Life Is but an Accumulation of Our Memories! Part 1

“I am happy to report Doc that since starting your Neurotransmitter Support protocol I have not had a single incident.” (Nick Mancuso)

We enter the life with a great introduction and our first breathe carries on until the last. Our life begins through experience and by trials and errors as memories are formed creating our life pathway. Our experiences are compartmentalized into sections in time, they encapsulate our lives. Some memories fad and like a cloud they shadow exist, is all lost, are we but stored experiences or is there more? It is my hypothesis that the memories are not gone only inaccessible and once the blockage is removed the life lived becomes restored. In the end we are faced with the memories we have created. As we age it is important to store the positive aspects into our memory bank and when withdrawals are taken in your days before departure they will be the sort of memories that you will enjoy viewing time and time again.

Why are our brains deteriorating so quickly and why are young people becoming so forgetful? We see the anticipated statistics for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and it is frightening. Actually, it is the most feared health concern for seniors, above financial stability they are afraid of losing their independence and being at the mercy of others, even from their own family members who may have them declared mentally unstable and take control of their estate.

You might remember the gripping movie on the subject called Still Alice, about a happily married woman with three grown children, a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words and is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This is the stark reality facing our seniors today for if they can no longer take care of themselves, who will and how will they cope in that situation. We all value our freewill and the ability to make our own decisions, most have raised their families, had careers and were seen as leaders and contributors and in the twilight of their lives everything could be lost. Most would not want to live under these circumstances, and with medically assisted suicide being legal in Canada and certain states many may take this route while they can still make decisions on their own, and I see their point but how did things get so out of control so very quickly?

Canada’s aging population are the group with highest demand for longterm care, particularly those aged 75 and up will grow rapidly over the coming decades. Similar trends will occur in other age groups and, based on our demographic projection, overall demand for longterm care will nearly double by 2035.

The medical route offers no hope and no treatment, but then again it never really has the solution to the disease process. Instead, they seek to treat the symptoms with drugs and they don’t fund prevention programs. With this in mind we still believe there is hope which we have witnessed time and time again.

When I first examined the results of the Berkeley University study on how two dietary supplements made old rats youthful, and help to rejuvenate aging human brains,[1] I was inspired and taking these two principle ingredients we created a brain enhancing formula Neurotransmitter Support that has helped 1000’s of people. What could say more than the testimonials of those who have tried it? Here is one of them.

The testimonial of Nick Mancuso

I have been taking neurotransmitter and it is helping my memory and I can prove it! I haven’t burnt the espresso pot in a long time. Let me explain. After my open heart surgery, my memory, which has been excellent my whole life, started going downhill. As an actor/writer/producer I have many projects on the go, reading scripts, memorizing, writing, developing future projects, and I meet a lot of people. I noticed I started forgetting people’s names, sometimes even their faces. It was becoming very disturbing, especially since I am a type 2 diabetic, and heard Alzheimer’s referred to as type 3 diabetes. I started forgetting the espresso pot many times, on the stove, forgetting I had it on and melting the pot. One time I left the house and the pot melted and almost set fire to the house. Smoke everywhere. My sister found the house in smoke, the smoke alarm ringing.

I am happy to report Dr. Dahl that since starting your Neurotransmitter Support protocol I have not had a single incident. I am back to being able to do up to 4 projects at the same time and still remember the espresso pot on the stove.

Keep up the good work!

Much love, Nick Mancuso

References:

  • Sanders, Robert. 2002. Dietary supplements make old rats youthful, may help rejuvenate aging humans, according to UC Berkeley study. https://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2002/02/19_diet.html

[1] “A team of researchers led by Bruce N. Ames, professor of molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley, fed older rats two chemicals normally found in the body’s cells and available as dietary supplements: acetyl-L-carnitine and an antioxidant, alpha-lipoic acid.” Sanders, Robert. 2002.

How to Support Our Largest Organ?

“…there are natural, non-invasive ways to improve the quality of the skin.”

Our exposed skin ages over time what is especially noticeable is on the face and neckline. This is our business card that people read every time they see us. The human face tells so much: our face is the perfect mirror on how we have been taking care of our skin. Neglect may not be noticeable as a teen or in our 20’s, but damages will surface as we age. How we care for our skin is extremely important: having adequate drinking water for hydration, eating a well-balanced diet, having a proper cleansing routine, sealers and moisturizers or getting enough sleep are some of the most important factors. The avoidance of stress and excessive exposure to the sun with adequate naturally derived sun screen (as most commercial sun screens are toxic) is also part of the equation.

Each layer of skin contains connective tissue with collagen fibres to give support, and elastin fibres to provide flexibility and strength. As we age, the connective tissues are reduced and skin’s strength and elasticity produce facial lines, as wrinkling is displayed on the surface. The majority of age-dependent changes are unseen in the lower dermis layers.

To help withstand the signs of ageing, first we must become aware of changes that are happening, even those that are unseen. Aging skin does not exfoliate or renew as did before. The skin begins losing moisture and collagen and begins to sag. The unprotected years in the sun expose the visible damage of aged skin, and also contributing are the facial expressions and lifestyle habits (i.e. smoking, alcohol, poor diet, and lack of adequate water); all factors to the inherited look of aging skin. With age, we lose muscle mass and subcutaneous fat so those convexities flatten and eventually become concave. We’ve realized that aging is less about lines and wrinkles and more about tissue loss.

What is DMAE?

