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My personal belief based upon clinical knowledge and experience is that the source of this problem is primarily from an external source, and that source is environmental toxins and possibly the additives in vaccines. We know what is being pumped into the air, water, and soil in unprecedented amounts. Tons of industrial waste, pesticides, solvents, plastics, heavy metals, raw sewage, and pharmaceuticals are now in our food and water supply. Crops are grown with genetic modifications in soil fertilized with human sewage and irrigated with water containing and wide slew of toxicants including a stew of prescription drugs.
A wide range of toxins, totaling nearly 300, was found in the cord blood of newborns. The baby has already been exposed to the mother's toxins. After birth it will suckle mother's milk from a breast most likely filled with toxins. Breast tissue is mainly fatty and that's where the body stores toxins. Most likely mom uses an antiperspirant containing aluminum and this easily transfers to the breast. If the baby takes formula then it gets a whopping dose of fructose which was found to contain mercury.
Next baby gets his vaccinations. There is a lot of controversy and denial of any link between vaccines and autism but one thing is very clear. The levels of mercury in vaccines far exceed the dose which the CDC deems as safe. While there may not be a absolute direct link logic dictates that this is a potentially dangerous scenario. Also take into consideration the load of multiple doses of vaccine.
One answer is for parents to undergo an exam and detoxification program before getting pregnant. Children can also benefit from this program whether or not they have ASD or a related condition.
My office offers this service. Please be in touch for more information.
Rate of autism disorders climbs to one percent among 8-year-olds
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Before trying surgery try these tips and strongly consider spinal manipulation to correct improper spinal curvatures. The chiropractic adjustment provides three major functions:
1) Puts a quick stretch in the muscle. This helps spastic muscles relax through a neurofeedback loop.
2) Restores Range of Motion to the joints
3) Provides a barrage of info to the brain via activation of joint mechanoreceptors
These 3 benefits of the adjustment can help the smooth muscle of the blood vessels to relax. It also has a profound effect on the autonomic nervous system, meaning relaxation of smooth muscle (e.g. veins) and increased blood flow. Restoration of normal spinal biomechanics and supporting soft tissue structures can go a long way in helping many health problems. Hans Selye stated that postural deformities are the beginning of the disease process.
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Here is the most important part of the article. Read just this if you don't want to read the whole piece:
"FIGHT OR FLIGHT: Certain events act as "stressors," triggering the nervous system to produce hormones to respond to the perceived danger. Specifically, the adrenal glands produce more adrenaline and cortisol, releasing them into the bloodstream. This speeds up heart and breathing rates, and increases blood pressure and metabolism. These and other physical changes help us to react quickly and effectively under pressure.
This is known as the "stress response," or more commonly, as the "fight or flight response." But if even low levels of stress go on too long, it can be detrimental to one's health. The nervous system remains slightly activated and continues to pump out extra stress hormones over an extended period, leaving the person feeling depleted or overwhelmed, and weakening the body's immune system.
STRESS-REDUCING TIPS: There are several easy, practical things people can do to reduce the amount of stress in their lives. (1) Be realistic and don't try to be perfect, or expect others to be so. (2) Don't over-schedule; cut out an activity or two when you start to feel overwhelmed. (3) Get a good night's sleep. (4) Get regular exercise to manage stress -- just not excessive or compulsive exercise -- and follow a healthy diet. (5) Learn to relax by building time into your schedule for reading or a nice long bath.
Men Are From Mars -- Neuroscientists Find That Men And Women Respond Differently To Stress
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What is very notable about this study is the dramatic effect of DMSA on the body's levels of glutathione. Glutathione is the body's most important anti-oxidant found in every cell. It's very powerful and effective but it's also easily depleted. When it becomes depleted you have less defense against the bad guys. A three day treatment of DMSA raised glutathione levels in children for 1-2 months duration.
Today it's even more important to think about getting garbage out of our system than what to put in. Heavy metals and other environmental toxins deplete glutathione and other antioxidant levels thus lowering the immune system. These toxins often have no metabolic pathway to be broken down and freely circulate through the blood stream or get stuffed into fat and joints. If you're chronically sick and cant' figure out why this could very well be the reason.
The Integrative Health Center offers lab testing for heavy metals and detoxification programs as part of the The 4R Program for good health.
