A Perfect Diet??
My latest Blog is posted. Does a Perfect Diet really exist. Find out here.
This Newsletter includes:
1. Naturopathic Philosophy Highlight… Fun Facts:
How One Doctor Reversed Her MS with her Diet
A tax on Soda Helps Health
A New Approach to Heart Disease Treatment-Chelation?
Upcoming Essential Oils Workshops with Terry Quigley at the Healing Garden. Contact Terry at 518-831-9469 to get more information on attending workshops or to learn more about how to use this powerful therapeutic ancient modality to create a non-toxic, safe medicine cabinet for you and your family.
Trader Joe’s is Coming-It’s True. Thanks Bruce Roter and the Crew.
Next Health Forum is February 9th at 6:15pm. Join me a lovely group of like-minded individuals at the Healing Garden in Rexford, NY in an open forum discussion on the latest in health and wellness. Learn more about this and the upcoming events in 2012.
PATIENTS: Please review follow ups and cancellation policy on my website
Time for a symptom re-evaluation?
All patients can now download the symptom survey done at the original visit online. If you haven’t re-evaluated your symptoms in a year or more, it may be a good time to fill out the form again and bring it in to your next visit. (Please add the numbers in every section when you return it)
3. Radio For Your Body-Mind-Soul:
January 18, 2012 Weighing It Out
Join Marcelle to learn the myths, facts, and fiction about maintaining a healthy weight. Today Marcelle talks about the plethora of information which we all see about losing weight and keeping it off! You’ve heard them, too! Call in today with your questions about the latest fad you’ve seen.
4. Book of the week: Perfect Health Diet: Four Steps to Renewed Health, Youthful Vitality, and Long Life by Paul Jaminet (Author), Shou-Ching Jaminet
See this weeks blog that highlights 10 key points to Dr. Jaminet’s philosophy on human nutrition.
5. Don’t miss out:
The Rest of Fun Facts on my Saratoga.com blog.
Listen to my colleagues and other experts as they discuss solutions to menopausal issues on a show dedicated just for women in mid-life! Here is a link from my interview on 360menopause Radio Show on Panic Attacks and Menopause and a list of archived shows.
Check out my latest answer on Dr. Oz’s Sharecare:
View the Updated Link Resources on my homepage
Naturopathic Fun Facts
How One Doctor Reversed MS with Her Diet
Dr. Wahls, being diagnosed with MS herself, was driven to find a solution to regain her health. Therefore, she sought for a common mechanism and solution for a number of diseases that cause brain shrinkage, including not only MS but also Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. She found that one common denominator in all of these conditions was a poorly functioning mitochondria. What Dr. Wahls discovered was that three nutrients were essential for proper mitochondrial function:
Animal-based omega-3 fat
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), or better yet, the reduced version known as Ubiquinol
Just by adding those three to her diet, her decline began to slow. But it wasn’t until she adjusted her diet for optimal mitochondrial-, myelin-, and neurotransmitter function that she began to improve. She also eliminated processed foods, grains, and starches (which includes potatoes and corn), and within a matter of months experienced astounding improvements.
In short, she altered her diet to reflect the Paleo-style diet of the hunter-gatherers of old as follows:
3 cups daily (equal to one dinner plate, piled high) of green leaves, such as kale, which are high in vitamins in the B group, A, C, K, and minerals
3 cups daily of sulfur-rich vegetables from the cabbage- and onion- families, mushrooms and asparagus
3 cups daily of brightly colored vegetables, fruits and/or berries, which are a good source of antioxidants
Wild fish for animal-based omega-3’s
Organ meats for vitamins, minerals and CoQ10
Seaweed for iodine and selenium
Some other Hints:
· Eliminate pasteurized milk and dairy–This is another critical element. Studies have shown that cow’s milk consumption is correlated with MS prevalence (Neuroepidemiology 1992;11:304-12 and Neuroepidemiology 1993;12:15-27). In fact, a specific antibody cross-reactivity between myelin oligodendrocyte (a component of neurological tissue) and the cow’s milk protein butyrophillin was identified in 2004, likely contributing to the immune system of MS patients losing self-tolerance and attacking their own nervous system.
· Avoid aspartame and commercial fruit juices. Aspartame rapidly metabolizes to methanol, a potent neurotoxin. Additionally fruits and vegetables are also loaded with methanol but when they are consumed fresh it is bound to pectin and your body does not have the enzymes to break it down. However when fruits and vegetables are processed and put into glass jars or cans the methanol dissociates and can be liberated in high quantities.
Dr. Mercola. Eat Like a Caveman and Protect Your Brain. January 7, 2011/ http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/07/eat-like-a-caveman-to-protect-your-brain-from-shrinking.aspx?e_cid=20120107_DNL_art_2
Tax on Soda: A Good Thing for Health?
We’ve taxed cigarettes to deter health consequences, now soda? What are your thoughts? Craig Wetherby explains the viewpoint in a recent blog:
That study on sugar-sweetened beverages – which scientists call SSBs for short – was preceded and followed by several analyses that came to similar conclusions.
