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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Chronic Inflammation and How Chiropractic & Applied Kinesiology Can Help.

First what is inflammation?

Acute inflammation is our body’s natural reaction to infection, trauma, irritants and other hurtful stimuli. Inflammation is an innate reaction that helps remove the hurtful stimulus out and starts the healing process. The signs of inflammation are pain, heat, redness and sometimes loss of function.

However inflammation becomes problematic when it becomes chronic. The body goes into a vicious cycle; creating more of an inflammatory response to get rid of the chronic problem which causes tissue damage and has dire consequences. This can be aggravated by certain foods and lifestyles; too enough sleep, too much stress, muscle/joint/spinal dysfunction, a diet full of processed nutrient – poor foods, overuse of prescription and OTC drugs, food allergies/intolerances, poor gut microbiology and leaky gut.

Chronic inflammation can also be the result of an autoimmune response where the immune system mistakes healthy tissue for unhealthy pathogens.

A lot of people don’t find out that they have chronic inflammation until they’re diagnosed with a disease that’s associated with it such as atherosclerosis, degenerative or herniated disc problems, celiac disease, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease and even cancer.

Some other signs include: high blood pressure, fatigue, skin problems, constipation or diarrhea, joint pain, shortness of breath and indigestion.

chronic-inflammation

So it is important to help the body get rid of any chronic inflammation.

Chiropractic and applied kinesiology are some of the best tools you could ever ask for in the fight against chronic inflammation. Studies have shown that adjustments help reduce the production of two inflammatory cytokines, which can reduce inflammation throughout the body.

Here are 2 such studies: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4291009/ Tissue Damage Markers after a Spinal Manipulation in Healthy Subjects: A Preliminary Report of a Randomized Control   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24450367  Changes in biochemical markers of pain perception and stress response after spinal manipulation.

As an applied Kinesiologist, I deal with increasing blood and lymphatic flow to the spine, muscles and joints and organs.

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/how-a-nyc-applied-kinesiologist-uses-neurovascular-pts-for-better-physical-and-emotional-wellbeing/

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/how-an-applied-kinesiologist-uses-neuro-lympathics-to-improve-health/

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2014/12/20/a-nyc-chiropractor-talks-about-the-triad-of-health-in-applied-kinesiology/

I can also assist patients in the fight against chronic inflammation in other ways too.

Chronic inflammation responds very well to lifestyle changes. I can advise how to begin an anti-inflammation diet. Vitamin D, Omega 3’s and magnesium as well as other supplements may also provide relief from chronic inflammation.

Eliminating food allergies or intolerances, improving helpful gut bacteria microbiology, improving leaky gut and fixing spastic intestinal valves are a big part of decreasing chronic inflammation. https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2010/05/15/it%e2%80%99s-not-a-food-allergy-maybe-it%e2%80%99s-a-food-intolerance/      

https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2009/05/23/what-is-an-ileo-cecal-valve-and-how-is-it-related-to-your-digestive-health/

Exercise, proper nutrition and regular chiropractic care can go a long way toward treating a variety of health problems, including chronic inflammation.

If you are suffering from chronic inflammation; please contact me at 212-431-3724 or at http://wwww,drvittoriarepetto.com

 

 

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A NYC Chiropractor & Applied Kinesiologist Talks About Getting 1/2 of your Calcium From Food

If you have been following my blogs, you know that as a Doctor of Chiropractic and an Applied Kinesiologist I am interested in nutrition. In this blog, I am recommending that at least half of your calcium intake (daily intake – 900mg- 1200 mg) come from the food that you eat. Please see below for a listing of calcium in common foods.

There are reasons for this: one is that fresh unprocessed foods contain other minerals besides calcium like magnesium, potassium and boron that help form the collagen matrix lattice in your bones that the calcium attachs itself to.

These fresh foods like green leafy vegetables and yogurt contain Vitamin K; one of the functions of this vitamin is to keep calcium out of your joints and arteries. Other food like dairy products, eggs, fish contain Vitamin D which helps the calcium attach to the bone.

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/

food-rich-in-calcium

In another blog, I talked about being careful about what kind of calcium is in your supplements as some calcium supplements can prevent absorption  of calcium, weaken your bones and create other health problems.

Please check out A NYC Chiropractor/ Applied Kinesiologist Talks About How Your Multi and/or Calcium Supplement May Be Causing Problems https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/a-nyc-chiropractor-applied-kinesiologist-talks-about-multi-andor-calcium-supplement-may-be-causing-problems/

TYPE OF FOOD – 1 CUP = Mgs of CALCIUM
Black beans 270
Chickpeas 300
Lentils 50
Lima beans 55
Pinto beans 257
Kidney beans 70
Split peas 22
Alfalfa sprouts 28
Artichoke 51
Asparagus 21
Broccoli 138
Cabbage 64
Cauliflower 26
Chard, Swiss 106
Collards 220
Dandelion greens 147
Eggplant 22
Greens, beet 14
Kale 174
Mustard greens 284
Okra 147
Potato, sweet -baked 46
Spinach – cooked 167
Spinach- raw 51
Watercress – raw 53
Hijiki 1400
Almonds – raw 332
Cashews 53
Hazelnuts 282
Sesame seeds 165
Tofu 128
Beef -ground -lean 54
Chicken – breast 39
Chicken – thigh 41
Duck 37
Lamb – shoulder 35
Turkey -light meat 36
Turkey – dark meat 36
Egg -1 large-hard 27
Mackerel-canned 388
Salmon-fresh 358
Salmon- canned 431
Tuna – canned-water 32
Cheese – gruyere/swiss 287
Milk – low fat 297
Milk – skim 302
Milk – whole 291
Ricotta 509
Yogurt-low fat 415

 

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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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Getting Enough Calcium Into Your Bones? Ten Facts You Need to Know!

A while back, a fellow member of an e-mail list serve that I belong to, asked the following:
“What do you take for calcium if you are not getting enough from diet. I used to take Tums, but now I heard that they don’t do anything. Any suggestions?”

I said there are 10 facts you need to know in order to make sure that you are getting the calcium that you need.

The first fact that you need to know is that that you need an acidic ph in your stomach to help absorb the calcium. Our bodies supply this naturally w/ our own stomach acid. If you have a healthy digestive system that has not been abused w/ antacids, you are ok. But as we get older some people’s stomachs secrete less acid; to safeguard against this, some companies add Betaine HCl – a digestive enzyme and Vitamin C to their calcium supplements insure the proper Ph.
So what is Tums? It’s an antacid which uses a very cheap form of calcium called Calcium Carbonate that has an antacid effect all it’s own and therefore is mal-absorbed and you don’t get any calcium into your system. Remember, it’s not what you eat/take…It’s what you absorb!

The second fact that you need to know is that the two best-absorbed Calcium’s are Calcium Citrate and Microcrystallline Hydroxyapatite Concentrate (MCHC). MCHC is a complete bone food; it contains proteins (to produce collagen – the mesh that the calcium/minerals attaches it to form the bone) and other ingredients that comprise the organic portion of the bone, as well as calcium and other minerals.
Calcium citrate produces a higher peak calcium level in the blood. This is an interesting finding because the carbonate supplements actually contain more calcium per pill than those with the citrate.
I personally use a supplement that contains both MCHC and Calcium Citrate.
Your calcium supplement and/or your multi-vitamin/mineral should contain Vitamin K and boron as well as a complete mineral profile as these help your bones absorb calcium.

The third fact that you need to know is how to read the label of calcium supplements; most labels will list:
Calcium Citrate(1 tablet)………………….250 mg
But what you want to see listed is the Elemental Calcium; that is how much calcium you are getting; the rest of it is the citrate part of compound.
Calcium (Elemental)………………………100mg.

The four fact is that you need to take magnesium along w/ the calcium; magnesium helps activates the parathyroid hormone and Vitamin D that helps us to absorb the calcium into our digestive systems as well as working as a counterbalance to calcium in nerve stimulation/relaxation and prevent us from getting constipated from taking too much calcium. The present accepted ratio of calcium to magnesium is 2 to 1:( Ca 200/Mg 100).

The fifth fact is that you need Vitamin D in order to absorb the calcium. The current RDA is 200-400IU though with all the current research on Vitamin D and its effect on our immune system, some are suggesting that the new RDA be 800-1000IU. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and can build up to toxic levels (above 10,000IU a day ) so be careful if you are taking cod liver oil or something similar. Always read labels carefully. Also try taking in sunshine for 20 minutes a day minus the sun block so that your body can make its own Vitamin D.

The sixth fact is that you should be taking your calcium supplement in the evening hours as that is when your Para-thyroid gland is most active. It increases gastrointestinal calcium absorption by activating Vitamin D and promotes calcium uptake by the kidneys
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The seventh fact is that you should be taking calcium yrs before you enter menopause. Contrary to common misconception, bone is a living substance; one of the most active tissues in the body. It is constantly being dissolved and rebuilt in a process called remodeling and like any other living tissue, needs nourishment to stay strong and healthy. So in my opinion, a woman should take 400mg to 600 mg before she is 40 yrs. old (pregnant women need a lot more), take 600-1000 mg after 40. I recommend that you do not take more than 600mg in supplement form but try to get the majority of your calcium from foods like beans, leafy greens, almonds and some quality dairy products if you are not lactose-intolerant

The eighth fact is that some companies use fillers and binders that make it impossible for the calcium tablet to break down in your digestive system and be absorbed.
There is a simple test you can do at home: put 1/4 of a cup of vinegar in a jar (similar acidic ph as our stomachs), drop the Calcium supplement into jar, close and shake well for 15 min and then leave it on counter for 3 hrs…if it is not dissolved by then…then you are not absorbing it. You can do this to all your vitamins/minerals. I personally use and recommend a brand of vitamin/mineral that is highly absorbable…and I am of the opinion that you get what you pay for. Remember, it’s not what you eat/take…It’s what you absorb!

