Thursday, January 28, 2010

Getting Along Better

Proven Ways to Get Along Better With EVERYONE
Before you say anything to anyone, ask yourself 3 things:


Is it true?

Is it kind?

Is it necessary?



Make promises sparingly and keep them faithfully.


Never miss the opportunity to compliment or say something encouraging to someone.


Refuse to talk negatively about others; don't gossip and don't listen to gossip.


Have a forgiving view of people. Believe that most people are doing the best they can.


Keep an open mind; discuss, but don't argue. (It is possible to disagree without being disagreeable.)


Forget about counting to 10. Count to 1,000 before doing or saying anything that could make matters worse.


Let your virtues speak for themselves.


If someone criticizes you, see if there is any TRUTH to what he is saying; if so, make changes. If there is no truth to the criticism, ignore it and live so that no one will believe the negative remark.


Cultivate your sense of humor; laughter is the shortest distance between two people.


Do not seek so much to be consoled, as to console; do not seek so much to be understood, as to understand; do not seek so much to be loved as to love.

Eating Well

I dont think I could have said it better... Great job Joseph!

- Dr. Jon


It is hard at times to eat the right foods for our bodies when the wrong foods can taste so delicious. I am just glad then that when it comes to food for the soul the choices are a little easier to make. Imagine, for instance, that you had two types of food before you. The first one is great for you. It makes your heart healthier, your mind clearer, and your body more energetic. It makes you feel fantastic both inside and out. It also tastes delicious. You could eat it for a million years and never get tired of it. It just takes a bit of effort and a few minutes to cook each day. The second food is terrible for you. It is hard on your heart and destroys your health. It depresses your mind and steals your body’s vitality. It makes you feel miserable both inside and out. It also tastes terrible. You can eat it right away, though. It is instant and takes no effort to make. Which one would you choose?

Sadly, more people than you would think make the second choice. The second choice is acting from fear. It is choosing to feed the soul hatred, violence, negativeness, misery, pain, meanness, and loneliness. It is easy to do even though it hurts you every time you do it. It slowly poisons your life and the lives of those around you if they let it. The first choice, however, is choosing love. It is feeding the soul joy, peace, positiveness, happiness, delight, goodness, and oneness with God. It takes a bit of effort, but it brings a lot of Heaven to Earth. It enriches your life and the lives of everyone you share it with.

What you eat is up to you. Choose your foods wisely then. God wants you to eat well not just with your stomach but also with your heart, soul, mind, and life. Lay out a table full of all the love, joy, light, goodness, and oneness with God that you possibly can. Then pull up a chair and invite everyone to the feast.


~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

4 Foods to Help You Look Years Younger


4 Foods to Help You Look Years Younger
by Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., C.D.N. a Yahoo! Health Expert for Nutrition

1. Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potatoes are a dynamite source of beta-carotene (their bright orange color is a dead giveaway). Your body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A, a nutrient that helps to continually generate new, healthy skin cells.

I like to turn sweet potatoes into crispy oven-baked French fries. Cut peeled potatoes into ¼-inch strips and spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with oil spray. Mist the fries with oil spray and season with salt, black pepper, or any other seasonings (ground cinnamon, curry powder, and chili powder are all fun options). Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, flipping the fries halfway through. I finish my fries under the broiler for 5 minutes to get them extra crispy!

2. Balsamic Carrots
Like sweet potatoes, carrots come equipped with a generous supply of beta-carotene. In addition to its pivotal role in skin cell renewal, beta-carotene acts as a potent antioxidant, sopping up damaging free radicals that accelerate skin aging.

Fend off wrinkles with my recipe for Roasted Balsamic Carrots. Cut 1 pound of peeled carrots into 1/2-inch wedges. Spread the carrots over half of a large sheet of aluminum foil, and sprinkle them with ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary, 2 cloves minced garlic, ¼ teaspoon paprika, salt, and pepper. Drizzle the carrots with 1 tablespoon olive oil and fold the foil over to create a tightly sealed packet. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 25 minutes or until the carrots are tender.

3. Spinach Marinara
Spinach delivers a triple of dose of wrinkle-fighting antioxidants: vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene. All three work in concert to protect your skin from the sun's UV rays so it stays vibrant and healthy.

Make a quick spinach marinara sauce by wilting fresh spinach leaves into a pot of simmering tomato sauce, then serve over pasta or grilled chicken cutlets.

4. Toasted Pecans
Pecans are one of a short list of foods rich in Vitamin E, a nutrient that's vital to skin health. By forming a protective barrier in the cell membranes of your skin, the vitamin E in pecans helps to ward off harmful free radicals and therefore helps to keep skin firm and elastic.

Pecans are delicious on their own, but toasting them makes them incredibly buttery and rich...they're like candy! Spread pecans on an ungreased baking sheet and toast them in a preheated 350 degree oven (or a toaster oven) for about 10 minutes (watch them closely to make sure they don't burn). Enjoy them whole as a scrumptious snack, or chop them up and sprinkle them into oatmeal or low-fat yogurt.

Omega 3 Facts


What are Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) nutrients?
To properly understand what essential fatty acid (EFA) nutrients are it is necessary to understand the scientific meaning of three terms – essential, fatty acid, and nutrient.

Essential: If something is classified as essential in nutritional or biochemical terms it means that the body cannot make it and must therefore receive it from the diet.

Fatty Acid: A fatty acid is simply a type of fat that is classified according to its structure and biological function. Fat has gotten a bad rap over the last few decades and this topic deserves some clarification. I like to classify fats as good, bad, and ugly. The good fats, the fats that are absolutely essential for health and protection from illnesses are the EFAs. The bad fats, the fats that when overconsumed can lead to heart disease, obesity, and other illnesses are the saturated fats from farm raised animals who are fed omega 6 grains such as corn and soy. The ugly fats are the unnatural human made fats such as trans fats and hydrogenated fats. These fats are literally toxic. Sadly they are found in almost all junk foods and even a lot of ‘health’ foods.

If you are buying a packaged food read the label and check for trans, hydrogenated, or partially hydrogenated or fractionated fat or oil. If you see this put the product back on the shelf!! In fact, these fats are so toxic that the Canadian government is making them illegal; other countries will surely follow as will lawsuits against the companies who put them in their products.

Nutrient: A nutrient is something that the cells of the body require in order to function properly, express health and avoid sickness. You are probably familiar with nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

Essential Fatty Acid Nutrient: An essential fatty acid (EFA) nutrient, in scientific terms, is a nutrient required for health and protection from sickness that the cells of the body cannot produce or make; it is a nutrient that must be derived from our diet. Without these essential nutrients proper health is impossible and illness is inevitable – they are literally that important in terms of determining quality and quantity of life.


Differentiation Between Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids
There are two main classifications of essential fatty acids, omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids. These classifications are based on the structure of the fatty acid and as they differ in structure they also differ in biological function. It is useful to think of omega 6 fatty acids coming from corn, soy, safflower, and sunflower sources. Think of omega 3 fatty acids as coming from flax (LNA) or from fish or wild game meat (EPA/DHA).

The different types and sources of omega 3 fatty acids will be discussed in detail in a later section – this is a very important topic which includes information clarifying why humans and other meat-eating animals require the consumption of EPA and DHA from fish or wild game and cannot rely on flax (LNA) in order to supply sufficient EPA and DHA Omega 3 EFAs.

Without getting too biochemically technical the best word to think about with regard to the proper relationship between omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids is balance. Literally, the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids in both your diet and your body should be 1:1. Too much omega 6 (toxicity) or too little omega 3 (deficiency) leads to improper cell function which causes excessive inflammation, decreased immune function and increased susceptibility to virtually every chronic illness including heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, allergies etc.

It is a scientific fact that due to our dietary and food processing habits virtually every citizen in Industrial or Western nations is both toxic with omega 6 EFAs and deficient in omega 3 EFAs. This is responsible for significantly contributing to poor physical and mental health and increased incidence of illness. In fact research indicates that the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids in the average diet is now up to 20:1 in favor of omega 6!! This is because farmed meat and virtually every packaged or fast food is loaded with corn, soy, safflower, or sunflower derivatives.

