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March 2009 Health Newsletter


Current Articles

» New Drug Information/Cholesterol
» ABC Testing!
» All VA Medical Facilities May Soon Offer Chiropractic
» New Beds Offer Better Nights Rest
» Stay Active To Stay Young
» Simple Ankle/Foot Exercises Help Seniors

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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All VA Medical Facilities May Soon Offer Chiropractic
While 32 of the more than 150 VA health care facilities (those specifically providing health care services to our nation's veterans) offer chiropractic services, a new bill will require the VA to have a doctor of chiropractic on staff at all VA medical facilities by 2012. Integrating chiropractic treatment into the VA health care system would not only be cost-effective, it would also speed the recovery of many of the veterans returning from current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. A January 2009 report from the Veterans Health Administration indicates that over 49 percent of veterans returning from the Middle East and Southwest Asia who have sought VA health care were treated for symptoms associated with musculoskeletal ailments - the top complaint of those tracked for the report. Chiropractors are experts in the care of musculoskeletal injuries offering a safe, effective, non-invasive hands on treatment approach. Currently, the bill (HR 1017) has been referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. To view the full text of HR 1017, click here. Contact your Member of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor HR 1017.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: American Chiropractic Association. February 19, 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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New Beds Offer Better Nights Rest
A new study finds replacing that old mattress could improve sleep quality and reduce sleep related back discomfort. Researchers recorded the reported back discomfort and sleep quality for 28 consecutive days with 30 female and 29 male subjects sleeping in their existing beds (average age of beds was 9.5 years old). Subject's beds were then replaced by new, medium-firm beds and again, their sleep quality and back discomfort were tracked. Researchers noted a significant improvement between pre and post test sleep quality and efficiency. Thus, if you feel that your bed has turned into a boxing ring for your body, perhaps it's time to consider a replacement. Of course, it's important to have yourself checked by a licensed chiropractor if you are experiencing any back pain or discomfort to ensure there isn't a more serious underlying condition present.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 1-8 (March 2009)
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Stay Active To Stay Young
A new report in the Mayo Clinic Health Letter recommends staying active in order to reduce some of the discomforts associated with aging. While many tend to blame those stiff, aching joints and sore backs on their increasing age, experts believe that many of these aches and pains can be reduced if not eliminated by implementing an exercise regimen and/or simply remaining active. Other studies show exercise and physical activity help to lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes as well as improve energy and immune function. The experts also say it's never too late to start exercising. Be sure to consult with your chiropractor or other health care provider prior to implementing any new exercise regimen.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Mayo Clinic Health Letter, February 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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Simple Ankle/Foot Exercises Help Seniors
Researchers have found that a few simple ankle/foot exercises can significantly improve the lower extremity strength and balance of senior citizens. As we age, we lose strength and mobility as well as coordination and balance. These things, especially in the lower extremities, increase the risk of fall-type injuries and more or less, slow us down. New research shows that a few simple exercises performed for 15-minutes, 3-times per week can significantly improve ankle/foot strength and overall balance. The 15-minute exercise session consists of a 5-minute warm-up, 5 minutes of ankle flexion/extension exercises using therapeutic elastic bands, ending with a 5-minute cool down period. When compared with seniors who did not participate in the simple ankle/foot exercises, those performing the exercises experienced a significant improvement in functional mobility and balance. Seniors should be especially cautious and discuss the appropriateness and safety of exercise regimes with their primary care provider such as their local chiropractor prior to initiating any exercise program.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Geriatrics and Gerontology International, March 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009


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