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.

Quality, Sustainability, Doctor’s Choice® – Part 2

 

How We Do Things Differently

“Choose what’s best for you, your environment and society.”

According to the Business Department of University of Edinburgh, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) aims to ensure that companies conduct their business in a way that is ethical. This means taking account of their social, economic and environmental impact, and consideration of human rights.

 

It can involve a range of activities such as:

  • Working in partnership with local communities
  • Socially responsible investment (SRI)
  • Developing relationships with employees and customers
  • Environmental protection and sustainability[1]

For us at Doctor’s Choice® being a conscious company over the years in the natural health industry 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 but 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.

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. We also utilize CCNM students to help introduce our line to the next generation of naturopaths. We are part of a small industry and a small community, and we believe in giving back to both whenever we can.

Animal Well-being: 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. For our glandular products, we only use organic New Zealand bovine (cow) and ovine (sheep). New Zealand’s standards mandate the livestock to be free-range, with no feed supplements, hormones or antibiotics; this also prevents any development of BSE or TSE. We strongly feel that animals should have the happiest, healthiest lives possible, and crucial to that goal is their ability to live as nature intended, as much as possible.

The Future of Our Planet: 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), it is resistant to attack by micro-organisms and will not biologically degrade, it poses no risk of leaching or contaminating groundwater and uses less oil—compared to other plastic bottles. The cotton we use to prevent capsule breakage is produced from USP pharmaceutical grade organic cotton. Our products are all third-party manufactured at GMP facilities, which means that they are made with the highest environmental standards.

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. Hormonal products are vegetarian, with the exception of our raw tissue gland formulations and digestive enzyme. 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 encapsulate our formulas in vegetarian capsules (not the cheaper animal gelatin form) and 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 because 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.

 

References:

 

[1] Business Department of University of Edinburgh. 2017.

Quality, Sustainability, Doctor’s Choice® – Our Story – Part 1

“We have to continue to raise the standards of quality in our industry.”

Lately, we have been focusing on the wide range of environmental problems and how to navigate better with the huge amount of information in order to make better lifestyle choices whenever possible.

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.

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 even though there is an option of naturopathic medicine that treats the core of the problem, without any side effects.

By owning this knowledge, it’s obvious that we cannot ask anymore whether natural medicine and supplements are necessary. We know that we do not get all of the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals from the food that we eat, even if we eat a regular, balanced diet—it is not enough to keep our bodies healthy and fit. On one hand, and unfortunately, today’s grime reality is we do not have pure food anymore. On the other hand we need to remember that positive changes do come—from conscientious businesses and also the consumers. If we stopped supporting companies that pollute and damage the earth and chose sustainable and environmentally conscious businesses instead, political authorities would be much more engaged in creating changes in policy, and finally harmful chemicals like glyphosate would be banned.

Next week we will focus on what it takes to be a conscious company in the natural health industry, and what it means from a Life Choice perspective. Now you can read how it all started: the beginning, the Life behind the Choice.

The Story

Eldon Dahl, DNM always knew what he wanted to do with his life. For as long as he can remember, he wanted to make people feel better and live healthier. “When other kids were reading comics, I was reading medical books,” he says. “I was always fascinated with healthcare and naturopathic medicine.” Dahl’s precocious passion was spurred on by his family—in particular, his mother. She used naturopathic formulations and turned her young son on to the idea that there were effective ways to treat disease that didn’t involve hospitals or expensive pharmaceuticals. Then, at the age of 10, Dahl’s cousin of the same age died of cancer. It was an epiphany for the young boy. “At her funeral, I kept thinking that something was terribly wrong,” he says. “She was 10 years old. She shouldn’t have been lying there.”