Chelation Therapy Drug Found Safe and Beneficial for Children With Autism | Reuters
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What is not addressed is why there is GERD in the first place. Reflux can only occur due to a weak gastroesophageal sphincter. This is the muscle the closes off the stomach contents to the esophagus once food has entered. The gastroesophageal sphincter, like the whole body, is under control of the nervous system. If the nerve supply to the sphincter is impaired then the function of the sphincter will be impaired and acid can escape the stomach and go back up to the esophagus, triggering the release of inflammatory cytokines.
Chiropractic addresses this problem by going to the source, to the nerves that control the sphincters.
Reflux esophagitis due to immune reaction, not acute acid burn
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Yet another reason to educate yourself on what you're up against regarding environmental pollutants and what you can do about it. Today a detox program is essential for every person right from the womb.
Common chemical found to feminize boys' brains
More recently her condition worsened to the point that she was having trouble breathing and felt she might soon die. She ended up at the office of Dr. Rashid Buttar and here is the result of his treatment. Listen to the interview.
And here she is after treatment:
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Researchers Explore Growing Ocean Garbage Patches - NYTimes.com
Monday, November 09, 2009
Statins and blood pressure medications interfere with mitochondrial energy levels. This might explain the cause of muscle fatigue when taking these drugs.
Some drugs actually increase mitochondrial function and decrease toxic load. One of these compounds is found in Green Tea. That would explain why Green Tea has for a long time been anecdotally credited with normalizing blood sugar and increasing energy levels. Type 2 diabetes is associated with a decrease in mitochondrial genetic expression and may be helped by regularly drinking Green Tea.
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Trigger for brain plasticity identified
According to the lead scientist on this study, “Diet and exercise are still the best approaches for weight reduction in the general population,” Tseng said. “However, for people who are genetically predisposed to obesity, these approaches may have very little effect.”
“As we learn more about the controls of brown fat development, medical interventions to increase energy expenditure by brown fat inducing agents, such as BMP-7, may provide hope to these individuals in losing weight and preventing the metabolic disorders associated with obesity,” she said.
"BOSTON – Aug. 20, 2008 – A study by researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center has shown that a protein known for its role in inducing bone growth can also help promote the development of brown fat, a “good” fat that helps in the expenditure of energy and plays a role in fighting obesity."
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Sunday, November 08, 2009
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Glutathione levels are often depressed in autism patients. They are elevated significantly with chelation therapy. This finding agrees with the Remove part of my FourR treatment protocol. By removing toxins the body is able to function normally.
AGE OF AUTISM: Autism Research Institute on Chelation Therapy Studies for Individuals with Autism
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Saturday, October 31, 2009
iTWire - CDC: 28% U.S. adults don't get enough sleep 50% of time or more
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Could my child's ADHD drug be causing mood swings, aggression? - CNN.com
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Juggling Enhances Connections In The Brain
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Placebo effect is in the spine as well as the mind | Science | Reuters
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9NEWS.com | Colorado's Online News Leader | Chronic injuries may be relieved with Graston Technique
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Paralyzed Rats Regain Their Footing : Discovery News
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'Make a date with dates to protect your arteries' | Health | Jerusalem Post
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Study Reveals How Much Cellphone Radiation You’re Getting | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
Monday, September 07, 2009
Do your kids use cell phones? Approaching brain damage epidemic! Approaching Epidemic: Brain Damage from Mobile Phone Radiation
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Higher Cancer Rates In Under-18 Cell Phone Users - The Philadelphia Bulletin Archives
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EWG Report || BodyBurden 2 - The Pollution in Newborns
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Monday, August 31, 2009
Many Californians with medical debt are insured
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Lunch ladies no longer serving up fried foods to students | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Breaking News for Dallas-Fort Worth | Dallas Morning News
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How American Health Care Killed My Father - The Atlantic (September 2009)
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No parent wants to stunt their kids growth just to get them to concentrate and behave normally. There are better ways to deal with ADD/ADHD. The best way is to build new neural pathways and receptor sites with various brain excercises and to fill those sites with nutrients which will make a permanent change for the better without side effects. The practitioner is seek out is an expert in functional neurology and a clinical nutritionist. My office provides both services.
Please contact me if you need someone in your area.
This news is sure to make already nervous people frustrated and scared, but it's nothing new. The best way to combat any infectious agent is to maintain and strong immune system. Get 7 hours sleep, drink 2-3 liters of water a day, excercise, eat a healthy diet, get fresh air and sunshine, modify stress, and detoxify. If you're like most people you're not doing these things. Start adding in and changing what you can. See a professional nutritionist for the best advice.
