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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Lack of Sun Exposure Can Make You Sick

In the past year most women coming into my office have a vitamin D deficiency. The primary source of vitamin D for both children and adults is from sun exposure. I have not always supplemented my clients with an additional vitamin D. I do now. Most people I know work inside an office, then go home leaving them with little to no sun exposure on a daily basis. Most people protect their skin from the sun. Then, there are those with darker skin which makes it even harder to get vitamin D from sun exposure. When I heard that 80% of the skin's aging happens due to sun exposure I started carrying sun screen in my purse. I apply it when I hang my arm out the window. I apply it every time I wash my face. I even put it on my ears - because my father grows skin "barnacles" as he calls them, like most people grow fingernails. He keeps his dermatologist in business. Then I read that sunscreen with only a SPF of 8 reduces the skin's production of vitamin D by 95%. So now what? 50% of the GLOBAL population is at risk of a vitamin D deficiency. It is estimated that 50,00-70,000 people in the U.S. die prematurely from cancer each year due to insufficient vitamin D levels. I started supplementing with vitamin D3 last week - taking 4,000 i.u. a day. This is why: Vitamin D is not only crucial in promoting bone health, but is is also an immune modulator. It plays an important role in glucose metabolism (the conversion of blood sugar into energy). I am not done yet. It is also an anti-inflammatory, promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, facilitates normal blood clotting and healthy breast tissue. There are two source of vitamin D. D3, known as cholecalciferol is the best source of vitamin D. D2, or ergocalciferol is manufactured by the ultraviolet radiation of yeast. D3 has been shown to be at least 3 times more effective than vitamin D2 at raising serum vitamin D levels. Quoting here from a 2008 study put out by Herb Allure: "...scientific evidence has also demonstrated an association between low levels of vitamin D and a greater risk of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, depression, obesity, type 1 diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer and autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. In addition, vitamin D deficiency is increasingly being diagnosed and treated in patients with cystic fibrosis." According to the pooled studies involving 1760 individuals, those with a sufficient serum vitamin D levels (corresponding to a daily intake of 4,000 i.u.) demonstrated a 50% lower risk of breast cancer than those with a serum vitamin D deficiency. And daily oral intake of 1000-2000 i.u. vitamin D3 exhibited a 50% lower incidence of colorectal cancer. Sounds like everyone needs to take this. Dr. Oz told Oprah that it is one of his favorite vitamins to suggest as part of a daily supplement regimen. It's going to be getting darker earlier in our day, protect yourself by supplementing with vitamin D3.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Education, not Vaccination

Okay, so I am one the many parents that choose not to inject toxins (vaccinations) into my children's bodies. It is a choice that I have to defend everytime I take them to their yearly school physicals. I almost have the doctors at the clinic I use trained not to broach the subject with me. If the doctor I use is not in, I warn the receptionist that to tell the Dr. on staff that I am not paying him for his opinion on my vaccination choices. It makes the trip a lot more productive. It was easy for me to make the choice, I attended vaccination classes that just happened to have nurses attending too. They told the class of the many calls, post vaccination, about the side effects that some parents dread. I also learned that they are only aloud to post a small percentage of those complaints to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Then I went to the library and opened a PDR (Physicians Desk Reference) and looked at a few vaccinations to determine what is put into a vaccination. Scary stuff!!! That was that - decision made.
Let's take the MMR vaccine - the one that has been hailed for many years as being a trigger for autism. This is injected twice typically. The first time at 12-14 months old and again at age 4-6 prior to children entering school. Just a few ingredients for you to consider: each dose of reconstituted vaccine contains approximately 25 mcg of neomycin (an antibiotic), a strain of mumps virus propagated in chick embryo cell culture; and a strain of live attenuated rubella virus propagated in WI-38 human diploid lung fibroblasts from aborted fetusus. (The Chickenpox, Hepatitis-A and MMR vaccines were developed using aborted fetal cell lines) Each dose of the vaccine is calculated to contain sorbitol (14.5 mg), sodium phosphate, sucrose (1.9 mg), sodium chloride, hydrolyzed gelatin (14.5 mg), recombinant human albumin (≤0.3 mg), and fetal bovine serum. I found this letter from the Vatican on the use of tissue from aborted fetuses
These are the side effects listed in the paper work that comes in every MMR vaccine. The following adverse reactions are listed in decreasing order of severity:
Body as a Whole
Panniculitis; atypical measles; fever; syncope; headache; dizziness; malaise; irritability.
Cardiovascular System
Digestive System
Pancreatitis; diarrhea; vomiting; parotitis; nausea.
Endocrine System
Diabetes mellitus.
Hemic and Lymphatic System
Thrombocytopenia (see WARNINGS, Thrombocytopenia); purpura; regional lymphadenopathy;
Immune System
Anaphylaxis and anaphylactoid reactions have been reported as well as related phenomena such as
angioneurotic edema (including peripheral or facial edema) and bronchial spasm in individuals with or
without an allergic history.
Musculoskeletal System
Arthritis; arthralgia; myalgia.
Arthralgia and/or arthritis (usually transient and rarely chronic), and polyneuritis are features of
infection with wild-type rubella and vary in frequency and severity with age and sex, being greatest in
adult females and least in prepubertal children. This type of involvement as well as myalgia and
paresthesia, have also been reported following administration

Nervous System
Encephalitis; encephalopathy; measles inclusion body encephalitis (MIBE) (see
CONTRAINDICATIONS); subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE); Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS); febrile convulsions; afebrile convulsions or seizures; ataxia; polyneuritis; polyneuropathy; ocular palsies; paresthesia

Respiratory System
Pneumonia, pneumonitis (see CONTRAINDICATIONS); sore throat; cough; rhinitis.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome; erythema multiforme; urticaria; rash; measles-like rash; pruritis.
Local reactions including burning/stinging at injection site; wheal and flare; redness (erythema);
swelling; induration; tenderness; vesiculation at injection site.
Special Senses
Nerve deafness; otitis media.
Special Senses —
Retinitis; optic neuritis; papillitis; retrobulbar neuritis; conjunctivitis.
Urogenital System
Epididymitis, orchitis.

