Dr. Steve's - Naturopathic Medicine Blog
DHEA is produced in the adrenal glands and is a hormonal precursor to testosterone and estrogen.
A Swedish study that followed 2,416 men over five years found that those with a higher serum level of DHEA had the lowest risk
of cardiovascular disease. Men who were lowest in DHEA had a 25% higher risk of cardiovascular events as compared to the others in the study.
Imbalances in DHEA levels have always been associated with adrenal dysfunction and chronic stress states, but this study demonstates it's importance
to cardiovascular health.
In my practice I often see people with low vitamin D levels. Despite daily supplementation, sometimes levels remain lower than optimal.
Vitamin D is a fat soluble nutrient that does not absorb well on an empty stomach or with a small meal. In a recent study from the Cleveland Clinic,
people taking their vitamin D supplement with their largest meal of the day had a remarkable 56.7 % increase in their serum D levels as compared
to people who took it with a light meal or on a empty stomach. If low vitamin D levels persists it is important to rule out gluten sensitivity or other causes of
In a recent publication of Naturopathic Doctor News and Review there was an excellent
article on the relationship of food to mood. Here's some helpful hints:
1. Mitigate Stress by eating every 3-4 hours.
2. Make better choices but don't beat yourself up for making mistakes.
3. Avoid all carbohydrate meals.
4. Start a meal with a soup or salad
5. Fiber is filling- Sugar is killing.
6. Eat some protein at every meal and snack
7. Eat Vegetables- never skip the greens
8.Good fats are filling and reduce cholesterol and improve mood
Top Scientists list the seven foods that they would never eat.
Check it out.
Here's the most recent list of various foods and their pesticide contents.
The Dirty Dozen
Highest in Pesticides - Buy these organic
Celery Peaches Strawberries Apples Blueberries Nectarines Bell Peppers Spinach Cherries Kale/Collard Greens Potatoes Grapes
The Clean 15
Lowest in Pesticides
Onions Avocados Sweet Corn Pineapples Mangoes Sweet Peas Asparagus Kiwis Eggplant Cantaloupe Watermelon Grapefruit Sweet Potato Honeydew
Source : www.foodnews.org
Over 25% of our children and teenagers are being medicated.
Among children 9 years old or younger, there are over 45 million prescriptions
for asthma medications, 7 million ADD/ADHD prescriptions, and over a million for
anti-depressants. There were over 1.8 million prescriptions for anti-hypertension meds for kids
and even more disturbing is that nearly 7% of our children are receiving long-term treatment
with two or more drugs. Most, if not all of these drugs have been studied exclusively in adults.
Additionally, children may have difficulties describing side-effects or problems that they may
be experiencing as a result of the medications.
Our pediatric population is becoming increasingly sicker and sicker at younger ages.
Unless this trend reverses our unhealthy children will become even unhealthier adults.
Matthews AW. So young and so many pills. Wall Street Journal Dec.28th 2010
Here's some information on Vitamin D from a recent peer reviewed article.
Normal lab values for vitamin D range from 30 -100, but optimal values are over 50.
Auto Immune Disease and Vit.D
The autoimmune diseases rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythrematosus (SLE) both are associated with vitamin D deficiency and increased risk of fracture. The glucocorticoid drugs that are frequently used to treat these diseases add further to the risk of fracture, especially when their use is continued beyond 3 months. Such patients should be closely monitored and their vitamin D status adjusted as required.
Higher vitamin D intake is associated with a decreased incidence of RA. Among SLE patients the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency is as high as 67 percent. In these patients, renal disease, photosensitivity, and African American race are strong predictors of low 25D levels (<10 ng/mL). Physicians should consider checking 25D status frequently in these patients, especially in those with osteoporosis or other risk factors for falls.
Cardiovascular Disease and Vit. D
Epidemiological studies suggest vitamin D insufficiency is associated with higher risk for hypertension, and that patients with hypertension and low 25D levels have higher risk for adverse cardiovascular events.
In adults, low circulating 25D levels correlate with congestive heart failure. Vitamin D insufficiency has been correlated with greater mortality from cardiovascular disease, and from stroke.
Long-term therapy with antiepileptic drugs such as phenobarbital, phenytoin and carbamazepine, or the antimicrobial agent rifampicin, can cause the metabolic bone disease osteomalacia due to decreased Vit. D status.
Few foods contribute substantial vitamin D to the diet. Oily fish lead the list, including (roughly in the order of highest to lowest D3 content) catfish, salmon, mackerel, sardines, tuna, and eel, followed by eggs, beef liver (cooked), and fish liver oils such as cod liver oil, butter, red meat, and liver. A 100-gram snack of cooked salmon could provide 360 IU, but should preferably be from wild caught fish since farmed salmon can contain as little as one-quarter the vitamin D of the wild fish. Mushrooms are the only substantial vegan source of vitamin D, as D2/ergocalciferol.
Do you know what you are eating?
Percentage of GMO crops in USA:
Avoid the above foods unless they are labeled organic or non-GMO
Animals will avoid GM feed when given a choice
Chickens fed GM corn died at twice the rate of non-GM feed
In rats fed GM potatoes for as little as ten days developed
pre-cancerous lesions in their G.I. tract, had smaller brains, livers
and testicles, liver atrophy and immune system damage.
GMO Foods- Not only have higher levels of allergens but contain lower levels of protein,
fatty acids, essential amino acids and phytoestrogens
Soon after GM soy was introduced in the UK Soy allergies increased by 50%
Current challenges associated with GM foods:
No human clinical trials
No post-marketing surveillance
Approvals based on industry studies and untested assumptions
GM foods lead to higher pesticide residues that directly affect human health
Got an iphone ?- look for the app - ShopNoGMO
Check out- www.NonGMOshopppinguide.com
ADD and ADHD medications raise a lot of concerns when given to our children.
Many of them carry a "black box" warning from the FDA because of their dangerous side-effects and toxicity. Here's what a recent study from the Netherlands found out:
"The Lancet study suggests that with a very restrictive diet, kids with ADHD could experience a significant reduction in symptoms.
"ADHD, it's just a couple of symptoms — it's not a disease," the Dutch researcher tells All Things Considered weekend host Guy Raz.
The way we think about — and treat — these behaviors is wrong, Pelsser says. "There is a paradigm shift needed.
If a child is diagnosed ADHD, we should say, 'OK, we have got those symptoms, now let's start looking for a cause.' "
Pelsser compares ADHD to eczema. "The skin is affected, but a lot of people get eczema because of a latex allergy or because they are eating a pineapple or strawberries."
According to Pelsser, 64 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD are actually experiencing a hypersensitivity to food.