Friday, August 18, 2017

Why do drug use disorders often co-occur with other mental illnesses?

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Why do drug use disorders often co-occur with other mental illnesses? 

 

As of 2013, CBS News reported that 70 percent of Americans were on at least one prescription drug, with over half receiving at least two prescriptions. After chronic health conditions, the second most-prescribed type of drugs was antidepressants. Interestingly, a 2004 study found that patients in privately insured populations who had mental health claims were also more likely to have received STD diagnoses. In fact, some researchers are currently estimating that HPV may be behind as many as three quarters of oral malignancies.

The two factors at the start of the chain are prescription drugs and mental conditions. While establishing causality between the two is difficult, the National Institute of Drug Abuse suggests three scenarios that deserve consideration: 
  1. Drugs of abuse can cause mental illness symptoms.
  2. Mental illness can lead to drug abuse.
  3. Both drug abuse and mental illness are caused by overlapping factors, such as underlying brain deficits, genetic vulnerabilities, and/or early exposure to stress or trauma.
To expand on the third point, between 40 and 60 percent of vulnerability to addiction can be attributed to genetics. Genetics can influence whether the drug acts directly (the body's response to the drug) or indirectly (the drug's influence on other behaviour). It should also be noted that drugs designed to target dopamine levels (such as those for depression, schizophrenia, etc.) are also affected by addictive substances. While drugs for depression target dopamine, serotonin levels are also crucial for depression treatment, yet the drugs used for depression prevent the reuptake of body's own serotonin production.

And those that choose to supplement with commercial melatonin to improve their sleep quality affected from the medication are no better off, since a large percentage of the population have allergic reactions such as nightmares, clenching of the jaw, and muscle spasms to animal-sourced or unknown synthetic-produced melatonin. This is why it is important to remember that melatonin is a hormone, and hormones must be USP pharmaceutical grade, like the Doctor's Choice Melapure® Melatonin; it works without  side effects because environmental toxins are eliminated when produced under USP standards.

The back and forth between mental disorders and drugs can cause a deadly cycle. As the National Institute of Drug Abuse article states:
The overlap of brain areas involved in both drug use disorders and other mental illnesses suggests that brain changes stemming from one may affect the other. For example, drug abuse that precedes the first symptoms of a mental illness may produce changes in brain structure and function that kindle an underlying propensity to develop that mental illness. If the mental disorder develops first, associated changes in brain activity may increase the vulnerability to abusing substances by enhancing their positive effects, reducing awareness of their negative effects, or alleviating the unpleasant effects associated with the mental disorder or the medication used to treat it.
Considering the almost symbiotic relationship between prescriptions and mental illness, it is best to avoid prescriptions if at all possible, and choose non-addictive products. We have several products to help with anxiety and mental function: SAMe Liquid, Kava, Melapure Melatonin, L-Tyrosine, L-Tryptophan, GABA, DMAE, and Neurotransmitter Support are worth investigating if you are seeking a natural alternative to harmful drugs. 
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Iron Deficiency in Adolescents



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Iron Deficiency in Adolescents 

 

The importance of iron in one's diet is not advertised widely. However, did you know that iron deficiency is the most common deficiency in the world (including industrialized countries)? Teens are especially vulnerable, as their growing bodies need more iron to accommodate the expansion of blood volume and increased muscle mass.

Within the groups of adolescents, there are subgroups who are the most vulnerable: those with chronic illness, those who are malnourished or obese, and females. We want to focus on the last group for this newsletter.

The highest risk of iron deficiency occurs in females' reproductive years. Menstruation itself is a risk factor, but heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) increases the risk because every ml of blood lost translates to 0.5 mg of iron lost. The length of menstruation is also a factor in iron loss.

Iron deficiency has become such a concern that researchers recently recommended that all adolescent girls should be tested for iron deficiency within a few years of starting menses. Although female teens are normally tested for anemia, iron deficiency can develop years before anemia, and hemoglobin testing (typically used for anemia) can miss detecting it.