Furthermore, fish, including farmed fish, is now so riddled with pollutants such as heavy metals and PCBs and dioxins that eating enough fish to get your omega 3 EFAs is considered dangerous. In fact, pregnant women are now being advised by the federal government to avoid eating some fish due to the documented high levels of these contaminants. This is why supplementation with a purified, toxin free fish oil like Omega Sufficiency® is now crucial for every person starting from infancy. We simply cannot safely get enough EPA/DHA omega 3 fatty acids without proper supplementation.

Wild game sources of omega 3 EFAs are not available to the vast majority of citizens and simply raising deer or other “wild” animals on a farm and feeding them corn or soy produces the same omega 6 rich and omega 3 deficient meat as is found in domesticated farmed animals.


Description and Biological Importance of Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids
The role of Omega-3 EFAs (specifically EPA and DHA) in the promotion of health and the prevention of illness has been studied a great deal in recent years. Both scientists and practitioners are celebrating the results that have been found to date and with every research study the importance of EFAs for health promotion and illness prevention becomes more evident.

Omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) are some of the most crucial essential nutrients for human and other animal health ever identified. Over 2000 scientific studies provide evidence of the importance of EPA and DHA essential fatty acids for the maintenance and restoration of health and the prevention of disease.

Omega 3 EFAs are extremely important in the structure and function of every cell in the body and the function of your cells is what determines your health. Your cells are what determine your immune function, healing, hormone levels, heart function, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, digestion, moods etc. Literally, the function and health of your cells determines every aspect of your health.

EPA and DHA omega 3 EFAs are part of every cell membrane and are required to maintain the proper shape, flexibility or fluidity, and “slipperiness” of cell membranes. The flexibility and “slipperiness” of cell membranes is important for the flow of blood through blood vessels and decreasing the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack. This fluidity or flexibility of cell membranes is also crucial to ensure the proper flow of nutrients into cells as well as the proper shape of cell receptors for hormones such as insulin (insulin sensitivity).

In addition, EFAs are required for proper nerve signal transmission (memory, concentration, cognitive ability, muscle coordination and strength) and immune function including defense against cancer.

EPA and DHA omega 3 EFAs also play a major role in regulating inflammation via substances called prostaglandins. EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids produce anti-inflammatory prostaglandins while Omega 6 fatty acids produce pro-inflammatory prostaglandins.

Having a diet that is toxic with Omega 6 or deficient in Omega 3 EFAs creates a pro-inflammatory state within the body. This is very significant because inflammation is at the root of virtually all of the common chronic illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression as well as the autoimmune and atopic diseases such as arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, irritable bowel, psoriasis, eczema, allergies, fibromyalgia, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. Inflammation is also a major factor in dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain and/or cramping), headaches, and back and neck pain.

Omega 3 EFAs play a role in virtually every human function including growth and development, digestion, brain and nerve function, immune function, hormone production and regulation, maintenance of skin and bones, regulation of healing and inflammation, heart function, vision, cholesterol levels, and even emotions and behaviour.

This is why supplementing with Omega 3 EFAs has been shown to help people with so many different illnesses. In reality supplementing with Omega 3 EFAs will help anyone that is deficient in Omega 3 EFAs whether they have a diagnosed illness or not. The fact of the matter is that everyone needs Omega 3 EFAs and due to dietary practices virtually everyone in Western society is deficient. Without these essential nutrients cells cannot function properly and illness is inevitable even though it may take years before symptoms arise.

This does not mean that a deficiency in Omega 3 EFAs is the only cause of all illness; that would be an unscientific and illogical claim. However, it does absolutely mean that if someone is deficient in Omega 3 EFAs their cell function and thus their health is compromised and will be improved when they begin to supplement – this is an indisputable scientific fact. Obviously if Omega 3 EFAs are needed for proper cell function and cell function determines our health then Omega 3 EFAs are a significant determining factor in health. This is exactly what research indicates.

The above information is why we stress the importance of supplementation BEFORE illness develops. It is both dangerous and illogical to wait until illness develops to begin to take care of yourself or your children or your pets! How can we PREVENT ILLNESS or PROMOTE HEALTH if we wait until we are already ill before we take action?

As previously mentioned, what is even more alarming than the pandemic deficiency in EPA and DHA omega 3 fatty acids is that virtually all people living in industrial nations are now toxic with the omega 6 fatty acids and saturated fat that is so common in modern diets. Research indicates that the ratio of omega 6: omega 3 fatty acids in the average modern diet is as high as 20:1. The evidence indicates that the proper healthy ratio is 1:1.

Being toxic with omega 6 fatty acids and deficient in omega 3 fatty acids is a deadly combination that is shown to increase the chances of illness in people of all ages. Illnesses associated with omega 6 fatty acid toxicity and/or omega 3 fatty acid deficiency include ADHD, allergies, eczema, asthma, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, lowered immunity, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, fibromyalgia, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s, painful menstruation, back pain, neck pain, and headaches. YIKES!


Differentiation Between LNA from Flax and EPA and DHA from Fish
The omega 3 fatty acids can be further categorized according to their structure and biological function. This categorization is done by the number of carbons in the fatty acid or if you like the size or length of the chain of carbons that make up the fatty acid.

Alpha Linolenic acid (LNA or ALA) derived from flax has a shorter carbon chain and is much less biologically important than the longer chain fatty acids EPA and DHA. In fact, when LNA from flax is consumed it has to be converted to EPA and DHA inside the body by adding carbons and making the chain longer. This requires the action of enzymes, the most important of which is an enzyme called delta 6 desaturase. The action of this enzyme determines how much LNA will ultimately be converted to EPA and DHA.





Research is clear that humans and other meat consuming animals are genetically designed to consume the longer chain omega 3 EFAs (EPA and DHA) directly from wild game meat or fish and not rely on converting LNA from flax. This makes complete sense. Our genetic ancestors had virtually no flax or other omega 3 rich vegetable sources in their diets!

Further supporting this are research studies that show that the delta 6 desaturase enzyme responsible for the rate of conversion of LNA from flax to EPA and DHA is incapable of doing so in sufficient amounts even if large amounts of flax oil are consumed. In a recent study, ALA converted to EPA was only 0.2%, concluding that flax seed oil was not a good source of EPA and DHA. In another study, the conversion rate of ALA to EPA and DHA was approximately 6% for EPA and 3.8% for DHA. With a diet rich in omega-6 fatty acids, conversion is further reduced by 40 to 50%. Other lifestyle factors including consumption of alcohol, high saturated fat intake, stress and vitamin/mineral deficiencies can reduce the rate of ALA conversion even further. Fish oil provides up to 200 times more EPA and DHA per gram than flax.

Again, this makes sense. Why would humans or other animals that did not eat flax but did consume large amounts of EPA and DHA directly from wild game meat and fish be genetically designed to have an efficient enzyme pathway to convert flax to EPA and DHA? Arguments trying to convince you that you can get enough EPA and DHA from flax are genetically unfounded, nutritionally unfounded (humans or our ancestors have NEVER eaten large amounts of flax) and scientifically unfounded because the research shows this is not the case. The fact is that flax oil is a healthy source of LNA but it is not a healthy alternative to fish oil as a source of EPA and DHA.

Furthermore, and perhaps most significantly, human breast milk is full of DHA. Scientific research clearly shows that children born to mothers who are deficient in EPA and DHA omega 3 fatty acids have neurological development impairments. Scientific research also demonstrates that children born to women who supplement with omega 3 fish oil like Omega Sufficiency® can avoid these problems. In addition, children who supplement with EPA and DHA from fish oil like Omega Sufficiency® have been shown to have less allergies, less eczema, learn better, and be less likely to have ADD or ADHD.

The data from scientific research and clinical trials is indisputably clear. Everyone needs to ensure that they have sufficient amounts of EPA and DHA from fish in their diets. Sadly, eating fish is not a viable option because of the documented dangerous levels of pollutants and toxins. Supplementing with Omega Sufficiency®, the world’s premier purified, toxin and pollutant-free omega 3 EPA/DHA fish oil is not only scientific, it is common sense when it comes to maintaining and/or restoring your health and preventing disease.