The ninth fact is that use of weight bearing exercise such as wt. training, swimming or using a cross-country machine accelerates the deposition of minerals into the bones.

The tenth fact is that there have been studies that show that overuse of animal proteins (western diet vs. eastern diet) and overuse of carbonated drinks (sodas/seltzer) accelerates the loss of minerals from our bones. There are also studies that show that the calcium in milk/ dairy products is not as well absorbed as the milk companies would have you believe. So I would suggest that you increase your intake of veggie protein (soy, nuts, beans and legumes , leafy greens and cruciferous veggies) and eat a moderate amount of animal protein and forget the sodas

© 2010-Dr. Vittoria Repetto / revised -2013

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Two Articles on Supplements You Should Read

The first is by Dr. Mark Hyman on how dietary supplements reduce health care costs:
 
 
The second is an article on Iodine by Chris D. Meletis, ND
http://www.integrativepractitioner.com/article.aspx?id=17728 Could Iodine be the next wide-spread nutritional deficiency after Vitamin D?

 

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Water and Your Health

Recently one of my regular patients came in for an adjustment; she was on a new job that requires her to be on her feet for eight hours and a good deal of it outdoors.  And she was having some low back pain and numbness in her thigh.

 So after the orthopedic tests, I tested her Psoas muscle, it was weak on the side of her pain. The Psoas is attached to the front of the lumbar spine and a weakness or a spasm of the Psoas unilaterally can rotate the lumbar spine out of alignment and cause problems with the nerve roots as they exit the lumbar spine.

 And as it is almost summer and the weather has been warm I asked her about her intake of water, she had not been paying attention to her consumption of water. In the Chinese system of medicine, the Psoas muscle is associated w/ the Kidney Meridian and represents the element of water. So I asked her to go to my water cooler and have a few drinks of water; when she returned, I tested her again and this time, the Psoas tested strong.

 I’m telling this story to get to a few points.

 One is to remind people to drink lots of water especially during the warm weather: the composition of our bodies is 72% water and that includes our muscles. Dehydration can cause our muscles to lose strength.

 “All chemical reactions in the body take place in water. Every cell in the human body is bathed in water, which contains materials to keep them vibrant. Water is a transporter of nutrients and oxygen for proper function of the body’s tissues. Water helps remove waste from the body. Water acts as a natural air-conditioner through perspiration. Water is essential for digestion & absorption of vitamins and minerals. Water keeps our skin moist & supple, as well as a natural lubricator for our joints and internal organs.” http://www.filtercon.com/water_health.htm

 Therefore dehydration can make us feel fatigued and sluggish; a common complaint compounded by salt loss….I’m talking not only sodium salts but also magnesium and potassium loss. Eating a little more fruit is important as is a small amount of salt (and I do mean sea salt not regular table salt)– see https://drvittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/2010/03/31/to-salt-or-not-to-salt-that-is-the-question/.

 Try to consume the equivalent of 6-8 -8 oz glasses of water a day; soups and veggies and fruit do supply some water. Coffee, teas, beer, alcohol and (yes) herbal teas all have diuretic effect on our body so they don’t count as they make us lose more water than they add.

 And to drink water at regular intervals; if you wait until you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. This rule of thumb becomes more important as we age because as we get older, that part of our brain does not signal as efficiently as it once did.

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/signs-of-dehydration-in-the-elderly.html

 Another point is that our spinal disc have less blood vessels perfusing them than the rest of our bodies which means that we get less water to our spinal discs So if you’re thirsty, your spinal discs are drying up and more subject to degeneration; a common cause of back and neck pain. http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/degenerative-disc-disease/degenerative-disc-disease-natural-degenerative-process

Please note that hyper hydration is a serious problem: http://www.healthline.com/health/overhydration#Symptoms4 

Symptoms of overhydration may not be recognized in the early st ages but can include:

  • nausea and vomiting
  • headache
  • changes in mental state (confusion or disorientation)

If left untreated, overhydration can lead to dangerously low levels of sodium in the blood (hyponatremia). This can cause more-severe symptoms, such as:

  • muscle weakness, spasms or cramps
  • seizures
  • unconsciousness
  • coma

To prevent overhydration, individuals should avoid drinking more than one liter per hour of fluid.(1 liter= 4.2 cups; 1 cup = 8 ozs)

 Raising my glass to you all as I finish w/ another web site for your reading pleasure: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283

   © 2010-Dr. Vittoria Repetto/ revised 2016
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