Dahl founded the nutraceutical company Life Choice® in 1986. “I realized I could have more impact on the health of patients by going into the supply side of naturopathic medicine,” he says. He graduated as naturopathic doctor in 1988 and began working with patients who were ill with diseases such as cancer, AIDS and ALS. At the same time, Dahl began working to come up with new and more effective naturopathic formulations. As he discovered new and better sources, he also helped other naturopaths with their own sourcing needs. Dahl has never backed down from his insistence on using only top-quality ingredients for his formulations. He has also persisted in challenging the status quo of natural medicines, pioneering the introduction or re-introduction of products once thought long gone. Under his direction, Life Choice® became the first company to legally provide supplements like Thyrodine® Thyroid Gland, Kava Kava, HGH+, DMSO, and Next Generation B-Complex, the first organic plant based B-Complex free of synthetic B vitamins.

To further protect prescribing naturopaths from having their supplement recommendations replaced by ineffective substitutes, Dahl launched the Doctor’s Choice® line in 2014.

Today, Dahl remains a hands-on executive. He oversees all daily operations at the company that involve the formulation of products, from the preliminary design stage to the licensing process. He sources raw materials, supervises third-party testing of the final products, and spearheads health-related research into medical conditions—specifically anti-aging and chronic disease treatments. Through it all, he follows a simple philosophy: to educate the public on the benefits of naturopathic medicines, while developing new formulas that are as effective as pharmaceuticals, without the side effects. “We’re starting to see the impact of the stand we’ve taken and it’s very gratifying,” says Dahl. “But, we still have a lot of work to do. We have to continue to raise the standards of quality in our industry.”

 

 

Toxic Duo: The Secret Ingredient and the Secret Weapon. What are the Connection Between Glyphosate, Cancer, Ticks, Honey Bees and Other Insects?

“You might ask: how do we function as a nation when we are willing to paralyze our own food supply in the fear of a possible enemy, developing bio-terrorism by using insects to infect plants with viruses that protect against the unknown boogie man?”

 

Glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer—has also been linked to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases not to mention that there are currently hundreds of court cases in state and federal courts arguing that the widely used weed killer causes cancer. It has been getting a lot of attention for its connection to other disrupting effects as well, like sexual development, genes, beneficial gut bacteria and endocrine disruptive effects.

The list of health concerns related to the weedkiller is long but there is still more to it. As we were discussing it in our previous newsletter, there appears to be a direct link between the usage of glyphosate and the increasing number of Lyme disease cases. And there is still more.

Glyphosate may be killing honey bees

Less debated whether or not glyphosate causes cancer is the herbicide’s impact on the environment. The decline in the bee population is just one of many concerns that are currently being discussed since the pesticide kills off plants that are essential for the survival of many animals. This could result in farm lands lacking herbal varieties and landscapes without birds and insects that are crucial for life on earth.

“The new study directly links the use of glyphosate with the decline in bees. Researchers found that bees with impaired gut microbiomes after exposure to glyphosate were far more likely to die when later exposed to Serratia marcescens, an opportunistic pathogen that infects bees around the world, compared with bees with healthy guts.”[1]

Without bees and other pollinators, roughly three-quarters of the crops we grow in the world would disappear. Albert Einstein stated, “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” Besides the pollination process bees do many other things as well. They’re deeply involved in lots of nutrient cycles, helping to break down leaves, dead trees and dead bodies of animals. They help to recycle those nutrients and make them available again.

Of course, saving the insects would require health authorities and politicians to finally classify glyphosate as a carcinogen and ban its license once and for all. Unfortunately, nobody has been able to produce any definite results so far.

Insects as possible bioweapons?

While our governments are allowing a potential carcinogen to be used and it slowly becomes the ingredient of almost every food that we eat, military programs are starting to raise another concern. “A research arm of the U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to make plants more resilient by altering their genes. Some experts say the work may be seen as a potential biological weapon.”[2]

You might ask: how do we function as a nation when we are willing to paralyze our own food supply in the fear of a possible enemy, developing bio-terrorism by using insects to infect plants with viruses that protect against the unknown boogie man? If this type of research is being conducted how are any of us safe? Is this also part of the plan: weaponized insects and plants eaten by humans to create a genetic change for greater resistance to toxins?