Currently, some 33 states have sales taxes on SSBs (average of 5.2%), but the Harvard-led team found that those taxes have been too small to affect consumption.
Columbia study supports tax on soda
A new study from Columbia University adds yet more evidence that a penny-per-ounce tax on “liquid candy” would improve public health, and reduce rates of diabetes, heart disease and obesity substantially.
As the authors wrote, “Sugar-sweetened beverages are cheap to buy, but they cost the U.S. plenty: about $174 billion per year on diabetes treatment costs and $147 billion on other obesity-related health problems.”
Columbia epidemiologist Y. Claire Wang, M.D., and her colleagues calculated that a penny-per-ounce tax on SSBs could bring the U.S. these benefits over a 10-year period:
· Prevent 26,000 premature deaths.
· Cut sugar consumption by 15 percent.
· Reduce cases of diabetes by 2.6 percent.
· Prevent 95,000 adverse heart events and 8,000 strokes.
· Save $17 billion in medical costs for adults aged 25-plus.
· Generate approximately $13 billion in annual tax revenues.
Americans consumed up to 13 billion gallons of SSBs over the last 10 years, the authors wrote, making such drinks the largest source of added sugar and excess calories in the U.S. diet.
Source: Wetherby, C. Tax on Sweet Drinks Would Help US Health. January 12, 2012. http://newsletter.vitalchoice.com/e_article002321503.cfm?x=bkvSFVL,b1h0JlRD
A Controversial Approach to Blocked Arteries-Chelation?
Since the detox module in Arizona, many of you are becoming more and more familiar of the importance of protecting and supporting our body from all that it is up against in the world. I have been offering some simple suggestions on how to do this. A more intense form of removing toxic burden is chelation. Chelation is a form of detoxification that uses agents which bind heavy metals (chelating agents) to assist their removal from the body. This is complex process that must be monitored and prescribed by a trained physician; furthermore, we learned in training that this should only be performed when the body is strong enough to handle this intense process, as side effects can occur various interventions must be administered to manage them.
Recently, I read a blog from Metametrix explaining another use of chelation therapy, specifically with its affect on clearing calcium deposits from clogged arteries. Dr. Marynowski offered an interesting insight on how medicine’s most common use of angioplasty (percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)) as a treatment is often overprescribed and unnecessary, according to an article from Consumer’s Report. Dr. Marynowski offers her viewpoint on the use of preventative medicine and safe chelation:
With heart disease remaining at the top of our country’s killer list, it absolutely deserves the best and brightest minds working towards a resolution…minds from the worlds of both conventional and integrative medicine. And don’t get me wrong, PCI proves to be a remarkable intervention in many emergency situations but prior to reaching the ER, shouldn’t we start with the basics, such as:
1. Preventing heart disease before it starts and focusing our efforts on healthier diets, nutrient repletion, exercise, smoking cessation, and stress management.
2. Utilizing therapies, including chelation, that often prove to be less expensive and potentially more effective when implemented at the appropriate time.
There is a difference between chelation for cardiac patients and chelation for toxic burden. Heavy metal chelation is obviously a little easier to measure from start to finish, and to determine success. Depending on the toxin(s) at hand, a chelator is selected and a protocol is implemented (daily oral supplementation or periodic IV chelation therapy). In addition, replacement vitamins and minerals, glutathione, and amino acids help support the liver and other organs during the detox period. From my experience, I’ve found this to be the safest and most optimal way to chelate. With accepted protocols in place, it can be a pretty remarkable therapy.
This year, as we strive to become more medically open-minded…whether using therapies to protect the brain, the heart, or any organ vulnerable to damage from toxins, it’s always good to weigh opinions on both sides of the argument.
ConsumersReport.org. Too Much Angioplasty. August 2011. http://www.consumerreports.org/health/conditions-and-treatments/heart-health/heart-disease-treatment/angioplasty-procedure.htm
Rachel Marynowski, ND. Chelation therapy – in the hot seat once again! January 2012. Metametrix Institute Blogs. http://www.metametrixinstitute.org/post/2012/01/04/Chelation-therapy-%E2%80%93-in-the-hot-seat-once-again.aspx?utm_source=MM-0112&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=0112-enewsletter
Bock, K. Recognizing Neurotoxicity and Immunotoxicity within the Functional Medicine Model. IFM. Detox Advanced Practice Module. Phoenix, AZ. December 9, 2011.
Drisko, J. Review of Underlying Processes in Elimination and Biotransformation. IFM Detox Advanced Practice Module. Phoenix, AZ. December 9, 2011.
Mayfield, R. Key Nutrientional Modulators in Detoxification. IFM Detox Advanced Practice Module. Phoenix, AZ. December 9, 2011.
Drisko, J. Laboratory Assessment in the Patient with an Elevated Toxic Load. Detox Advanced Module. IFM. December 10, 2011. Phoenix, AZ