Because growing teens also eat more during adolescence, there is also a risk of them becoming less discerning about the healthiness of what they eat. In this case, it becomes even more important that parents are consistent role models and limit the quantity of unhealthy food options at home.

If you are concerned about whether your teen is getting adequate iron intake, we recommend Next Generation B Complex. This high-potency vitamin B complex supports natural energy, brain health and stress management. B vitamins are high in iron, and are important for nervous system. They also help with specific functions, including health of the liver, heart, eyes, skin, hair, and mucosal linings--particularly in and around the mouth. B vitamins also influence the muscle tone of the gastrointestinal tract, which helps bowel function.

Here is the breakdown of vitamins in our B Complex: 
  • Organic “base” ingredients are: spinach, turmeric rhizome, ginger, blueberry
  • Spinach (per 100 g): 15% Potassium, 187% Vit.A, 9% Calcium, 46% Vit.C, 15% Iron, 10% Vit.B-6, 19% Magnesium
  • Turmeric (per 100 g): 72% Potassium, 18% Calcium, 43% Vit.C, 230% Iron, 90% Vit.B-6, 48% Magnesium
  • Ginger (per 100 g): 11% Potassium, 1% Calcium, 8% Vit.C, 3% Iron, 10% Vit.B-6, 10% Magnesium
  • Blueberry (per 100 g): 2% Potassium, 1% Vit.A, 16% Vit.C, 1% Iron, 5% Vit.B-6, 1% Magnesium
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  • Spirulina has:
    • 10 mg of Riboflavin (Vit.B2),
    • 12.5 mg of Thiamine (Vit.B1),
    • 5 mg of Pyridoxine (Vit.B6),
    • 8 mg of Niacin (Vit.B3),
    • 12.5 mcg Folic Acid (Vit.B9)
  • Shiitake mushrooms has:
    • 3 mg Pantothenic Acid (Vit.B5),
    • Copper: 72%,
    • Pantothenic Acid: 52%,
    • Selenium: 33%,
    • Vitamin B2: 9%,
    • Zinc: 9%,
    • Manganese: 8%,
    • Vitamin B6: 7%,
    • Vitamin B3: 7%,
    • Choline: 6%,
    • Fiber: 6%,
    • Vitamin D: 5%,
    • Folate: 4%
  • Vitamin D3 (sourced from Lichen): 5 mcg
  • Beta Carotene: 450 mcg
  • Acerola Berry: 100 mg
    • Acerola contains the richest source of 100% natural vitamin C complex
    • 100 grams contains 17,000 milligrams of the vitamin C.
    • Contains the whole-plant bioflavonoids, hesperidin, rutin, anthocyanins and other naturally occurring essential cofactors.
    • Its carotene content is comparable to carrots and it’s also high in B-Vitamins niacin, pantothenic acid, potassium, B1 Thaimine and B2 Ribolflavin.
  • Vitamin E* (elaeis  guineensis) fruit-palm: 16.75 mg contains:
    • D-Alpha Tocopherol: 14%,
    • D-Beta TOC: 2%,
    • D-Gamma TOC: 60%,
    • D-Delta TOC: 24%
  • PABA: 25 mg Vit.B10
  • Vit. B12: 125 mcg
  • Biotin (B7): 25 mg 
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sperm Counts Dropping--What Does This Mean for the Future?

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Sperm Counts Dropping--What Does This Mean for the Future? 

 

Recent news of a sperm count study has been making global headlines. The findings, published in the journal Human Reproduction Update, found that sperm counts have dropped by over 50 per cent in less than 40 years, and this decline rate is not slowing. Interestingly, this decline has only been observed in Western countries: America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The report is concerning not only because of the implications for population, but also because of the implications for men's health, as decreased sperm counts can be an indicator for premature death. Shanna Swan, a reproductive epidemiologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, theorized that these reproductive issues may start as early as the womb; mothers' exposure to certain chemicals can significantly harm the normal development of male children's reproductive organs.