No doubt, the military program has raised many questions. Another one is regarding ticks and whether they have been used as military weapons between the years of 1950 and 1975 causing the tick-borne illness Lyme disease that might have started as “a military experiment gone wrong.” Now the U.S. House of Representatives has ordered the Pentagon to investigate whether the Department of Defense experimented with weaponizing ticks and insects in the past.

Whatever your thoughts on this subject might be, there is one thing you will certainly agree with: we deserve to know what is affecting our health and causing diseases in order for us to be able to fight them and protect ourselves in the best possible way. Though, the invisible threats hiding behind governments, businesses and organizations for decades make this seem almost impossible to do. So the next time you discover that a food is contaminated with a cancer causing secret ingredient, it might be in our favourite chocolate or ice cream and that’s just unacceptable.

 

Supplements that help restore immunity and healthy microbiome:

Laktokhan Probiotic Complex, FSDE, Thymus Gland, Colloidal Silver, Zinc Picolinate, CLAW-OCHMB, and Opti-Cal / Mag Complex

 

References:

 

 

[1] Brändlin, Anne-Sophie. 2018.

[2] Choi, Candice. Borenstein, Seth. 2018.

The Secret Ingredient: Contaminated Foods and Beverages in Our Everyday Life

“We need to be happy and not worry about everything, and then again we can’t live our lives in denial.”

According to the findings of several new studies, glyphosatethe active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer has been linked to cancer, specifically non-Hodgkin lymphoma—this secret ingredient is in almost every beer, wine and also grains and beans that have been tested. This, of course, could lead to serious health problems. “A chemical compound found in the world’s most widely used weed killer can have disrupting effects on sexual development, genes and beneficial gut bacteria at doses considered safe, according to a wide-ranging 13-week pilot study in rats conducted by The Ramazzini Institute. Disruption of the microbiome has been associated with a number of negative health outcomes, such as obesity, diabetes and immunological problems,” says Daniele Mandrioli, one of the study’s authors.[1]

 

All though the amounts found in wine and beer were far below the safety limits for glyphosate set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Wine Institute also declares that “wines sold in the U.S. are safe to enjoy,” we need to consider that this is just one daily consumable product, and when combined with food crops, it pushes the safety markers to the dangerous levels with the bioaccumulation of toxins. And, as we know, it really goes beyond wine and beer or oat-based food.

While last year, two rounds of tests commissioned by Environmental Working Group (EWG) found glyphosate in more than 95% of oat products, this year’s test show that 100% of wheat-based foods are also contaminated as well as other grains and beans. It means that most of the foods you eat in a day—your breakfast cereal, the pasta for lunch or beans in your favourite Mexican food, your afternoon snack and after-dinner wine—very likely contain this herbicide even if you choose non-GMO options. Because the problem is that glyphosate is not only used with genetically engineered grains and beans, according to the Cornucopia Institute it is also sprayed just before harvest on non-GMO crops to speed up the drying process referred to as desiccation, it’s now become part of the harvesting process and is highly toxic.

So what are we supposed to do? Should we forget about the dangers, and just live and enjoy the life in its fullness or should we take note, and acknowledge the facts and become proactive, first to protest the use of harmful chemicals in our food and also use preventive measures to compensate by learning to calculate. We need to be happy and not worry about everything, and then again we can’t live our lives in denial. Have your wine and beer and enjoy, and look for ways to compensate by looking for non-GMO options and making a mental note that “for my wine I will buy more organic.”

The presence of glyphosate in our food is becoming a major health concern and not just in the world of tests and studies but also in public. Probably the biggest controversy regarding this subject is that the World Health Organisation (WHO) agency—the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)—judged glyphosate to be a “probable human carcinogen” in 2015, US and European regulators still consider it acceptable for use. The truth is that Round Up should not sold on the shelf and used at home as a weed killer nor should glyphosate be found in our food and we really need to be aware what “secret ingredients” we are feeding ourselves with.

