Although N N-Dimethylglycine (DMG) has been on the health scene for over forty years, few physicians were aware of its wide range of benefits until recently.
Are your patients getting the full benefit of your recommended supplements?
We all know quality is the highest priority when it comes to nutraceuticals, but patients that are following protocol may not necessarily be getting the recommended dosage, especially with immune support supplements like Vitamin C.
Topics: Nutritional Supplements
Tis the season to be jolly, right?
The holidays are supposed to be our chance to take a step back and relax. But, for many of us, the holiday season triggers feelings of anxiety and stress. Every Christmas carol reminds us of our endless to-do list. Our hectic social calendar feels like a full-time job. Suffice it to say, high levels of stress and exhaustion can lead to holiday fatigue.
Of course, it’s important for your patients to recognize the difference between fatigue and feeling tired. Overindulging in eggnog at a holiday party causes us to drag through the next day. Fortunately, our bodies are conditioned to bounce back with sufficient rest and recuperation.
By Dr Jim Fox
Iodine is the one mineral that is often overlooked, yet so critical for much of our bodily functions. Of course we think of thyroid when we think of iodine, but much more of our body depends directly on this magic mineral for proper function. The female breast tissue is a large consumer of our iodine supply, and so is the prostate gland in men. It is very important in neurological development, and indirectly, via the thyroid gland and its hormones, iodine effects the metabolism of every cell in our body. A mineral so important should be at the top of the list for everyone to make sure they are getting enough, right? It isn't.
Iodine is in the family of 'halides' along with fluorine, chlorine, and bromine. You may have noticed that several of these 'halides' are in commonly used items like your toothpaste, fluoride for instance. Also you may have smelled city water that smells like your neighbors swimming pool, chlorine in that case. Bromine is not as easy to detect, but widely used in such commonly consumed items as bread and soft drinks. If you are taking any pharmaceutical medication, you might be ingesting halides unknowingly. All the halides bind to the same receptor sites in our bodies, so you can see where the 'other guys' can cause problems by interfering with our body using iodine properly. That is if we are getting enough iodine in our diet. Unfortunately, most don't.
By: Dr. Adam Killpartrick
Vitamins D3 and K2 are among the most recommended nutrients in clinical practice today. Summarized below are research studies that outline the targeted support these nutrients provide as well as their proposed mechanisms of action.
A 2009 review in American Journal of Medical Science examines the epidemiologic and clinical evidence for vitamin D deficiency as a cardiovascular risk factor and explores potential mechanisms for the cardio protective effect of vitamin D. In this review the National Health and Nutritional Examination Surveys (NHANES) (1988–1994, 2000–2004) conducted in the United States have provided a means to explore cross-sectional associations between vitamin D status and cardiovascular health. Kendrick, et al, reported that individuals surveyed in NHANES 1988–1994 with vitamin D deficiency (25(OH)D <20 ng/mL) had higher prevalence of self-reported angina, myocardial infarction, and heart failure compared with individuals with higher levels of vitamin D. During another 10-year follow-up period, men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study without previous CVD and vitamin D deficiency (25(OH)D <15 ng/mL) exhibited a 2-fold increased rate of myocardial infarction.
By Dr. Fred Pescatore, MD
We’ve all heard phrases like ‘beauty from within’, but very little is said about the actual mechanisms that drive healthy, hydrated and radiant skin. One of the foremost underlying internal processes directly related to skin health is helping to support normal blood sugar levels, more specifically looking at the process of glycation.*
In short, glycation is the nonenzymatic process of covalently bonding sugar molecules to proteins, lipids, or nucleic acids,1 resulting in molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs).2 AGEs have the potential to accumulate in various tissues including the skin1,2 and have been implicated in many chronic conditions such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s,3 end stage renal disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.1 AGEs can be produced in the body under hyperglycemic conditions or they can be consumed in the diet. They are higher in heat-treated foods, rich in proteins and lipids.1,4 AGEs damage the structure and functionality of proteins, lipids, and nucleic acid and therefore interfere with physiology at the cellular level.*
The gastro-supportive and potential influence on normal inflammatory response of Perna canaliculus was first reported by Rainsford and Whitehouse (1980). Recently Coulson ( 2012 ) reported that not only did Perna canaliculus ( GLM ) (3000 mg of whole freeze dried mussel administered daily to 21 subjects) significantly support healthy joint mobility and flexibility but also supported normal GI function (by 49 % in the OA patients using the Gastrointestinal Symptom Rating Scale (GSRS ).
In a second study Coulson ( 2013) reported that both Perna (GLM) and Glucosamine Sulfate (GS) contributed to healthy joint function and non-significantly altered the gut microbiota profile , the most notable being a reduction in the Clostridia sp. Quoting from the study, “This study suggests that nutritional supplements such as GLM and GS may regulate some of the metabolic and immunological activities of the GIT microbiota. The decrease in Clostridia, a potent modulator of colonic Th17 and CD4+ regulatory T cell was consistent with a decrease in inflammation; improved GSRS scores and OA symptoms for these OA participants.”
By Dr. Jim Fox DC
What do central obesity, high blood sugar, high blood lipids, high blood pressure, and low testosterone have in common?
These are characteristics of metabolic syndrome, which is on a slippery slope toward cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes. Diagnostic criteria for metabolic syndrome are high insulin and high blood sugar, increased body mass, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and low high-density lipoprotein (HDL).1
Importantly, hypogonadism, or low testosterone, is emerging as a central feature of metabolic syndrome.1-3 It increases cardiovascular events and is underdiagnosed in primary care.2