Natural Triglycerides vs Chemical Concentration and Synthetic Esters
Here at Innate Choice® we base our product development around the scientific fact that human beings and all other animals are genetically designed as part of nature and to derive all nutritional requirements from nature. We also understand that human beings have never intervened in nature and made it better. For this reason we go to great lengths to provide products that are as close to their natural, whole form as possible. Humans and all other animals are genetically designed to ingest, digest, absorb and utilize whole foods in their natural biochemical form. Based on these scientific facts we have chosen to keep Omega Sufficiency® in its natural triglyceride form and in its natural EPA/DHA ratio.
All of the studies on the healthiest populations of people in the world who have virtually no heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, allergies, etc have shown that these people have sufficient amounts of EPA/DHA Omega 3 fatty acids in their diet from natural sources in their natural form and ratio.
It seems illogical and unscientific to use such data to support the importance of EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil and then to chemically alter the fish oil and change its biochemical properties. Several studies have shown that the natural triglyceride form of EPA and DHA found in Omega Sufficiency®is absorbed much better than the human-made, chemically concentrated synthetic ester form. In one study comparing absorption of different fish oil forms, the natural triglyceride form was 300% better absorbed than the synthetic ethyl ester form. Again, this makes sense, why would humans have proper digestive enzymes to absorb a fish oil with an unnatural form and ratio that our genes have never been exposed to?



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Immune Health and Autoimmune Illnesses



Research indicates that EPA and DHA from cold water fish oils like Omega Sufficiency® are required for healthy immune function. Scientific evidence also indicates that a deficiency in EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids can lead to altered immune function increasing the chance of autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and Crohn’s disease.

Studies in populations consuming sufficient amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids show decreased incidence of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Epidemiological studies like this provide even more evidence of the essential role of EPA and DHA for proper immune function and thus the prevention of autoimmune disorders and other immune function related illnesses.

Research has also shown Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation to be of significant benefit for people who have already developed autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and Crohn’s disease (see section on Digestive Health).
The scientific literature indicates that for proper immune system function and for the prevention of autoimmune conditions sufficient intake of EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids as found in Omega Sufficiency® is vital. Without sufficient intake of these essential nutrients proper immune function is simply not possible.

In your Health,
Dr Jon Wise

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Immune Health and Cancer Prevention



As immune system function is intricately linked with both neurological and hormonal signalling and inflammation it should come as no surprise that scientific research is providing incontrovertible evidence regarding the importance of EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids for healthy immune function and cancer prevention and survival/recovery. The research that EPA and DHA are essential for proper nerve signalling, hormonal production and regulation, immune function, and the regulation of inflammation is overwhelmingly conclusive.

Other likely physiological connections between EPA and DHA sufficiency and cancer prevention are the link between membrane fluidity, insulin resistance, and sex hormone binding globulins which are required to reduce the amount of free circulating hormones. An increase in free unbound circulating hormones is very highly correlated to an increase risk of cancer. Deficiency of EPA and DHA is linked with cell membrane rigidity which can cause insulin resistance. Insulin resistance causes a decrease in sex hormone binding globulin and an increase in circulating insulin both of which have been linked to significant increased cancer risk.

It is also significant that an increase in the ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids has been shown to increase the risk of cancer. As previously mentioned, the average Western Diet is dangerously toxic with Omega 6 fatty acids and dangerously deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHA.
Supplementing with EPA and DHA from fish oil like Omega Sufficiency® has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of breast, colon, and prostate cancer and to decrease the rate of tumor growth in patients who have already developed cancer.

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Kort WJ, Weijma IM, Bijma AM, van Schalkwijk WP, Vergroesen AJ, Westbroek DL. Omega-3 fatty acids inhibiting the growth of a transplantable rat mammary adenocarcinoma. J Natl Cancer Inst. 1987 Sep;79(3):593-9.

Maillard et al. N-3 and N-6 fatty acids in breast adipose tissue and relative risk of breast cancer in a case-control study in Tours, France. Int. J Cancer 2002 Mar 1;98 (1): 78-83

Mukutmoni-Norris M, Hubbard NE, et al., 2000. Modulation of murine mammary tumor vasculature by dietary omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil. Cancer Lett, Mar 13;150(1):101-9.
Reddy, B.S. Omega-3 fatty acids in colorectal cancer prevention. Int J Cancer. 2004 Oct 20:112(1):1-7

Yam D, Peled A, Shinitzky M., (2001). Suppression of tumor growth and metastasis by dietary fish oil combined with vitamins E and C and cisplatin. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol, 47(1), p.34-40.

Yazawa, K. Importance of “health foods”, EPA and DHA, for preventive medicine. Rinsho Byori 2004 Mar; 52(3):249-53

Bone and Joint Health



Sufficiency of Omega 3 fatty acids plays an important role in bone and joint health and deficiency of EPA and DHA has been shown to be correlated with increased incidence and severity of both osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. (As Rheumatoid arthritis is considered an autoimmune disease it is covered in the Immune Health and Autoimmune Illness section)

Osteoporosis occurs when bone resorption (loss) occurs at a greater rate than bone formation. One of the most powerful influences on the rate of bone loss to bone formation is the pro-inflammatory mediator prostaglandin E2. Too much Omega 6 fatty acids and a deficiency of EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids induces increased expression of prostaglandin E2 and leads to increased bone loss and decreased bone formation.

Research has shown that taking fish oil such as Omega Sufficiency® on a regular basis can improve calcium absorption and increase bone formation. This is not surprising considering the known regulating effects of EPA and DHA in inflammation related to prostaglandin E2 levels.

Osteoarthritis is literally “inflammation of joints” from wear and tear and improper lubrication of the contact surfaces. As EPA and DHA are required to produce proper joint lubrication and to properly regulate inflammation and pain via the prostaglandin pathways it makes sense that EPA and DHA sufficiency is required for healthy, lubricated, comfortable joints.

Not surprisingly, research on supplementation with EPA and DHA from fish oil like Omega Sufficiency® has shown improvements for people suffering with osteoarthritis.

The evidence regarding the necessity of dietary sufficiency of EPA and DHA for bone and joint health is conclusive. If you want healthy bones and properly lubricated joints you need to ensure the proper dietary intake of EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega Sufficiency® provides this for you and your family.

In Your Health,
Dr. Jon Wise

References

Altman R, Gray R. Inflammation in osteoarthritis. Clin Rheum Dis 1985;11:353.
Connor, W.E. Importance of n-3 fatty acids in health and disease. Am J Clin Nutr, 2000 71(1): 171S-175S

van Papendorp DH, Coetzer H, Kruger MC. Biochemical profile of osteoporotic patients on essential fatty acid supplementation. Nutr Res 1995;15:325–34.

Seaman, D. Health care for our bones: A practical nutritional approach to preventing osteoporosis. 2004 JMPT (27) 9.

Stammers T, Sibbald B, Freeling P. Fish oil in osteoarthritis. Lancet 1989;ii:503 [letter
Terano, T. Effect of omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acid ingestion on bone metabolism and osteoporosis. World Rev Nutr Diet. 2001;88:141-47.

Healthy Regulation of Inflammation and Pain



Contrary to popular belief, both inflammation and pain are healthy, necessary parts of healing from acute stress and injury. Inflammation and pain can however become chronic and “hyper” when the body is in a chronic state of imbalance or toxicity or deficiency.

Sufficiency of EPA and DHA Omega 3 EFAs plays a major role in regulating inflammation via substances called prostaglandins. EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids produce anti-inflammatory prostaglandins while Omega 6 fatty acids produce pro-inflammatory prostaglandins.

Having a diet that is toxic with Omega 6 or deficient in Omega 3 EFAs creates a pro-inflammatory state within the body. This is very significant because inflammation is at the root of virtually all of the common chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression as well as the autoimmune and atopic diseases such as arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, irritable bowel, psoriasis, eczema, allergies, fibromyalgia, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. Inflammation is also a major factor in dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain and/or cramping), headaches, and back and neck pain.