 

References:

 

Key Facts About Wine and Glyphosate. https://www.wineinstitute.org/the-facts

[1] Neslen, Arthur. 2018.

Stay Healthy in Summer: Tips to Slay the Season

“Wherever you go and whatever you do this summer, take care, stay healthy and enjoy your time.”

Now that we are officially in summer with rising temperatures and vacations to come, we need to remember that summer is not just a relief from cold and chilly days that we can enjoy limitless but it can also bring along various health problems like dehydration, upset stomach, worse quality sleep, infections, sunburn, heat stroke, etc. But if you make sure you are taking care of your health accordingly, you can enjoy everything summer can offer without any difficulties. To make it easier for you, we have collected some tips to help you have the best and healthiest summer you have ever had.

 

 

  1. Active Lifestyle

Would you like to try a new sport, pick a new hobby or simply dedicate more time to the activities that you already practice? Warm summer weather provides you an opportunity to spend much more time outdoors to do just that and get into a more active lifestyle. It will, of course, bring you the health benefits as well: regular exercise has been shown to improve heart health, reduce pain and help with mental health in general. You can get creative and turn everyday activities into exercise by using the stairs instead of the elevator, walking instead of driving or taking the longer route to your destination.

  1. Relax

However busy your schedule is, getting away from work and everyday routines is the perfect way to re-energize and re-fuel. If you can’t go to a vacation, make sure you take a long weekend at the beach or in the mountains or just turn off your phone and take some ‘me’ time with your favorite beverage and activity to recuperate and relax.

KAVA KAVA Tranquility 100ml

  1. Sleep

With more hours of daylight sleep problems may occur in the summer months. “Increased daylight delays melatonin secretion that normally rises at dusk to trigger bedtime sleepiness,” says Charles Anderson, MD. “This can result in slowing your kids’ sleep-wake clock and therefore delaying bedtimes. This, of course, is not only true for children but the whole family. To prevent sleep problems, you should stick to the same bedtime schedule every day, keep the temperature low and the room dark and plan your more energizing and social activities for the daytime, rather than for the night.

Melapure Melatonin 3mg

Melapure Sweet Dreams Liquid Melatonin 60ml

  1. Hydration

We all know how important hydration is. Drinking the recommended 8 to 10 glasses of water a day can help you feel more energized, prevent illnesses, keep your bones and muscles healthy, help you maintain your weight and also improve brain function. This season, make water intake a vital part of your daily routine—you won’t regret it.

  1. Nourishment

Summer makes fresh produce easily available. Consuming seasonal foods have their own beauty as well as health benefits. Always pick freshly harvested foods at your local farmers’ market or grocery store to get the best benefits they have to offer. Make sure that you add some fresh produce to your plate every meal. Since it takes longer for the stomach to digest and the hot weather suppresses the need to load up on too many foods, choose lighter meals instead of heavy ones, especially at night.

  1. Heat & Sunshine

Yes, we love sunshine but with moderation. When it’s possible, limit your time in the direct sunshine between 10am and 4pm, when UV exposure is at its peak. Also, don’t do anything in the hot sun for longer than 15 or 20 minutes because the body can lose a significant amount of water content from sweating which can set you up for heat stroke. If you are going to be outside, be sure you use sun protection to avoid sun damage and skin cancer in the future. Don’t forget your hat and sunglasses at home either.

DMAE Restorative Cream 59g

Recovery Healing Cream 56g

  1. Water

Would you like to cool down a little bit? Of course, you can go swimming at a swimming pool or even the sea, just make sure you have the right hygiene to avoid illnesses—according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outbreaks of “crypto,” a swimming-related diarrheal illness, are on the rise—and have a post-swim shower to wash down all the ocean bacteria (including potential pathogens) that can completely change the microbiome of your skin.

