In our clinic we have observed many cases of patients who experience an increase in musculoskeletal pain when they begin taking statin drugs. It is not uncommon for patients to actually state that they have noted the correlation themselves or that they stopped taking a statin because they noticed it. We, along with many nutrition experts, have questioned for years the hypothesis that high cholesterol causes heart disease–and, therefore, we have questioned the need for statin drugs especially considering their severe side effects. If you would like more information on this topic, visit Dr. Mercola’s website and read his July 24, 2019 article “Cholesterol Does Not Cause Heart Disease”. He summarizes the latest research including a 2018 scientific review paper that calls into question all that we have been told over many decades about the link between cholesterol and heart disease. Thank you, Dr Mercola, for your dedication to exposing the truth in the field of medicine and nutritional science!
If you eat any dairy products, you need to check out this rating list or Dairy Scorecard as they call it, of dairy farms published by Cornucopia. All organic dairy products are not equal, in fact some of them may not be much better in quality than conventional products, because of the erosion of our organic standards by the National Organic Standard Board and their National Organic Program. Be warned, consumers, and be willing to pay more for quality–it will help keep honest farmers in business.
Our chiropractic/nutrition clinic now offers the BIA or Bio-electrical impedance analysis. This test measures percent body fat, percent lean body mass,, hydration status, plus it is an excellent measure of overall health.
We use blood tests for measuring what’s in the blood, but did you know research shows we can use bio-electrical analysis to measure the components of your body weight? This is useful information for gauging overall health or monitoring changes in weight and health as lifestyle changes are implemented. BIA is the most accurate way to determine if the weight you lose is fat and if the weight you gain is muscle. The best news is that this test, besides being accurate, is quick (immediate results), painless, and inexpensive. BIA is FDA approved and has been used for decades in hospitals and in nutrition/health-related research.
How do we do the test? The BIA test involves placing two electrodes on the right foot and two on the right hand. An imperceptible low-level electrical current goes through these electrodes and the body. The amount of fluid in the body affects the flow of electrical current and the BIA unit measures how this current is impeded through various tissues of the body. The current will be impeded more in tissues that have less fluid in them such as fat and bone and it will be less impeded in tissues with more fluid such as blood. Measurements of resistance and reactance are instantly generated by the unit and these numbers are entered into a software program to generate a report. The report details the composition of the weight of the body and also hydration status.
Call 540-343-6636 to schedule your BIA today.
Our Fall Nutrition Class participants were a pleasure to have at our clinic. Here are a few things our “graduates” had to say upon completion of the 7-week class.
“The nutrition class with you was life changing and positive. I so appreciate how well prepared you were, all the food and teas you prepared, and your wealth of knowledge.”
The class empowered me to take out “several food items that were unhealthy, pay more attention to food ingredients, implement more good foods for my kids.”
The changes I made “eliminated brain fog, increased energy by 50%.”
I hope you are enjoying the season with lots of fresh local produce available whether from your garden or the farmer’s market. Just wanted to share a trick I’ve learned regarding culturing/fermenting vegetables. I don’t know about your house but ours is warmer than 60-70 degrees F. Vegetables need a temperature in that range to ferment–if it gets hotter they tend to go bad. So if you have had this problem in the summer, use a cooler to cool down the veggies. I just made 2 batches of Chinese cabbage sauerkraut (simple ingredients: Chinese cabbage, garlic, fresh dill weed, and salt). See my recipes here, here, and here for other combinations. I kept my cooler in the kitchen for easy access (remember you have to press out the gas bubbles once a day) and used 1 ice pack replaced with a cold one twice a day and it worked beautifully. In one week I had well-fermented kraut with no mold.
Keep on having fun in your kitchen!
Our cabbage party was a great success! Pounds of my home-grown Chinese cabbage plus various veggies each attendee brought were chopped, grated, minced and pounded into a variety of interesting mixtures (can’t wait to hear how each turns out) that filled the office with the smell of garlic, ginger and dill. All that enthusiastic chopping resulted in a cabbage-littered carpet but it cleaned up well and everyone went home with a big jar of colorful cultured vegetables (see and try our recipe for sauerkraut). Thank you to all who came!
Michael and Monica attended a seminar last week in Pennsylvania given by world renowned Austrailian herbalist researcher /clinician Kerry Bone entitled “Defending the Human Fortress”. In a nutshell his practical take home message was that there are some special herbs/phytochemicals that protect and strengthen cells. Current research suggests that in this era of antibiotic-resistant infections daily use of these substances is very important, along with good nutrition, to protect not only against infection, but also cancer, heart disease and other chronic disease processes. Here are the key herbs/foods:
- green tea
- resveratrol (as a nutritional supplement)
- the brassica family of vegetables
Make use of this information daily by including the easy things like garlic (freshly crushed is best), rosemary (best extracted in olive oil or taken as an alcohol extract pill), drinking green tea, and eating broccoli, kale, collards, radish, or cabbage. Turmeric, ginkgo and resveratrol are easist to take as nutritional supplements. We have Kerry Bone’s MediHerb products offered through the company Standard Process available at our office; they offer many of these herbs/phytochemicals in combination form. Please call the office if you have questions!
If you are concerned about Alzheimer’s, please read this article on coconut oil’s use in the diet to support brain function with ketones. Preliminary research and case studies reviewed in this article indicate that the ketones made by the liver in response to dietary medium chain triglycerides (contained in 2-5 Tbsp coconut oil daily) can reverse some lost function and stop further development of Alzheimer’s disease. The proper anti-inflammatory diet is mentioned also as important for best results. The book “Stop Alzheimer’s Now” is available for purchase by following a link on the website.
The ads claiming high fructose corn syrup is as natural as sugar are misleading. The US corn industry is on the defensive because the word is out–high fructose corn syrup is not handled the same way by the body as glucose, it does cause greater weight gain and it is associated with metabolic syndrome. While it is true that Americans eat too many calories from concentrated sugars and starches, metabolically fructose is more problematic than sucrose. It can hardly be called “natural” either because to change corn starch to high fructose corn syrup requires chemical processing. See greenmedinfo.com and search “high fructose corn syrup” for the latest research and for more information.
A relatively new clinical lab test, the bone resorption assay, is one of the tools we use to assess osteoporosis risk in peri-menopausal and menopausal women. The good news is that all it involves is a single urine collection at home and it is relatively inexpensive. The tests measures compounds in the urine that accurately indicate whether bone break-down is occurring faster than bone re-building. Also, it is an easy way to follow one’s response to nutrition therapy aimed at preventing further bone loss, because unlike bone density tests it can be repeated every few months. If you would like to learn more, call out office.