Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Vitamin A May Reduce Emphysema In Smokers

A report in the Thie Newsletter reported on research from Kansas State University that found that rats that had a high level of Vitamin A and were exposed to cigarette smoke experienced a great reduction in emphysema. So…if you're a smoker or exposed to secondary smoke, you might want to make sure you include Vitamin A with your other supplements.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Be Careful Of Fetal Ultrasound Examinations

The FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health issued several reports that ultrasound examinations during pregnancy may restrict fetal growth, delay speech development in children and cause lower birth weights. So…talk over with you Doc the pros and cons of having a fetal ultrasound examination.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Another Flu Protector

In an earlier blog,  I listed a number of things you can do naturally to prevent the flu or even stop it once it's started. Here's something else you can add to defend you. It's called Colostrum and it's a nutrient-rich substance secreted by mammals just after giving birth that gives your immune system a tremendous boost. You can get bovine colostrum in a health food store; just take it as directed.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Fly Like An Eagle When Negative Stuff Happens In Your Life

When a storm hits, the way an eagle avoids it is by flying to a high spot and waiting for the winds to start. When they do, the eagle sets its wings so that the wind picks it up and actually lifts it above the storm.

When something negative happens in your life, do you get caught up in the storm or do you use it as a way to grow and expand beyond where you are? When I do my Kinesiology muscle checking presentation, I'm showing people how they can take a negative thought and immediately switch it to a positive one. You have the power to choose to fly above your personal storm. All you have to do is change your focus and fly like an eagle.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Study Of Vitamin E And Diabetes

A study just published in the journal Diabetes Care supports the benefits of Vitamin E. This study looked at both Vitamin E and the beta carotenoid beta-cryptoxanthin and its impact on the development of type II diabetes. The study had 4,300 men and woman who were free of diabetes at the beginning of the study. The researchers did an analysis of the diets and found that those consuming the highest amounts of Vitamin E were 31% less likely to develop diabetes and those taking the beta-cryptoxanthin reduced their risk by 42%.

So… if you are taking Vitamin E, keep on taking it and if you're not I'd suggest adding 400 to 800 IUs per day. One other thing, when you look at the label it should say d-alpha tocopherol and not dl-alpha tocopherol. The addition of the letter l (dl) means it's synthetic.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Vitamin E Gets A Bum Rap

You may have read the headlines recently stating that vitamin E supplementation does more harm than good. There was a study published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine that did what's called a meta-analysis of the results of 19 clinical trials on vitamin E.

These researchers reported that taking high doses of vitamin E (greater than 400 IU per day) increased risk of all-cause mortality and concluded that high dose vitamin E supplements should be avoided.

Below is what I received from Dr. Julian Whitaker refuting the validity of this study. After you read this I think you'll agree that the media wasn't giving the best information in reporting this supposed story. Dr. Whitaker: First, the participants in this review of studies were already suffering from a wide range of medical conditions from heart disease and cancer to kidney disease and Alzheimer's. As the researchers themselves admitted, it's impossible to ascertain if results would be the same in a healthy population.

Second, the statistical analysis is suspect. Only nine of the 19 studies focused solely on vitamin E, while 10 looked at vitamin E combined with other vitamins and minerals. Thus, any outcome can hardly be conclusive.

Therefore, headlines screaming "Vitamin E may raise death rates" or "Vitamin E might make heart disease worse" are irresponsible, unfounded, and an unnecessary scare tactic.

The benefits of vitamin E supplementation are well documented. I emphatically believe that not only is the use of vitamin E safe, but highly therapeutic. Thousands of studies support vitamin E's role in cardiovascular disease, immune function, and a number of other conditions.

The Institute of Medicine and the federal government agree that vitamin E is safe at levels as high as 1600 IU per day for natural vitamin E (the form I recommend you use) or 1000 IU of synthetic vitamin E, the form most likely used in this study. According to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, "This meta-analysis provides no convincing evidence to the contrary."

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Music And Exercise Really Do Mix

A study reported in Heart & Lung found that 33 cardiac patients who exercised to music did twice as well on a test of cognitive abilities as compared to a group who exercised in silence. So…get that portable CD player out and start your exercising.