Sleep is something we all have to come to terms with eventually.
Usually, it involves the realization that we are not getting enough
sleep and the internal debate about what steps we might take to ensure
adequate rest at night. Sleep has been in the news, recently, as well. CTV recently reported some interesting findings on Canadians' sleep habits:
Over 50 per cent of women have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep.
One in three Canadians are not getting enough sleep.
Almost half of Canadians don't find their sleep refreshing.
Canadians are getting less sleep than in 2005 (currently, an average of 7.12 hours).
Women sleep longer than men.
To mitigate the consequences of drowsiness, most people try to drown it
out with caffeine stimulants: coffee, energy drinks, etc. This can backfire,
though, as the body is thrown into the "fight or flight" response.
While energy levels may get a temporary boost, the adrenal glands are
even more drained, which results in adrenal fatigue. Some studies have
shown that sleep deprivation also increases
the liver's susceptibility to damage. As the body develops a tolerance
for caffeine, higher and higher levels are required, and the body is put
into a never ending cycle of exhaustion and overstimulation.
Aside from organ damage, sleep deprivation can lead to serious brain damage, as well. The journal Neurology released a study
investigating a possible link between sleep and Alzheimer's disease.
When studying the spinal fluid of those who had a family history or
genetic link to Alzheimer's, they found that those who reported worse
sleep quality or daytime drowsiness had more biological markers for
Alzheimer's than those who had no sleep problems.
Sleep deprivation can also cause problems for daily health. The journal Sleepfound
that the number of hours a person sleeps is one of the strongest
predictors as to whether or not they get sick. Those who slept six hours
per night or less were four times as likely to develop a cold as those
who slept seven hours or more. Perhaps if we ate healthy food and slept
well, there would be no need for flu vaccinations.
It is amazing to think that there are connections between such a wide
range of health problems and something as simple as a lack of sleep.
Yet, it connects to brain disease, as most of the serotonin is produced
in the gut and the gut is the second brain affecting the gut microbiota.
What happens in the gut also affects
the brain, which is where food quality comes into play, especially GMO
foods contaminated with glyphosate. And this, in turn, increases
obesity, as we can see the circle of disease spiraling out of control.
As we are learning how crucial rest is for overall health, Melapure®
Melatonin is more important than ever. We are currently seeking to do a
clinical trial on our Melatonin for sleep deprivation and age-related
insomnia. We are hoping the trial will confirm what our customers have
been saying all along: that our brand of Melatonin gives them a restful
night's sleep, with no negative side effects.
CHFA East Trade Show: Retailers Want Therapeutic Products, and We Concur
CHFA East was busy and well-attended, and the Anti-Aging and Endocrine System education session presented by Eldon Dahl, DNM, Founder and CEO of Doctor's Choice Ltd., drew a room full of scientific thinkers and health care practitioners who were seeking scientific insight on biology and cellular absorption. The Q&A that followed the training clearly showed the professional level of those participating. Clearly the health food industry has many levels: from those that want general vitamins to those that are seeking natural medicines for treating their patients’ health conditions. The cross section of CHFA vendors had something for all attendees. We were very happy to have so many naturopathic students from CCNM visiting our booth, and Adilia Kreps, our 4th year student rep, was eager to meet with them and to give insight on the way Doctor's Choice products help treat chronic disease. The main reason why the formulations work is how the raw materials are sourced and formulated for cellular absorption. Our plant-based B-Complex is a perfect example when compared to the industry standard, which uses synthetic B-Vitamins.
You might be wondering, "If synthetic B vitamins are the industry's standard, why would they be bad?" A few reasons are below:
Many vitamin supplements are formulated using precursors of vitamins, which need several metabolic transformations in the body to be active.
Synthetic vitamins lack the transporters and co-factors associated with naturally-occurring vitamins because they have been “isolated.” Some experts even argue that vitamins in general are not isolated substances, but, in fact, a synergistic complex of nutrients.
The worst case is that many vitamin precursors are artificial substances totally non-existent in nature. That is why, in some cases, taking an artificially isolated molecule (or vitamin) can be ineffective, and harmful to the body.
Synthetic vitamins are also poor in necessary oligo minerals (trace minerals) and must use the body’s own mineral reserves instead, which may lead to dangerous mineral deficiencies.
Our Next Generation B Complex is different because it is made to be absorbed the same way the body would absorb it in food form. It is more absorption-friendly because the body naturally recognizes the pathways the formula is using. The charts below compare the effectiveness of synthetic vs. plant-based B vitamins.
Tab: 1: Plant-based B Vitamins
Next Generation B Complex (Natural Blend)
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): 12.5 mg
95% (11.87 mg)
Riboflavin (Vit.B2): 10 mg
95% (9.50 mg)
Niacin (Vit.B3): 8 mg
95% (7.60 mg)
Pantothenic Acid (Vit. B5): 3 mg
95% (2.85 mg)
Biotin (biotin): 25 mg
90% (22.5 mg)
Vitamin B6 (P-5-P): 5 mg
95% (4.75 mg)
Vitamin B12(methylcobalamin): 125 mcg
95% (118.75 mcg)
Folic Acid (Vit. B9): 12.5 mcg
98% (12.25 mcg)
Beta-Carotene: 450 mcg
95% (427.5 mcg)
Vitamin C: 12.5 mg
95% (11.87 mg)
Vitamin D(cholecalciferol): 5 mcg (200 IU)
98% (196 IU)
Vitamin E: 16.75 mg AT
95% (16.42 mg AT)
spinach*, turmeric rhizome*, ginger*, blueberry*
Tab: 2: – Synthetic B Vitamins
Synthetic B Vitamins
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): 25 mg
30% (7.5 mg)
Riboflavin (Vit.B2): 25 mg
30% (7.5 mg)
Niacin (Vit.B3): 25 mg
30% (7.5 mg)
Pantothenic Acid (Vit. B5): 25 mg
30% (7.5 mg)
Biotin (biotin): 25 mg
30% (7.5 mg)
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): 25 mg
30% (7.5 mg)
Vitamin B12(Cyanocobalamin): 100 mcg
30% (30 mcg)
Folic Acid (Vit. B9): 50 mcg
30% (15 mcg)
Choline (Choline Bitartrate): 50 mg
25% (12.5 mg)
These differences become even more crucial when facing an increasing tide of disease. As U.S. News reported earlier this year, since the 1960s, a widening array of "emerging diseases," such as AIDS, hepatitis c, swine flu, and Zika virus, began spreading on a global scale. Some scientists believe that toxic environmental chemicals known to cause developmental and neurological damage are also contributing to the rise in mental and physical disabilities in children, such as ADHD.
Natural medicines formulated to treat conditions are crucial as our environment gets more toxic. When it comes to your health, trust Doctor's Choice to use the most natural form for the highest absorption.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
methylated active minerals are used in all formulations, Folic acid
from 5-MTHF folate, B-6 from Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (P5P) and B12 from
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.
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 Hepatologyestimated 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.