  1. Technology

Even if you want to take the best pictures of your vacations and your most delicious summer meals, make sure you spend some quality time offline and disconnected from the virtual space. Enjoy your life without technology and engage in real conversations and activities that encourage socialization with other people.

 

 

 

Wherever you go and whatever you do this summer, take care, stay healthy and enjoy your time.

Crisis with a Complex Background: Children’s Suicide on the Rise

“The fact is that while we are starting to focus 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.”

 

There is a large increase of depression and suicidal thoughts and attempts by children. “The rising number of children being taken to hospital for suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts is being described as a crisis.” This April, a study was published that found “the number of children who have been hospitalized in the United States for contemplating or attempting suicide doubled between 2007 and 2015—from 580,000 to 1.12 million.[1]

The reasons for the increase of suicidal behaviour 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 starting to focus 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% are not even verbalizing the issues they are dealing with or expressing their feelings to their own parents?

According to an annual survey by CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) “female students are more than twice as likely as males to report elevated stress, poor mental health, to seek mental health counselling, thoughts of suicide, and being prescribed medication for anxiety or depression”.[2] This “psychological distress” (symptoms of anxiety or depression) has been rising every year. Is technology and social media to blame? The survey found that technology and social media use have increased in recent years, with many reporting mental health problems related to their use.

Almost 90% of students reported their everyday presence on social media sites, from which 20% spends five hours or more on social media daily—and this number is getting higher and higher every year. Girls were almost twice as likely to spend more hours a day on social media compared to boys, while boys on the other hand are more likely to play video games on a daily basis.

Though it’s still not clear whether social media is really causing this tendency or it is the other way around, when mental health issues work as a trigger to seek help, attention and a possible way out of the real world’s problems. Unfortunately, neither of these options are better that the other one.

Of course, the use of devices doesn’t have to directly lead to suicide but it can still cause interesting changes in our anatomy. According to the latest news, we are growing weird, horn-like bone spikes at the back of our skulls. No surprise that smartphones and other devices might be the cause.

“A cause-and-effect relationship hasn’t been identified, but it’s possible that the spike comes from constantly bending one’s neck at uncomfortable angles to look at smart devices. The human head is heavy, weighing about 10 lbs. (4.5 kilograms), and tilting it forward to look at funny cat photos (or however you spend your smartphone time) can strain the neck—hence the crick people sometimes get, known as »text neck.«”[3] Unfortunately, it looks like these bony spikes are staying and if we don’t improve our posture, they can get even worse.

Another important factor causing health issues is the constant presence of Wi-Fi. It is one of the single largest sources of EMF radiation; and with the introduction to 5G technology things might get considerably worse. EMF affects our sleep, our bodies’ ability to produce healthy cells and there is a possible increased risk of certain cancers as well. This is why in some countries the use of Wi-Fi is limited or even banned in some places like nurseries. Though there are no limitations in our country yet, the least we can do is to turn our Wi-Fi off at night—that can reduce our radiation exposure.

Doctor’s Choice products help deal with stress, anxiety and depression; Kava Kava, SAMe, GABA, Neurotransmitter Support, L-Tryptophan, L-Tyrosine and DLPA.

 

References:

 

[1] Lowrie, Morgan. 2019.

[2] CTVNews.ca Staff. 2019.

[3] Geggel, Laura. 2019.

Discovery of Gut Bacteria Producing T-Cell: A Possible Treatment for Intestinal Diseases

“The positive cellular and molecular effects performed by natural products have been described in several studies and proven by users.”

Can diet alter the expression of a bacterial antigen to change adaptive immune responses? According to a new research conducted by M.M. Wegorzewska and her team on a mouse model, yes, it can. This research was not the first of its kind that suggested that microbes interact with the host immune system via several potential mechanisms. One step is the method by which intestinal microbes or their antigens access specific host immune cells. But what are immune cells and what is their role?