DMAE is a natural substance, found in fish, which helps defend against the degradation of cell membranes. A highly potent anti-inflammatory, DMAE has been shown to improve the tone, appearance, and firmness of skin by supporting the fundamental components of collagen and elastin. The science is in, and DMAE has amazing benefits to help slow down the aging process.

Various studies have covered the incredible capabilities of topical DMAE. One study examined the effects of DMAE on cultured human fibroblasts. The scientists found that DMAE decreased fibroblast proliferation and increased fibroblast apoptosis.

The DMAE Restorative Cream could be the solution

According to clinical studies, DMAE Restorative Cream increases the levels of subcutaneous fat in the skin by transporting the necessary nutrients directly to the fat cells, encouraging renewal and growth. It also improves skin tone and resilience. Evens out minor imperfections, softens and eliminates fine lines, helps to smooth acne and scar tissues. The benefits of DMAE in dermatology include an anti-inflammatory effect and a documented increase in skin firmness with improvement in underlying facial muscle tone.

Clinical study of 16 weeks daily use were efficacious in the mitigation of forehead lines and periorbital fine wrinkles, and in improving lip shape and fullness and the overall appearance of aging skin. These effects did not regress during a 2-week cessation of application. Beneficial trends were noted in the appearance of coarse wrinkles, under-eye dark circles, nasolabial folds, sagging neck skin, and neck firmness. It is the best if you use DMAE Restorative Cream before the damages are done, but, of course, it can also be used for the restoration of damaged skin; either way it’s never too late.

Hollywood and the media use young images to sell their products; it is really deceptive showing flawless skin of a 20 year old, and then presenting this image trying to convince the viewer that these are the results of using their anti-aging cream. Psychologically the viewer does not want to see an image of an old person with wrinkles, they want to see what they do not have but deeply want.

Our DMAE Restorative Cream and HGH+ (both presented to the nominees at the 2015 Oscars) showed that there are natural, non-invasive ways to improve the quality of the skin. And what tells more than the testimonials of real people who have tried our cream and have been loving it ever since.

Jamie Rezoski, ND, Toronto,ON: “DMAE Cream really helped soften and plump up my acne scars. It’s slightly exfoliating yet very moisturizing especially used with wet clean hands! I used it as a serum in the winter before bed. The alpha lipoic acid made my skin look more youthful and baby-soft! Perfect for combination skin types.”

Betty N, Vancouver, BC: “I would like to thank you for making DMAE Restorative cream, I love it, love it, love it. I first apply to my skin as a moisture barrier hyaluronic acid serum and then I apply your DMAE Restorative Cream. WOW! This really works for me, my skin feels tight and smooth. I am always receiving complements for the way my skin looks, I am happy.”

Make-Up-Alley Rating 5 out of 5: Life Choice DMAE Restorative Cream: “I love Life Choice DMAE Restorative Cream! The potency of DMAE, Ester-C and glycolic acid in this brand is very high, and you can feel it having an effect the minute you apply. Results are great after one night. I use it before bed. It actually penetrates and works so well that I need to take breaks. I will go 3 nights on, 2-3 nights off, and back again etc. My skin glows and my old acne scars vanish. My large pores around my cheekbones start to disappear and the skin tone everywhere goes to a nice, healthy rose colour.

I’m careful not to apply too much around broken blood vessels around the nose and under-eye because of the glycolic acid, but I do put a little bit and this has not irritated or worsened the broken vessels. It actually has minimized them under the eyes. I feel like I’m able to delay my Botox regimen by a few months, because DMAE Restorative Cream keeps my forehead looking smoother and rejuvenated, longer. It also works as a spot treatment – where I can use it daily – for breakouts.”

Treating Pain Naturally – An Answer to the Opioid Crisis

“Life is good with Doctor’s Choice.”

No doubt, the opioid addiction epidemic has reached extraordinary measures affecting and devastating a huge number of lives, and with the Sackler case, the opioid crisis has started influencing areas of public life that we never thought about.

Last week, the multi-billion dollar Purdue Pharma filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and proposed a settlement in the U.S. worth up to $12 billion to protect itself and its owners from more than 2,000 lawsuits over their role in the ongoing opioid crisis. The company, made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin, a pill that is more potent than heroin or morphine, and which claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. Several members of the family have been accused of misleading doctors and patients and directing sales and marketing techniques that led to huge over-prescribing and stronger doses for many patients who should never have been prescribed the painkiller in the first place.

No doubt, the drugs’ side effects keep the patients trapped and enslaved with addictive medication associated with life altering side effects and death. The drug pushers have moved from the back alley ways to Wall Street. What was once a criminal offense became sophisticated to the point they cannot be held liable but when the death toll becomes a crisis even this glass house can be shattered. You have to ask yourself how these scientists can live with themselves since they know the addictive nature of their creation. When seeing the deaths—rather than refine the drug to be less invasive—they increase production. The greed really can overshadow the human element. It is not too hard to see who controls the medical system we just need to follow the money and the clues: e.g. how the health system’s name had been changed from Healthcare Act to Pharmacare Act. Who is in charge, really?

It has become crystal clear that our current health care system needs to be medicated. And not with pharmaceutical drugs having thousands of side effects but with compassion and understanding on how this broken system is ruining millions of lives. This is why we believe in healing both body and spirit. Thanks to that, we constantly receive testimonials that prove the power of the natural medicine and the USP quality ingredients of our products. Stories from our previous newsletters are only two out of many and today we would like to concentrate on those related to our pain management. Here is what real people—a person who lived at the pain clinics, a pharmacist, a Hollywood actress and a formal professional football player—said about Doctor’s Choice products.

