August 1, 2014
A new patient recently came in to our office with a diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer. She is postmenopausal and has been on a calcium channel blocker medication for high blood pressure for upwards of ten years. Sadly, the doctor who prescribed the medication never informed her of the association between long term use of calcium channel blockers (like diltiazem…brand names Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac) and breast cancer in post menopausal women. Even after her diagnosis of breast cancer, neither her primary care doctor who prescribed the medication nor her oncologist mentioned the possibility or discussed an alternative medication for her.
I would say this medication might be at least one contributing factor to the underlying cause.
Step one..remove the barriers to cure.
Click here for more detail on this association between calcium channel blockers and breast cancer.
In naturopathic medicine we aim to investigate the underlying cause of diseases or symptoms, and spend upwards of an hour with each patient to catch elements that cannot be found in a 5 minute visit. I am seeing that patients are becoming increasingly frustrated with the traditional medical model where you have very little time with the doctor and consequently poor long term results.
June 25, 2013
This is a timely publication…the Lancet offers excellent guidelines on preventing disease in children with proper nutrition to the mother and to the baby.
AANP via The Lancet – Ten Nutrition Changes Could Save Lives Of A Million Children- (Monday, June 10, 2013)
Nearly 15 percent of all deaths in children under age five (a total of over 900,000) can be prevented, and over a fifth of all cases of growth stunting averted, if 10 nutrition interventions are scaled up to cover 90 percent of the population in the 34 countries most affected by malnutrition, according to a new study on maternal and childhood malnutrition.
More than half of this cost would be accounted for by India and Indonesia, both countries with sufficient financial resources to make a substantial contribution to the cost of stepping up the fight against malnutrition. The scientists estimate that prevalence of stunting in children under age 5 would be reduced by 20 percent.
The ten interventions include providing folic acid, calcium, and balanced energy protein and micronutrient supplements to pregnant women; promoting breastfeeding and delivering appropriate complementary feeding to infants; providing vitamin A and zinc supplements to children up to the age of five; and using proven treatment strategies to manage moderate and severe malnutrition in children. This study was released June 6, 2013 by The Lancet.
May 29, 2013
A new study reveals that prolonged exposure to pesticides, bug and weed killers, and solvents raise the risk for developing Parkinson’s disease.
Italian investigators who reviewed more than 100 prior studies found exposure to such agents boosted Parkinson’s disease risk by anywhere from 33 percent to 80 percent, they reported in the May 28 issue of the journal Neurology.
“Due to this association, there was also a link between farming or country living and developing Parkinson’s in some of the studies,” study leader Dr. Emanuele Cereda, of the IRCCS University Hospital San Matteo Foundation in Pavia, said in a journal news release.
Some studies specifically explored how home or work environment affected disease risk. Where individuals got their water also was the subject of some investigations.
Environmental toxins absolutely contribute to this disease and there are ways to test the blood and urine which we regularly do for our patients at HealthBridge to identify possible exposure and associated damage to neural tissue years before a disease like this has the opportunity to manifest. We implement customized purification programs to assist in lowering the toxic burden and risk of disease.
April 30, 2013
Here is a link to a great article highlighting the benefits of exercise, especially outdoor exercise, as an inexpensive, readily accessible remedy for anxiety, insomnia, back pain, and more.
April 29, 2013
The non-profit Environmental Working Group recently released their 2013 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists. Apples and celery were at the top of the list of the most contaminated fruits and vegetables, while asparagus and avocados were at the top of the list of the least contaminated fruits and vegetables. Click here for more.
Pesticide residues are an important contributor to the increased incidence of chronic illnesses worldwide, including obesity, estrogen sensitive cancers, neurological disorders, depression and anxiety.
In an effort to protect the body from harm (especially children whose detoxification mechanisms are not fully developed, and older adults whose detoxification systems are less efficient), do your best to stick with organic when consuming the Dirty Dozen.
March 30, 2013
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March 5, 2013
A new double-blind study that was published on line in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that pregnant women who consumed DHA (an omega 3 essential fatty acid) had larger babies, a longer gestation, and fewer preterm births.
In the study, 154 healthy women were randomly assigned to consume 600 mg of DHA per day during the second half of pregnancy and 147 women were assigned a placebo.
After the researchers adjusted for maternal education, socioeconomic status, prior pregnancy, smoking and other risk factors they discovered that the babies of the DHA mothers weighed nearly a half a pound more, were longer and had slightly larger head circumferences. And in the group of mothers on placebo, 5% gave birth at 34 weeks or less, whereas among the DHA group, only 0.6% gave birth early. The lead author, Susan E. Carlson, a professor of nutrition at the University of Kansas, says that is a dramatic reduction in preterm labor as compared to the general population.
There were no side effects reported.
Most Americans consume too much of the other essential fatty acids (omega 6 and omega 9) and not enough of the omega 3 (which DHA is classified as). So balance here is key. DHA is rich in sea foods and meat however I do not advise pregnant women to consume these foods in order to get DHA, as they also contain high levels of toxins (heavy metals and other environmental toxins that get stored in the animal fat).
I will often recommend the vegetarian source of DHA available on the market today, that is derived from algae. One easy way for a pregnant woman to be sure she has the right balance of essential fatty acids, including DHA is by consuming 1-2 tablespoons per day of Udo’s DHA Oil Blend while avoiding vegetable based cooking oils and packaged foods that contain oil, like chips and crackers. Just be sure to keep the Udo’s DHA Oil Blend refrigerated and do not cook with it. Always keep it cold as the fatty acids are vulnerable to heat sources.