Friday, September 15, 2017

Natural Medicine: The Need for Supplementation




The Need for Supplementation 

 

Many today believe that a healthy lifestyle (specifically, healthy food) negates the need to take supplements. While a healthy lifestyle is certainly beneficial, in light of environmental toxins and the overall increasing prevalence of disease, more nutritional support is needed. The overwhelming tide of disease seems to indicate that something has happened within the last 50 years that supersedes our best nutritional efforts.

1. The Need. Last year, CNN reported on Project TENDR. This project is an alliance of leaders across several disciplines. Their message? Chemicals found in everyday items can contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders--specifically, autism and attention-deficit disorders. Other organizations had already expressed similar sentiments, including the Endocrine Society and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. The specific chemicals the article isolated as being particularly dangerous are as follows:
  • Organophosphate pesticides: These account for half of all pesticide use in the US, and increased exposure in children has been correlated with a higher incidence of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. 
  • Phthalates: Used in plastics and chemical fragrances, these have been associated with lower IQ levels.
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers: These chemicals are used in flame retardants, and can shed fibers that transfer into household dust. Exposure has been linked with thyroid problems.
  • Air pollutants: Aside from the more noted air pollutants associated with fossil fuels, nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde and benzene are also problematic. Air pollutants have been associated with lower birth weights, preterm deliveries and congenital heart defects.
  • Lead: While it is no longer used in gasoline, lead paint can still be found on some older homes. As most notably seen in Flint, Michigan, lead can also find its way into water, potentially triggering ADHD, lower IQs and developmental delay.
  • Mercury: Mercury can be associated with the burning of coal and oil, but it is sometimes found in old thermometers, light bulbs, and washers and dryers. It can also crop up in fish. Although the CNN article did not mention this, mercury can also be found in vaccines, in the form of thimerosal. 
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls: These are industrial chemicals that were used for a variety of purposes from 1929 to 1977. The CDC found that in occupational settings, PCBs were associated with cancer, and in children, they were associated with motor skills and short term memory difficulties.
Besides the increase of environmental pollutants, there has been a decrease in soil nutrients. A 2004 study from the University of Texas compared crop nutritional data for the years 1950 and 1999. They found steady declines in the amounts of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C. This trend exists because although modern standard farming has engineered crops to grow faster, larger, and with resistance to pests, crops have not been engineered for increased nutrition. In fact, the nutrition levels cannot keep up with the rapid growth levels. This is why sustainable agriculture is so important. Sustainable practices take everything into account--the worker, the crop, the soil, and the economy.

All of these things affect our gut health, which affects our overall health--even if we are trying to do everything right.

2. Food Choices. Even with the best intentions, toxins can slip by. The Non-GMO Project gives a great example of why they are so diligent in evaluating every aspect of a food item before certifying it: "Products like raisins and prunes are sometimes coated with a small quantity of an oil to keep them moist. The oils used on dried fruit are often at high-risk of being produced from genetically modified soybeans or canola. According to the Non-GMO Project Standard, all ingredients must be evaluated prior to use in a verified product." We must be aware of our food choices. Eliminate hidden sugars, and eat non-GMO. Better yet, buy only organic and not processed or packaged foods. Drink pure water, and avoid toxic environments, if the ground is kept pristine without weeds, the fields have been highly sprayed with herbicides. Go back to the time when we ate what we prepared; this way you know what you are eating and feeding to your children. Buy locally grown produce and meat where the quality standards are assumed to be higher than gambling on foods coming in from China, India or other countries who don’t have the same safety reviews in place.

3. Supplement Choices. It is important to use natural, non-synthetic, non-toxic nutraceuticals without harmful flow agents, sugars or binders. This can be more difficult than it sounds. While the natural health industry has become more regulated in Canada, it is still largely unregulated in the US. The regulations that are in place also do not necessarily extend to manufacturing practices. When tested, some supplements have been found to be laced with pharmaceutical drugs, or to not even contain the raw material stated on the label. In their rush to get a product out to market, suppliers may only include a small amount of the raw material and top up the product with filler. Or, they may get the most inexpensive raw material possible, which may be untested and cause side effects. These shortcuts have eroded consumer confidence in supplements, as seen in the graphic below:

Here is what customers can expect from Doctor's Choice products:
  • Produced from USP pharmaceutical grade raw material (purity 97.5% or higher)
  • Non-GMO , paraben free, no questionable additives
  • Organic when available
  • Halal when possible
  • Kosher when possible
  • Vegetarian capsules
  • USP certified organic cotton used to produce capsule breakage 
  • Amber glass or PET certified packaging eliminating UVA and UVB oxidation, 100% recyclable
  • PETA friendly, no animal testing
  • Formulations designed by a naturopathic doctor and clinical pharmacist for cellular absorption.
  • All amino acids are produced by fermentation and not by chemical extraction and certified as being Kosher and Halal.
  • All glandular products (Adrenal from bovine and Thymus from lamb) are sourced from New Zealand, whole desiccated raw tissue concentrates, grass fed, free of growth hormones, antibiotics, or chemical additives.
  • Chelated methylated active minerals are used in all formulations, Folic acid from 5-MTHF folate, B-6 from Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (P5P) and B12 from Methylcobalamin. 
  • Product testing is performed at the raw material stage and after product manufacturing at independent 3rd party labs to ensure and arm’s length distance for accuracy without bias.
  • GMP verified manufacturing facilities  
Here is an example of what that looks like on a product level, with our Next Generation B Complex. It is the first of its kind: organic and plant-based. The product contains a proprietary base of spinach, turmeric rhizome, ginger, and blueberry, all certified organic. NGBC is a multi-vitamin with added plant-based Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin D from Lichen. It is blister packed to prevent oxidation.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Connection between Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and S-Adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe)

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The Connection between Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and S-Adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe) 

 

This summer, Time magazine reported that 30-40% of Americans now have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This disease has no visible signs and rarely causes symptoms, but it can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. The term "nonalcoholic fatty liver disease" covers a wide range of conditions, but the common denominator is more than 5% of the liver is made up of fat cells. As is the case with many health conditions, NAFLD is related to lifestyle choices--specifically a poor diet, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle. Those who have a genetic predisposition for NAFLD may also have affected insulin sensitivity, which could lead to diabetes or cardiovascular disease. As NAFLD is a progressive disease, with time, it can cause liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. The Canadian Liver Foundation has stated that NAFLD is the most common liver disease in Canada, affecting as much as 25% of the population. They anticipate this number will only increase with time. One article in the World Journal of Hepatology estimated that NAFLD will be the most common indication of liver transplants in the future.

In January, Nature published a peer-reviewed study on Roundup (glyphosate) and its liver effects on rats. Female rats were fed an extremely low dose of Roundup over the course of 2 years. Their findings indicate that Roundup is connected to NAFLD. To quote an article in The Ecologist, "The new results demonstrate that long-term consumption of an ultra-low dose of Roundup at a glyphosate daily intake level of only 4 nanograms per kilogram of bodyweight per day, which is 75,000 times below EU and 437,500 below US permitted levels, results in NAFLD."

Although positive lifestyle changes can be helpful, they may not be enough. Cedars-Sinai researchers are investigating the use of SAMe in NAFLD. SAMe is produced in the body, and when levels are low, the liver is more prone to injury and inflammation. Researchers believe that this mechanism may make it easier to diagnose NAFLD. The journal Experimental Biology and Medicine has reached similar conclusions.

Our SAMe is unique in that it is the only stabilized liquid form in the world--this means it is built for maximum absorption in the body. SAMe occurs naturally in every living cell and is a co-factor in a process called methylation that affects more than 100 complex biochemical reactions in the human body. SAMe helps our bodies make and regulate hormones, cell membranes, and the neurotransmitters that affect mood. It promotes “emotional well-being” as well as “joint health,” contributes to the building blocks for cartilage, and is involved in making glutathione, which the liver uses to remove poisons such as alcohol. SAMe is a “methyl donor,” meaning that when it reacts with vitamin B12 and folic acid, it gives away units of carbon (a methyl group) to other molecules in the body. That process is critical in the production of “feel good” brain chemicals like dopamine and serotonin.

Due to SAMe's numerous protective benefits, it is worth the time to take the highest quality, most absorbable form available: Doctor's Choice SAMe. Learn more about the benefits of SAMe here
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