Remember that all of us are surrounded by the same bacteria and viruses all the time. Some of us get sick and others don't. This is very important to understand and remember: only sick and weak people get sick. Strong and healthy people stay well. Bacteria and viruses cannot affect you if you are healthy.
For the elderly or immunocompromised they also must do what they can to build strength of their natural immune system.
Don't rely on medications and vaccinations to keep you healthy. There is a place for medicine but it's not in the realm of prevention. Medicine often has unwanted side effects. In this case it's death!
Health comes from within and you can help create it by treating your body right.
Healthy Living: Pain reliever acetaminophen is safe when used properly - Norwich, CT - Norwich Bulletin
The power of glutathione again! This is the most powerful and plentiful antioxidant in the body. Drugs can deplete. So can toxic overload, stress, poor sleep and diet, etc. Without enough of this powerful compound which protects every cell in the... body you are susceptible to many diseases. But if you eat and supplement to replenish it you stand a much better chance of good health!
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Are we finally ready to take a look at some non-drug interventions? First we have to ask some good questions. Why do so many children suffer from arthritis? Diseases of the old are now in the domain of the young. Arthritis, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis. These diseases are supposed to take decades to develop. Why are our young people getting them? There are much better ways than taking a drug for these problems. The answer is simple but requires just a little bit more effort than relying on a pill! Are we willing to eat right, sleep right, and excercise just a bit? Just that alone would go such a long way towards better health.
Monday, August 03, 2009
7 in 10 U.S. Kids Have Low Vitamin D
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On the other hand, the highest intakes of omega-3 were associated with 77 per cent reduction in the risk of the disease, according to findings of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) with 203,193 men and women published in Gut.
Read here for sources of Omega-6:
Omega-3, -6 levels linked to bowel health
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Balance training is a supremely low-tech but increasingly well-documented approach to dealing with unstable ankles.
Here's the key paragraph in the article:
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
I tell all my patients to request a copy of their lab results and have the doctor review it with them. It's pretty easy to determine if one of your readings is too high or low because it will fall outside the normal ranges and appear in a separate column or will be highlighted. Make sure you understand what that means.
My own mother was a victim of non-disclosure of her lab results. The tests showed a high probability of aggressive cancer. Her doctor told my brother, a physician, that everything was alright and he took the doctor's word for it. More than a year passed and indeed an aggressive cancer spread throughout my mother's body. By the time surgery and chemo were scheduled it was really too late to stop it. We only found out the truth about the lab results by accident.
This is why I always reccomend that my patients actually see their results and discuss them with the doctor. You must insist upon it! It could save your life.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Washington, DC — With the Senate health committee convening daily to craft a comprehensive health reform bill, the basic outline of this landmark legislation is now clear.
Yes, it will ensure access to affordable, quality care for every American. But, just as important, it will hold down health care costs by creating a sharp new emphasis on disease prevention and public health.
As the lead Senator in drafting the Prevention and Public Health section of the bill, I view this legislation as our opportunity to recreate America as a genuine wellness society – a society that is focused on prevention, good nutrition, fitness, and public health.
The fact is, we currently do not have a health care system in the United States; we have a sick care system. If you’re sick, you get care, whether through insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, community health centers, emergency rooms, or charity. The problem is that this is all about patching things up after people develop serious illnesses and chronic conditions.
We spend a staggering $2.3 trillion annually on health care – 16.5 percent of our GDP and far more than any other country spends on health care – yet the World Health Organization ranks U.S. health care only 37th among nations, on par with Serbia.
We spend twice as much per capita on health care as European countries, but we are twice as sick with chronic disease.
How can this be so? The problem is that we have systematically neglected wellness and disease prevention. Currently in the United States, 95 percent of every health care dollar is spent on treating illnesses and conditions after they occur. But we spend peanuts on prevention.
The good news in these dismal statistics is that, by reforming our system and focusing on fighting and preventing chronic disease, we have a huge opportunity. We can not only save hundreds of billions of dollars; we can also dramatically improve the health of the American people.
Consider this: Right now, some 75 percent of health care costs are accounted for by heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and obesity. What these five diseases and conditions have in common is that they are largely preventable and even reversible by changes in nutrition, physical activity, and lifestyle.