This study also has heavy implications for the current trend of couples starting families later in life. Women's chances of conceiving begin to gradually decline at age 32; by age 40, those chances have dropped by half. When combined with men's lower sperm counts, this spells trouble for many couples--especially since, by the time they may discover they are infertile, the window for utilizing assisted reproductive technologies has closed. This is confirmed by last year's CNN report stating that 2016 was the lowest fertility rate on record so far. Young women are not necessarily immune from infertility, either--in 2015, the CDC recorded that birth rates for women in their 20's had reached a record low.

Environmental factors and lifestyle have a crucial role to play in this issue. Estrogens have become more prevalent in the environment due to the increased use of oral contraceptives; estrogen leaves the body through urination, but it is often not removed in waste treatment, and is then redeposited in tap water. Ironically, despite this abundance of environmental estrogens, a recent attempt at a male contraceptive injection also used "a long-acting form of progestogen, a hormone that has the effect of blocking sperm production controlled by the pituitary gland."

Food choices can also make a difference. High fat foods can be detrimental to sperm health. Similarly, trans-fat consumption is related to lower semen parameters, including volume. Eating healthy, not smoking, drinking only in moderation, limiting exposure to chemicals, and keeping smartphones at least 1 foot from the genital area can be helpful. GMOs are also dangerous, and avoiding them is crucial, especially for couples trying to conceive. Also, avoid glyphosate. Multiple papers on rodent studies have indicated disruption of the male reproductive system by glyphosate, used in the herbicide Roundup. If you’re looking to have a child, it’s also a good idea to avoid hot tubs, as sperm like cool temperatures. 

Natural supplementation can also be helpful, provided that you do your homework to find a product that has natural ingredients with a proven track record. Doctor's Choice® has a licensed male enhancement product, Fiery Male®, which helps enhance male physical capacity and performance. The components of this formula are designed not as a shortcut, but as one piece of the fertility solution. Ingredients such as Panax ginseng root, royal jelly, horny goat weed, fermented L-Arginine, and a total of 16 clinically tested ingredients help Fiery Male® work from the inside out to balance hormones levels and, over time, produce reliable, lasting results.

L-Arginine by itself is also great for reproductive issues. Studies suggest that sexual maturity may be delayed by arginine deficiency, implying that arginine is useful in treating sterility in men. It is found in high concentration in the skin and connective tissues, making it helpful for healing and repair of damaged tissue.

For women, the hormone balancing ingredients in Progest Liposome Cream have shown their ability to increase the reproductive system, reduce vaginal dryness, and lessen anxiety and irritability. Balanced Female works in conjunction with Progest Cream, balancing hormones from the inside out.

August 2015
"For the longest time my wife and I couldn’t get pregnant. We had tried everything and were giving up hope when I’d been given the Fiery Male to try. For my wife, she took the Progest Liposome Cream, and Balanced Female. Suffice to say, after 4 months, we are excited to announce that we are pregnant, happy, and expecting twins! Thank you Life Choice, you have saved our relationship and gave us a lifetime of blessings!"
-Duane Z, Airdrie, AB 
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Friday, July 28, 2017

Natural News: Is Your Online Profile Healthy, Immunity 101

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Is Your Online Profile Healthy, Immunity 101  

 

There is no doubt that technology has invaded our lives. More and more items have become "smart" and can now network with each other, a concept known as "the internet of things" (IoT for short). While this might seem like a nice convenience for certain small things, like turning the lights on when you enter your home, IoT has snowballed into something much more complex.

