The Importance of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is probably one of the least understood nutrients, and it’s level is very low in the population, especially for those living in the northern hemisphere!

Vitamin D deficiency is commonly indicated with autoimmune type conditions such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and type 1 diabetes, as well as muscle pain, neurodegenerative disorders, osteoporosis, impaired wound healing, depression, constant fatigue, and more.

Understanding the many roles of vitamin D, and proper testing (to assess your level), useful supplementation, will go a long way in maintaining a balanced immune system.

Main causes of Vitamin D deficiency are:

  • Modern diets (mostly lack Vitamin D foods)
  • Lack of sunshine (further complicated by the misinformed notion that the sun is bad)
  • Gastrointestinal disorders ( make absorbing Vitamin D more difficult)
  • High levels of cortisol or the use of cortisone.
  • Lack of mobility (people confined to the house or in nursing homes reduce exposure to the sun)
  • Adrenal stress and obesity (very common)
  • Aging makes us less efficient in converting sunlight.

D is very important when a woman is pregnant!  Deficiencies are associated with bone loss during pregnancy.

You should have y our levels tested, (periodically), and it should be as close to 100 as possible, we’ve had people come to us that have levels as low as 12!

Supplementation is usually required (especially in the northern latitudes) and we recommend it if you are low.  Use D3 not D2!

To Your Health!

Enzymes

An enzyme is a substance produced by a living organism that acts as a catalyst to bring about a specific biochemical reaction.  They are very important in maintaining good health.

There are digestive enzymes, which help aid the digestion process and systemic enzymes, which help with overall health and healing.  Our body makes some, but it is an exhaustible resource that should be replenished through food and supplementation.

Enzymes are temperature sensitive, and should be stored and consumed thusly.  Typically fruits and veggies contain the correct amount of digestive enzymes to digest itself.  This is why you should eat a good percentage of raw foods, (NOT all raw).

Dr. Edward Group:

“Whether breaking down foods or healing from injury, nearly every process in the human body involves chemical reactions. Enzymes are proteins that act as the catalysts for chemical reactions. Every cell in the body uses enzymes for building, maintenance, and repair. Enzymes are available in food, and the human body produces many enzymes on its own. However, natural production of enzymes begins to decline as early as age 25. Joint pain, circulatory problems, slower healing, and an increase in the incidence of disease are all too common with people who are enzyme deficient and suffering the effects of aging.”

So, enzymes are very important to our life process, and should be a priority for you to get what you need!

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Manuka Honey – Help with Antibiotic Resistant Bugs.

For those that are unfamiliar with the great health benefits of honey, and/or specifically with Manuka honey, here’s some good information.

From http://www.realfoodforlife.com:

Health Benefits of Honey

1. Prevent cancer and heart disease
It contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

2. Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders
Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. This may be related to the 3rd benefit.

3. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal
“All honey is antibacterial because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

4. Increase athletic performance 
Ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.

5. Reduces a cough and throat irritation
It helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 105 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.

6. Balance the 5 elements honey
It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine in India for at least 4000 years and is considered to affect all three of the body’s primitive material imbalances positively. It is also said to be useful in improving eyesight, weight loss, curing impotence and premature ejaculation, urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, diarrhea, and nausea.

Honey is referred as “Yogavahi” since it has a quality of penetrating the deepest tissues of the body. When honey is used with other herbal preparations, it enhances the medicinal qualities of those preparations and also helps them to reach the deeper tissues.

7. Blood sugar regulation
Even though it contains simple sugars, it is NOT the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some kinds of honey do have a low hypoglycemic index, so they don’t jolt your blood sugar.  Watch this video Sweetener Comparisonwhere I compare stevia, brown rice syrup, honey, molasses, and agave, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.

8. Heal wounds and burns
External application of honey has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazine. It is speculated that the drying effect of the simple sugars and honey’s antibacterial nature combine to create this effect. Studies have shown it to be very successful in healing wounds.

9. Probiotic
Some varieties possess large amounts of friendly bacteria. This includes up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria. This may explain many of the “mysterious therapeutic properties of honey.”

10. Strengthen the immune system
Manuka Honey has been found to stimulate the production of immune cells according to a study at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University, UK. Manuka is a favourite of mine.

