The Health Care System Is Broken and in Dire Need of Repair; Integrative Health Care is the Answer Part 3 – Opioid Crisis

“No doubt, the opioid addiction epidemic has reached extraordinary measures affecting and devastating a huge number of lives.”

 

 

Prevention Programs and Medication Treatment Failing

Various issues are creating the breakdown of health while disease and medical treatment is failing. The opioid crisis has reached a crucial level that cannot stay unrecognized anymore. Whether it’s due to legal or non-legal alternatives, hundreds and thousands of cases have been brought to our attention in order to point out the seriousness of the issue.

“More than 600 Ontarians died from opioid overdoses in the first six months of last year, as overdose prevention sites await word on whether they can continue to operate in the province beyond Sunday.”[1] Articles starting with the similar introduction are becoming more and more common. But where does the problem really lie?

Prevention programs—when functioning properly—could help to reduce the number of drug-related deaths and lower the rate of public drug use. Unfortunately, as the Toronto case shows, this is not always true. Medicines proven to treat opioid addiction could be another alternative but as the news show, they remain vastly underused. “Only a fraction of the estimated 2 million people addicted to opioids are getting the medications, according to a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.”[2] One of the reasons—again—is the lack of proper training in the education of doctors, nurses and social workers. So how are we planning to solve the problem? Without the focus on proper treatment and rehabilitation the crisis will remain a crisis, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

The Sackler Case and How Everyone Could Get Affected

The opioid crisis has started influencing areas of public life that we never thought about. Museums, universities and other nonprofits are cutting ties with the Sackler’s family which has long been known for abundant philanthropy to famous arts and education institutions. This phenomenon is not only present in the United States but also in Europe and started as a result of the massive lawsuit that was filed against the family.

Many “Sackler beneficiaries, including the Metropolitan Museum and the New York Academy of Sciences, are reviewing their donation policies as a result of publicity and legal actions surrounding the family and its company, Purdue Pharma, the maker of the groundbreaking, enormously profitable and frequently-abused painkiller OxyContin.”[3] Court documents accuse the eight family members of misleading the public and doctors about the dangers of abusing OxyContin, a pill that is more potent than heroin or morphine. “They are accused of deceiving doctors and patients and directing sales and marketing techniques that drove huge over-prescribing and ever stronger doses for many patients who should never have been prescribed the pills in the first place.”[4]

No doubt, the opioid addiction epidemic has reached extraordinary measures affecting and devastating a huge number of lives. Though it’s an important step to call out the creators of the medication, another question arises: where was the FDA and Health Canada oversight for safety?

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.

Illness, disease and death are highly emotionally charged issues for most people. Our brains have been distorted from addictive drugs for mental illness, affecting 1 in 5 people, and pain medication for those suffering from chronic pain (90 days or more) affecting 1 in 3 people. North American population is 4.75% of the global population, yet they consume 80 percent of the world’s painkillers.  We have become desensitized to the point that we no longer feel empathy or sensitivity to what is happening around us. We all suffer from a disease of perception, being forgetful of what feeling normal is and the state of natural health. How can we? We are placed on drugs from the moment of birth till the time of death, all under the guise that claims it’s good for us! Wasn’t this predicted by George Orwell in 1984? His timing was a bit off but it’s the reality today.

In the meantime, our governments’ pharma care (in the form of Health Canada and the FDA) is clearly in the pockets of ‘Big Pharma’. Where is the oversight then?  It is time for society to stop being a victim and to take charge of their health. It is time for the healing to begin and for the toxicity, illness and mayhem of everyday life to end. We are in need of restoration. We are intelligent beings and it’s time to make the shift to true healing in both body and spirit.

 

References:

[1] Jones, Allison. 2019.

[2] Perrone, Matthew. 2019.

[3] Marshall, Alex. 2019.

[4] Walters, Joanna. 2019.

The Health Care System Is Broken and in Dire Need of Repair; Integrative Health Care is the Answer Part 2

“Huston, we have a problem” is an understatement. When one side is falling miserably, we must look for change, and this is where integrative medicine comes into play.”

How do you teach algebra to those who only know their ABC? The problem rests on a lack of oversight. Farmers are growing crops by using heavily sprayed pesticides and herbicides, and we have been told that they cause no harm. Food manufacturers are packaging processed foods empty of nutrition but laced with pesticides and herbicides. Animals and farmed fish raised for food are given antibiotics and estrogen stimulants to help them grow quicker, and are fed toxic GMO crops. And wouldn’t you have it, all the poisons carry on up the food chain and into the population?

The Lack of Nutrition Education in Medical Schools

When sickness arises, a visit to the doctor is in order and because of his lack of nutrition education in medical school, rudimentary at best, he gives out what he has been taught. Beginning with medical school, the time devoted to nutrition is limited, with an average of 19 total hours over 4 years, and is focused largely on biochemistry and vitamin deficiency states.[1]

Following medical school, nutrition education during the 3 or more years of graduate medical education is minimal or, more typically, absent. This lack of education in training is reflected in what physicians report about the quality of it. In a 2017 survey of 646 cardiologists, 90% reported that they had not received adequate nutrition education to counsel their patients, even though 95% believed it was their personal responsibility to do so.[2]

Unfortunately, it’s not just the question of personal responsibility. According to the US Burden of Disease Collaborators “health in the United States improved from 1990 to 2016 (…) but the probability of death between ages 20 and 55 years has increased more than 10%”[3] because of the poor-quality diet that has been identified as the leading cause of death in the United States. So who should be responsible for providing the information?

According to a study of 1500 health care practitioners, 97% responded that they have a responsibility to ensure that patients are counseled about obesity.[4] Another study of 606 clinicians showed that 96% ‘agree’ or ‘somewhat agree’ that they should contribute to patients’ weight management, 88% acknowledged that moderate weight loss is ‘extremely beneficial’ for patients with obesity, and 80% recognized obesity as a disease.[5] Though, based on the current situation, recognizing the problem is still not enough.

