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February 2009 Health Newsletter


Current Articles

» New Drug Information/Cholesterol
» ABC Testing!
» Increasing Number of Children Receive Pediatric Chiropractic Care
» Chiropractic Effective For Myofascial Pain Syndrome & Trigger Points
» Relief For Knee Arthritis Sufferers
» Get Quality Sleep, Be Happy

New Drug Information/Cholesterol

This month we will focus on Cholesterol lowering medicines and suggest natural alternatives to statin drugs. If you are too busy to read this entire article and have high cholesterol, call me for a cost free phone consultation. Dr. Saul

Are prescription medicines over utilized? Here are a few facts. In 2006, there were 275 billion in sales of drugs and at least 45 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug on a daily basis. Five out of six elderly or 83 percent take one prescription or more on a daily basis.

IN 2004 1.6 million teenagers and children were prescribed at least two psychiatric drugs in combination.

Lipitor TM ads state that there is a 36 percent reduction in the risk of Heart Attack (compared with placebo). This sounds great until you read between the lines and understand that the placebo group had a 2 percent reduction of Heart Attack compared with 3 percent on Lipitor. This is actually a 1 percent absolute risk reduction!! Considering the cost at about 140/month or 1680/year, is one percent really worth it? Consider the side effects as well. Elevated cancer rates, bone and muscle pain, toxicity of the central nervous system. chest pain, nausea, bronchitis, insomnia, dizziness, urinary tract infection and more.

Furthermore, statin drugs like Lipitor reduce the delivery of Coenzyme  Q-10 which is absolutely necessary for good cardiovascular health. In addition,  Cholesterol is good! Yes..you heard correctly..in fact it is essential.....you need cholesterol as a precursor to vitamin D production in the skin. It is necessary for fat and mineral production. It forms the myelin sheath around the nerves, helps serotonin receptors function properly as well as the adrenal hormones and is important for the optimal function of the immune system!

There are better and safer ways to treat high cholesterol than medicine which include the use of Niacin, Fish oils and increasing your fiber intake. Lets look at these supplement individually.

Niacin (in PCOH-plus...see below)  will increase HDL by 20-35 percent, decrease LDL by 5 to 25 percent, decrease tryglycerides by 30 percent and VLDL as well. Niacin is also very inexpensive.

To avoid the “Niacin flush” from standard Nicain supplements you can initially take it with aspirin and taper over two weeks. No flush Niacin should be avoided in favor of slow release niacin.

The health benefits of fish oil include its ability to aid in heart diseases, high cholesterol, weight loss, depression, anxiety, AHDH, immunity, cancer, pregnancy, diabetes, inflammation, arthritis, IBD, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, eye disorders, macular degeneration, skin care, psoriasis, acne, ulcers, fertility, etc. 

Fiber is important to colon health and is able to pull fats from the bloodstream aiding to help lower elevated cholesterol levels. Avoid fiber products that contain sugar.

PCOH-Plus is a new product that we are going to have available that utilizes Policosanol from sugar cane, which is the source supported by clinical research, and emulsified CoQ10, which has been shown to be better absorbed that the most commonly used form. Some so-called "policosanols", are isolated from beeswax and rice bran. These extracts have even been shown in clinical trials to provide the health benefits of policosanol derived from sugar cane. Why the confusion? The term "policosanols" generally means a group of, or many cosanols. However, the term was originally given to the isolate from sugar cane, which has as its main component, Octacosanol. On the other hand, so-called policosanols from beeswax consists mostly of other alcohols, as is the case with rice bran extracts. Policosanols from sugar cane has been well studied and proven safe and effective. The results have been published in high quality, peer review journals such as the American Heart Journal, International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology Research, and Diabetes Care.

Dietary changes to eliminate or significantly reduce hydrogenated fats, refined carbohydrates, dairy products, gluten containing grains and alcohol should also be initiated along with an increase in exercise.
  60 capsules:

Niacin (as inosital hexaniacinate) 250 mg
Policosanol (from sugar cane) 10 mg
CoQ10 (emulsified for greater uptake and utilization) 2.5 mg
Superoxide Dismutase (from vegetable source) 15 mcg
Catalase 15 mcg

If you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, feel free to call and discuss modern natural alternatives. 

Next month we will discuss Osteoporosis, and how to prevent it. 

Hang in there.

 

Dr. Saul

 

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: David Brownstein M.D., Drugs that don't work and natural therapies that do.
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2009


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ABC Testing!

We are proud to offer a way for you to determine how your body is functioning utilizing ABC or Advanced Body Chemistry testing. The ABC test checks 11 key Biomarkers, uncluding PH, Oxidative Stress, Electrolytes, Cellular Respiration, etc and will inform you how much stress is on your Adrenal Glands, Kidneys, Liver, etc.

In this way you can prevent future problems and reverse the problems you already have. This testing is perticularly good for those suffering with morning stiffness, headaches, tiredness, weight gain, digestive disorders or folks who just plain feel out of whack.