Stephany P., Alberta: “I’ve lived in severe pain for 15 long years. Some days the pain can be so crippling I can’t even walk. I can almost say that I lived at the pain clinic because I’m on so many narcotics. Even though I’m on the strongest drugs available, a lot of my days involve me on the floor just in unbearable pain.

I almost had to go to the hospital today because it was so bad this morning. I was desperate for some relief! Then I remembered the DMSO gel my dear friend gave me to try a few weeks ago. So as my last hope I smothered it on. Within a short time it has taken the edge off so well that I was able to walk again! This stuff is awesome!”

Emmanuel, Ph.D. Pharmacist, Alberta: “I have been battled with shingles pain for 10 years, until I discover DLPA, a Doctor’s Choice product: I first follow the recommended dose, 1 capsule twice per day, but no benefit result. Then I decided to increase the dosage at 2 capsules 2 times per day, and it relieved my shingles pain for about 4 hours. This was an amazing result using a natural medicine. My current dosage is 2 capsules 3 times per day when I feel the first symptoms of the infection. DLPA is a wonderful product, it really helps me get control of my shingles pain, and also block the appearance of blisters.”

Deborah Lee Douglas, Actress, California: “The Sweet Relief Cream is the bomb! Love it! Wow, what a difference it has made for me! And I am not kidding! I have followed the instructions, and apply it sparingly; I have found it doesn’t take much! I use it on my neck (c4-c5 crack damage from auto accident 30+ years ago) and although I know it can’t repair the crack, I do know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is helping the nerve endings, muscles, ligaments and tissue surrounding this area.”

Bob Osness, Alberta: “I had been trying prescription drugs for the gout and joint pain but it was very harsh to my body and was not giving me any lasting relief. Mr. Dahl, DNM, dvised that I try some of his products that were a natural remedy. The products I have been taking are the Doctor’s Choice Opti-Cal/Mag Complex, DLPA and Sweet Relief Cream. After I had used 2 containers of the Sweet Relief Cream I started to feel the difference. I have also mixed DMSO gel with the sweet relief cream 50-50 for a more immediate response to my pain. I have used these products on my shoulder, back, hips, knees and ankles and would say that my pain is at least 80% improved. The relief has also given me more flexibility for stretching. At 62 years old my life that was full of pain and disease is now on a road to recovery. With an improved diet of whole foods and the use of Life Choice products I am feeling great. The anti-inflammatory and prescription drugs I once was taking are gone and I haven’t had a gout attack for the past 6 months. Life is good with Doctor’s Choice.”

Treating High Blood Pressure Naturally

“Hormone replacement therapy has never been the naturopathic way.”

Success stories with Doctor’s Choice programs are those written by real people. Like the one we spoke about last week, the story of Fred, who discovered that high quality supplements had helped reshape how his life played out in terms of his health, energy and mental capacity. This week we are sharing another story, this time about a patient with an alarming high blood pressure who has been placed on a health protocol.

Before starting the Doctor’s Choice program, Julie, a certified nutritionist, had tried everything but nothing worked. She was seriously considering taking high blood pressure medication. I put her on our Adrenal Gland right away, 2 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon taken on an empty stomach. While being on another thyroid medication for hypothyroidism, I also placed her on Thyrodine® Thyroid Gland, 1 per day —her thyroid medication only separated by 8 hours. Just a week ago, she reported back at the CHFA East Trade Show that within 2 months her blood pressure has become completely normal. Obviously, she was elated to tell me her success using Doctor’s Choice medication.

High blood pressure or hypertension is interrelated and associated with thyroid gland medication, since synthetic thyroid medication seems to cause hypertension.

There are high risks associated with treating endocrine imbalance with isolated synthetic hormones, such as Synthroid for hypothyroidism. The side effects are associated with lowered cortisol since the adrenal glands are being overworked and this depletion causes added stress which lower progesterone levels. The medical treatment is adrenal medication and added side effects from the treatment. In addition, synthetic thyroid medication causes hypertension or high blood pressure leading to cardiovascular disease. When this occurs, cholesterol medication is given and this opens up more side effects. To properly treat the endocrine system, you don’t need isolated hormones rather endocrine balance, and this is where Doctor’s Choice products shine. You only need Thyrodine® Thyroid Gland to balance the thyroid gland, Adrenal Gland to help adrenal fatigue—which also helps to lower hypertension. Since we don’t have the added hormones, the treatment does not have side effects. In addition, HGH+ is recommended since it has thyroid, adrenal, pituitary glands and is supported by insulin (to help balance the glycogen levels and support the pancreas), safely and effectively delivered in a homeopathic medium.

Hormone replacement therapy has never been the naturopathic way; it is the way of pharma. The body, when brought to a balanced state, has the ability to heal itself. All we have to do is give it safe and effective nutrients free from side effects, just like nature had intended.

The Hypertension—Hypothyroidism Connection

The thyroid gland releases hormones that have wide-ranging effects on the body—especially our heart. According to Dr. Jeffrey Garber, an endocrinologist at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and medical editor of the Harvard Special Health Report Thyroid Disease “more than half of people with normal thyroid function have symptoms of hypothyroidism” [1] that can affect the heart and circulatory system in many ways. Insufficient thyroid hormone slows your heart rate and it also makes the arteries less elastic, so blood pressure rises.