True Cost of Health Care

As we can see, each sector is broken, the food chain, the education system, and disease treatment. Is it any wonder why disease is raging out of control and spending with it? The US spends more on health care than most other countries at 3.5 trillion. Spending per person in the US was $10,224 in 2017, which was 28% higher than Switzerland, the next highest per capita spender.[6] With this spending, are Americans healthier from this investment? As you could see, they are far from it. American heath is, by most metrics, worse than all the other rich countries. US child mortality, for example, is about seven per 1,000 children. Compare this to Finland, where child mortality is two per 1,000 children. Then there is life expectancy. A Japanese child born today can expect to reach the age of 84, while an American child can expect to reach age 79. This gap exists despite the fact that the US spends about 7% more on health than Japan. It is also worth factoring in the unique health challenges the US faces, such as the obesity epidemicwhich costs the nation between $147 and $210 billion per year—and adds to the burden of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease. Would a truly healthy nation have such morbidity in its midst?[7]

Unless Americans make changes in their lifestyles and food industry changes from the way food is prepared and marketed, the number of people with chronic diseases—and the cost of treating them—will continue to rise. The US Chronic Disease estimates that by 2030, 83 million people in the US will have three or more chronic health conditions, up from 31 million in 2015 with a projected cost of 42 trillion, and 5% of population will account for 50% of the spending.[8]

Integrative Medicine as the Solution

“Huston, we have a problem” is an understatement. When one side is falling miserably, we must look for change, and this is where integrative medicine comes into play. As the above shows, there has been an evolution, but without balance. Today, things need to be integrative. 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. This would help with the immune system and overall recovery, and could become an integral part of prescribing antibiotics. The worldwide nutraceutical market was estimated to reach $204 billion in 2015, of which the United States has a 39% market share and Canada a 3.9% market share.

For far too long, we have maintained two very distinct camps concerning healthcare and lifestyle preferences, and because of this, patients have suffered. Today, ‘integration’ is the new buzzword, uniting healthcare treatment options between the pharmaceutical approach and the naturopathic holistic approach, as well as between compounding pharmacies and health food stores. The time has come for the integrative, complementary approach: the marrying of what is best from each treatment modality and preference in lifestyle choices.

References:

  • Adams, Kelly M., Butsch, W. Scott, Kohlmeier, Martin. (2015) The State of Nutrition Education at US Medical Schools.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/357627

  • Devries, Stephen MD, Agatston, Arthur MD, Aggarwal, Monica MD and coll. (2017) A Deficiency of Nutrition Education and Practice in Cardiology. https://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(17)30527-2/fulltext
  • Galea, Sandro. (2017) America Spends The Most On Healthcare But Isn’t the Healthiest Country. http://fortune.com/2017/05/24/us-health-care-spending/
  • Kaplan LM, Golden A, Jinnett K. and coll. (2018) Perceptions of Barriers to Effective Obesity Care: Results from the National ACTION Study. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2018 Jan;26(1):61-69.
  • Petrin C, Kahan S, Turner M, and coll. (2017) Current attitudes and practices of obesity counselling by health care providers. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. 2017 May – Jun;11(3):352-359.
  • Sawyer, Bradley. Cox, Cynthia. Kaiser Family Foundation. (2018) How does health spending in the U.S. compare to other countries?

https://www.healthsystemtracker.org/chart-collection/health-spending-u-s-compare-countries/#item-start

[1] Adams, Kelly M., Butsch, W. Scott, Kohlmeier, Martin. (2015)

[2] Devries, Stephen MD, Agatston, Arthur MD, Aggarwal, Monica MD and coll. (2017)

[3] The US Burden of Disease Collaborators. (2018)

[4] Petrin C, Kahan S, Turner M, and coll. (2017)

[5] Kaplan LM, Golden A, Jinnett K. and coll. (2018)

[6] Sawyer, Bradley. Cox, Cynthia. Kaiser Family Foundation. (2018)

[7] Galea, Sandro. (2017)

[8] http://www.fightchronicdisease.org/sites/default/files/pfcd_blocks/PFCD_US.FactSheet_FINAL1%20%282%29.pdf

The Health Care System Is Broken and in Dire Need of Repair; Integrative Health Care is the Answer Part 1

“It is a cruel shame to create the trap and not the treatment leading to a cure. Someone wins; the business of sickness becomes the shareholders’ dream.”

The current global systems we have in place are clearly flawed, and the world is equally divided. This includes the medical system, the chemical industry, mass farming, and the environment. The politics are clear with their agenda, and equally clear are those in protest for a positive change. If we consider the issues facing humanity each issue has supporters and protesters who are diametrically opposed. Big business interests are directed towards shareholders’ profits, the scientists and directors of these companies know the damages they are creating but they continue in their efforts anyway.

GMO farming practices are interwoven: owned by Bayer, doing business under Monsanto and supplied by government sponsored chemical manufacturers without application oversight. Viewing these toxic issues, it is amazing what gets approved when one eye is closed.

Our one sided health care system is another thing: not so long ago it was called a Healthcare Plan which was now renamed as a Pharmacare Plan—most people probably never even noticed the deceptive move. Sponsorship does have its advantages. The pharma directed medical system is overloaded as there are not enough trained doctors and almost none of them received adequate nutrition education[1]; they treat the symptoms of disease rather than the core.

We can fully anticipate a resurgence of disease as it must come to pass due to the unregulated toxic systems we have in place. Herbicides are sprayed on school grounds and in parks, children and pets are closer to the earth and are the ones most vulnerable. Should we be surprised by the rise in allergies and childhood cancer? Golfers seek the perfect green and when walking the course it is their belief that the exercise is healthy, when in fact they could not be further from the truth. Most pristine golf courses are highly toxic and create the perfect bedding ground for developing cancer. The highly processed empty calorie diet, with most laden with sugars, creates obesity and weaken the immune system—combine this with environmental toxins and the disease process is certain.