Now, can you see why the decision you make needs to be based on education, not the fear factor most medical professions and billboards impose on us?!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

New Tooth Revolution

Okay, I can hardly believe it myself - but I still tell everyone who will listen. One year ago, in the fall of 2007 I visited the dentist and received bad news. I had a hole in my tooth, and it was going to be very hard to get to. It was at the back tooth, on the side of the tooth (I guess from storing food in my cheeks). I don't know what the dentist was thinking, maybe that the painless dentistry would make it painless, but she informed me that it would take a lot of numbing (more pokes with the needle). So, I put it off a few months, giving the tooth a lot of TLC. When the visit came up, I put it off again. See, I am terrified of needles - don't mind poking clients, just don't like to be poked myself. I ended up putting it off for several months. When I finally felt brave enough I sucked it up and went in to see her. Well, this is when the magic happened. The dentist put on her gloves and mask and gave me my spit apron. She shined the light deep into my mouth and after scraping for a moment and referring to my chart from the fall she asked me if I was using Xylitol. Yes! I was using it since our last visit, in my toothpaste, mouth rinse, gum, mint and food. It is a natural, food based sweetener that is also used for re-building tooth enamel. It is suppose to kill bacteria that does a lot of damage to our teeth. You are about to become a bigger fan of Xylitol! THE DENTIST COULD NO LONGER FIND THE CAVITY - IT WAS GONE!!! I was in the dentists chair for no longer than 20 minutes before I was on the phone to everyone I knew! My girlfriend who has had several teeth removed from her mouth was astounded. My husband, parents, clients.... and now you, the new fans of my blog. I hope you have the same sort of success that I did. I don't mean to put any dentists out of business. Maybe you can get your dentist on the bandwagon - making teeth healthier can be part of their practice too!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Who knew?

Okay, here's my first post - never even read a blog - don't hold that against me, my life consists of running my own business and taking care of 3 children and a husband - excuses excuses.... Thank you Brian - my sweety, for setting this up for me, I feel a little bit cooler! I have thrown myself into a new study. I am learning a new facet of human physiology. Neurotransmitters - Who knew they did so much. Everyone knows that chocolate - my daughter's favorite food group, helps raise serotonin, and exercise does something to raise our neurotransmitters too, but.... Wow, it's so much more than that. This is what I have found. 95% of our neurotransmitters are in our gut. So does this explain when we are constipated why we are so grumpy - I'd say "YES". We only have 1-2% in our central nervous system (our brain and spinal column). Hmmm, Then only 2-3% is of serotonin is found in our blood. Most of my clients that come in want to work on the gut - constipation, indigestion, GERD, IBS...... Little do they know that's only a jumping off point to make the rest of the body healthier. After the gut is healthier, they are able to assimilate nutrients better, so their body's become more balanced - and happier apparently. Another factor for making everyone happier is repetitive exercise - (walking, yoga, tai chi.....) It is an essential factor for getting our serotonin up. What is serotonin you say? Well, It is keeps us balanced both biochemically and emotionally. It is depleted from living a stressful lifestyle (check), using stimulants like caffeine (check), nicotine, a diet high in sugar and low in protein. I think most of us qualify for a little help already. So, how do you know if you really do have low serotonin? Well, you can have some depression, low mood, pms and hot flashes, sleep difficulties, anxiety and carbohydrate cravings. It also upsets our thyroid which feeds our brain, heart, kidneys and ovaries and has the most control over our metabolism than any other gland! The more the relentless stress we are under, the higher the cortisols get. Ever heard of that? It's been a popular subject lately in weight loss articles. Cortisol is our stress steroid hormone - helps us cope. Well, raised cortisol desensitizes serotonin uptake! Most of you are asking, well sign me up for a SSRI (selective serotonin re uptake inhibitor) - NOOOO. It simply slows the serotonin uptake, it doesn't raise our serotonin. It also helps you to pack on quick weight - not the answer you are looking for?! Eat more chocolate? I know that's what you are thinking, right? No, well, yes, but in moderation only - small amounts one time a month, no biggy. The best thing to raise serotonin is, yes the exercise, but also things like tryptophan, B6, magnesium, DHA/EPA, and taurine. I can think of something that I give to my clients that has some of those things in it called 5-HTP from Nature's Sunshine. I tried once, and could tell an immediate difference in the way I felt, literally 25-30 minutes - the Ziggy cloud dissipated! Crazy. You need to work on other things obviously, but that is what I am here for. I test neurotransmitters in the urine and send it off to the lab to get the bigger picture, and of course move the bowels and exercise...... I help with getting you set on the right track. No need to thank me yet, first you need to get in to pick up a kit.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


First post on Jill's blog.

She already has a website.

And here's a pic of this fine lady: