Is Breakfast Important?

June 17th, 2015

And if yes, why and what should we eat for breakfast?

BreakfastAfter a whole night of fasting, breakfast serves as a means to supply “fuel” to the brain. Research show that daily breakfast eaters tended to gain less weight and have lower body mass index levels (an indicator of obesity risk) compared with those who had skipped breakfast. On the other hand people that skip breakfast are missing out on key nutrients, such as Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin A. Breakfast-skippers consume 40 percent more sweets, 55 percent more soft drinks, 45 percent fewer vegetables and 30 percent less fruit than people who eat breakfast.Children and teens who regularly have breakfast on a near-daily basis had 25% higher score in math, science and reading, meaning breakfast helps keep a clear and sharp brain at any age. Read the rest of this entry »

Antioxidants for Cataracts

April 23rd, 2015

GreensAntioxidants in the diet help to prevent cataracts. Thirty thousand women in Sweden were followed for an average of 7.7 years. The incidence of cataracts was compared with dietary antioxidant intake. (JAMA March 10, 2015 pp 1048-49) Women ingesting the highest dietary antioxidants had a significantly lower incidence of cataracts than those with the lowest antioxidant intake.

The main sources of antioxidants were fruits and vegetables, whole grains and coffee. Read the rest of this entry »

Hormones and The Brain

April 1st, 2015

BrainIn all the hullaballoo about hormone replacement therapy, not enough has been said about the profound effects of estrogen and testosterone on the brain. I think that if all the other benefits of hormone replacement were disregarded, the beneficial effects on brain function alone would justify prescribing them.

Women in menopause often develop depression, irritability, insomnia, memory loss, and a sort of cognitive disorientation. These symptoms can be severe, and psychiatric medications like sedatives and antidepressants are often inappropriately prescribed. Proper hormone therapy starts to improve these symptoms within two weeks.

Mental and emotional symptoms may persist long after other menopausal symptoms, like hot flashes and night sweats, have resolved. I recently saw a 65 year old woman who had been started on antidepressants years before to manage her depression. Her depression continued, and did not improve until she started hormone replacement therapy. A stronger hormone method completely resolved the depression and allowed her to discontinue antidepressant drugs. These were hormone pellets implanted under the skin of the buttocks. They maintain constant blood hormone levels for 3-4 months, without fluctuation, therefore provide stronger effects than creams, tablets, or patches.

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Artificial Sweeteners Cause Weight Gain and Diabetes

February 16th, 2015

diabetesArtificial sweeteners, because they contain no calories, are used in place of sugar to prevent weight gain and diabetes. Unfortunately, they do not provide the benefits attributed to them.

The major artificial sweeteners are Aspartame (Nutrasweet), Sucralose (Splenda), and Saccharin (Sweet “N Low). More than 6000 foods contain these products, and the number is rising. The list includes breads, cereals, sodas, canned products, chewing gum, candy, sauces, soups, jams, jellies, and dried fruits. Twenty percent of the U.S. population, from age 2 on up, consume a diet drink daily.

Nevertheless, weight gain, and resultant diabetes, continue to increase. One third of the population is obese, and 30 million people are diabetic. Read the rest of this entry »

Top Ten Super Foods

February 9th, 2015

FoodsThe CDC completed a cross sectional study looking at the nutrient density of powerhouse fruits and vegetables. Let’s look at the top 10 nutrient dense foods that we should be emphasizing on a daily basis.

Superfood List

  1. Watercress – This may surprise many as it is not always the first food selected in the produce aisle. However, it is now the unrivaled superfood champion. Gram for gram, this mild tasting green contains 4 times more beta-carotene than an apple and 238% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin K. It is also very rich in anticancer phytonutrients. If you are less familiar with watercress, start adding it to salads, wraps and vegetable juices.
  2. Chinese cabbage – CABG which is also called Knoff or celery cabbage. This is very rich in calcium and iron and as a member of the cruciferous vegetable family also is anti-inflammatory, reduces heart disease and cancer.
  3. Swiss Chard – This is another favorite leafy green that contains at least 13 different antioxidants and has been used to prevent type 2 diabetes
  4. Beet greens – This is another compelling reason to buy organic beets. The beet itself is high in bioflavonoids, antioxidants and an excellent food for detoxification and liver support. Now we are reminded of the nutritional content of the leafy green that is attached to the beet, that sometimes gets overlooked. This is a wonderful green to add to a stir fry or your vegetable juice. Read the rest of this entry »

Prostate Cancer – You Can Live With It

February 4th, 2015

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells that impair normal body functions, leading to disability or death. Most people, including doctors, believe that cancers should be cut out if possible. Some surgeries, such as removal of the breasts or ovaries, are performed even prior to a cancer diagnosis, with the assumption that cancer will otherwise occur.