Listen to what Dr. Dean Ornish told our Senate health committee: “Studies have shown that changing lifestyle could prevent at least 90 percent of all heart disease. Thus, the disease that accounts for more premature deaths and costs Americans more than any other illness is almost completely preventable, and even reversible, simply by changing lifestyle.”
It’s not enough to talk about how to extend insurance coverage and how to pay for health care – as important as those things are. It makes no sense just to figure out a better way to pay the bills for a system that is dysfunctional, ineffective, and broken. We also have to change the health care system itself, beginning with a sharp new emphasis on prevention and public health.
We also have to realize that wellness and prevention must be truly comprehensive. It is not only about what goes on in a doctor’s office. It encompasses workplace wellness programs, community-wide wellness programs, building bike paths and walking trails, getting junk food out of our schools, making school breakfasts and lunches more nutritious, increasing the amount of physical activity our children get, and so much more.
I am heartened by the fact that the major players in this endeavor – Democrats and Republicans alike – all “get it” when it comes to prevention and public health. We all agree that it must be at the heart of reform legislation.
As President Obama said in his speech to Congress earlier this year: “[It is time] to make the largest investment ever in preventive care, because that's one of the best ways to keep our people healthy and our costs under control.”
No question, comprehensive health reform is an extraordinarily ambitious undertaking. But what makes me optimistic is that all the major groups are playing a constructive role, including those that opposed the 1993-94 heath reform effort. Everyone agrees that the current system is broken.
Winston Churchill famously said that “Americans always do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.” Well, we’ve tried everything else, and it has led us to bad health and the brink of bankruptcy.
Comprehensive health reform legislation is our opportunity to change the paradigm. We are going to extend health insurance to every American. And we are going to give our citizens access to a 21st century health care system – one that is focused on helping us to live healthy, active, happy lives.
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and chairs the Senate panel that funds medical research and health care..
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
How Insurance Companies Hurt Policyholders - ABC News
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As usual people run for the one magic bullet to fix all their problems. In this case research was done showing that one particular deep ab muscle, when strengthened, decreased back pain. So everyone ran out and worked on this muscle. That is, they overworked the muscle causing instability. The body is never that simple. Muscles work as levers. When one contracts the opposite side relaxes. Also, muscles attach to different parts of the skeleton and other structures. If one muscle is over-strengthened then some other muscle and structure will be over-weakened. The body always strives for balance structurally and physically.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Certain neurotransmitters in the brain are deficient in ADHD kids and adults. The drugs that are given will temporarily fill the brain receptor sites that help calm the person. When the drug wears off so does the effect and a new dose must be given. As we see from this study these drugs can also have a range of side effects, even sudden death in children.
There are much better ways to help ADHD children. One way is with specific excercises that create brand new neural pathways. Another great treatment is with functional lab testing
This is followed by a prescribed nutritional program to help rebuild the depleted nutrients the brain needs to replenish those critical neurotransmitters.
My office provides these services both locally in Israel and in the U.S.
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Tuesday, June 09, 2009
ScienceDaily (2009-06-05) -- The cause of Parkinson's disease (PD), the second most frequent neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's disease, is unknown, but in most cases it is believed to involve a combination of environmental risk factors and genetic susceptibility. Laboratory studies in rats have shown that injecting the insecticide rotenone leads to an animal model of PD and several epidemiological studies have shown an association between pesticides and PD, but most have not identified specific pesticides or studied the amount of exposure relating to the association.
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The trend is going towards complementary medicine because Western medicine as a whole is failing. Part of the blame goes to Western society's bad habits of overeating, poor food choices, and lack of physical activity. People are beginning to realize that medicine does not have all the answers as they increasingly seek out other solutions.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
In this study they showed effectiveness in preventing eczema in infants by 58%. Many health problems have the gut as a point of initiation. The skin is the body's largest organ and eczema is an external manifestation of an internal probiotic imbalance. This study also shows the general importance of how good nutrition impacts the body in a positive way. The body's built in intelligence knows what to do with the right raw materials it needs to function.
Now researchers find that it helps reduce hypertension and the risk of diabetes.
The form you take is important for bio-availability and to prevent magnesium associated diarrhea. I recommend magnesium citrate to my patients.
Magnesium can be found in a wide variety of foods, especially dairy, fish, and meat. It can also be found in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, seeds, and beans.