It is well documented that restoring Omega 3 sufficiency and restoring the proper Omega 3:Omega 6 fatty acid ratios with EPA and DHA supplementation (Omega Sufficiency®) is effective at reducing excess inflammation and the pain and illnesses associated with it.

In your Health,
Dr. Jon Wise

References

Altman R, Gray R. Inflammation in osteoarthritis. Clin Rheum Dis 1985;11:353.
Connor, W.E. Importance of n-3 fatty acids in health and disease. Am J Clin Nutr, 2000 71(1): 171S-175S

Geusens, P., Wouter, C., Nijs, J., Jiang, Y, Dequeken, J. (1994). Long-term effect of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation in active rheumatoid arthritis, a 12-month, double-blind, controlled study. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 37(6), p. 824-829.

Glueck CJ, McCarren T, Hitzemann R, et al. Amelioration of severe migraine with omega-3 fatty acids: a double-blind placebo controlled clinical trial. Am J Clin Nutr 1986;43:710 [abstr].

Harel Z, Biro FM, Kottenhahn RK, Rosenthal SL. Supplementation with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the management of dysmenorrhea in adolescents. Am J Obstet Gynecol 1996;174:1335–8.

McCarren T, Hitzemann R, Allen C, et al. Amelioration of severe migraine by fish oil (omega-3) fatty acids. Am J Clin Nutr 1985;41:874 [abstr].

Simon, Joel A., et al. Serum fatty acids and the risk of coronary heart disease. American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 142(5), p. 469-76

Simopoulos, A.P. Omega-3 fatty acids in inflammation and auto-immune diseases. J Am Coll Nutr. 2002 Dec; 21 (6): 495-505

Simopoulos, AP (1997). Omega-3 fatty acids in the prevention-management of cardiovascular disease. Canadian Journal of Physiological Pharmacology, Vol. 75(3),

Volker, D, Fitzgerald, P., Major, G., Garg, M. (2000). Efficacy of fish oil concentrate in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Journal of Rheumatology, Oct;27(10), p. 2305-7.

Cardiovascular Health
Evidence for the importance of EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids in cardiovascular health promotion and illness prevention, recovery, and survival is well documented in the scientific literature. The American Heart Association has recently recognized the importance of the Omega-3 essential nutrients EPA and DHA found in Omega Sufficiency® for promoting cardiac health, lowering blood triglycerides and C. reactive protein and protecting against cardiovascular disease.

Even the American Government now widely recognizes the importance of EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids with respect to cardiovascular health. The White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting the departments promote the consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids.

OMB official John D. Graham in his letter to HHS and USDA wrote, "Both epidemiological and clinical studies find that an increase in consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids results in reduced deaths due to CHD (cardiovascular heart disease)." He goes on to say that "The government should make this life-saving information as widely available as possible."

A recent review article on this topic concluded that fish oils should be included in prevention programs for coronary heart disease. The study concludes that Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids as found in Omega Sufficiency® appear to (a) slow the development of atherosclerosis, (b) prevent fatal arrhythmias, and (c) decrease mortality following a heart attack.

In a study of over 6000 middle aged men conducted at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center the evidence showed that men with a higher blood level of DHA had a 50% lower risk of developing heart disease than did men with lower levels.
This is clear evidence of the significant preventative effects of supplementation with fish oil such as Omega Sufficiency® against the development of coronary heart disease.

Research has also shown that Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation improves recovery and survival from heart attack. A 1997 study showed that the rate of cardiac death was significantly decreased in a population of cardiovascular patients who increased their intake of Omega 3 EFAs.

Fish oil supplementation has also been shown to be beneficial for those with atherosclerosis and to reduce the risk of heart attack.

A study out of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine showed supplementation with fish oil significantly helped to normalize blood pressure and many studies have shown the importance of EFAs for healthy cholesterol metabolism.

Research clearly shows that sufficient dietary intake of EPA and DHA as found in Omega Sufficiency® is vital for cardiovascular health and for the prevention and survival of cardiovascular illness.

For more information, Please feel free to call my office,

In Your Health,
Dr. Jon Wise

References

Angerer P, von Schacky C., 2000. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and the cardiovascular system. Current Opinions in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism Care, 3(6),439-45.

Appel, LJ, Miller ER, Seidler, AJ, Whelton, PK. (1993). Does supplementation of diet with fish oil reduce blood pressure? A meta-analysis of controlled clinical trials. Archives of Internal Medicine, vol. 153(12),p. 1420-38.

Connor, W.E. Importance of n-3 fatty acids in health and disease. Am J Clin Nutr, 2000 71(1): 171S-175S

Goodnight, SH et al. Polyunsaturated fatty acids, hyperlipidemia and thrombosis. Arteriosclerosis 1982; 2: 87-113

Harris, WS et al. Effect of fish oil on VLDL triglyceride kinetics in man. J Lipid Res 1990;31:1549-58

Harris WS, Isley WL., 2001. Clinical trial evidence for the cardioprotective effects of omega-3 fatty acids. Current Atherosclerosis Reports, vol. 3(2), p. 174-9.

Simon, Joel A., et al. Serum fatty acids and the risk of coronary heart disease. American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 142(5), p. 469-76

Simopoulos, AP (1997). Omega-3 fatty acids in the prevention-management of cardiovascular disease. Canadian Journal of Physiological Pharmacology, Vol. 75(3), p.

von Schacky, Clemens, et al. (1999). The effect of dietary omega-3 fatty acids on coronary atherosclerosis. Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 130, April 6, 1999, p. 554-62.

Healthy Pregnancy and Infant and Childhood Development



Research is clear that pregnant women, the fetus, newborn infants and children all require sufficient EPA and DHA for proper health and development and the prevention of disability and illness. Very importantly, the EFA intake of the mother determines the amount of these vitally important nutrients that she can supply to her developing fetus and to her newborn infant during breastfeeding. Sufficiency of EPA and DHA Omega 3 EFAs as found in Omega Sufficiency® is so important researchers from the Mayo Clinic recommended that EPA and DHA be supplemented in every pregnancy and that refined and hydrogenated fats be avoided during this critical period.
Scientific research indicates that deficiencies in EPA and DHA Omega 3 EFAs have significant consequences to both mother and child. In 1996, Frank Oski, retired chairman of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University led a campaign of alarmed researchers and clinicians who bombarded the FDA with over 1,000 letters pleading and demanding that they ensure the health and welfare of our children by mandating the addition of DHA to infant formula.

EPA and DHA deficiency in pregnancy has been scientifically linked to post-partum depression, pre-term delivery, delays in intrauterine growth, and pregnancy-induced hypertension.

Studies have shown that EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids are crucial for brain growth and development, intelligence, learning, and behaviour. Researchers in Dallas conducted a randomized, controlled study on DHA and mental development in term infants (2000). They found that adding DHA to infant formulas improved both motor and cognitive function of infants.

In the recent Oxford – Durham study significant improvements were found in reading, spelling, and behaviour over 3 months of EPA/DHA supplementation; 7 of 16 of the participants who were diagnosed with ADHD no longer met the diagnostic criteria for ADHD after supplementation! A study published in the journal Physiology of Behaviour showed that deficiencies in Omega 3 fatty acids were significantly correlated with behaviour problems in boys aged 6 to 12.

The evidence is clear; pregnant women, breastfeeding women, infants, and children all require sufficient EPA/DHA as found in Omega Sufficiency® for proper health and development and for the prevention of disability and illness.

For more information, please contact my office.

In your health
Dr. Jon Wise

References

Birch, E. E., Garfield, S., Hoffman, D.R., Uauy, R, Birch, D.G. A randomized controlled trial of early dietary supply of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and mental development in term infants. Developmental Medicine in Child Neurology, 2000, March, 42(3), p 174-81.