All disease is interconnected to the body’s T cells, which are sometimes too high and sometimes too low. T cells are the body’s immunity. They are defence–either the killer T cells that fight off invading bacteria or the helper T cells that repair and keep us healthy 24 hours a day.

T cells are produced in our thymus gland, and every second, 2-3 million red blood cells (RBC) are produced in the bone marrow and released into the circulation; our RBC last between 3 to 4 months. The thymus gland is constantly busy in maintaining and replacing T cells for optimal health. The treatment for intestinal diseases, such as colitis and maybe Crohn’s disease, could be linked to the interaction between the right bacteria culture and how it stimulates the production of T cells.

Now a new experiment investigates how the microbiome shapes immunity. Researchers wanted to know “whether B. theta (Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron), which is known to change its gene expression to break down different available foods, produces more or less of the key antigen depending on its energy source—and whether this, in turn, affects T cells response.”[1]

The interesting discovery was the connection between how glucose or sugar-spiked water influenced the production of B. theta bacteria and how it dramatically lowered the T cell–interacting antigen, activating fewer cytokine-producing T cells, which can spark an immune response in the colon and its lymph nodes. So “commensal intestinal bacteria respond to dietary changes by modifying gene expression, leading to shifts in the levels of bacterial antigens encountered by the intestinal immune system. These findings suggest that dietary modifications that reduce expression of immunodominant antigens targeted by T cells could help ameliorate some forms of human inflammatory bowel disease.”[2]

In the meantime, the best preventive measure is to maintain our healthy gut bacteria with a balanced probiotic complex–a healthy mix of several bacteria from human strain such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Bifidobacterium longum, and if shelf-stable, the prebiotic should be inulin.

For this reason, Laktokhan Probiotic Complex would be an ideal choice. Our Laktokhan contains 10 billion CFU (colony-forming units) of four human strains of “friendly” intestinal microflora mentioned above. These friendly bacteria help keep harmful bacteria from multiplying in our intestines. Antibiotics can kill off healthy bacteria and lead to weakened immunity and intestinal disorders. Laktokhan restores the balance of good bacteria, thus helping to normalize digestive function and boost immunity. The positive cellular and molecular effects performed by natural products like Laktokhan have been described in several studies and proven by users.

In addition, you can monitor your glucose/sugar levels and to keep your T cells healthy by supplementing with Thymus Gland—in this day and age our gut micro bacteria needs all the help it can get. Meanwhile, don’t forget about the fact that healthy diet is crucial, as well as healthy sleep patterns, adequate water intake, exercise, and our mental well-being. Remember, health is a complex state that requires a complex care.

References:

[1] Williams, Shawna. 2019.

[2] Wegorzewska, Marta M. et al. 2019.

What Are the Possible Risk Factors in Our Homes That Can Cause Allergies? Part3

“Being a conscious, well-informed person making the right choices is the only way to reduce the negative effects that are putting us at risk.”

In this third part of our Allergy Series we are going to focus on our homes. So far we have dealt with other aspects and possible causes of allergies. In part 1 of the Allergy Series we concentrated more on the background that could help you to navigate better in the huge amount of information and make better lifestyle choices when possible. It also showed the main reasons behind the fact that the number of allergic people is constantly increasing.

In part 2 we spoke more in depth about the “hygiene hypothesis” and the possible risks of vaccination. We focused our attention on autoimmune diseases that also have become increasingly widespread in the high-income countries over the past several decades, and now affect an estimated 5—10% of the population in those countries and on childhood food allergies that have become very common in the last couple of years.

Food allergies really are a regular topic in our everyday life. In most of the cases the food itself has nothing to do with all the appearing health conditions but rather how it is designed and altered, how it is grown with bioengineering and herbicides, and also how it is sourced. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine said “let food be they medicine and medicine be thy food”. If he were alive today he would be adding qualifiers to this statement for sure, for the commercial food eaten today requires medicine after eating.

