Articles on Chronic Disease

The Power of Vitamin D and Leaky Gut

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Vitamin DCrohn’s disease is an inflammation of the intestine characterized by pain, bleeding, and ulcerations in the gut. Impaired gut permeability leads to the passage of bacteria, toxins, or other substances through the gut lining into deeper tissues, and throughout the body. This aggravates the inflammatory immune response. Increased gut permeability occurs before clinical relapse in Crohn’s disease.

Vitamin D supplementation has been demonstrated to maintain intestinal integrity, thus reducing leaky gut. Crohn’s disease patients were treated with vitamin D 2000 units daily for 3 months. They were found to have more intact gut linings than those treated with placebo. They also had reduced evidence of inflammation, measured by C reactive protein and antimicrobial proteins. (United European Gastroenterology Journal, 2015).

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For Knee Arthritis – Injection is Better Than Oral Therapy

Wednesday, 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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Fructose and Gout

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

SodaThe incidence of gout, a painful affliction of the joints, has increased in both men and women in the last 40 years.  This coincides with the increased consumption of fructose in foods such as soft drinks and fruit juices.  Fructose is known to increase the production of uric acid, the protein breakdown product responsible for gout.

In a study of female nurses (JAMA. 2010;304:2270-8), those who drank two or more servings of soda or fruit juice daily had more than twice the incidence of gout, compared with those who had less than one serving.

As a further warning, gout is strongly associated with a higher incidence of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease.  Another reason to beware of drinks heavily laden with sugar.

Reversing Heart Disease

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Stethescope and CardiographCaldwell Esselstyn, Jr. is a retired surgeon who has become a nutritional cardiologist.  His book is called Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, and his program is featured in the new documentary Forks over Knives.

His food philosophy is similar to that of Nathan Pritikin and Dean Ornish, who also demonstrated reversal of heart disease, though even more strict.  Unlike Ornish, he does not focus on exercise and stress reduction as essential components, but asserts that proper diet alone is necessary.

Twenty years ago he began treating 23 men and women with intractable symptoms of heart disease, who were failing despite optimal drug and surgical therapies.  Those who complied with the program achieved “total arrest of clinical progression and significant selective reversal of coronary artery disease.”  Angina disappeared in a few weeks and abnormal stress tests became normal.

He and his wife, who created the recipes in the book, and their children, all follow the same diet, which is plant-based and then some.  The idea is to reduce fat intake of all kinds to less than 10% of caloric intake.  The average American diet contains 40% fat.

Here are the rules:

  1. No meat, poultry, fish or eggs.
  2. No dairy products
  3. No oil of any kind, including no olive oil
  4. No nuts or avocadoes, because they contain too much fat.
  5. All vegetables are acceptable except avocado, including root vegetables like potatoes.
  6. All legumes, including beans, peas, and lentils
  7. All whole grains and grain products, including bread and pasta, as long as they have no added fats.
  8. All fruits.

It is a rigidly vegan diet, but in Esselstyn’s experience virtually 100% effective.  The average cholesterol level on the program falls below 150.  If it does not, he recommends statin drugs to get it there.  The book presents angiograms and perfusion studies that have normalized.  He believes blood vessels can be as clean at 90 years of age as they are at nine.

He also believes that the program eliminates other vascular diseases such as stroke and peripheral vascular disease, as well as high blood pressure, obesity, osteoporosis and possibly dementia.  He states that it offers protection from several common cancers: breast, prostate, colon, rectum, uterus and ovaries.

For most individuals it is not an easy program to get into, and requires commitment.  On the other hand, having heart surgery is not easy either, and stents have been shown to reduce symptoms but not to prolong life.

What remains unanswered is whether people who have no evidence of heart disease can do well on a moderately low-fat diet, such as the Mediterranean Diet, which Esselstyn states has greatly inferior results compared with his program.  It would allow for eating olive oil, fish, nuts, small amounts of dairy products, poultry and a little meat.

The evidence cited in Esselstyn’s book is strong, and I recommend that anyone with heart disease, or strongly predisposing risk factors, buy the book and follow his advice.  Even those who are unable to fully comply with the program are likely to improve.  It beats the alternatives.

Allan Sosin MD

Study: UIltraviolet light may clear up psoriasis, while boosting vitamin D levels

Monday, August 30th, 2010

(NaturalNews) According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) about 7.5 million Americans suffer from the chronic, autoimmune skin disease called psoriasis that causes irritated, flaky and thick patches of red skin; some forms of psoriasis are also associated with joint pain. Most medical treatment for the often painful and quality-of-life robbing disease center around controlling symptoms with medications like cortisone. But now research just published in the August issue of the Archives of Dermatology indicates there’s a non-drug way to clear and maybe cure the disease naturally — exposure to vitamin D boosting UV-B light.
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Childhood Arthritis and Bone Density

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Children suffering from juvenile idiopathic arthritis have lower than normal overall bone mass and are prone to developing osteoporosis in early adulthood.

It has now being advised that these children increase their supplemental intake of calcium and vitamin D to help protect them from the effects of this possible outcome.

IPM offers Osteo Complex for support of healthy bone growth and maintenance (great for adults too!)

Source: Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Evaluation of Bone Mass in Children and Young Adults with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: The Role of Bone Mass Determinants in a Large Cohort of Patients

Celiac Disease and Depression in Children

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Children with celiac disease have been found to have lower than normal levels of tryptophan and other associated amino acid precursors. These deficiencies can then lead to higher rates of depression and behavioral disorders. It was found in a recent study, that those children with celiac disease who complied with a gluten free diet experienced a decrease in the severity and frequency of depression and associated psychiatric behaviors.

IV therapies available here at the Institute for Progressive Medicine can also be beneficial for those with celiac disease. For more information, please call reception at 949-600-5100.

An enticing gluten-free food option: This Neapolitan Style Gluten-Free Pizza Crust is a great-tasting whole grain vegan crust.

Source: Gluten-free diet may alleviate depressive and behavioral symptoms in adolescents with celiac disease: a prospective follow-up case-series study

Magnesium May Bring Relief for Asthma

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Asthmatics who supplemented magnesium demonstrated significant improvements in their asthma symptoms and in their quality of life. Magnesium supplementation in patients with asthma showed anti-inflammatory properties as well.

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Source: Effect of Oral Magnesium Supplementation on Measures of Airway Resistance and Subjective Assessment of Asthma Control and Quality of Life in Men and Women with Mild to Moderate Asthma