Magnesium is depleted by alcohol, diuretics, fluoride, high fat and protein consumption, and excess Vitamin D and zinc. Foods high in oxalic acid such as almonds, chard, cocoa, rhubarb, spinach, and tea also hinder absorption of magnesium. These foods need not be avoided as part of a healthy diet.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
While this drug seems to be right on target for lymphoma it's tied to death due to brain virus. And it belongs to a class of drugs which have also been connected to brain death (PML). It's drug relatives have already been pulled from the market.
Do yourself and favor and get yourself a toxicity test. Then detoxify through diet, chelation, etc. You have an immune system that should function properly but in today's world it may be overburdened and need some help.
Most of all don't wait until you have some type of symptoms. You must be proactive and informed regarding your health!
ScienceDaily (2009-05-18) -- A new study links use of the popular cancer drug rituximab to a swiftly moving and often fatal viral brain infection called PML. Rituximab is the most important and widely used cancer drug for lymphoma. It is also approved for rheumatoid arthritis and is widely used off-label to treat multiple sclerosis, lupus erythematosus and autoimmune anemias. The results indicate a greater need for caution in prescribing the drug.
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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090413150743.htm">The New 'Epigenetics:' Poor Nutrition In The Womb Causes Permanent Genetic Changes In Offspring
ScienceDaily (2009-04-14) -- New research explains how poor maternal nutrition passes health risk across generations. The new science of epigenetics explains how genes can be modified by the environment: You are what your mother did not eat during pregnancy. ... > http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090413150743.htm">read full article
More proof that our environment is polluted at the most basic levels. Humans, being at the top of the food chain, are subjected to the highest levels of toxins from the water, soil and air.
Pavement Sealcoat A Source Of Toxins In Stormwater Runoff
ScienceDaily (2009-04-14) -- Driveways and parking lots may look better with a layer of sealcoat applied to the pavement, but the water running off the surface into nearby streams will be carrying more than just oxygen and hydrogen molecules. New research indicates that sealcoat may contribute to increasingly significant amounts of polyaromatic hydrocarbons entering waterways from stormwater runoff. ... > read full article
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
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"Physicians who care for patients with chronic, diffuse pain that seems musculoskeletal — and involves many areas of tenderness to palpation — should strongly consider checking vitamin-D level," Michael Turner, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said in a news release issued Friday.
"For example," he added, "many patients who have been labeled with fibromyalgia are, in fact, suffering from symptomatic vitamin-D inadequacy. Vigilance is especially required when risk factors are present, such as obesity, darker pigmented skin, or limited exposure to sunlight."
Dr. Turner was lead investigator of a study published in the journal Pain Medicine in November 2008. The work suggests a correlation between inadequate vitamin-D levels and the amount of narcotic medication taken by chronic pain patients.
Required Nearly Twice As Much Pain Medication
The researchers found that patients who had inadequate vitamin-D levels and required narcotic pain medication were taking much higher doses — nearly twice as much — as those with adequate levels. These patients also reported worse physical function and worse overall health perception.
Dr. Turner told Medscape Neurology & Neurosurgery his group was surprised by the finding. "We didn't anticipate that the difference would be so high."
The investigators retrospectively studied 267 patients admitted to the Mayo Comprehensive Pain Rehabilitation Center. They compared serum 25-hydroxyvitamin-D levels at the time of admission with other parameters such as the amount and duration of narcotic pain medication used, self-reported levels of pain, emotional distress, physical functioning, health perception, and demographic information such as sex, age, diagnosis, and body-mass index.
Patients with vitamin-D levels below 20 ng/mL were considered to have inadequate amounts. The prevalence of low vitamin D was 26% (95% CI, 20.6% – 31.1%).
Among patients using opioids, the mean morphine-equivalent dose for the inadequate vitamin-D group was 133.5 mg/day compared with 70.0 mg/day for the adequate group (P = .001). The mean duration of opioid use for the inadequate and adequate groups was 71.1 months and 43.8 months, respectively (P = .023).
The researchers also observed a link between increasing body-mass index and decreasing levels of vitamin D.
Inadequate Vitamin D May Create or Sustain Pain
The preliminary results suggest that inadequate vitamin D may play a role in creating or sustaining chronic pain. During an interview, Dr. Turner suggested that patients with inadequate vitamin D may benefit from cholecalciferol 50,000 international units dosed according to the level of deficiency.