Burgess et al. Long –chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Am J Clin Nutr, 2000 71 (1): 327-330

Connor, W.E. Importance of n-3 fatty acids in health and disease. Am J Clin Nutr, 2000 71(1): 171S-175S

Connor, W.E. et al. Increased docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) levels in human newborn infants by the administration of sardines and fish oils during pregnancy. Lipids 1996; 31 (suppl): S183-7.

do Nascimento, CM, Oyama, LM. Long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids essential for brain growth and development. Nutrition, 2003 Jan: 19 (1): 66

Farquharson, J. et al. Infant cerebral cortex phospholipids fatty acid composition and diet. Lancet 1992;340:810-13.

Holman, Ralph T., Johnson, Susan, Ogburn, Paul (Mayo Clinic) Deficiency of essential fatty acids and membrane fluidity during pregnancy and lactation. Biochemistry, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Vol. 88: 4835-4839, June 1991.

Lucas, A. et al. Breast milk and subsequent intelligence quotient in children born pre-term. Lancet 1992; 339: 261-4

Makrides, M. et al. Fatty acid composition of brain, retina, and erythrocytes in breast and formula fed infants. Am J Clin Nutr 1994; 60: 189-194

Myanaga, K., K. Yonemura, and K. Yazawa. (1996). DHA shortens P300 latency in healthy persons. In International Conference on Highly Unsaturated Fatty Acids in Nutrition and Disease Prevention. Bxarcelona, Spain.

Olsen, SF, Secher, NJ, Tabor, A, Weber, T, Walker, JJ, Gluud. (2000). Randomized clinical trials of fish oil supplementation in high risk pregnancies. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol.107(3), p. 382-95.

Richardson AJ, Montgomery P. The Oxford-Durham study: a randomized, controlled trial of dietary supplementation with fatty acids in children with developmental coordination disorder. Pediatrics. 2005 May;115(5):1360-6.

Stevens, LJ, Zentall, SS, Abate, ML, Kuczek, T, Burgess JR. (1996). Omega-3 fatty acids in boys with behavior, learning, and health problems. Physiology of Behaviour, vol. 59(4-5):915-20.

Omega 3 for Wellness and Prevention



The role of Omega-3 EFAs (specifically EPA and DHA) in the promotion of health and the prevention of illness has been studied a great deal in recent years. Both scientists and practitioners are celebrating the results that have been found to date and with every research study the importance of EFAs for health promotion and illness prevention becomes more evident.

Omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) are some of the most crucial essential nutrients for human and other animal health ever identified. Over 2000 scientific studies provide evidence of the importance of EPA and DHA essential fatty acids for the maintenance and restoration of health and the prevention of disease.

Omega 3 EFAs are extremely important in the structure and function of every cell in the body and the function of your cells is what determines your health. Your cells are what determine your immune function, healing, hormone levels, heart function, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, digestion, moods etc. Literally, the function and health of your cells determines every aspect of your health. EPA and DHA omega 3 EFAs are part of every cell membrane and are required to maintain the proper shape, flexibility or fluidity, and “slipperiness” of cell membranes.

The flexibility and “slipperiness” of cell membranes is important for the flow of blood through blood vessels and decreasing the risk of stroke and heart attack. This fluidity or flexibility of cell membranes is also crucial to ensure the proper flow of nutrients into cells as well as the proper shape of cell receptors for hormones such as insulin.

In addition, EFAs are required for proper nerve signal transmission (memory, concentration, cognitive ability, muscle coordination and strength) and immune function including defence against cancer. This is why EPA and DHA deficiency are linked with cognitive impairments and learning and behaviour disabilities such as ADHD, with depression, and with decreased cognitive ability and increased risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia in the elderly. EPA and DHA deficiency is also highly correlated with increased risk of breast, colon, and prostate cancer.

EPA and DHA omega 3 EFAs also play a major role in regulating inflammation via substances called prostaglandins. EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids produce anti-inflammatory prostaglandins while Omega 6 fatty acids produce pro-inflammatory prostaglandins.

Having a diet that is toxic with Omega 6 or deficient in Omega 3 EFAs creates a pro-inflammatory state within the body. This is very significant because inflammation is at the root of virtually all of the common chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression as well as the autoimmune and atopic diseases such as arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, irritable bowel, psoriasis, eczema, allergies, fibromyalgia, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. Inflammation is also a major factor in dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain and/or cramping), headaches, and back and neck pain.

Omega 3 EFAs play a role in virtually every human function including growth and development, digestion, brain and nerve function, immune function, hormone production and regulation, maintenance of skin and bones, regulation of healing and inflammation, heart function, vision, cholesterol levels, and even emotions and behaviour.

This is why supplementing with Omega 3 EFAs has been shown to help people with so many different illnesses. In reality supplementing with Omega 3 EFAs will help anyone that is deficient in Omega 3 EFAs whether they have a diagnosed illness or not. The fact of the matter is that everyone needs Omega 3 EFAs and due to dietary practices virtually everyone in Western society is deficient. Without these essential nutrients cells cannot function properly and illness is inevitable even though it may take years before symptoms arise.

This does not mean that a deficiency in Omega 3 EFAs is the only cause of all illness; that would be an unscientific and illogical claim. However, it does absolutely mean that if someone is deficient in Omega 3 EFAs their cell function and thus their health is compromised and will be improved when they begin to supplement – this is an indisputable scientific fact. Obviously if Omega 3 EFAs are needed for proper cell function and cell function determines our health then Omega 3 EFAs are a significant determining factor in health. This is exactly what research indicates.

The above information is why we stress the importance of supplementation BEFORE illness develops. It is both dangerous and illogical to wait until illness develops to begin to take care of yourself or your children or your pets! How can we PREVENT ILLNESS or PROMOTE HEALTH if we wait until we are already ill before we take action?

For more information on Great Omega 3 Supplements, please feel free to call my office!

Thank you!
Dr. Jon Wise
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Monday, January 25, 2010

Snow-Shoveling Safety Tips



So I had someone who asked if there where tips for shoveling snow and how to prevent injuries... Here it is!

Anyone who has shoveled snow before knows how good a workout it can be. When you consider that the average shovelful of snow weighs 5-10 pounds, the average driveway or walkway may hold hundreds of pounds of snow. But despite the benefits, shoveling snow can also be physically stressful; bending, lifting, and twisting, combined with the exposure to freezing weather conditions, can take a serious toll on the body.

The following are some quick tips on how to shovel snow smarter. If you're in an area of the country that gets snow, pay attention; if not, pass these tips on to a friend or family member as applicable.

Do a warm-up first. A tight, stiff body is asking for injury. A few minutes of stretching can save you a lot of pain later. When you are shoveling, don't forget to breathe. Holding your breath makes you tight and stiff.
Use the right size shovel. Your shovel should be about chest high on you, allowing you to keep your back straight when lifting. A shovel with a short staff forces you to bend more to lift the load; a too-tall shovel makes the weight heavier at the end. Also keep one hand close to the base of the shovel to balance weight and lessen the strain on your back.
Timing is everything. Listen to weather forecasts so you can shovel in ideal conditions. If possible, wait until the afternoon to shovel. Many spinal disc injuries occur in the morning when there is increased fluid pressure in the disc because your body has been at rest all night.
Use proper posture. When you do shovel, bend your knees and keep your back straight while lifting with your legs. Push the snow straight ahead; don't try to throw it. Try to shovel forward to avoid sudden twists of the torso and reduce strain on the back. The American Chiropractic Association recommends using the "scissors stance," in which you work with your right foot forward for a few minutes and then shift to the front foot.
Take your time. Working too hard, too fast is an easy way to strain muscles. Take frequent breaks. Shovel for about five minutes at a time and then rest for two minutes.
See your chiropractor. Gentle spinal manipulation will help keep your back flexible and minimize the chance for injury. If you do overdo it, your chiropractor can help you feel better and prevent more injury.


Taking heed of these simple tips could make the difference between spending the day enjoying a new snowfall or lying in bed with a sore back, sprained ankle or other injury that could have been easily avoided. Your doctor can tell you more about how to minimize injury risk when exercising or performing any vigorous activity.

