of your body.

You will see them promoted as nutritional supplements for energy, nutrition, weight loss and sports promoting.

As we speak, there is testimony going on in Washington D.C. to regulate or eliminate these products all together. You can get supplements with a potent dose of additives like caffeine over the counter and online is disconcerting, highlighting the need for better regulation of these types of substances.

These products are meant to raise your blood pressure which gives you false energy, and

terribly effects your nervous system. They claim to have amino acids, where they tell you your body can not produce them, vitamins and minerals, and then look closely at the caffeine, and sometime L-tyrosine.

Any medical personnel will tell you that your body produces the right amount of amino acids that your body needs. More than what you need is dangerous! They will usually list the vitamins and minerals, which can be impressive, but again, medical personnel will tell you how dangerous it is to take individual B vitamins. The levels of caffeine are usually 200 times the normal daily intake.

We are seeing infertility rates triple when a woman has taken these products. You need that fat tissue around your abdomen, that men do not have, in order to get pregnant, and to carry a successful baby to term.  We are seeing a large number of deaths being reported in emergency medicine rooms, in people under the age of 30. Women over the age of 50, might have the right intention with their protein shake, but it is killing them.

These are all legal acquired products, over the counter, or through a respectable representative.

However, some are still under the impression that, because they’re “supplements,” they can’t possibly hurt — which underscores the need for more regulation in the U.S. — but in the meantime, we should heed the warnings.

So, beware and be smart: Over-the-counter supplements are not without dangers, and they can be just potent as the drugs prescribed by your doc.

Perhaps more so.