Another study shows that hypertension is caused by hypothyroidism in 3 percent of patients with high blood pressure. Hypercholesterolemia and an increase in fatty acids are also associated with low thyroid function, thus increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.”[2] To investigate the effects, thirty patients were divided into three comparison groups: (1) patients with hypothyroidism and normal blood pressure, (2) patients with hypertension and normal thyroid function, and (3) patients with neither high blood pressure nor hypothyroidism. Participants with hypertension and hypothyroidism had increased aortic stiffness that resulted in a large percentage of the changes in systolic blood pressure. The authors of the study conclude that hypothyroidism causes aortic stiffness and hypertension (usually diastolic).

Secondary hypertension or secondary high blood pressure is often times linked with those on medication, such as synthetic thyroid gland. Secondary hypertension is high blood pressure that’s caused by another medical condition that affects your kidneys, arteries, heart or endocrine system. It can also occur during pregnancy.

With this in mind, it is important that blood pressure is carefully monitored in patients who may be complaining of symptoms of hypothyroidism. But mostly, choosing safe and effective natural medicine in order to treat the core of the health issue is always the best solution to take as it will change your healing pathway, like it changed Julie’s.

References:

[1] Harvard Heart Letter, 2019.

[2] Thyroid Hormone Effect on Hypertension, Aortic Stiffness. 2002.

Realize Your Health Potential at Any Age

“If you try the Doctor’s Choice regime, you may find that you have more life and more choices in your life.”

Are we really conditioned to live our lives in stages and accept everything that has been told to us? Or could we accept more than what the clichés say: children are those having energy and a full life ahead, twenty plus hope to graduate and begin their careers and enter family life, forty plus are approaching the hump and after that it is all downhill. Despite the fact that this seems to be the consensus and what everyone keeps telling us, we shouldn’t believe that this is the only way. Yet, time and time again we hear things like “well, you are not 20 anymore” or “you are too old for this or that”. When you visit your doctor with symptoms, eyes a little dimmer, energy is lacking, hurtful joints and restful sleep not like it used to be, the first thing they tell you is, it’s the aging process, you’re getting old and there is nothing you can do about it. This is mental conditioning in order to accept failing health as the normal cycle of life. Statistically you are not supposed to seek ways to change the outcome; instead, you buy into it and follow the sheep. This follows through with accepting age related diseases and the medication that matches the treatment. What else is this if not selling sickness to healthy people?

Luckily, there are people—probably many of you reading this — who doesn’t fall for everything aimed at you. Like Fred Haynes, Ph.D. who got on the Doctor’s Choice program and discovered what he thought he lost years ago. He regained his energy, went on to excel in his martial arts training and to win his election campaign to become the mayor of Saanich, BC, the 8th largest city in BC. Unlike many people who accept the ‘logical’ way of life, instead of getting burned out, he gained much more physical stamina and mental acuity over the years and has gone for more ever since. “I believe these high quality supplements have helped reshape how the later part of my life plays out in terms of my health, energy and mental capacity. I’m very glad that I’ve had science based, superior supplements as a foundation for my energy and sharpness. I’ve tried other supplements but not had the same results. If you try the Doctor’s Choice regime, you may find that you have more life and more choices in your life, as I definitely have.”

Fred approached me, and I prepared a detailed health protocol for him, covering diet and Doctor’s Choice natural nutraceutical medicines, in order to reverse his declining health. Once his body and mind began its restoration, Fred began to realize his potential and has never looked back. If this pathway hadn’t been taken, he would have never been where he is today.

We all have the ability of being healthy and energetic for our entire lives, but it takes the capability of accepting positive changes to the way you are currently thinking. When the body comes back into a state of balance, it is able to heal itself and become stronger, even though everyone else around—including the media—is suggesting otherwise.

No wonder: a huge percentage of TV ads are actually about drugs, focusing on the older generation which is much more vulnerable to health related information. The ads have turned to more serious ailments where the listing possible side effects take longer than the advertised product. Selling sickness—despite all efforts to lessen and regulate the ad contents—became the best way how to persuade the audience not only about the possibility of sickness and the necessity of taking drugs but also about the ‘fact’ that it is perfectly normal to list a twenty item long list of side effects, sometimes even with death being included. Unfortunately, these side effects rather support the credibility of a drug instead of lowering it. This is how the pharma industry turns the majority of people into patients. An ordinary life becomes medicalized at extreme levels while there really are other ways. Natural nutraceutical medicines offer something completely different: healing the cause with no side effects instead of just treating the symptoms and accepting the side effects. Your goals like your health are your responsibility and yours alone. Every decision has two pathways which one are you going to choose? Next time someone tries to herd you like a sheep just smile and thank them for their concern and go forward and achieve your potential anyway.

Why are our Kids Depressed, and Why is Suicide for Children on the Rise? Part 2

“Only few treatments are considered effective, which leaves the patients and their families with questions and fear from what might come next.”

Last week, in part 1 of our series, we were showing how the rising number of suicides is not specific to the U.S., but occur throughout the world, affecting people regardless of their gender, social status, nationality, cultural or religious background. We pointed out some of the possible reasons why suicide rates are rising, closing with the thought that we need to be able to talk about our problems and teach how to identify and cope with the issues. In this week’s newsletter we delve deeper giving specifics in order to offer solutions.