This testing is also essential in determining what nutrients, supplements and specific foods you need to bring your body chemistry back into balance. Once a baseline value is established, re-checks can be performed to monitor progress and in this way, guesswork is reduced to a minimum. Most patients receive about a 5 to 8 page report of findings.

The price for the testing is $149 and includes the report of findings.For more information, please feel free to email me at drstevensaul@gmail.com

 

Author: Dr. Steven Saul
Source: Dr. Steven Saul
Copyright: Dr. Steven Saul 2008


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Increasing Number of Children Receive Pediatric Chiropractic Care
A growing number of parents are adding pediatric chiropractic care as an integrative component of their children's health care regimen.

Survey data indicates that the percentage of chiropractic patients under 17 years of age has increased at least 8.5 percent since 1991, says the American Chiropractic Association. Further, a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study indicated that nearly 3 percent of children in the United States were treated with chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation in 2007, making it the most common form of doctor-directed complementary or alternative medicine used by children.

According to Elise Hewitt, DC, a Portland-area doctor of chiropractic and president of the American Chiropractic Association's Pediatrics Council, chiropractic care isn't just for adults. Infants and children can benefit from spinal manipulation and other forms of chiropractic care just as much as their parents and grandparents.

"It's very important that a child have both a pediatrician and a pediatric chiropractor. A pediatric chiropractor is not there to replace the role of the pediatrician," says Dr. Hewitt. "The pediatrician provides medications when necessary and delivers care in times of serious illness and injury. A pediatric chiropractor is there for preventative wellness care and maintenance of the child's structure. The two are very complementary."

Studies are beginning to show that chiropractic can help children not only with typical back and neck pain complaints, but also with issues as varied as asthma, chronic ear infections, nursing difficulties, colic and bedwetting.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle. Doctors of chiropractic - commonly referred to as chiropractors - practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Following their undergraduate education, doctors of chiropractic obtain a four-year degree consisting of more than 4,500 hours of study and clinical experience. Pediatric specialists receive additional post-doctorate training.

"The vast majority of parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and look forward to subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a greater level of health while under regular chiropractic care,” Dr. Hewitt notes.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is the nation's leading chiropractic organization representing more than 15,000 doctors of chiropractic and their patients. To find a chiropractor near you, visit the ACA's searchable member database at www.acatoday.org/DocSearch.

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: American Chiropractic Association. January 29, 2009.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association. 2009


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Chiropractic Effective For Myofascial Pain Syndrome & Trigger Points
A recent review of research was performed to identify the effectiveness of various treatments for the relief of Myofascial pain syndrome and myofascial trigger points. Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic form of muscle pain characterized by sensitive points in the muscles called myofascial trigger points. These trigger points in the muscles can be painful when touched and the pain can spread throughout the affected muscle as well as radiate down the extremities. In this study, 112 articles were found matching the study's criteria and were reviewed. After evaluating these studies, researchers stated, "Moderately strong evidence supports manipulation and ischemic pressure for immediate pain relief at myofascial trigger points…". Manipulation is the primary treatment provided by chiropractors. Ischemic pressure another common technique utilized by chiropractors that involves applying manual, direct pressure to the trigger points to ultimately provide pain relief and reduction of trigger points. If you or another is suffering from sensitive areas in the muscles and/or you believe you could be suffering from myofascial pain syndrome, please contact our office today for a professional and caring consultation.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT. Volume 32, Issue 1, Pages 14-24 (January 2009)
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Relief For Knee Arthritis Sufferers
A new study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism found chondroitin sulfate successful at reducing pain as well as reducing cartilage loss in the knee for subjects suffering from knee arthritis. Of the 622 subjects aged 45 to 80 years, the average subject was suffering from moderate knee pain due to arthritis. For a period of 2 years, subjects received either prescription-grade chondroitin sulfate or a placebo. Those receiving the chondroitin sulfate as compared with the placebo experienced notable pain relief as well as a 33 percent reduction in the likelihood of experiencing joint narrowing in the knee. While these findings are extremely promising for those suffering from arthritis of the knee and perhaps with arthritis of other joints, it should be noted that subjects were taking prescription-grade chondroitin sulfate and thus, results cannot necessarily be generalized to those chondroitin sulfate products currently being sold as dietary supplements. However, it does appear that the correct chondroitin sulfate can have beneficial effects in those suffering from various forms of arthritis.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Arthritis & Rheumatism, February 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Get Quality Sleep, Be Happy
According to researchers at the National Public Health Institute, those suffering from sleep quality issues are more likely to become dissatisfied with life as they grow older. It appears that lack of adequate sleep or adequate quality of sleep experience a significantly higher rate of dissatisfaction with life as they age. Also, it doesn't appear that those who become dissatisfied with life as they age have a similar correlation to sleep quality. While more research is needed, it's important to realize how essential it is to consistently give your body the rest it needs and strive to obtain sufficient amounts of quality rest and sleep.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: American Journal of Epidemiology, January 15, 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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