Because network technology is now everywhere--including in areas that traditionally were network-free--the cybersecurity threat has skyrocketed. Of particular concern are the threats to the automotive, medical, and voting industries. Nate Cardozo, senior staff attorney for digital rights organization the Electronic Frontier Foundation, stated, "These companies have never really had to worry about security because they’ve never really had anything with networking . . . Those companies that have engineering staff but no security staff don’t know what to do with a vulnerability report. And in my practice when I’m counseling a hacker or a researcher whose doing vulnerability reporting, the big guys, the software companies, those are nearly always seamless. Apple knows what to do with a vulnerability report... But medical device companies? They don’t have a f---ing clue."

While data collection originated with websites and applications, the increase of tech in physical products has brought new kinds of data to the forefront, including users' location and behaviour. While on one hand, the data enables devices to automatically adjust to the users' preferences, on the other hand, the potential for abuse is high--and not just for credit card theft. A Harvard Business Review article cites the example of Target's hacked data mining, which was found to identify potentially pregnant shoppers--"in some cases before they had told anyone."

Although alarming, typical data profiling goes much deeper. The information can be collected from a number of sources, including "online and offline purchase data, supermarket savings cards, white pages, surveys, sweepstakes and contest entries, financial records, property records, U.S. Census records, motor vehicle data, automatic number information, credit card transactions, phone records (Customer Proprietary Network Information or "CPNI"), credit records, product warranty cards, the sale of magazine and catalog subscriptions, and public records." Information from these and other sources is combined to create a dossier on each person. The dossiers may be further enhanced by combining information from other databases with the existing one. When dossiers are completed, similar individuals are classified into groups (by race, income, location, health conditions, etc.). As EPIC Electronic Privacy Information Center) states, "No aspect of an individual's private life is too sensitive to be categorized, compiled, and sold to others."

While one may think this information is for targeted advertising purposes, that is changing, as well. There have been reports of this data already being used for political voting persuasion and shopping discrimination (based on income). In the future, this could extend to job applications and loans. The Guardian has an article that highlights the ways major companies collect your data and how to manage/erase the data they collect. Their conclusion is that the easiest way to avoid data collection is to minimize your exposure.

Ideally, you should also be limiting your exposure to EMF frequencies in general as much as possible. Goop lists some ideas below about ways to mitigate your exposure:
  1. Dedicate at least one room in the house as a “safe haven” from EMF exposure. I would suggest the bedroom where you can keep you and your family safe by unplugging and disabling all electronic and digital equipment for better sleep and regeneration. Remember the EMFs destroy melatonin—the most powerful hormone in the body. Disconnect everything including your wireless router and put your cell phone on airplane mode or better yet, turn it off completely. I even turn off the electrical breaker to my bedroom at night for the deepest rest possible.
  2. During the day, be smart about your cell phone use. Keep it away from your body as much as possible and turn it off you when you don’t need it. Even when you’re not using it, it’s still signaling. Use a landline or a service like Skype (on a hardwired internet connection) for longer conversations. And most importantly, keep cell phones away from young children. They may be a convenient distraction or “babysitter” but the possible long-term DNA effects just aren’t worth it.
  3. Eat to beat EMF free radical damage by including more turmeric, garlic, artichokes, blueberries, sea veggies, and tart cherries in your diet. These foods are especially high in antioxidants and minerals which are EMF protective.
  4. For those with major sleep problems, consider a time-released melatonin supplement that supplies three specific fortifying minerals that can help repair EMF-related damage and neutralize free radicals. (We would, of course, recommend Melapure Melatonin for maximum efficacy.)
  5. If you’re really concerned about electromagnetic exposure, consider engaging the services of a professional EMF remediation expert. The individuals can be found through the Institute for Building Biology & Ecology. When I was writing Zapped, I consulted with an expert and was astonished to learn the long-distance cell phone radiation that was permeating the master bedroom from four close-by cell phone towers. Based upon the Building Biologist’s recommendations, we painted the bedroom with a special RF-proof paint!
Health comes in many ways and so does protection, at Life Choice, we have you covered.
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