In your Health,
Dr. Jon Wise
Wise Chiropractic
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Break Free of the Sugar Addiction


The health issues that develop as a result of a high-sugar diet are strongly linked to the response of the hormone insulin to carbohydrate ingestion, a phenomenon known as the glycemic response. Simple carbohydrates such as sugar are considered high glycemic and are metabolized quickly by the body, resulting in a rapid release of insulin and a quick rise and fall in blood sugar.

Insulin resistance is a progressive condition that occurs when normal insulin activity is inadequate to produce a response on insulin receptors on muscle and adipose (fat) cells. Initial signs of insulin insensitivity include high circulating levels of both glucose and insulin. In addition, consumption of excess dietary carbohydrate can stimulate lipolysis (fat generation), resulting in higher levels of circulating triglycerides, very-low-density lipoprotein and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.

As the body's ability to store excess energy becomes further impaired, fat deposition begins to occur around the internal organs. This specific form of weight gain, known as visceral fat, is characteristic of insulin resistance and is strongly linked to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.

Recognizing the sources of sugar in your diet can require some savvy label reading skills. Sugar can be listed on food packages in a variety of ways, including glucose, fructose, dextrose, corn syrup, sucrose, and cane sugar, to name a few.

As a consumer, it is important to recognize that all of these are types of sugar, and as a result all can cause negative health effects. A particular form of sugar used in processed foods, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), may be especially damaging. HFCS is one of the most commonly used sweeteners in the U.S., and is produced from corn starch via a series of enzymatic processes. Clinical research now shows that HFCS may present more health risks than regular cane sugar.

When looking to reduce dietary sugar intake, many of us turn to artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes as an alternative option. But ingestion of artificial sweeteners still initiates an insulin response from the pancreas as a means of inducing carbohydrate metabolism. Since artificial sweeteners provide no carbohydrate value, insulin levels remain high, leading to hypoglycemia and increased hunger. This interference with appetite control mechanisms can lead to overconsumption of food at the next meal.

If your current diet is high in refined sugars, try taking small steps to regulate your intake. Cut down on soda drinking or dilute juices with water. You can also reduce your intake of processed foods and start making your own meals at home to limit your exposure to sugars that are incorporated as part of food processing. If you must use sugar, try sticking with more natural varieties, such as honey, agave, molasses, fruit, and cane sugar. Making these minor adjustments can have significant benefits on all aspects of your health and well-being. Talk to your doctor for additional information.

In your Health,
Dr. Jon Wise
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Three Steps to Better Health

Three Steps to Better Health

Wouldn't it be great if you could achieve better health in just a few easy steps? Of course, it's never that easy, but here are a few things you can work on right now in your quest for a lifetime of health and wellness:

Sleep More: We've become a culture of sleep deprivation rather than rest; there are so many things to do and so little time to do them that we often sacrifice what we need most for good health: sleep. Poor sleep contributes to fatigue and irritability in the short term and is linked to serious health conditions in the long term. So tonight, turn in early and get the sleep your body and mind deserve.

Eat Less: Excess - another cultural staple that wreaks havoc on our bodies and leads to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more. Portion control is a major step toward attaining and maintaining a healthy weight, as is eating less overall. Too many of us fall victim to the buffet and "super size" mentality, rather than eating frequent small meals that will fuel your body the right way.

Keep Moving: With obesity at an all-time high and on the rise, there's no better time to get off the couch and start moving. It's a simple concept: When your body moves, good things happen - increased metabolism, fat loss, better circulation; and when it doesn't move, you're setting the stage for all sorts of negative consequences, including weight gain, various diseases and even cancer.

Talk to your doctor about other ways you can improve your health and happiness - one step at a time.

In your Health,
Dr. Jon Wise
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

When It Comes to Working Out, Don't Fear the Weights


There are misconceptions about weight training that prevent people from truly understanding the value it provides in shaping your body, developing lean muscle, and improving athletic and day-to-day performance. Women are especially prone to neglecting this form of effective training for fear of getting "too muscular" or looking "too bulky." This is unfortunate, because when done correctly, weight training is a great way to make a noticeable difference in how your body feels, looks and performs. Here are a few suggestions on how to make weight training work for you:

1. Design a program that's right for you. Some fundamental questions to ask yourself prior to beginning a weight training program include the following:


How many days per week can I realistically exercise? Three days minimum is suggested, preferably with a day of rest in between each exercise day.

How much time can I allocate to work out per exercise session? Twenty minutes is ideal for most people, up to a maximum of 45 minutes.

Am I trying to build size or simply tone muscle? A quicker, lighter pace is more for toning, while a heavier, slower pace generally builds muscle size and strength.

Do I have more than 10 pounds of body fat to lose? Do higher reps at a quicker pace to maximize fat loss.

How much experience do I have with weight training? Be careful not to over-exercise. Progress slowly; remember, if you get hurt, you won't be able to exercise at all!


The answers to these questions will determine the amount, tempo and frequency of your training program.

2. Work your entire body. Here's a sample of the exercises you can perform using weights to get a full-body workout. You can perform these exercises one after the other with little or no rest three days of the week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), and add in other exercises as you advance. Here are a few to get you started (remember to talk to your doctor for more information and before starting any new exercise program):


Incline Dumbbell Presses: Angle an exercise bench at approximately 45 degrees. Take two dumbbells and lie on your back. Starting at chest level, press the dumbbells over your chest and lightly touch them together at the top. Keep your head resting on the bench, lower weight to starting position and repeat for desired repetitions.

Dumbbell Rows: Take two dumbbells and stand with feet just outside shoulder width. Hinge your hips backward and lean forward toward your toes with a slight bend in your knees. Pull the dumbbells up to your sides with palms facing each other. Lower and repeat. Keep your head up and maintain a slight arch in your lower back. Resist the temptation to round your shoulders forward.

Seated Dumbbell Biceps Curls: Using two dumbbells, curl weight from your side up to chest level. Be sure to keep your elbows perpendicular to the floor and tight by your side to isolate the muscles and prevent swinging.

Dumbbell Triceps Extensions: Lie on your back with two dumbbells and palms facing each other, arms extended toward the ceiling. Slowly bend your elbows, keeping them close together, until the dumbbells reach ear level, and then return to starting position.

Dumbbell Squats: Stand shoulder-width apart grasping two dumbbells by your sides. Squat as deep as you can, keeping your head up and shoulders pulled back. If you lean forward and your heels come off the ground, place a &fra12; to 1-inch support under your heels. This tilts your pelvis, which prevents you from leaning too far forward and keeps the heels stationary.

In your Health,
Dr. Jon Wise
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Laughter Is the Best Medicine



It's a well-known saying that may actually be true, according to a number of studies. Evidence suggests laughter is a true health promoter, helping reduce stress, boost your heart rate, increase circulation, and even burn calories.

For example, laughter helps combat stress, which is well-known to decrease immune-system response. Less stress means a better immune system, making your body less prone to infection and disease. Reducing stress levels also makes it easier to fall asleep, and as has been discussed in this publication on several occasions, poor and/or inadequate sleep can contribute to a whole host of negative health consequences.

But how could laughter possibly burn calories? It's actually a simple concept, if you think about it: When you laugh, your body moves in various ways; muscles throughout the body stretch and, depending on the strength of the laugh, your abdomen and other areas of the body may even contract repeatedly. Now that's a workout and a laugh all in one!


In your Health,

Dr. Jon Wise

Wise Chiropractic


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Chiropractic for Kids: Get the Word Out

According to a recent survey by the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association, chiropractic care of children is associated with high levels of patient/parent satisfaction and a near-perfect safety record. So, have you brought your child(ren) to the chiropractor yet?
In general, the chiropractic adjustment is a very safe procedure for children. With millions of children visiting a chiropractor every year, adverse events (the technical term for injury) are very rare. A study published in 2008 in the prestigious medical journal Pediatrics found only nine incidents of adverse events related to spinal adjustments in children worldwide over the past 100 years, an enviable safety record.

