Medical Articles of Interest for December 2016

Gut Microbiome Again Linked to Parkinson’s Symptoms

High Dietary Magnesium Intake Tied to Less Stroke, Diabetes, Heart Failure

Muscle Strength Gains Linked to Better Brain Function

Gastric Acid Blockers Boost Risk of Iron Deficiency

The Gut–Brain Connection

Statin Use Linked to Increased Parkinson’s Risk

Chronic Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors Increases Heart Risk

Selenium Supplement Role Unclear in Autoimmune Thyroiditis

Sauna Use Linked to Lower Dementia, Alzheimer’s Risk

 

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A NYC Chiropractor/ Applied Kinesiologist Talks About How Your Multi and/or Calcium Supplement May Be Causing Problems

One of the protocols I perform when I have a new patient is I look at the labels of the multiple vitamin and calcium supplements they are taking as their daily routine.

In this blog, I’ll be talking about two minerals that may be critical to your health.

One of the most common problems is the use of Calcium Carbonate in the supplement they are taking. Calcium Carbonate is an antacid which a lot of vitamin companies use because it is cheap.

The problem is that you need acid in your stomach in order to digest your food and absorb vitamins and mineral from both your diet and your supplements. Taking Calcium Carbonate stops that digestive process.

Decreasing (or completely getting rid of) the acid in your stomach means that you can’t digest and absorb not only Calcium but protein, iron, Vitamin B12 and zinc.

So basically you are setting yourself up for osteoporosis, fatigue, muscle wasting, iron anemia, memory problems and poor wound healing to mention a few.

And because of the lack of acid, you may feel like you have heartburn and think that you have too acid and take more antacids; further compounding the problem.

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The other major mineral in patient’s supplements that I’ll be talking about is iron.

Unless you are a menstruating women w a heavy flow or an extreme athlete or on an extreme starvation diet, iron supplementation may not be necessary.

Iron is present in animal protein and beans, legumes and some leafy green vegetables. And a lot of packaged foods like cereal and dairy and nut milk products have added iron.

Too much iron can accumulate in organs like the brain, the pancreas, gonads, pituitary, liver, the joints and heart and cause problems like toxic liver, arthritis, dementia, etc

Lab tests for excess iron include serum ferritin level and transferrin saturation; regular anemia testing will not show the problem.

A great way to keep your iron levels from getting too high from added iron in your food is to donate blood (and great karma).

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There are vitamin companies that make multi-vitamin minerals that do not have added iron; one company that I recommend and use is Metagenics. (http://www.metagenics.com )

I also recommend taking a supplement w either MCHC and Calcium Citrate for your calcium. Please check out another blog Getting Enough Calcium Into Your Bones? Ten Facts You Need to Know!
(https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/getting-enough-calcium-into-your-bones-ten-facts-you-need-to-know/)

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A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist Asks: Are Supplements Really Harmful or Was the Study Flawed?

Lately we have heard of a medical research study in the Oct 2011 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine talking about use of supplements and death rate among more than 38,000 older women enrolled in the Iowa Women’s Health Study. The study reported the possibility of a slightly increased risk of death among women who took multivitamins and other supplements, including vitamin B6, folic acid, iron, magnesium, zinc and copper. The researchers also found a reduced risk of cancer and death associated with taking calcium supplements.

First, this study was based on the recall of the women who took part. They were asked in three separate years, 1986, 1997 and 2004, to fill out a 16-page questionnaire on their supplement use and the frequency with which they ate 127 different food items. In these kinds of studies, there’s no way to verify the accuracy of participants’ recall. These types of study are observational in nature, it doesn’t tell us anything about cause and effect. Indeed, the most the researchers could say in their conclusion was that taking certain supplements “may be associated” with an increased death rate.

The strongest association seen was between iron supplements and mortality rates. This doesn’t surprise me as a daughter of someone who had iron overload. I have for years only recommended iron for menstruating women and a low dosage at that. Iron is one of the few minerals we cannot eliminate (except through blood loss or blood donation), and accumulations in the body can rise to toxic levels. Iron is an oxidizing agent that can increase the risk of cancer, diabetes, liver problems, arthritis and heart disease. Please see http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/hematology_and_oncology/iron_overload/primary_hemochromatosis.html and http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/hematology_and_oncology/iron_overload/secondary_iron_overload.html Men and post menopausal women should not take iron in their supplements unless they have had blood tests showing they are iron deficient.

