June 18, 2015
Naturopathic Physicians have been educating the public and their patients on the dangers of trans fats (also known as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils) for 30 plus years based on studies from the 1970’s showing a link between these artificial fats and heart disease.
Finally, the FDA, in an effort to prevent heart attacks and deaths, finalized its determination that the main sources of artificial trans fat are not safe. FDA gave food manufacturers until June 2018 to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from their products after concluding that the oils are not so-called GRAS, or generally recognized as safe.
It’s hopeful that our government is finally taking action and acknowledging the SIGNIFICANT impact that our food supply has on the state of health of our citizens, and the major economic burden the US shoulders to manage chronic illnesses that can easily be prevented by removing artificial chemicals, excess sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and the like from our food supply.
Research identified a relationship between folic acid deficiencies and birth defects as early as 1965. It was not until 1992 that the United States Public Health Service shared this critical knowledge with the country and recommended that all women of childbearing age, capable of becoming pregnant, consume 400mcg of folic acid per day. It took the scientific community almost 30 years to accept that a nutrient deficiency might cause a gross distortion in human neuronal development and to recommend supplementation. Tens of thousands of children were born during this time with preventable birth defects.
Let’s use common sense, and consider listening to the doctors who pay attention to the research as it comes available rather then waiting 30 years to act on it, and who are tirelessly working to educate the public on the importance of quality food and the power of nutritional medicine to prevent and treat disease.
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Posted by Dr. Gina Nick
December 5, 2013
New research from Karolinska Institute in Sweden shows that omega-3 fatty acids in dietary supplements can cross the blood brain barrier in people with Alzheimer’s disease, affecting known markers for both the disease itself and inflammation. The findings are presented in theJournal of Internal Medicine, and strengthen the evidence that omega-3 may benefit certain forms of this seriously debilitating disease. Click here to read more.
This is yet another published study that demonstrates how proper fatty acid balance in the blood stream can prevent and treat diseases with an inflammatory component. The research to date points to benefit of the essential fatty acids in the following conditions:
- Endocrine influence
- Glucose maintenance
- Lipids and triglycerides
- Metabolic parameters
- Primary prevention
- Secondary prevention
Children’s Health and Development
- Adolescent and teen health
- ASD – Autism spectrum disorders
- Attention, learning, and behavior
- Disease prevention
- Neurological development
Female Health and Reproduction
- Peri-and post-menopause
- Pregnancy & breastfeeding
- Puberty and menstrual years
- Acute infections
- Chronic immune deficiencies
Joint and Tissue Inflammation
- Intestinal health
- Joint flexibility & mobility
Lifestyle and Healthy Living
- Alcohol and tobacco use
- Body fat/weight
- Healthful living
- CNS Developement
- Cognitive function/agent
- Depression and mood
- Mental balance
In our concierge medical practice we test the blood for over 30 fatty acids to identify what specifically is out of balance and needs treatment. In some patients, too many of the omega 3 fatty acids can suppress important components of immune function and can promote tumor growth. In some patients their level of trans fatty acids (hydrogenated fats) are the culprit in blocking cell to cell communication. Other patients may only need DHA but not GLA. And so forth. This is why testing, and getting an individualized report on what your body needs, will lead to a more positive outcome in terms of managing your long term health.
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Posted by Dr. Gina Nick
July 22, 2009
Food Democracy Now and Organic Valley Family of Farms just released a call for help to rescind an anti-labeling law and prevent further regulations in Ohio that will restrict organic dairy farmers from labeling their products as free from the synthetic hormone rGBH.
According to Food Democracy Now, there was a small group of corporations that pushed a law through last year making it illegal for organic farmers, such as Organic Valley Family of Farms, to label their products as free from artificial hormones. On July 23rd the International Dairy Foods Association and Organic Trade Association will have a joint mediation with the Ohio Department of Agriculture to decide whether this rule go into effect.
To take action, call Ohio Governor Strickland and ask him to rescind Executive Order 2008-03S. Phone calls make the most impact so call today if it is important to you to know what is in the food you consume. His office # is: 614-466-3555.
I just saw the movie Food Inc. which is a revealing look into the reality behind how the food you consume and feed your loved ones is produced. It is worth the time and energy, and offers hope and action steps you can take to improve the quality of our food supply.
This post is timely, as discussions are in full gear regarding healthcare reform in California and in the country. Let’s focus on the cause of most chronic illness (which incidentally costs our government the most amount of money to manage), rather then masking the symptom by ensuring that all citizens receive the same level of healthcare which has failed miserably at treating chronic illness. The foods we eat play the largest role in preventing and treating chronic illnesses such as heart disease and obesity. Removing hydrogenated oils, refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, genetically modified foods, and plant and animal proteins laden with synthetic hormones, antibiotics and pesticides from our food supply is an intelligible place to start. And by all means support companies such as Organic Valley Family of Farms that are willing to take the high road and produce quality products free from these disease-causing ingredients.
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