In the majority of cases there’s a mental health condition that, if left untreated, could become fatal. This is among the leading cause of suicide, showing that young people are one of the most affected groups when it comes to mental health issues and the lack of resources at their disposal on how to handle them. Teen depression rates are definitely on the rise despite the fact that abundant information is being released on the subject. Support groups have been forming to create a safer place, while the media regularly emphasizes the importance of communication in order to lessen the stigma of possible shame and the fear associated with articulating problems or personal feelings.

Toolkit for Mental Health Promotion & Suicide Prevention

In 2013 a Toolkit for Mental Health Promotion & Suicide Prevention[1] was created for both preventing suicide and providing information in cases of an existing crisis. This means that regardless your role or position in these kind of a situations, you can find essential tools such as forms, handouts, useful resources and materials on:

  • prevention in form of mental health promotion (this includes information about what mental health is, how its developed, what social and emotional skills are needed for mental and physical well­being),
  • intervention protocols to identify and assist students in a crisis who may exhibit suicidal thoughts or behaviors,
  • postvention assists to support a community after the suicidal death of a school community member.

This and similar initiatives are great because they support youth’s education on various topics that go hand in hand with mental health and are—or should be—the part of their everyday life e.g. self care and self awareness, the positive role of social media as a safe platform for sharing and expressing feelings, cultural competence or coping with environmental or emotional changes.

Of course, many times the situation is much more serious and requires more than just talking. While there is an identified need for depression treatment, “the best evidence-based treatments—cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and antidepressant medications—have only modest efficacy. About a third of patients treated with either CBT or antidepressant medication do not adequately improve.”[2]

What’s worse, medication could lead to a negative outcome that should have been avoided in the first place. In 2004, the FDA added a black box warning to antidepressants, indicating the drugs are associated with an increased risk for suicidal thoughts in children. How can a patient be possibly treated if the treatment itself could cause more harm than good? Isn’t that a catch-22 with fatal consequences? Very few treatments are considered effective, which leaves the patients and their families with questions and fear from what might come next. Or a scarier thought in cases of an attempted suicide: what if it happens again?

With such a monumental task we asked ourselves what is that we can offer. We know this is a very complex situation and we are also aware that we must approach mental illness in stages to help lessen the impact and to offer solutions to help cope with the anxiety disorders. To achieve this support we offer our clinically studied nutraceutical products that allow calmness for clearer thinking, dosage dependent. We can’t offer the missing pieces of the puzzle from someone’s personal life or change their surroundings or circumstances, although we wish we could. We can provide something else that plays an important role in their self-development and that is recognition and acceptance without judgment in order to educate to help overcome and to continue the journey gaining control over the body, mind and spirit.

Doctor’s Choice Products You Could Try:

Kava Kava

GABA

Neurotransmitter Support

DMAE-Lights On

 

References:

[1] K-12 Toolkit for Mental Health Promotion & Suicide Prevention

[2] Vitiello, Benedetto. 2019.

Why are Our Kids Depressed, and Why is Suicide for Children on the Rise? Part 1.

“First, we need to be able to talk and teach how to identify and cope with our problems. The rest is another part of the journey.”

A few weeks ago we started to speak about a very unfortunate state that we are currently facing. In our newsletter Crisis with a Complex Background: Children’s Suicide on the Rise we concentrated on the reasons and ways how we could resolve the problem. Now we will continue our focus, this phenomenon is not specific to the U.S. it occurs throughout the world, affecting people regardless of their gender, social status, nationality, cultural or religious background. In fact, according to World Health Organization[1], the top five countries with the highest suicide rates—Lithuania, Russia, Guyana, South Korea and Belarus—are really diverse.

What can we do to change the situation? The next few newsletters will be focusing on this very serious situation, our discussion will openly examine the current crisis and present possible solutions.

The reasons for the increase of suicidal behavior are complex and usually not the result of a single problem. They can be explained by a combination of factors, including increasing pressure to succeed, social isolation and (cyber) bullying, the use of technology and social media or a lack of mental health services. The fact is that while we are focusing more and more on physical health, we tend to ignore the importance of mental health when in reality both are needed in order to create a healthy balance. But how can we teach teenagers to cope with their problems when about 30% of them are not even verbalizing the situations they are dealing with or expressing their feelings to their own parents?

Most families are at a loss, and many are unaware that their children are depressed, even when living under the same roof. How can a young mind be so complicated in a time when the social structure and economy is good? We are not at war, the middle and upper class has all their needs met and even low income families have food and housing although not as desired but much better than many 3rd world counties. Are things too easy, have we spoiled our kids by giving them everything they ask for? I remember when I was a child we received gifts twice a year on our birthday and at Christmas, that was it, and we looked forward to the event. Now we are given everything, and with Christmas in July, Black Friday, Christmas, Boxing Day sales that last a month, people are not attracted to buy at regular prices, they only become motivated when things are heavily discounted. I recall a restaurant offering Chicken Wednesday. Each Wednesday it would offer chicken dinner on special, and it was full. Isn’t that strange? Especially considering people ate chicken when they felt a craving for it, not because it was on sale.