Symptomatic directed synthetic based medication is covered by the medical system, and as most disease states cause chronic pain, the treatment of choice is addictive opioid medication with the brand names, Vicodin, OxyContin and Morphine.

For many, the addiction remains when the system no longer supports the patients’ access to their medication reliance, forcing the patient to buy from the street, from a pusher that is not as eloquent as the one who started the addiction. Once the addict is hooked, their lives quickly become eroded and society—seeing the escalated drug overdosing leading to death—offers lifelines with conditions. Rather to treat the core of the addiction, the system’s answers are safe heroin injection sites to the one time contributing member of society seeking health care. It is a cruel shame to create the trap and not the treatment leading to a cure. Someone wins; the business of sickness becomes the shareholders’ dream.

We have come to the time for integrative medicine when society offers the patient a choice in health care treatment—either allopathic drugs or naturopathic medicine and both supported equally by the system—that allows the freedom of choice. Many would choose the natural pathway, and it would not take more than a year to gauge results. For this to happen, pharma’s interests would need to be curtailed, and medical doctors would require training in nutrition and nutricutical medicines. Visits to a naturopath or medical doctor would become the decision of the patient. Isn’t that a fair offer from a system that depends on workers’ tax dollars?

For far too long the two opposing camps have fought, for the sake of our planet and the health of its inhabitants we need change. We have to come together and find a solution before it is too late, for the pathway we are taking will not survive.

[1] More information on the topic—lack of nutrition education at medical schools—with numbers and the consequences of the situation will be provided in part 2 of our newsletter.

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Autism: More Alarming Statistics and Findings

“This may be your first time reading that there are differences when it comes to folic acid, and a question may come to mind: if the methylated form of folate is the best and avoids health complications, why isn’t it the only form used? The answer is the raw material costs.”

The number of children identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is increasing. In 1960 ASD was 1 in 2,500, and currently the situation is alarming (1 in 59 children and in boys 1 in 37 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) but the estimated rate for the upcoming decade is even more disturbing (every second child will be born with autism). Identifying the problem is a good start but even more important is to understand the causes and find the solutions to be able to change the predictions.

Unfortunately, most of the studies don’t dig deep enough. The newest one—conducted by the researchers of the University of California—does not address the issue of why parents are having autistic children in the first place either. It is a wide gaping hole as it does nothing for preventing or discovering the cause of autism, only suggests that prenatal supplements should be used for recurrence once the parents have their first autistic child.

Prescribing prenatal formulas is not new to naturopathic doctors since they have been doing it for several decades, pointing out the essential ingredients (folic acid and iron) of prenatal vitamins and the other nutrients necessary for the baby’s development. But is it that simple? For being able to find the solution, we need to take it one step further, so let’s dig a little bit deeper.

As mentioned above, folic acid is especially crucial for those who are pregnant. However, despite folic acid being in many supplements, the form of folic acid is not as widely considered despite the fact that it makes all the difference.

The active form of folate is called 5-MTHF. This is the form that the body can use; it can go into cells, and even cross the blood-brain barrier. Any folic acid that is not 5-MTHF has to undergo a conversion process in the body to be used. Still, up to 40% of people have a mutation in their MTHFR gene, which means they have problems metabolizing folic acid. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is an enzyme that activates and regulates folate metabolism in the body; it is responsible for converting folic acid into its active 5-MTHF form. 5-MTHF goes on to influence many important bodily processes, such as DNA, RNA, and SAMe production.

While on one hand, folate is recommended for pregnant women as a means to prevent birth defects[1], on the other hand half of all pregnant women have the MTHFR mutation, which hinders folic acid metabolization. Supplementing with predigested, biologically active forms of folate, like 5-MTHF, can be a positive solution, as well as being healthier overall.

This may be your first time reading that there are differences when it comes to folic acid, and a question may come to mind: if the methylated form of folate is the best and avoids health complications, why isn’t it the only form used? The answer is the raw material costs. Standard folic acid costs $75.00 per kg, whereas 5-MHTF methylated folate costs $4,000 per kg; as they say, you get what you pay for.[2]

To help avoid health complications, read product labels, avoid foods that have been fortified with folic acid, and for food supplements, avoid folic acid sources. Instead, choose directly absorbable methylated forms. Doctor’s Choice® only uses methylated minerals (B6, B12, and folate) 5-MTHF folate in our formulations. If you want to ensure that the folate you are taking is helpful and not harmful, only trust brands that have done their homework on this very important nutrient.

Is Aluminium the Cause?

Compared to non-autistic children, autistic children have the highest levels of aluminum. This is a problem because aluminum in the form of a chemical and this heavy metal is prevalent throughout our society. Our modern lifestyle relies very heavily upon this element as an ingredient in many manufactured items that we use on a daily basis: vaccines, prepared foods, deodorants, treated water, pots and pans, cell phones, televisions, computers etc. In addition to aluminum, there are other heavy metals such as lead and mercury, which have also been linked to this disease by causing harm to the brain.[3]

Acknowledging the reality of a crisis is never enough. To be able to solve a problem, we always need to find why it exists in the first place and proactively look for the best possible solutions. Planning ahead and taking care of ourselves and our loved ones is an excellent starting place while being mindful that your health rests between your own two hands.

NGBC, OPTI Cal/Mag, CLAW-OCHMB

Doctor’s Choice

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References and further readings:

  • Dahl, Eldon, DNM. (2018) Synthetic Folic Acid in Fortified Food and Supplements:Why It’s Bad for Our Health, and How It Affects MTHFR Gene Mutation.

https://lifechoice.net/synthetic-folic-acid-in-fortified-food-and-supplementswhy-its-bad-for-our-health-and-how-it-affects-mthfr-gene-mutation/

· Dahl, Eldon, DNM. (2014) Alzheimer’s And Autism: Is The Common Link Aluminum?

Alzheimer”s And Autism: Is The Common Link Aluminum?