All doctors understand that any form of health care comes with some degree of risk, whether we're talking about a dose of antibiotics or a chiropractic adjustment. As with any procedure, your chiropractor should discuss the benefits and the risks of the adjustment as it applies to your child.

Chiropractic care for children is very different than chiropractic care for adults. The adjustments are much softer and gentler because the child's joints are looser and easier to move. The procedure is quite comfortable and children often look forward to their chiropractic treatment. In addition, children generally heal much more quickly than adults, so typically require just a few treatments to restore normal motion to their joints, and thus restore normal function to their nervous systems and related end organs.

Since chiropractors improve the health of the nervous system by removing irritation stemming from the structural elements of the body, chiropractors can help children with a wide range of conditions, from colic to ear infections to asthma.

If your children aren't already receiving regular chiropractic care, talk to your doctor about getting them into the office for an initial visit.

If your chiropractor doesn't specialize in treating children, particularly very young children, and doesn't know someone who does, they can help you find a pediatric chiropractor in your neighborhood using several resources, including http://acapedscouncil.org/unitedstates.html, www.icapediatrics.com/members-referral.php or http://www.chiropractic4kids.org/.

Wise Chiropractic
5875 S Rainbow Blvd #201
Las Vegas, NV 89118
702-248-6292
http://www.wisechiropractor.com/

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Herbology


5-HTP Benefits
Widely used for obesity, PMS, migraines, depression, anxiety, insomnia and addictive behaviour. 30 vegetarian tablets containing 100mg 5-HTP, 25mg Vit B-6, 15mg Vit B-3 as well as Zinc and Magnesium.If you are taking MAO inhibitors, anti-depressants or being treated for Parkinson's Disease consult your GP first.

Aloe vera Benefits
Aloe vera is one of the only known natural vegetarian sources of Vitamin B12, and it contains many minerals vital to the growth process and healthy function of all the body's systems. Numerous studies worldwide indicate that aloe vera is a general tonic for the immune system, helping it to fight illness of all kinds. Various research studies are underway to explore the potential of aloe vera components to boost immunity and combat the HIV virus, and to treat certain types of cancer (particularly leukemia). It may even have a role to play in managing diabetes.

Black Cohosh Benefits
Black Cohosh has been used by Native Americans for more than two hundred years, after they discovered the root of the plant helped relieve menstrual cramps and symptoms of menopause. These days it is still used for menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes/flushes, irritability, mood swings and sleep disturbances. It is also used for PMS, menstrual irregularities, uterine spasms and has been indicated for reducing inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and neuralgia.

Cats Claw Benefits
Cats Claw is a vine commonly known as Una de Gato and is used traditionally in Peruvian medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health problems, particularly digestive complaints and arthritis and to treat wounds, stomach problems, cancer, and more. It has only recently caught the attention of western herbalists and researchers. Today, mainly by word of mouth, it has become one of the best selling herbs in the USA.

Cayenne Benefits
Cayenne is used as a natural fat burner and pain killer, to treat ulcers, increase metabolism, improve circulation, boost the immune system and aid digestion. It is used as a tonic for the heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen and stomach and to treat herpes, shingles and rheumatism. It is also known to combat chills and has been used to treat bunions, psoriasis, pleuritis and pericarditis and has been indicated for preventing heart disease.

Chamomile Benefits
Dried chamomile flower is an age-old medicinal drug known in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Chamomile's popularity grew throughout the Middle Ages, when people turned to it as a remedy for numerous medical complaints including asthma, colic, fevers, inflammations, nausea, nervous complaints, children's ailments, skin diseases and cancer. As a popular remedy, it may be thought of as the European counterpart of ginseng.

Cranberry Benefits
Cranberry juice has evolved, much like Aloe vera, as a quintessential American folk remedy; so well-known as a cure for urinary infections that it prompted scientists to begin to investigate its value more than seventy years ago. Recent studies have shown it can reduce the ability of E. coli to adhere to the lining of the bladder and urethra, reducing the potential for urinary tract infections (UTIs). Cranberries are also high in antioxidants and contain a potent vasodilator.

Dong quai Benefits
Dong Quai is also known as Chinese Angelica and is primarily known for it's uses in treating women's problems including lack of sexual desire, the symptoms of menopause, cramps and PMS. It aids in increasing the effects of hormones in both men and women and is widely used as an aphrodisiac. Dong Quai is particularly useful in helping to end hot flashes and menstrual cramps. It is also used as a liver tonic and in treating sciatica and shingles. It is one of the most widely consumed herbs in China, used as frequently as ginseng and licorice. Dong quai has been used by the Chinese for more than two thousand years, as a strengthener of the heart, lung, spleen, liver and kidney meridians and as a tonic for the blood. It is traditionally characterized as a warm atmospheric energy that promotes blood circulation.

Echinacea Benefits
Echinacea should be of particular interest during the cold and flu season when you are exposed to these illnesses on a regular basis. When used correctly it is the closest thing to a cure for the common cold. Echinacea stimulates the overall activity of the cells responsible for fighting all kinds of infection. Unlike antibiotics, which directly attack bacteria, echinacea makes our own immune cells more efficient at attacking bacteria, viruses and abnormal cells, including cancer cells. It increases the number and activity of immune system cells including anti-tumor cells, promotes T-cell activation, stimulates new tissue growth for wound healing and reduces inflammation in arthritis and inflammatory skin conditions.

Elderberry Benefits
Used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune system, improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsilitis. Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1995.

Evening Primrose Benefits
Evening Primrose Oil has been called the most sensational preventive discovery since vitamin C. It contains the pain relieving compound phenylalanine and is increasingly being used to treat chronic headaches. It is currently being studied all over the world as a treatment for aging problems, alcoholism, acne, heart disease, hyperactivity in children, multiple sclerosis, weight control, obesity, PMS and schizophrenia. It has so many preventive and therapeutic qualities that it has become a standard part of recommendations of many herbalist for maintaining youth and preventing disease.

Garlic Benefits
Garlic is one of the earth's greatest health tonics and does indeed have scientifically-proven medicinal properties. It contains a substance called Allicin, which has anti-bacterial properties that are equivalent to a weak penicillin. It is a natural antibiotic and is useful in treating everything from allergies to tonsillitis. Garlic contains many sulfur compounds which detoxify the body, boost the immune system, lower blood pressure and improve circulation. Garlic has also demonstrated anti-cancer, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant effects. Garlic can stimulate the production of glutathione, an amino acid which is known to be a very potent antioxidant and de-toxifier and the smooth muscle relaxant adenosine, also found in the herb, will lower blood pressure.

Ginger Root

BenefitsGinger is well known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea and indigestion and is used for wind, colic, irritable bowel, loss of appetite, chills, cold, flu, poor circulation, menstrual cramps, dyspepsia (bloating, heartburn, flatulence), indigestion and gastrointestinal problems such as gas and stomach cramps. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb and there has been much recent interest in its use for joint problems. It has also been indicated for arthritis, fevers, headaches, toothaches, coughs, bronchitis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, to ease tendonitis, lower cholesterol and blood-pressure and aid in preventing internal blood clots.
Ginger has been well researched and many of its traditional uses confirmed. It is well known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea and indigestion. It is a warming remedy, ideal for boosting the circulation, lowering high blood pressure and keeping the blood thin in higher doses. Ginger is anti-viral and makes a warming cold and flu remedy. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb and there has been much recent interest in its use for joint problems.

Ginkgo biloba Benefits
Ginkgo extract has proven benefits to elderly persons. This ancient herb acts to enhance oxygen utilization and thus improves memory, concentration, and other mental faculties. The herbal extract has also been shown to significantly improve long-distance vision and may reverse damage to the retina of the eye. Studies have also confirmed its value in the treatment of depression in elderly persons. The ginkgo extract may provide relief for persons with headache, sinusitis, and vertigo. It may also help relieve chronic ringing in the ears known as tinnitus.