But he urged caution for patients with calcium- or phosphate-processing disorders. "Increasing vitamin-D levels could be problematic in patients with kidney failure or stones or primary hyperparathyroidism or sarcoidosis. This doesn't preclude increasing levels, but it might warrant discussion with an endocrinologist," he said.
For patients with adequate vitamin D looking to maintain levels, he recommends10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure with no sunscreen on the trunk and arms and legs 3 times a week.
Sun Exposure or Diet and Supplements?
It is a recommendation often made by proponents of vitamin D but hotly contested by the American Academy of Dermatology. The academy recommends that vitamin D be obtained from a healthy diet and supplements and not from unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
"Unprotected UV exposure to the sun or indoor tanning devices is a known risk factor for the development of skin cancer," dermatologists write in the academy's position statement.
Dr. Turner and his team conclude: "Prospective trials utilizing a repeated-measures design are warranted to assess the effects of vitamin-D repletion on pain outcomes and physiological measures of neuromuscular functioning among patients with chronic pain and comorbid vitamin-D inadequacy."
The researchers have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
Pain Med. 2008;9:979-984. Abstract
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Bone is hard tissue but it isn't like rock. Bone, like all body tissues, is constantly breaking down and rebuilding. For this to happen effectively the right conditions must be present.
1) Maximize nutrient intake
- eat a well-rounded diet
- other nutrients: calcium, manganese, fluoride, boron, silica, magnesium, Vitamins C, B5, D, K, chromium, copper
- you must digest and absorb, normalize stomach acid levels
- food combining and digestive enzymes (only take if prescribed by a doctor)
- no sugar, refined starches, alcohol, caffeine, soda, especially colas
- aerobic and weight bearing
5) Develop alkaline diet
- same as the "no-no" list for anti-nutrients, but also avoid phosphoric acid found in colas which leaches calcium from the bones
- eat lots of greens, other veggies and fruits, drink 64-80 oz of water a day
- normalize cortisol levels
- if cortisol is high at night this is very harmful to bone health
- prime bone building time is at night during sleep
- test cortisol 4 times per day with a salivary test
- make your own Vitamin D
Sunday, March 15, 2009
1)Are you lacking energy?
2)Are you pale?
3)Do you have dark circle under your eyes?
4)Do you have a decreased ability to excercise?
5)Do you have ridged fingernails and/or brittle hair?
6)Do you have shortness of breath anytime you exert yourself? (Even when going to a standing position from sitting?)
7)Does it feel like your pulse is pounding or heart racing?
8)Do you have a hard time concentrating?
9)Do you suffer dizziness or buzzing in the ears?
10)Do you have increased infections? (Including nails).
11)Is your tongue sore?
12)Do you crave starch, ice, clay, or dirt?
13)Has your appetite decreased?
14)Do you suffer dull headaches or restless legs?
15)Do you eat less than 4 cups of veggies per day?
16)Are you vegetarian?
17)Have you been yo-yo dieting?
If you answered "yes" to five or more of these questions you need further evaluation and may be deficient in iron. You should ask your doctor for a CBC, full chemistry, TIBC (RBC, Hematocrit, low iron, etc.).
Friday, March 13, 2009
The best advice is to do your homework and try to avoid exposure as much as possible. It's impossible to avoid it 100% simply because our world is saturated with toxins, so don't go crazy over it.
I would suggest using something lke Dr. Bronner's or Dr. Woods soaps made from olive oil.
Report: Toxins Common in Baby Products
Of the Baby Products Tested, 61% Contained Formaldehyde and 1,4-Dioxane
By Salynn BoylesWebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
March 12, 2009 -- You aren’t likely to see the chemicals formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane listed on the labels of baby bath products, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there, a consumer group is warning.
More than half of children’s bath soaps, shampoos, lotions, and other personal care products tested by the group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) were found to contain 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde, according to a report released today.
Both of the chemicals are considered probable carcinogens by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Because they are not intentionally added by manufacturers, there is no requirement that product labels list the chemicals when they are present.
There are also no federal restrictions on allowable levels of the chemicals in body care products, but several other countries do not allow the chemicals at any level.
The European Union has banned 1,4-dioxane from cosmetic products. And formaldehyde is not allowed in cosmetics sold in Japan and Sweden.
“Manufacturers could easily remove these toxic byproducts, but they are not required to do so under federal cosmetics safety standards,” Sonya Lunder, MPH, of CSC and the Environmental Working Group tells WebMD.