And I have questions about the rest of the study’s findings. We don’t know the dosages or quality of the supplements the women took which can have different absorption rates and bioavailability in the body. Vitamins/minerals like Vitamin B6 or zinc for example can be helpful taken at the right dosages but very harmful if you take too much. And bioavailabity can be affected for example by the source of the supplement and fillers in the supplement.

What do we know? We know that between 14 to 17 percent of the women were smokers; seven to 13 percent of the women were on hormone replacement therapy  and between 35 and 38 percent had high blood pressure. So generalizing about this group is questionable since the women were not completely healthy to begin with.

So in my opinion the study was flawed and pointed to something any nutritionally knowledgeable doctor (unfortunately MD’s get very little training in nutrition) should know which is too much iron will make you sick and in time kill you.

So please talk to a doctor who has had nutritional training (that includes chiropractors, naturopaths and osteopaths or an MD who has taken additional studies in nutrition) about taking a good quality vitamin/mineral supplement that would be right for you.

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Please read: Hyla Cass, M.D.: Is Your Medication Robbing You of Nutrients Part 2: Getting Specific

Excellent article on how common medications deplete vital nutrients essential to your health, and explains how this happens.

Covers:  Anti-hypertensives, Beta blockers, Cholesterol – lowering drugs, Acid blockers, Antacids, Histamine-2 receptor antagonists & Proton-pump inhibitors, Oral hypoglycemics, Psychotrophic medications, Hormone replacement therapy and Antibiotics.

Click here: Hyla Cass, M.D.: Is Your Medication Robbing You of Nutrients Part 2: Getting Specific

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hyla-cass-md/is-your-medication-robbin_1_b_691711.html

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Neurological Disorganization – AKA Switching – A Problem Dealt With Applied Kinesiology

Do you have trouble following directions? Overly clumsy? Suffer from quick temper or mood changes, or have learning difficulties. Then you may be “switched” or have a problem with neurological organization which can be fixed with Applied Kinesiology.

What is switching?

Basically the nervous system has two functions: to receive information and to transmit information. Switching seems to be due to a functional error in information processing.

Improper transmission from sensory receptors (information from outside to brain) causes the Central Nervous System(our brain and spinal cord) to create inappropriate strengthening and weakening of the muscles and formation of incorrect neural patterns and responses.

Neurological disorganization or switching essentially is the body’s response to a stimulus overload – Physical, Psychological or Nutritional / Chemical.

How would you know if you were “switched.”

Do you have one or more of these symptoms?

a) You have trouble following directions: for example, a massage person asks you to lie face up and you go face down.

b) Complaints of brain fog, reading difficulties, falling asleep, learning disabilities, mood changes, confusion, emotional fragility or quick temper or jet lag that just will not go away no matter what you do.

c) You may have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD

d) Uncoordinated or clumsy movement or walking, for example, you are constantly tripping over the crack in the sidewalk that is not there.

e) You have problems w/ balance or you have cranial faults or thyroid problems that recur.

f) You have problems raising your left shoulder but the pain is in your right shoulder.

What could have caused the “switching.”

a) Your parents encouraged you as an infant to walk before you had efficient bilateral function as in cross crawling on the floor.

b) You are constantly on exercise machines that do not repeat the natural cross pattern of the body that is when left leg goes forward, the rt. arm moves forward, etc.

c) You do (or have done in the past) a lot of recreational drugs.

d) You may have eaten food additives or any noxious stimuli, refined sugars, or experienced environmental or chemical toxicity.

e) You may have nutrition deficiencies: Vitamin A, iron, folic acid, copper, choline, RNA, water.

What you can do to correct it:

a) Reducing the stressors such as recreational drugs or food additives for example will often self-correct the disorganization pattern.

b) On occasion, it needs to be addressed directly correction of Acupressure-pts – K27, GV 27, CV 24 or checking for Ocular Locking – diminished eye coordination or correcting the Cranial respiratory mechanism This is done by an Applied Kinesiologist.

c) You can correct the nutritional deficiency.

d) Do exercises such as cross crawl, balance board, cross country machines, certain martial arts movements that repeat the natural cross pattern of the body that is when left leg goes forward, the rt. arm moves forward, etc.

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