  • Puzic, Sonja. (2019) New autism study suggests prenatal vitamins can prevent recurrence in families.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/new-autism-study-suggests-prenatal-vitamins-can-prevent-recurrence-in-families-1.4314839

· Stein, Traci Ph.D., MPH. (2014) A Genetic Mutation That Can Affect Mental & Physical Health. MTHFR mutations are linked to depression, ADHD, migraines, miscarriage & more.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/the-integrationist/201409/genetic-mutation-can-affect-mental-physical-health

[1] The MTHFR mutation has implications for cardiovascular disease, stroke, recurrent early miscarriages, migraines, osteoporosis, and some cancers. Several mental health conditions have also been linked to the MTHFR mutation, such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and autism.

[2] Dahl, Eldon, 2018.

[3] Dahl, Eldon, 2014.

Sustainability at Doctor’s Choice (Why Is It Important to Us to Maintain an Ecological Balance?)

“We cannot bring anything less than our best to the table.”

Over the years, in the natural health industry being a conscious company has always been a nonnegotiable premise—this is why we have been constantly creating the best from start to finish, making sure that our products only have benefits and no side effects or disadvantages.

In light of global weather and the rise of diseases due to environmental toxins we are happy to continue our journey with all our social and environmental responsibility programs, and mostly with the pureness and the quality of our products.

Here is what sustainability means to us:

 

Social and Environmental Responsibility

Social Awareness: our aim is to improve the people’s life. Our natural products are just one side of this coin: we also support those in need (Mustard Seed, women’s shelters, EU orphanages), and give back to the community through volunteer efforts, offering free samples to naturopathic satellite clinics, which distribute them to those who are homeless or have limited income.

Animals: We are also conscious of how our liquids, creams and gels are made. We are strong supporters of PETA and have been from the beginning. All testing is done with humans and not animals. We have been offered animal testing at a fraction of the cost of human testing, but we refuse to treat animals as experimental objects.

Packaging: Plastic is a global concern. The reason we use PET packaging is that it’s recyclable (can be used over and over again), sustainable (increasing number of PET plastic bottles are made from recycled PET) and uses less oil—compared to other plastic bottles. Even the cotton we use to prevent capsule breakage is produced from USP pharmaceutical grade organic cotton.

 

Doctor’s Choice® and Quality: Professional, Therapeutic Medicine

For us at Doctor’s Choice, these terms are critical to the natural health industry—so critical that we have structured our company around them. We believe that if the professional health industry wants to truly be a viable alternative to prescription drugs, we must consistently uphold all of these standards. We cannot bring anything less than our best to the table. This must be our mission statement. Professional, therapeutic medicine must have strong health claims that can be backed by science in order to produce a professional product, be carefully formulated in order to have genuine therapeutic value, and be designed to be real medicine in every sense of the word.

When you use Doctor’s Choice products, you can be assured that you are getting the very best. The products contain and meet the highest standards of (cellular absorbable) quality ingredients available anywhere in the world. Our vitamins, minerals and amino acids have been tested and analyzed in the raw material stage, and again after manufacturing in modern laboratories, using the latest testing equipment to ensure therapeutic results each and every time. The ingredients are never sourced from genetically modified organisms (GMO). We only use USP Pharmaceutical Grade or the equivalent raw materials, which means that you are getting the products that meet the highest quality and purity standards.

 

Remember sustainability, you always get what you pay for. Choose what’s best for you, your environment and society. Meanwhile, we will continue our journey. We hope you will join us.

Doctor’s Choice R

 

 

Healthy Aging, and the Avoidance of Aging Prematurely. The Importance of the Endocrine Glands and Hormonal Balance Part 2

Aging can be a wonderful blessing. Plan on healthy aging by being proactive and preventative! When you are the only benefactor, a healthy lifestyle is the best life insurance policy that you can ever contribute to. Isn’t it time you start contributing now?

Last week we opened the topic of healthy aging, and were talking about the possibilities of controlling the aging process and how glandular therapy can be beneficial thanks to its complexion. In this week’s newsletter we move from our thymus gland to another part of our endocrine system, the pituitary gland while also discussing the question of skin aging and some general tips that you can incorporate into your everyday life, making it healthier while possibly slowing down the aging process.

The Pituitary Gland and HGH+

About the size of a pea, the pituitary gland is often called the master gland because it controls several other hormone glands in your body—including the thyroid and adrenals, the ovaries and testicles—to regulate their function and maintain a balanced environment. It secretes a variety of hormones into the bloodstream which act as messengers to transmit information from the pituitary gland to distant cells, regulating their activity.

This command center for hormone regulation is responsible for growth hormone (GH) production. Growth hormone acts on many parts of the body to promote growth in children. In adults, it helps to maintain normal body structure and metabolism, including helping to keep blood glucose levels within set levels. With age, GH production slows, leading to the common signs of aging. This is where Homeopatic HGH+ could step in: it helps lessen the advancement of aging and reach endocrine balance in a safe and natural way. The noted benefits include:

  • restored hair color and growth,
  • improved skin tone and texture (helps with disappearance of wrinkles),
  • regaining bone tissue (increased bone density and reduced osteoporosis),
  • increasing energy and significantly reducing body fat, improved muscular strength, endurance and body flexibility,
  • greater immune response,
  • improved libido and sexual performance,
  • better cardiac function, cholesterol profiles and lower blood pressure,
  • improved mood and sleep patterns.

Skin Aging

Our skin is the largest organ of the body. It has many functions, other than covering our bodies and protecting us from the harsh environment. Our skin is our barrier to the outside world, a temperature and blood pressure regulator. It is involved in the metabolism and fat storage, also in water and salt metabolism by perspiration. As you can see, our skin serves a much more important role than only being cosmetic, it is a passageway for health and medication, and it deserves to be treated right.

During our life, free radicals attack the surface of our skin causing oxidation that is just one of the many environmental damages: constant exposure to the sun and fast lifestyle leads to premature aging. In our 30s, the first signs of aging appear, elastin and collagen degrades, and skin regeneration is reducing which leads to dull complexion and uneven skin tone. In our 40s, all these signs become more significant. Also dark spots or liver spots caused by lipofuscin can appear as skin sensitivity increases. For our 50s, tension decrease becomes significant. Barrier lessens leading to slowing moisture retention.