But it goes much deeper than having everything at our fingertips with no major threats like famine, war or mass devastation. It goes to how we assess life and what challenges we face and how they are dealt with. Most of the references children guide their lives by are found on the Internet. The sad thing is most parents are left in the dark and have no idea of the trauma their children are in. Parents remain occupied with their lives and their children fend for themselves many times discounting the parents advice saying “that was your generation not mine.” We also see a great decline in spiritual values and church attendance that for most religions are sharply down for the past two decades. Are our children growing up with no faith at all or if not, where is their faith coming from? Is it possible that the shift in values results in believing the wrong kind of sources which could end up being misleading?

Family structure proves to be an integral part to child development especially absent fathers. More psychological problems are experienced in single-parent households. Their number has reached high levels with the divorce rate end at 50%. That really messes with the minds of our children. One parent is absent, most of the times the divorce is ugly, and the child is the witness and victim of feeling abandoned, especially at a crucial impressionable age he or she is in. Research shows that “children raised in households lacking a father experience psycho-social problems with greater frequency than children with a father in the home. These problems have been found to extend into adolescence and adulthood and include an increased risk of substance use, depression, suicide, poor school performance, and contact with the criminal justice system.”[2] Unfortunately, the list doesn’t end here; there are many other outcomes that may result from the absence of a father in a child’s life.

The biggest problems come from the feeling of isolation, that everyone is alone with their situation. The best solution is to show that it’s really not the case. Like the teacher, who took a confidential survey from her young students, the person’s identity remained anonymous, they responded truthfully with things affecting their lives, attempted suicide, and father in prison, mother not home or being bullied. The teacher decided to have the notes read by the students, still with the identity unknown, the experience was very emotional, the class structure improved dramatically because every student saw that others shared the same or similar distress as they did. So first, we need to be able to talk and teach how to identify and cope with our problems. The rest is another part of the journey.

References:

  • Jones, Jeffrey M. 2019. S. Church Membership Down Sharply in Past Two Decades. https://news.gallup.com/poll/248837/church-membership-down-sharply-past-two-decades.aspx
  • World Health Organization. Suicide Rate by Country by Population 2019.

http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/suicide-rate-by-country/

[1] WHO. Suicide Rate By Country by Population 2019.

[2] Brown, Jerrod. 2019.

Inner-Peace is an Integral Component for Being Healthy

“While analyzing the past and foreseeing the future’s worst case scenarios take up all the space and time, present remains mostly unnoticed.”

How many people do you know who live under constant stress and remain healthy? The two do not go hand in hand; actually health and stress are diametrically opposed. Have you noticed the connection of declining health when faced with stress? Stress to meet a deadline is not the same as stress from the heart, losing a loved one or the feeling of being trapped and fearing the unknown outcome.

Stress itself could be making you sick. Studies have found evidence that many health problems are related to stress. Stress contributes to an increased risk of disease conditions such as obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, depression, gastrointestinal problems, and asthma to name a few. Of course, it also affects aging—based on researches we know that stress very likely accelerates aging about 9 to 17 additional years[1]—and it can lead to early death.

On the other hand there is something that actually might make us live longer, and that’s optimism. “That conclusion comes from a study of more than 69,000 female health professionals ages 58 to 86, and more than 1,400 male veterans ages 41 to 90, who were followed for 10 to 30 years. The study found that participants who reported the highest levels of optimism were 50% to 70% more likely to live to age 85 or beyond, compared with those who reported the lowest levels of optimism. Sounds interesting? It continues. Apparently, how optimistic you are also matters: “the most optimistic people had life spans that were about 11% to 15% longer, on average, than the least optimistic people.”[2]

Studies have found that, besides longevity, being more optimistic leads to a lower risk of developing chronic diseases and less possible early deaths. So why do we keep stressing if we know that positive attitude is the key for our well-being? Partly it’s because this is how we were built: our brain doesn’t really like those mindful minutes when we concentrate on our breathing, it likes to be occupied. And this is why analyzing the past and foreseeing the future’s worst case scenarios take up all the space and time while present remains mostly unnoticed. The only time that we have control over, the one in which—very likely—we don’t have any serious issues to solve passes by and becomes filled with our wildest fiction. Because to our brain it sounds more interesting than noticing how our body feels at the moment, doesn’t it?

Dogs, the well-being boosters

Many studies have suggested that having dogs is linked to better physical health (mostly due to lifestyle changes that dog owners need to make) and a lower risk of heart disease. Also, “when we interact with dogs, our oxytocin levels shoot up. Since this is the hormone largely responsible for social bonding, this hormonal “love injection” boosts our psychological well-being.”[3] No doubt, our dogs are responsible for our well-being in many ways: they make us happier, more resilient when facing stress, and physically healthier.

In case having a dog is not an option for you, there are, of course, other ways how to eliminate stress from your life and become a more positive person. Besides making changes in your mindset you can also turn to natural medicine. To lessen your stress and to keep it under control you have more than one option: you can choose Kava Kava to alleviate stress and restlessness, GABA that helps promote relaxation or our daily stress reliever, Next Generation B-Complex. Choose health and stay focused on the right things while learning how to enjoy life living in the moment!

 

References:

 

[1] Griffin, R. Morgan. 2014.

[2] Rettner, Rachael. 2019.

[3] Cohut, Maria. 2018.

The Importance of Understanding Natural Medicine as a Means for Treating Disease Conditions

“When one side is failing miserably, we must look for change, and this is where integrative medicine comes into play.”