Lunder says there is no simple way for parents to tell if the baby bath products they are purchasing contain the chemical byproducts. In an earlier test, CSC found that many products labeled “natural” or “organic” contained 1,4-dioxane.
“The main thing parents can do is use fewer body care products on their children or look for those products with fewer ingredients,” she says. “Labels that say ‘gentle’ or ‘pure’ or even ‘organic’ don’t really tell you much.”
61% of Products Had Both Chemicals
The CSC had 48 baby and child personal care products tested for 1,4-dioxane, which occurs as a byproduct of a chemical process used to make petroleum-based cosmetic ingredients gentler to the skin.
The products were chosen because they contained ingredients most likely to produce the chemical.
Twenty-eight products were tested for 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde, which occurs when preservatives commonly used in cosmetic products break down.
According to the report:
Seventeen out of 28 products tested (61%) were found to contain both formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane.
Twenty-three out of 28 products (82%) contained formaldehyde, and 32 of 48 products (67%) contained 1,4-dioxane.
Baby Magic “Soft Baby Scent” Lotion contained the highest levels of formaldehyde found in the testing. Two samples of the lotion contained 570 and 610 parts per million (ppm) of the chemical. The report noted that a formaldehyde level above 500 ppm would require a warning label in Europe.
Several samples of “American Girl” shower products, sold by Bath & Body Works, contained the highest levels of 1,4-dioxane found in the test.
Best-selling products found to contain both chemical contaminants included Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, Sesame Street Bubble Bath, Grins & Giggles Milk & Honey Baby Wash and Huggies Naturally Refreshing Cucumber & Green Tea Baby Wash.
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Cleveland Clinic dermatologist Wilma Bergfeld, MD, leads the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, an industry funded, government-backed panel that assesses the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics.
She tells WebMD that if the CSC report is accurate, it suggests that manufacturers are not doing a good enough job of removing 1,4-dioxane from their products.
“Dioxane should not be in any baby care or children’s cosmetic, period, because it is possible to take it out,” she says. “Formaldehyde is a different story.”
She says the formaldehyde levels cited in the report were well within what has been shown to be safe.
The review panel recommends that formaldehyde levels in personal care products should not exceed 2,000 ppm. The highest level of formaldehyde found in any single product tested by the CSC was 610 ppm.
“We know from animal and human studies that this level is safe and can be used in all ages, with the exception of people with formaldehyde sensitivities,” she says.
Baby Care Companies Respond
The Baby Magic line of bath products has been sold since the testing was done, and a spokeswoman for Naterra International Inc., the company that now markets the products, tells WebMD that the tested lotion has been reformulated.
Melanie Dean-Valdez says the product formulations tested by the CSC are no longer being sold.
In a statement issued late Wednesday by Johnson & Johnson, the company charged that the report “inaccurately characterized the safety of our products” and “unnecessarily alarms parents.”
“The trace levels of certain compounds found by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics can result from processes that make our products gentle for babies and safe from bacteria growth,” the statement notes. "The FDA and other government agencies around the world consider these trace levels safe, and all our products meet or exceed the regulatory requirements for every country where they are sold.”
Limited Brands, which owns Bath & Body Works, issued a statement Thursday noting that the company complies “with all applicable regulations and is committed to selling only the safest and highest-quality products.”
More Industry Response
In an interview with WebMD, a spokesman for the cosmetics industry group Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) was highly critical of the CSC report.
“I am very alarmed that they would make these accusations and not back it up with solid science,” says chemist John Bailey, PhD. “The report included no details about how this testing was done.”
Bailey noted that the levels of the two chemicals found in the CSC analysis are well below established safety limits.
In a written statement, the cosmetics industry group characterized the CSC report as “incomplete and alarmist.”
“Allegations that commonly used baby products are somehow contaminated with harmful levels of carcinogenic chemicals are patently false and a shameful and cynical attempt by an activist group to incite and prey upon parental worries and concerns in order to push a political, legislative, and legal agenda,” the statement notes.
The CSC report calls for stronger government regulation to prohibit toxic contaminants in baby and other personal care products. And it calls on the industry to reformulate their products to remove the contaminants.
Bailey tells WebMD that manufacturers do take reasonable steps to keep levels of the chemical byproducts “well below that which would be considered harmful,” but he adds that it is unrealistic to expect that they can be completely eliminated from all products.