What are our options to protect our skin? The best pathway is a natural solution. Like the anti-aging formulation from Doctor’s Choice®, the DMAE Restorative Cream. Its ingredients (DMAE, vitamin C ester, glycolic acid, alpha lipoic acid etc.) ensure that it improves skin tone and resilience, evens out minor imperfections, softens and eliminates fine lines and helps smooth acne and scar tissue. The best thing about the cream is that it really works and results are guaranteed. Appreciated by the many long term users and those working in the health food industry and the stars of Hollywood, DMAE Restorative Cream and HGH+ were included in the 2015 Oscar Swag bags. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYN4RCRGFb4 Also winning the National Nutrition award for Best Face Care product for 2017 and 2018.

Make Healthy Choices!

We all know how to read sign posts for warnings, and the signs are very clear today. There are choices in life; the question is the choices we make at the time of decision.

You probably have heard these things hundreds of times but the truth is if you are really looking for a magic solution, this may be the closest you can get. So here are some tips to get started on these changes:

  • You must become a label reader—learn the difference between refined sugars and natural organic cane sugar, regular honey and pure maple syrup and processed GMO foods and non-GMO or organic.
  • Drink plenty of pure water. Start your day with a squeezed organic lemon in water before breakfast.
  • Also consider the amount of food consumed per meal: do you eat like a wood cutter, and then sit behind a desk for 8 hours? Leave the table when you could still eat more.
  • Begin to exercise! Start small, but mostly start.
  • Watch for hidden dangers like aluminum in corn starch, deodorant, and cooking supplies. Also beware of radiation toxicity: throw out the microwave, and get a toaster oven. In addition unplug the WIFI from your sleeping quarters and incorporate copper as it helps reflect and shield against most wavelength radio frequency radiation and other EMF radiation as it absorbs radio and magnetic waves.

Aging can be a wonderful blessing. Plan on healthy aging by being proactive and preventative! When you are the only benefactor, a healthy lifestyle is the best life insurance policy that you can ever contribute to. Isn’t it time you start contributing now?

Healthy Aging, and the Avoidance of Aging Prematurely. The Importance of the Endocrine Glands and Hormonal Balance – Part 1

“Many scientists believe that 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.”

“Maximal life expectancy for humans is theorized to be about 115 years. Since the average life expectancy in the United States is currently approximately 80 years old, 35 years have yet to be realized. Centenarians not only live longer than most individuals, they also have an extra 20 to 30 years of health as well as a shorter period of morbidity at the end of life. Some of the mechanisms underlying these extra health years have been discovered”[1] and we have more options on how to approach this topic.

Of course, with aging we are much more likely to be diagnosed with life-threatening diseases or weakening conditions. Aging research has had an unprecedented advancement in recent years: on one hand it’s primarily investigating all the factors that contribute to the aging process, on the other hand approaches like geroscience seek “to understand the genetic, molecular, and cellular mechanisms that make aging a major risk factor and driver of common chronic conditions and diseases of older people.”[2] But before we start to think that the most reasonable solution for a long and prosperous life is an introduction of new drugs into our lives, let’s take a look at a few of the natural solutions that are familiar to our bodies.

Researchers studying the science of aging have found many answers, mostly with the discovery of how aging is controlled, and with the realization of the fact how important the endocrine glands and hormonal balance are. In this series we will be focusing on these particular areas, starting with our thymus gland.

The aging process is both mysterious and multi-faceted. If we think of a mobile, and to the younger generation not the cell phone, all parts move when one part is touched, and the same could be said to the way our endocrine system is balanced.

Many scientists believe that 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. The thymus produces T-lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell responsible for cell-mediated immunity that is extremely important in resisting infection by mold-like bacteria: yeast, fungi, parasites, viruses, toxins and allergens. The function of the thymus gland is to program white blood cells (the body’s immune army) in their various tasks, and then send them into the blood to recognize and destroy pathogens. T-cells come in 2 types: killer T-cells and helper T-cells.[3] The thymus “instructs” T-cells what to attack and when. Without the thymus instructions, the T-cells may fail to attack enemies like bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells, or they may even mistake some of your own cells for an invading enemy and attack you which is known as autoimmune disease. Examples of autoimmune disease are: multiple sclerosis, cancer, atherosclerosis, adult-onset diabetes, and rheumatic diseases such as arthritis.

The biggest mystery of the thymus is that it begins its own decline when it is most needed, and while many organs are still developing. Once hitting puberty, the progressive regression in size begins, and immunological changes occur while immune resistance becomes weaker—only 15% remain by the age 50 and decline 12 to 15% per decade thereafter. The question is, if the thymus gland were to be supported, could it also preserve and/or restore our immunity and with that influence the aging process?

Glandular therapy may be useful when a person’s endocrine system is under-producing or under-secreting a specific hormone. It can also be used when an organ is weak or diseased—for example, such is often the case with cancer patients. Because glandular therapy is generally effective for those diagnosed with a terminal illness, it is also recommended for preventative measures.

Another principle behind the benefit of glandular therapy is that glandular tissues are rich in many nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, polypeptides, enzymes, and many other substances. The tissues work with all other products and foods you ingest. In this sense, glandular therapy can supply your missing essential nutritional needs in a highly efficient manner. For a tissue cell to repair or replace itself, it must have the raw materials to do so. Glandular therapy provides these raw materials to your weakened organs, glands, and other tissues so that they can start the process of regeneration.

The missing link to thymic restoration is the need of adequate vitamin B6 and zinc within the bloodstream—a not so easy task due to using the proper form for cellular absorption. The active form of vitamin B6 is pyridoxal phosphate (P5P), and for zinc it is zinc picolinate (the picolinic acid form) that your human body can most easily absorb. B6 deficiency has been linked to thymic atrophy and reduced antibody production, while increased B6 enables the body to absorb thymus hormones. Zinc, is the keystone molecule for thymic proteins, which are immune substances, made in the thymus gland which means no zinc, no immunity.