The current global systems we have in place are clearly flawed. This includes the pharma directed medical system that is overloaded, there are not enough trained doctors and almost none of them received adequate nutrition education; they treat the symptoms of disease rather than the core. And we all know how it transpires. Symptomatic directed synthetic based medication is covered by the medical system and as such most widely used. Most disease states cause chronic pain, the treatment of choice is addictive opioid medication with brand names we all know by heart.

Unfortunately, each sector of the health care system is broken: the food chain, the education system, and the disease treatment. Is it any wonder why disease is raging out of control and spending with it?

When one side is failing miserably, we must look for change, and this is where integrative medicine comes into play. The time has come when society is offered a choice; the patient must be allowed the freedom to choose their preferred health care treatment, whether to visit a naturopath or medical doctor the decision must be from the patient. Isn’t that a fair offer from a system that depends on workers’ tax dollars? So far, there has been an evolution, but without balance. The people want choices and convenience, but they don’t want disease and sickness.

Let’s face it: the health industry is rapidly growing, selling vitamins of various quality levels when we should be concentrating on USP pharmaceutical grade raw materials. Most grocery store chains have separate health sections with an impressive assortment of organic produce. The one thing missing in this model is expertise, and at the moment, this is where the health food stores excel. Each and every time an antibiotic is prescribed, a probiotic should also be recommended by the prescribing naturopath, medical doctor and/or the pharmacist. The time has definitely come for the integrative, complementary approach: the marrying of what is best from each treatment modality and preference in lifestyle choices.

Prevention and Quality: The Key Elements

We all know that maintaining the small things on a daily bases is an integral part of remaining healthy, making quality choices translates into a healthy life. For us at Doctor’s Choice, product quality is crucial. We believe that if the professional health industry wants to truly be a viable alternative to prescription drugs, we must consistently uphold the highest possible standards, offering professional, therapeutic medicine with strong health claims, synergistically formulated, and be designed to be real medicine in every sense of the word.

What Does Quality Mean for Us at Doctor’s Choice?

  • USP pharmaceutical grade raw materials that provide assurance to the consumer, that the quality and purity of the raw materials are of the highest pharmaceutical grade standards: 97.5% or higher. USP dietary supplement means that the standards are using the very best science for improving public health and safety. For Doctor’s Choice, the USP pharmaceutical grade is particularly referenced to vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
  • methylated vitamins and minerals for cellular absorption instead of inactive minerals,
  • fermented amino acids instead of chemically extracted ones,
  • plant based and not synthetic based (synthetic vitamins require conversion within the body since they lack the necessary oligo minerals (trace minerals) and must use the body’s own mineral/enzyme reserves instead, which may lead to dangerous deficiencies as your body reacts, especially in higher dosages),
  • no harmful flow agents (At Doctor’s Choice, the flow agents magnesium stearate (MS) and stearic acid (SA) were replaced with ascorbyl palmitate (Vitamin C). Neurological studies reveal that MS may collapse cell membranes selectively killing T-cells, and reducing the body’s immunity. They also compound mental health issues.),
  • desiccated glandular therapy (It works to increase the tone, function, and/or activity of the corresponding gland. E.g. raw desiccated whole thyroid gland concentrates derived from non-GMO grass-fed bovine, that is non-medicated and hormone free, could help restore the balance needed for those with both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. When supplementing with a healthy animal gland, your body’s corresponding gland receives energy boosting since it resonates the ingested gland materials for its own benefit.)
  • vegetarian capsules instead of gelatin
  • recyclable packaging (glass, PET) and organic cotton

We must go back to the roots of the natural health industry’s origin. The reasons for today are the same reasons as in the past, the real traditional medicine for 1,000’s of years and why the natural health industry was originally formed.

Whether you are on your natural path already or considering choosing it, our newest video series Doctor’s Corner is definitely designed for you. We believe that everybody should have the power to decide how they want to treat their health condition and this series is the perfect tool for learning more about our options.

 

Quality, Sustainability, Doctor’s Choice® – Why Natural Supplements Are Necessary – Part 3

“We get what we pay for.”

At Doctor’s Choice, our continuing mission is to constantly move forward and explore natural alternatives not just to cure but mainly to avoid diseases. Today, we live longer than in the past; and on the flipside, the added years are often times associated with increased disease. Many scientists believe aging is an intimately linked process—perhaps even caused by the gradual failure of the body’s immunological defense as environmental toxins accumulate, causing subversion within. We all know that environmental contamination and its residual crossover have contributed to the decline of quality in our food and water. In addition to the raw materials used in pharmaceuticals, and the over prescribed use of allopathic drugs, these are just a few of the troubling problems being discussed concerning our age.

 

Being a conscious company delivering the highest quality supplements for more than three decades, we know that the gold standards of the natural health industry represent the best possible choice for everyone who puts their health first.

Below, we listed a few current problems and possible solutions from Doctor’s Choice.

Compromised gut health

Aging research has had an unprecedented advancement in recent years, particularly with the discovery of how it’s controlled. Of key significance is the discovery of the second brain, the gut microbiota, and its connection to the body’s immune defense and mood balance. But, apparently, we are not taking care of our gut health enough.

The rising prevalence of allergies is one of the many complex problems. Studies have shown that increased antibiotic use parallels the rise in allergy and asthma. Researchers suggest that early antibiotic use changes the bacterial flora, which impacts the development of allergic diseases such as asthma.”[1]

This is the reason why incorporating probiotic (Laktokhan Probiotic Complex) whenever taking antibiotics is so important. “There are a number of conditions for which probiotics are suggested to be of benefit, including eczema, food allergies, lactose intolerance, treatment of recurrent bacterial infection called C. difficile, inflammatory bowel disease, and generally an improved resistance to common infections,” says Bryce Wylde, one of Canada’s leading alternative health experts.[2] So if you want to stabilize your immune system, with the help of probiotics you can.