Also genetics play its role in egg, milk, and nut allergies. “A study published in Nature Communications, led by the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) and Charité — Universitätsmedizin Berlin, has found five genetic risk loci that point to the importance of skin and mucous membrane barriers and the immune system in the development of food allergies.”[1]

Our food is not the purest anymore but what is the situation with our houses? Apparently, there is a high chance that they are making us sick. What can we do then to avoid sick house syndrome? We are at higher risk for environmental-related conditions and illnesses than ever before but if we pay attention to our homes from the creative processes to the actual day-to-day processes, we can live in a healthy manner. So what are the possible risk factors in our homes that can cause allergies?

Some of them are in the air, some in the water or in the walls themselves, many of them we don’t even know about and have been present for years and some of them are caused by us. As we mentioned before, our water—even if it comes from safe water supplies—is not clean. One of its additives is fluoride—used synthetically in the municipal water supply, toothpaste, mouthwashes and various chemical products—that not only could contribute to allergic reaction but it can also cause problems with bones, teeth, heart and neurological development. Other possible dangers could be nitrates, bacteria, pesticides, organic chemicals, or radon.

Radon is a chapter on its own. There is a high chance that most people have never heard of radon gas let alone know it can be entering their home and could cause allergies or even death. Radon is a tasteless, odorless, invisible gas that occurs naturally throughout the earth’s crust. It is a by-product of the breakdown of uranium in the soil, rock, and water. It is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that is classified as a class-one carcinogen, which is a proven cancer-causing agent. Radon contributes to thousands of deaths each year, and it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States –only cigarette smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.[2] Radon detectors are commercially available and a wise investment to know your radon risk within your home.

When it comes to your house, if it was built before 1978, there is a chance that you are exposed to asbestos (it was used as an insulation material) or lead (it could be found in paint)—both can cause serious health problems. When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they can get trapped in the lungs. Over time, these fibers can accumulate and cause breathing difficulties and lead to serious health problems because asbestos—just like radon—has been classified as a known human carcinogen.

Exposure to even low levels of lead can cause damage over time (lead builds up in the body, often over months or years), and children are especially vulnerable. The greatest risk is to brain development, where irreversible damage can occur. Higher levels can damage the kidneys and nervous system in both children and adults.

The main problems and higher risk of allergies and even more serious illnesses don’t have to be caused by external factors: hygiene products, household chemicals or pesticides could be a reason too. Being a conscious, well-informed person making the right choices is the only way to reduce the negative effects that are putting us at risk.

For the treatment of allergies prevention is the key beginning with understanding the risks factors. Since we are exposed on a daily bases to heavy metal toxins such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic, they slowly accumulate within our tissues causing serious health issues, including allergies, joint pain, cardiovascular blockages and forgetfulness leading to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. To help clean the pipes from heavy metal toxicity EDTA chelation therapy is recommended. There are two treatment options to accomplish chelation therapy, one is by oral application with a product called CLAW-OCHMB from Doctor’s Choice® or by way of intravenous administered by your doctor, and both ways are effective to eliminate accumulated heavy metals residues within the body.

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References:

 

[1] Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association. 2107.

[2] Radon Info Sheet.

Why Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases Are Escalating

“Undoubtedly, the most important thing is to focus on understanding the impact of vaccination on the development of childhood food allergies and autoimmune diseases. We should be paying attention to the “red flags” that adverse reactions clearly represent.”

Childhood food allergies have become very common in the last couple of years and their rate has been constantly increasing. According to the non-profit organization Food Allergy Research and Education, researchers estimate that 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies. Approximately 9 million adults and 6 million children have food allergies.[1]

Also autoimmune diseases have become increasingly common in the high-income countries over the past several decades, and now affect an estimated 5—10% of the population in those countries. Autoimmune disease means that the body’s immune responses get misdirected against itself. Environmental factors such as drugs, chemicals or vaccines are strongly to blame for the rise in autoimmune disorders and are a biologically probable trigger though these are not the only reasons.