This is why Doctor’s Choice® Thymus Gland also has Vitamin B6 (P5P) and Zinc Picolinate. What a better way to boost your T-cells than to strengthen the gland that supplies them?

Doctor’s Choice® offers true full desiccated raw Thymus gland concentrates (not extracts) which are sourced from New Zealand-raised, grass-fed sheep without hormones or antibiotics, from the same supplier for the past 20+ years.

As we age, our bodies must fight harder and harder to maintain optimal performance. Products like Thymus Gland can ease the body’s immunological load to help you age well, at the right pace to avoid aging prematurely.

 

References:

  • Milman S, Barzilai N. 2015. Dissecting the mechanisms underlying unusually successful human health span and life span. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med. 2015, 6(1):a025098. doi:1101/cshperspect.a025098PubMedGoogle ScholarCrossref
  • National Institute on Aging. 2017. Geroscience: The intersection of basic aging biology, chronic disease, and health.

https://www.nia.nih.gov/research/dab/geroscience-intersection-basic-aging-biology-chronic-disease-and-health

[1] Milman S, Barzilai N. 2015.

[2] National Institute on Aging. 2017.

[3] Killer T-cells detect germs or cancerous growths and destroy them. The helper T-cells creates an immune response in the body, activating other immune cells and stimulating antibody production.

Masculinity and Femininity Under Attack: Brain Washing Leading to an Identity Crisis

“Kids today are faced with many challenges. There is a great disconnection but mainly they don’t know where they fit, and many don’t have a role model to trust, so they use the Internet and friends from social media platforms for advice. One thing is for certain: they are hurting and isolated.”

Male and female, masculinity and femininity, gentlemen and ladies—so far the mental images of these various references to the two sexes are clear. What immediately muddies the water is attaching a negative expression to these neutral identities and creating combinations like “toxic masculinity”. Immediately, the entire male population—or to be more specific, those with the principle hormone testosterone running through their veins—is quickly transposed into another light. Now that neutral image in your mind has been changed, and in this altered state we begin to add the layers using videos of things repulsed by society with the underlying message of masculinity being toxic. This is a proven brain washing technique and if the message is delivered from those trusted by society, it quickly becomes registered as fact.

We must consider the mindset of society today and how messages like these are being delivered and received. In the USA but also worldwide, you have most folks plugged in with both ears stuffed with headphones, while doing finger exercises called texting. Most of these folks in the matrix are temporarily out of reality while flooding their minds with the latest news. Our newsletters are an attempt to wake them up and to see the issues.

Brainwashing propaganda has been considered as one of the classic tools of dictatorships and as we know from the history, it was used successfully in the past. Today, with the constant presence of the media, it has reached broader platforms than ever before. The media reports what is buzzing, with professional commentary to lend credibility and added perspective. If you look at the division in the US, you can clearly see this in action: one’s a hero and one’s a villain—this analysis is true and beyond any reasonable doubt. But should it be this way?

You may have heard about the attack by Gillette[1] referencing to “toxic masculinity” by showing fights, racism or bulling and trying to tie it into the Me Too movement, so basically identifying what is known as masculinity with all the negative connotations. “Is this the best a man can get?” This question resounds as men — black and white, young and old — peer at themselves in the mirror. Well, you can answer yourself. The same is happening with femininity, since it’s also being linked to toxicity.[2]

When interpreting the situation from a healthy point of view, you could say that the generally negative personality qualities have been used in order to create this distinction between “toxic” and “non-toxic” genders. In other words, terms like aggressiveness, manipulation, disrespect or arrogance are now used to represent the dark side of masculinity and femininity, when in fact what we are really talking about here is human behaviour: negative patterns clearly working without any gender specification. A lot less fancy for propaganda purposes, I know, but still the same thing.

How can a healthy picture be built? You would maybe think that psychologists and physiatrists and all other mental health professionals in general could be those who would work on prevention, find the best treatment and ways of communicating the problems. Unfortunately, based on the APA GUIDELINE for Psychological Practice with Boys and Men from the American Psychological Association (APS) released in August 2018, this is really not the case. How we could get here you might ask. According to the formal president of the APS Robert W. Levinson “The vast majority of clinical psychologists are now trained in programs in which science plays only a minor role. In the epistemology embraced by many of these programs, the primacy of scientific evidence is rejected, and students are trained to use methods of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention that have little or no scientific support.” Probably this was a reason that the guideline mentioned above presented facts and statements that are unclear, not backed by science and research, misleading and very damming to the minds of boys and men.

Young people today are faced with many challenges. There is a great disconnection but mainly they don’t know where they fit, and many don’t have a role model to trust, so they use the Internet and friends from social media platforms for advice. Statements and questions like “I don’t know what sex I should be” or “how should I act? I am misunderstood” appear on SM platforms every day. One thing is for certain: they are hurting and isolated and many are depressed, which is leading to suicide. The numbers are really drastic, according to a Psychology Today article “suicides among young males are four times more common than among young female, and they are occurring among ever younger males, some in their early teens.”[3] So where should we be looking for the answers? As the author, Miles Groth Ph.D. says “I am convinced that men’s centers on college campuses by their very presence raise awareness of the challenges young men face—not only at institutions of higher learning but in contemporary culture as a whole.”[4]

Those suffering with depression, anxiety, or sheer panic, natural nutricutical medications are available to help through these difficult times. They are well researched and dependent if under chemical drug medication, side-effect free; seek medical advice before taking. Medication may not be the answer but they are very helpful when coping and dealing with your current situation.

