Friday, August 25, 2017

Natural Medicine: Autism and Nutrition

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Autism and Nutrition 

 

It is no secret that autism diagnoses are on the rise. In fact, Dr. Stephanie Seneff, author of over 170 scholarly-reviewed peer articles, once estimated that by 2025, half of all children would be autistic. Dr. Seneff went on to point out the correlation of increased glyphosate usage in agriculture with the increased rates of autism.

Interestingly, even with the higher rates of autism diagnosis, the numbers may not be giving a complete picture. Autism is usually associated more with boys; however, it is also more easily diagnosed in boys. Boys with autism show more obvious signs of being different. Girls, on the other hand, are better at "social camouflaging"--meaning, although they also may be suffering from autism, they can pretend to play with their peers, while not actually connecting socially. Because autism diagnoses are based on observed behaviour and not something more concrete, such as blood tests, diagnosing females with autism can be tricky. Some research also suggests that the challenges females with autism face are also different than their male counterparts. Strides are being made to address these diagnostic and treatment issues, but researchers still have a long way to go.

As alluded to earlier, environmental and even lifestyle factors may have a role to play in the development of autism. Some research suggests synthetic and environmental chemical exposure and fragrances have a part to play--specifically, "pesticides, phthalates, polychlorinated biphenyls, solvents, air pollutants, fragrances, glyphosate and heavy metals, especially aluminum used in vaccines as adjuvant. Importantly, the majority of these toxicants are some of the most common ingredients in cosmetics and herbicides to which almost all of us are regularly exposed to in the form of fragrances, face makeup, cologne, air fresheners, food flavors, detergents, insecticides and herbicides." Some have postulated that active herpes infection contracted in early pregnancy doubles the risk of a male fetus developing autism.

It seems that either way, clean and healthy living is the best way to minimize the chances of autism in children. As Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein states in her book The Dirt Cure, "Somehow, when no one was paying attention, illness became the new ‘normal’ for children." Shetreat-Klein believes that even though the staples people eat are the same, with the introduction of post-industrial food production, widespread pesticides, and genetically modified foods, the content of those staples has been altered.

It is common knowledge that women should live clean and take prenatal vitamins during pregnancy, but these reports amplify the importance of doing so. Among the recommended supplements for pregnant women are B vitamins and Vitamin D. An Australian study found that Vitamin B3 alone could significantly reduce the number of global miscarriages and birth defects. Vitamin D levels have also been found to influence the risk of premature birth; in early pregnancy, women who raised their Vitamin D levels to above 40 nanograms per millilitre by late pregnancy had a substantially lower rate of pre-term delivery.

Our Next Generation B Complex is a great supplement for expecting mothers. It is plant-based (sourced from organic food sources) and vegan, which makes it a great clean source for all the B Vitamins. It also has vegan-certified Vitashine Vitamin D3, sourced from lichen. For a fully absorbable, clean-sourced B Complex, look no further.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Doctor's Choice Testimonal. Evans Syndrome

The following testimonial was received at our office regarding two of our Doctor's Choice products - Thymus Gland and L-Glycine.

We would like to share this testimonial with you.


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Doctor's Choice Testimonial

August 10, 2017

Robert B. L.

I have a rare auto immune blood disorder,(Evans Syndrome) that is manifested with Chronic low platelet levels, with crisis’s of platelet crashes, or low hemoglobin or neutrophil levels either sequentially or in a duet.

Many doctors and Hematologists have never heard of nor treated it.  So they guess about the treatment based upon the current crisis.   High dose prednisone and other steroids gave only slow remission that came back in a short time span after ceasing the steroid treatment. Splenectomy has been suggested, but my spleen is working perfectly and I found that it doesn’t help for Evans Syndrome.  1 month remission is not a permanent solution.


In the past, I was originally treated with high dose prednisone, it brought the blood levels back up for a short while, but it caused severe phlebitis in my leg and torso veins. Osteo-Necrosis of the top of my tibiaehas left me limping in pain.  Calcium ripped out of my bones by high dose prednisone has been deposited in my arteries and Heart, creating angina and 3 x 80% blockages.  Low platelet levels also seemed to interfere with my sleep.    Chemotherapy works for about 22 months when I was able to obtain it.   It is not provided by the provincial government nor my health insurance because it is so expensive and the treatment is “OFF LABEL” $24,000 per session and I cannot afford this.

Enter Doctor's Choice and Dr. Dahl…

His suggestions of trying Thymus Gland and L-Glycine three months ago has helped my platelet levels climb up to normal levels of around 183 g/dL and my hemglobin and neutrophils have been stabilized at normal levels for about 2 months. With higher platelets I seem to be able to sleep better and I have had to reduce my warfarin intake by 30% to maintain a 2-3 INR.

My personal care physician says except for the damage done by the prednisone and needing to lose some pounds, I am now normal for a male my age. My quality of life has greatly improved.

Thank you.

Bob


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Doctor's Choice is a leader in the manufacturing and supply of top quality nutraceuticals. The company only manufacturers and supplies the highest quality natural products to markets in Canada, the United States and the European Union. 

The product is exclusive to medical practitioners and naturopath physicans. 

All Doctor's Choice nutraceutcials are clinically tested, government approved and licensed. Every product in the Doctor's Choice family is formulated under the direct supervision of Eldon Dahl, the company's CEO and founder who possesses a doctorate in natural medicine. 

All of the company's products are professionally formulated to have therapeutic and medicinal value. 
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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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