Lower food quality leading to weakened immune system

Our body’s thymus gland produces T-lymphocytes, type of white blood cells responsible for cell-mediated immunity which is extremely important in resisting infections by mold-like bacteria: yeast, fungi, parasites, viruses, toxins and allergens.

Livestock and poultry from birth are injected with steroids and antibiotics to allow for quicker growth, so they can go to market earlier. These chemicals do not break down, and end up entering our bodies, only to accumulate as toxins within our own system. This leaves us resistant to antibiotics and susceptible to a weakened immune system to the point that common bacteria could become fatal. Because of this, we’re losing ground and not keeping pace with superbugs’ ability to develop resistance to the current antibiotics.

Fortunately, there are natural alternatives that help the abundance of well-functioning T-cells, regulate the immune system and help the body fight off pathogens and diseases. This is what Doctor’s Choice® Thymus Gland was designed for. It is produced from New Zealand non-GMO grass-fed lamb and free from antibiotics or hormone injections. Thymus gland also has Vitamin B6 (P5P) and Zinc Picolinate, the keystone molecule for thymic proteins, the immune substances made in the thymus gland.

Bioaccumulation of heavy metals in our body

Metal toxins (aluminum, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury and nickel) are entering our body at an alarming rate. You may have heard the expression “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” that’s a good analogy for what is happening today as toxins are accumulating in our bodies quicker than being released resulting in a term called “bioaccumulation” of toxins. Industrial development and lifestyle choices are the leading causes of this increase since we are exposed to toxic metals every day.

Research scientists believe that heavy metals are systemic and affecting us all. They cause havoc with our health, ranging from leaky gut syndrome, neurologic disorders (such as mental illness to chronic fatigue), cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, blood disorders, developmental abnormalities and cancer. Now that we have the information, we really can do better. Especially since there is mounting evidence suggesting that chelation therapy can help remove toxic heavy metals from the body. For added convenience to interveinal administered EDTA chelation, there is the oral form from Doctor’s Choice® called CLAW – OCHMB.

Thyroid cancer is on the increase

It is estimated that nearly 57,000 new cases of thyroid cancer will be diagnosed, it has increased more than threefold over the past four decades. It is now the 8th most common cancer diagnosis in the United States, mainly driven by increases in papillary thyroid cancer (PTC), which is the most common type.

The thyroid gland is the master gland and surrounds the windpipe at the base of the neck. It produces a number of hormones, primarily thyroxine. Thyroxine is essential to sexuality in women, providing a glandular link between the brain and the organs of reproduction. The other principal thyroid hormone is calcitonin, which inhibits the release of calcium from bone and plays a central role in maintaining both calcium balance and strong bones.

Despite its side effects, Levothyroxine is considered the standard of care for conventional physicians. However, a possible solution may lie in the natural alternative: raw desiccated whole thyroid gland concentrates derived from non-GMO grass-fed bovine, that is non-medicated and hormone free, it could help restore the balance needed for those with both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Thyrodine® Thyroid Gland is a proprietary preparation without chemical residue, safe, effective and a natural source of iodine. A 4 year achievement, and licensed by Health Canada.

Synthetic ingredients in our supplements

Interestingly, manufacturers label their products as being “natural”, when in fact it may only contain 10% of natural ingredients, and most commercial brands sold in pharmacies are more than likely derived from genetically modified materials. The other 90% could be synthetic nutrients, also referred to as isolated nutrients; these are usually artificially made, needing further conversation within the body before being absorbed. The majority of supplements available on the market today are made artificially. They include vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, among others. These supplements originate in the lab and are produced in facilities via chemical manipulations with the goal of duplicating the structure of the isolated plant nutrient.

Most of the B vitamins other than Next Generation B-Complex are produced using synthetic B’s derived as by-products of vegetables, animals or minerals, then added enzymes, probiotics and even fermentation. Studies have demonstrated that B Vitamins and nutrients from natural sources are well-absorbed when ingested (95%), and also have an optimum bio-availability (90%) at the cellular level in active form. One does not need to take high dosages or quantities to achieve health benefits.

On the contrary, Synthetic B vitamins are poorly absorbed (30%), and have lower bio-availability (25%). This is the reason why the most common synthetic B Vitamins are formulated with high quantities of ingredients. High concentrations of synthetic vitamins can be dangerous because they can build up in your tissues and cause toxicity. The reason that the synthetic form is more dangerous is because you get a high concentrated serving of the vitamin rather than the amount that you would get from a food-based form.

Staying healthy might seem to be the challenge of the 21st century. The influencing factors can be lifestyle and diet, the quality of our food and water, air pollution, the presence of toxic household items or the medication we take.

When choosing food supplements ensure they are plant based and not lab designed, and fit to be classified as a food supplement. Avoid additives, binders and colours of all kind. The only things acceptable will be inert fillers such as plant based cellulose fiber. If flow agents are needed, look for ascorbal palmitate which is fat soluble Vitamin C. Remember, if the price is too good, consider the above. Because you get what you pay for.

 

References:

[1] AAAAI, 2019.

[2] Tetro, Jason – Wylde, Bryce. 2017.