SAMe, KAVA, GABA, L-Tyrosine, DMAE Lights On

 

 

References and Further Readings:

 

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/jordan-peterson-its-ideology-vs-science-in-psychologys-war-on-boys-and-men

  • Stanley-Becker, Isaac. 2019. Gillette ad takes on ‘toxic masculinity’ in #MeToo-era rebrand, provoking a backlash. [02.08.2019]

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/01/15/gillette-takes-toxic-masculinity-new-ad-rebranding-metoo-era-inviting-backlash/?utm_term=.678176f64b7b

  • Singh, Asavari. 2018. Women vs Women: ‘Toxic femininity’ is Real, And it’s Time to Talk About it. [02.08.2019]

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/women-vs-women-toxic-femininity-is-real-and-its-time-to-talk-about-it-1952023.html

 

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koPmuEyP3a0

[2] https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/women-vs-women-toxic-femininity-is-real-and-its-time-to-talk-about-it-1952023.html

[3] https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/boys-men/201308/young-men-who-commit-suicide

[4] Ibid.

Examining the Relationship of a Thyroid Disorder Creating Diabetes

“Hormone replacement therapy is not the naturopathic pathway to healing, it’s the allopathic way. Treatment must be holistic towards endocrine balance, including the treatment of the liver, and in conjunction with lifestyle changes.”

We are in different kinds of relationships. In some of them we are better understood, while in those others much less. With relationships the family comes along with all the other bonds we create—that’s the way of life. When it comes to our relationship with our health and how one disease can influence another might be a different story, along the lines of the unwanted in-laws. The question of your thyroid function is no exception.

Clinical research in internal medicine has repeatedly proven the association between thyroid dysfunction and diabetes mellitus. The findings are very evident. The thyroid dysfunction mainly comprises both hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), the entity belongs to the same organ only with vast difference in pathophysiology (a convergence of pathology with physiology) as well as clinical picture, the signs and symptoms. The interface between thyroid malfunction owing to diabetes is a matter of investigation.

For example, underactive adrenals in addition to underactive pituitary exhibit a strong connection with underactive thyroidism and as a result diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2 may be formed. These findings show the bond between subclinical hypothyroidism and diabetes mellitus that may contribute to increase complications such as retinopathy (damage to the retina of the eyes) and neuropathy (peripheral nerve damage, causing weakness, numbness and pain in your extremities, mainly in your hands and feet). [1]

Let’s recap what we know:

  • normal thyroid function is essential to regulate energy metabolism,
  • abnormal thyroid function may have profound effects on blood glucose control in diabetes,
  • both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can affect the course of diabetes, yet their effects are somewhat different.

The thyroid disorder needs medical treatment consisting of chemicals drugs with the potential side effects—we would never suspect that the treatment for thyroid disease could be creating a chemical imbalance to cause diabetes. We are now faced with two diseases and two treatments with side effects, and the possible drug interactions. The question that should come to mind is if the first disease and treatment caused the second disease, what would happen by treating both diseases? The answer is: perhaps an aggravated diabetic heart condition. Scary picture, isn’t it?

A study performed at the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands in 2016 examined unattended, low thyroid function and showed that the risk doubles, progressing to type 2 diabetes. 8,492 adults (ages 54 to 74) were followed for nearly eight years. “At the start, 1,338 had prediabetes and 7,114 had normal blood sugar levels. After 7.9 years, 798 participants had developed type 2 diabetes (T2D). Overall, low thyroid function—even in the low-normal range—increased the risk for diabetes by 13%. But among those with prediabetes, the risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes ranged from 15% for those with normal thyroid function to 35% for those with signs of low function. Even »low normal« thyroid functioning increased risk.”[2]

We now know that hypothyroidism needs to be treated with thyroid hormone therapy, especially if we want to avoid diabetes. But a study[3] showed that “among non-pregnant adults with subclinical hypothyroidism, the use of thyroid hormone therapy was not associated with improvements in general quality of life or thyroid-related symptoms. These findings do not support the routine use of thyroid hormone therapy in adults with subclinical hypothyroidism.”[4] If this is the case, how can the 123 million prescriptions written in the US for Synthroid in 2016 be justified, what is the relevance and what is the harm?

Let’s take a look at Synthroid’s side effects summarized for all patients taking Synthroid (levothyroxine tablets).[5] As you can see from the whole list, side effects include a rise in blood sugar, weak bones (osteoporosis) or affected fertility. Taking this medication requires frequent blood checks and special consideration whether you have diabetes, take other medication, are pregnant, breast feeding, in menopause or older than 65. Sounds like a lot to worry about.

Thyroid disease facts from the American Thyroid Association[6]

  • More than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition.
  • An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease.
  • Up to 60 percent (12 million) of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
  • Women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.
  • One in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime.
  • Undiagnosed thyroid disease may put patients at risk for certain serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and infertility.
  • Most thyroid diseases are life-long conditions that can be managed with medical attention

Nature always has a better solution. Hormone replacement therapy is not the naturopathic pathway to healing, it’s the allopathic way. Treatment must be holistic towards endocrine balance, including the treatment of the liver, and in conjunction with lifestyle changes. What pathway is right for you?

Naturopathic solutions from Doctor’s Choice:

Thyrodine® Thyroid Gland

Adrenal Gland

HGH+

SAMe Liquid

Thymus Gland

References:

  • Wang, Chaoxun. 2013. The Relationship between Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Related Thyroid Diseases. In. Journal of Diabetes Research. 2013: 390534, April 4
  • Harrar, Sari. 2019. Low Thyroid Hormone Raises Risk for Type 2 Diabetes.

https://www.endocrineweb.com/news/diabetes/55372-low-thyroid-hormone-raises-risk-type-2-diabetes

  • Chaker, Layal et al. 2016. Thyroid function and risk of type 2 diabetes: a population-based prospective cohort study. BMC Medicine. 2016:14:150

http://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12916-016-0693-4

[1] Wang, 2013.

[2] Harrar, 2019.

[3] Feller et al. 2018.

[4] Ibid.

[5] https://www.drugs.com/cdi/synthroid.html

[6] https://www.thyroid.org/media-main/press-room/

Thymus: Our Mysterious and Very Important Gland

The paradox of Thymus Gland is that it is one of the most important organs for boosting our immune system and yet virtually unknown. If it were known, it would be selling like vitamin C.