Manuka honey comes from bees that feed on the Manuka plant in New Zealand, and it is a “super honey” because it has high amounts of methylglyoxal (MG) which is very therapeutic.  All honeys have MG but Manuka has much higher amounts.  Also found as UMF honey (Unique Manuka Factor).  The honey is rated by the level of MG in the honey.  Anything over 10 is considered having therapeutic effects.  It can be as high as 20 percent from higher quality sources.

Manuka is effective against MRSA!  So maybe it should be the go to “antibiotic” of the future!

To Your Health! 

 

Hearing loss is caused by various things…However, nutrition helps!

Hearing loss is usually associated with seniors, but it can be an issue at any age!

Our ears are like any other organ in the body, they need good nutrition to function at their best. If good nutrition is lacking hearing will be affected just as much as any other organ functions!

Inflammation and free radicals (caused by various factors) are the main culprits in most chronic diseases, and the best way to mitigate them is through proper nutrition via good food and supplements.  The B vitamins (particularly folate, B9 and B12)  play a large part in mitigating hearing issues.

Whether you, or a loved one, is suffering from hearing loss, please heed this advice and put more of a priority on nutrition as something that helps in ALL diseases, and without the “side effects” of pharmaceutical drugs!

To Your Health!

Health Care in the (not too distant) Future!

Over the past few decades, “healthcare” in the USA has gone through some serious changes!  Back in the ’80s and ’90s it was not unusual to have a job where the employer paid for your health insurance, and it didn’t cost you a dime!  And the coverage was really good.

Today – not so much!  The policies that are available to you are VERY expensive and they don’t cover many “procedures”.  So you wind up paying much more for much less! 

So what to do?

Reform your health care!

Well what are your options?  Well from a guys point of view, a guy that really likes to do things for himself, without paying someone else, I say “I can do it”!

That’s exactly what I did!  My wife and I, years ago, decided to educate ourselves on the “ins and outs ” of maintaining our good health!  She became a board certified naturopathic doctor, and I received my bachelors in holistic health. We have both attended training on a wide variety of “alternative” therapies.  We then parlayed that education into opening a Holistic Wellness Center, first in NJ, and now in NC.

There are MANY alternatives to regular MDs and pharmaceuticals.  These include herbals, homeopathics, essential oils, and various modalities such as PEMF machines, induction lasers, craniosacral therapy, thermography and colorpuncture.  All of which (and more) we currently utilize in our practice.

However if I have broken bones or other trauma, get me to the emergency room!

I’m not saying that each of you should follow suit, but the information that we learned has become invaluable to helping us keep our health, and helping others do the same!

What I am saying is that you should learn about 1 or 2 of these, probably herbal medicine and/or essential oils, and they will go a long way to you getting out of the “system” and start taking responsibility for your own health, and the health of your family!

This will become an invaluable tool to you and those around you when the SHTF sometime in the future and standard healthcare may become unavailable to you and yours!

Think about it – you being able to help yourself and others maintain their health, without MDs and big pharma!  What a concept!

 

To Your Health!

Coconut Oil Controversy

Coconut oil as a healthy food has come under controversy again due to recent article in USA Today.  Unfortunately this article is completely off base!

It is based on the false premise that fats, especially saturated fats, are unhealthy.  This could not be further from the truth.  Our bodies need fats (good fats) to survive.

My wife and I have been using coconut oil for many years, and found the least expensive to be Costco brand (pictured above).  84oz. for around $20 bucks!

We ingest it in our smoothies each day, use it in cooking, and apply it externally to areas of our bodies that need a little help.

It can help with various health conditions, as it is an anti-fungal:

Coconut oil contains 3 different fatty acids (Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid, Lauric Acid) that have each been found to be effective against the Candida yeast (see the research studies here and here). Caprylic acid in particular is a popular and effective antifungal, which you can buy in supplement form.

And also antiviral:

The antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties of the medium chain fatty acids/triglycerides (MCTs) found in coconut oil have been known to researchers since the 1960s. Research has shown that microorganisms that are inactivated include bacteria, yeast, fungi, and enveloped viruses.

Dr. Hardick has a great article on heart benefits: http://drhardick.com/coconut-oil-heart-disease.

And consuming good fats can help you lose weight!

So it would seem that coconut oil is a VERY good food to use to regain and maintain our good health!

To Your Health!