Glucosamine BenefitsAs some people get older they develop a degenerative condition known as osteoarthritis which is characterized by pain, stiffness, swelling of the joints and a general inability to move about easily. The condition, which is irreversible, is caused by the deterioration and eventual loss of bone cartilage, the soft connective tissue that protects joints and keeps bones from directly rubbing against each other. Some studies suggest that most people over 60 have osteoarthritis though the severity of the symptoms can vary greatly among individuals. Numerous allopathic and natural remedies are touted as treatments for the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Among them are nutritional supplements based on a substance called Glucosamine. Glucosamine is a naturally occurring amino sugar in the body that plays a vital role in keeping cartilage and other body tissues healthy. As people get older their bodies start producing less Glucosamine. This gradual diminishing of Glucosamine causes the bone cartilage to lose some of its elasticity and become stiff and inflexible, eventually resulting in osteoarthritis.

Green Tea Benefits

Used to regulate blood sugar and blood pressure, boost the immune system, prevent ulcers, control inflammation, viral colds and flu, prevent gum disease, cavities, and bad breath. It also been indicated for lowering cholesterol, preventing heart disease, osteoporosis and blood clots.
Green tea has been the focus of exciting new studies indicating its effectiveness in raising metabolism for weight loss and preventing & fighting cancer and other disease with its super antioxidants. It has a long list of potential health benefits and is used to regulate blood sugar and blood pressure, boost the immune system, prevent ulcers, control inflammation, viral colds and flu, prevents gum disease, cavities, and bad breath. It also been indicated for lowering cholesterol, preventing heart disease, osteoporosis and blood clots.

Hawthorn Berry BenefitsUsed to promote the health of the circulatory system, treat angina, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia and has been found to strengthen the heart. Hawthorn is widely regarded in Europe as a safe and effective treatment for the early stages of heart disease and has been used for a number of ailments including angina, myocarditis, arteriosclerosis, nervous conditions like insomnia, and diarrhea. It has also been indicated for strengthening blood vessels, vascular insufficiency and blood clots, restoring the heart muscle wall, lowering cholesterol and to aid digestion.

Licorice Root Benefits
Licorice root has an impressive list of well documented uses and is probably one of the most over-looked of all herbal remedies. It is used for many ailments including asthma, athlete's foot, baldness, body odour, bursitis, canker sores, chronic fatigue, depression, colds and flu, coughs, dandruff, emphysema, gingivitis and tooth decay, gout, heartburn, HIV, viral infections, fungal infections, ulcers, liver problems, Lyme disease, menopause, psoriasis, shingles, sore throat, tendinitis, tuberculosis, ulcers, yeast infections, prostate enlargement and arthritis.

Milk Thistle Benefits
Milk Thistle is unique in its ability to protect the liver and has no equivalent in the pharmaceutical drug world. In fact, in cases of poisoning with Amanita mushrooms, which destroy the liver, milk thistle is the only treatment option. It has been so dramatically effective that the treatment has never been disputed, even by the traditional medical community.

Olive leaf Benefits

Olive leaf was first used medicinally in Ancient Egypt. It is gaining recognition as a powerful defender against sickness and numerous scientific studies have been conducted to investigate the extract’s beneficial properties. The reported benefits of olive leaf extract's range from promoting increased energy and healthy blood pressure, to supporting the cardiovascular system, and the immune system. Contains 500mg herb per tablet (6% Oleuropein). Suitable for vegetarians.

Rhodiola Benefits
Rhodiola rosea is a remarkable herb that has a wide and varied history of uses. It is thought to strengthen the nervous system, fight depression, enhance immunity, elevate the capacity for exercise, enhance memory, aid weight reduction, increase sexual function and improve energy levels.It has long been known as a potent adaptogen. Adaptogens are natural plant substances that increase the body's non-specific resistance and normalise the functions of the body.

Saw palmetto Benefits
Saw palmetto is an extract derived from the deep purple berries of the saw palmetto fan palm (Serenoa repens), a plant indigenous to the coastal regions of the southern United States and southern California.

Spirulina Benefits

An international detective hunt has been underway for over 20 years. Scientists around the world - in Japan, China, India, Europe, Russia and the USA - are discovering how and why spirulina is so effective for human and animal health. Hundreds of published scientific studies reveal how spirulina and its unique phytonutrients boost the immune system and improve health. No other algae has been the subject of such intense research.

St. John's Wort Benefits
St. John's Wort has become popular again as an antidepressant. It is the number one treatment in Germany and has been extensively studied by Commission E, the scientific advisory panel to the German government. It contains several chemicals, including hypericin, hyperforin, and pseudohypericin, which are thought to be the major sources of antidepressant activity. In several studies of laboratory animals and humans, one or more of the chemicals in St. John's wort appeared to delay or decrease re-absorption of the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin by nerve cells.

Valerian Benefits
Valerian is well known for its sedative qualities and its ability to relax the central nervous system and the smooth muscle groups. It has been used as a sleeping aid for hundreds of years especially when there is excitation or difficulty in falling to sleep due to nervousness. Over 120 chemical components are found in valerian and although a very complex herb, it has not been found to have any negative side effects with moderate use.

Wild Yam Benefits
Mexican Wild Yam is a very good antispasmodic so is good for menstrual cramps, relaxing muscles, soothing nerves, relieving pain, poor circulation and neuralgia, for the inflammatory stage of rheumatory arthritis and for abdominal and intestinal cramping. It has long been used for its benefits in womens reproductive health, including pre-menstrual syndrome and menopausal problems. It can be taken in capsules or in tea (though there are mixed opinions on the flavour). The powder can be added to creams or vaginal ointments.
Wild Yam's traditional use is for easing menstrual cramps. Its antispasmodic property is beneficial for any kind of muscular spasm and colic, such as intestinal and bilious colic, flatulence, ovarian and uterine pain; for poor circulation and neuralgia; for the inflammatory stage of rheumatory arthritis; and for abdominal and intestinal cramping. Wild Yam can be very beneficial for nervousness, restlessness and other nervous conditions.


Wise Chiropractic

5875 S Rainbow Blvd #201

Las Vegas, NV 89118

702-248-6292


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

US Healthcare Spends More and Get Less




A series of news stories were published based upon a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, (OECD), that showed that the United States spent the most on healthcare, yet was not doing well when compared to other wealthy nations in several key areas of health measurements.


The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development issued a report on December 8, 2009 called the "OECD Health Data 2009: Statistics and Indicators for 30 Countries" which included a detailed study on the US healthcare system. The portion of the report specific to the US called, "OECD Health Data 2009, How Does the United States Compare", has with it some telling statistics about the US healthcare system and the results we get for the money spent.
Some of the interesting facts uncovered by the report are the following:


The United States ranks far ahead of other OECD countries in terms of total health spending per capita, with spending of $7,290 . That represents almost two-and-a-half times greater than the other nations average of $2,964 in 2007. The next closest nation is Norway which follows, with spending of $4,763 per capita, followed by Switzerland with spending of $4,417 per capita.

The US spends 16% of its Gross Domestic Product on healthcare, compared with France, Switzerland and Germany, which allocated 11.0%, 10.8% and 10.4% of their GDP to health respectively.

The US pays a smaller portion of the health care bill from public funding than other nations. Only 45% of healthcare expenses are paid by public funds which is a much smaller amount compared to an average of 73% for other OECD nations.

Infant mortality in the US is at 6.7 deaths per 1,000 live births which is well above the average of 3.9 per 1,000 live births.

Life expectancy at birth in the U.S. was 78.1 years in 2007 which is a year less than the OECD average of 79.1, and puts the U.S. just ahead of the Czech Republic, Poland and Mexico. Norway and Switzerland have a 2 to 4 year longer life expectancy over the US.

The study also noted that drug spending has increased everywhere with the US leading the way. According to the report, per capita spending on pharmaceuticals rose by almost 50 percent over the last 10 years in OECD countries, reaching a total of $650 billion in 2007. The U.S. was the world's biggest spender on pharmaceuticals, spending $878 per person, with Canada next at $691 per person and the OECD average at $461.


In your Health,
Dr. Jon Wise
Wise Chiropractic
http://www.wisechiropractor.com/


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