The thymus has been a mysterious gland throughout much of history. It was known to exist as early as the first century A.D., but its role would not begin to be understood until much later. The ancient Greeks thought it was “the seat of courage.” During the Renaissance, they decided it had no function. It was not until the 1970s that its role in the immune system started to unfold.[1]

In 1982, the New York Times printed an article postulating that the thymus gland may be “the key to aging.” Dr. Roy L. Walford of the University of California at Los Angeles had spent over a decade researching the connection between a shrinking thymus gland and aging. You may have never given your thymus gland much thought, but considering its crucial role in the body, this might be the best time to think about it.

The thymus gland is one of the principle glands for the autoimmune system. It is composed of two soft pinkish-grey lobes lying in a bib-like fashion just below the thyroid gland and above the heart. It is also known as the longevity gland. The thymus gland weighs less than half of an ounce at birth, but by puberty, the thymus will reach to its maximum size of about 10 ounces. After age 20, the thymus begins to shrink (atrophy) and thymic cells progressively die off to be replaced by fat and connective tissue.

The thymus produces T-lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell responsible for cell-mediated immunity which is extremely important in resisting infection by mold-like bacteria: yeast, fungi, parasites, viruses, toxins and allergens. The function of the thymus gland is to program white blood cells in their various tasks, and then send them into the blood to recognize and destroy pathogens. T-cells come in 2 types: killer T-cells and helper T-cells. Killer T-cells detect germs or cancerous growths and destroy them. The helper T-cells create an immune response in the body, activating other immune cells and stimulating antibody production. The thymus “instructs” T-cells what to attack and when. Without this instruction the T-cells may fail to attack enemies (e.g. bacteria, viruses or cancer cells) or they may even mistake some of your own cells for an invading enemy and attack you–this is known as autoimmune disease. Examples of autoimmune disease are: multiple sclerosis, cancer, atherosclerosis, adult-onset diabetes, and rheumatic diseases such as arthritis.

Diseases and Conditions[2]

The most common thymus diseases are myasthenia gravis (MG), pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) and hypogammaglobulinemia, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Myasthenia gravis occurs when the thymus is abnormally large and produces antibodies that block or destroy the muscles’ receptor sites. This causes the muscles to become weak and easily tired. Pure red cell aplasia is thought to be caused commonly by the patient’s own immune cells attacking blood-forming stem cells. This can happen when the thymus has a tumor, according to The Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation. Hypogammaglobulinemia is a disorder where the body doesn’t produce enough antibodies. Infants with this condition typically grow out of it without medical intervention.

Thymus cancer is a disease in the thymus, rather than one caused by the thymus, like the previous examples. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, cough (which may bring up bloody sputum), chest pain, trouble swallowing, loss of appetite and weight loss, headaches, swelling of head face or neck, a bluish color to the skin and dizziness, according to the American Cancer Society. This cancer is typically malignant in about 35 percent of cases.

At the critical early twenties stage, the abundance of well-functioning T-cells regulate the immune system and help the body fight off pathogens and disease. But with the inexorable shrinking of the thymus gland over time, by about age 40, the output of thymic hormones has decreased significantly, and the T-cells have begun to lose their effectiveness. It is this gradual loss of functioning T-cells that is thought to be responsible for many of the age-related changes in the immune system.

This is where our Thymus Gland comes in. Glandular therapy is useful if a patient’s endocrine system is under-producing or under-secreting a specific hormone. It can also be used when an organ is weak or diseased, that is often the case with cancer patients. Because glandular therapy is generally effective for those diagnosed with a terminal illness, it is also recommended for preventative measures. Another principle behind the benefit of glandular therapy is that glandular tissues are rich in many nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, polypeptides, enzymes, and many other substances, and this is another reason why they work. The tissues work with all other products and foods you ingest. In this sense, glandular therapy can supply your missing essential nutritional needs in a highly efficient manner. For a tissue cell to repair or replace itself, it must have the raw materials to do so. Glandular therapy provides these raw materials to your weakened organs, glands, and other tissues so that they can start the process of regeneration.

Doctor’s Choice® Thymus Gland also has Vitamin B6 (P5P) and Zinc Picolinate. B6 deficiency has been linked to thymic atrophy and reduced antibody production, while increased B6 enables the body to absorb thymus hormones. Zinc is included because it is the keystone molecule for thymic proteins, which are immune substances made in the thymus gland – no zinc, no immunity.

What better way to boost your T-cells than to strengthen the gland that supplies them? The paradox of Thymus Gland is that it is one of the most important organs for boosting our immune system and yet virtually unknown. If it were known, it would be selling like vitamin C. Life Choice® offers true full gland Thymus concentrates (not extracts) which are taken from New Zealand-raised, grass-fed sheep without hormones or antibiotics. This includes the brands specifically produced for the professional community; it just blows me away because it is so powerful, but not a part of everyone’s immunity program.

As we age, our bodies must fight harder and harder to maintain optimal performance. Products like Thymus Gland can ease the body’s immunological load to help you age well.

References:

  • Iarroci, Tom, MD. 2017. Understanding the Functions of the Thymus.

https://www.verywellhealth.com/understanding-the-thymus-4103560

  • Bradford, Alina. 2018. Thymus: Facts, Function & Diseases.

https://www.livescience.com/62527-thymus.html

  • Mohammed S. Chaudhry, Enrico Velardi, Jarrod A. Dudakov, Marcel R.M. van den Brink. 2016. Thymus: The Next (Re)Generation. In. Immunology Review. 2016 May; 271(1): 56–71.
  • Sargis, Robert M. MD, PhD. 2014. An Overview of the Thymus. The Gland that Protects You Long after It’s Gone. https://www.endocrineweb.com/endocrinology/overview-thymus

[1] Tom Iarroci, MD. 2017.

[2] Bradford, Alina, 2018.