Certain cancers, however, may linger in the body for years, never causing disability or death. Prostate cancer is one of these.

The chance of having cancer cells in the prostate increases with age. Put a percentage sign next to your age and you know the chance of having cancer within your prostate. So, a 70 year-old man has a 70% chance of cancer residing within his prostate. Most of these cancers are going nowhere. Prostate cancer is diagnosed in 200,000 men every year. Twenty-seven thousand men die yearly from prostate cancer, usually after at least 10 years of involvement. Thus, 90% of men with prostate cancer do not die from it.

PSA (prostate specific antigen) is a good screening blood test for prostate cancer. A level over 4 is abnormal, but does not mean cancer is present. PSA is also related to the size of the prostate, so a prostate gland that is twice normal in size, or more, will often cause the PSA to rise above normal. Inflammation of the prostate, usually from infection, may also raise the PSA. I have seen the PSA rise to 100 from infection alone, then fall to normal when the infection was treated.

Physical exam of the prostate via rectal exam is also informative. Prostate cancer may be felt as a nodule in the gland, or as hardening of the gland in one area.

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For Knee Arthritis – Injection is Better Than Oral Therapy

February 4th, 2015

KneeA meta-analysis of treatments for osteoarthritis of the knee reached a surprising conclusion: intra-articular injections were more effective in relieving pain than any oral medication. (Annals of Internal Medicine, January 6, 2015, pages 46-54)

The knee is the joint most commonly affected by osteoarthritis. Forty percent of people older than 45 years have some degree of knee osteoarthritis. Four hundred thousand knee replacements occur every year in the US. Millions have pain and stiffness that limits their ability to exercise, leading to obesity and all the complications associated with it, including worsening arthritis.

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Somnus: Our Most Powerful Sleep Formula

March 26th, 2013

SleepingSomnus contains a variety of natural precursors that activate a pathway in the brain which promotes smooth muscle relaxation quickly.

With the addition of 5-HTP, Somnus supports healthy Serotonin levels which also aid in overall quality of mood, relaxation, and sleep.

This natural combination of effects will help you reduce anxiousness, tension and fear while also helping you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer and wake up feeling more rested.

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The Many Uses of Ozone

March 7th, 2013

OzoneOzone is a fascinating molecule, an activated form of molecular oxygen containing one extra oxygen atom and called O3. It a highly active unstable gas, which must be utilized within minutes of its production. Ozone has a multitude of medical uses, as an antibiotic effective against bacteria, viruses, molds and parasites, and as an anti-inflammatory agent to promote healing in orthopedic conditions and autoimmune diseases.

Last month I went to the first international congress for ozone use in dentistry and medicine. Presenters came from the US, Germany, South Africa, Egypt, Cuba and Brazil. Their research was remarkable.

Ozone has been adopted for dental application by 100,000 dentists around the world, but few in the United States. Because of its highly potent antibacterial properties, it is highly effective in treating periodontal disease, dental abscesses and root canals. Difficult to manage problems can be rapidly resolved using ozone. Aseptic necrosis of the mandible, a serious complication of bisphosphonate drugs used for osteoporosis, can heal with ozone. Children’s cavities can be treated without anesthetic injections and without drilling, with a topical application of ozone, leaving the kids smiling and with thumbs up.

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New Product: Synergy Ultimate Balance

February 19th, 2013

Synergy Ultimate BalanceSynergy Ultimate Balance is a gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, fructose-free, non-GMO source of pure plant proteins.

One serving of this instant protein beverage mix provides 18 grams of high-quality proteins from legume (pea protein) and rice protein. The unique complex of pea and rice protein, has a well-balanced amino acid profile including a high content of lysine, arginine, and branched chain amino acids.

Synergy Ultimate Balance was designed to reinforce healthy habits. Built on three core principles of daily nutrition, it makes a balanced meal replacement.

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