As with many chronic health problems, scientists are still unable to identify the cause and as a result we do not have a clear answer on the cause of food allergies and autoimmune diseases. As we mentioned in part 1 of this series, the rising prevalence of allergies is definitely a complex problem that cannot be traced back to one particular cause.

There are many possible reasons for this extreme rise in numbers of food allergies. One of them is the fact that we have become too clean (the “hygiene hypothesis”). Researchers at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center found that infants are much less likely to suffer from allergies if they’re exposed to household bacteria and allergens from rodents, cockroaches and cats during their first year of life.[2] An environment that is too clean promotes allergies and asthma because there’s not enough exposure to various bacteria and allergens in early life. This leads to a less healthy microbiome, the body’s collection of friendly bacteria. The too-clean environment is not the only reason though. Researchers suggest that early antibiotic use changes the bacterial flora, which impacts the development of allergic diseases such as asthma.”[3]

Another contributing factor to food allergies and autoimmune diseases—besides the environment and antibiotics—could be vaccination. Despite the fact that many researches in the past demonstrated an association between vaccine ingredients and development of food allergies, the current ones seem to tend towards the assumption that vaccines are good.

How do autoimmune diseases really “work”?

The pathogenic hallmark of autoimmune disease is the production of proteins called autoantibodies, whereby the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own organs, tissues and cells instead of fighting external pathogens. Vaccines can prompt autoantibody production through a mechanism called “molecular mimicry.” Significant similarities between the pathogenic antigens contained in a vaccine and human proteins in the person receiving the vaccine can lead to immune “cross-reactivity” and “evolve into an autoimmune process targeting the…self-proteins.”[4]

Although researches haven’t consistently proven the link between vaccination and allergies or autoimmune diseases, according to a recent study Vaccination and autoimmune diseases: is prevention of adverse health effects on the horizon? Various autoimmune disorders occurred following vaccination:

Molecular mimicry and bystander activation are reported as possible mechanisms by which vaccines can cause autoimmune reactions. The individuals who might be susceptible to develop these reactions could be those with previous post-vaccination phenomena and those with allergies but also in individuals who are prone to develop autoimmune diseases, such as those with a family history of autoimmunity or with known autoantibodies, and the genetic predisposed individuals.[5]

Another factor to consider, a mother’s immunity passes to the baby through the placenta known as passive immunity, and may be strengthened by vaginal birth, this is dependent on the mother’s immunity and may last for 2 months or more. The natural immunity could be lengthened when the infant is breastfed; the milk contains antibodies that help with natural immune development, because of this natural development some researches recommend vaccinations not be started till the baby is 3 months old.

Undoubtedly, the most important thing is to focus on understanding the impact of vaccination on the development of childhood food allergies and autoimmune diseases. Instead of trying to bury adverse events as inconvenient to the monolithic vaccine safety narrative, we should be paying attention to the “red flags” that adverse reactions clearly represent.

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References:

  • Children’s Health Defense Team. 2018. Molecular Mimicry—Understanding the Link between Vaccines and Autoimmune Disease.

Molecular Mimicry—Understanding the Link between Vaccines and Autoimmune Disease

Vaccination and the Growing Rates of Childhood Food Allergies

  • Amy Shah, M.D. Why Allergies & Autoimmune Diseases Are Skyrocketing.

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-15741/why-allergies-autoimmune-diseases-are-skyrocketing.html

  • Maria Vadalà et al. 2017. Vaccination and autoimmune diseases: is prevention of adverse health effects on the horizon?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5607155/

 

[1] Food Allergy Research and Education. Facts and Statistics. FoodAllergy.org.

[2] Newborns Exposed to Dirt, Dander and Germs May Have Lower Allergy and Asthma Risk. 2014.

[3] AAAAI. 2019.

[4] Children’s Health Defense Team. 2018.

[5] Maria Vadalà et al. 2017.