Osteoporosis and Vitamin D

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We have become suddenly and painfully aware of osteoporosis or loss of bone density. Fifteen years ago, the only ones warning of this were the “alternative” practitioners and they were chided for yelling “fire” when it didn’t exist. But now we are hearing advertisements for dozens of products to strengthen your bones and doctors have yearly tests available for bone density determinations. Unfortunately the drugs cobbled up to treat osteoporosis have short-term benefits but long term detriment because they harden the outer shell of the bone but allow the inner bone to become spongy and friable. Thus any sharp stress often fractures the brittle outer part of the bone and healing is very slow.

Why Beer Could Be Good for Your Health

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That beer belly of yours might not be associated with beer at all, according to a Czech Republic study cited recently by Harvard’s Harvey B. Simon, M.D. Though most of us can agree that drinking copious amounts of beer will more than likely result in negative health effects, scientific research suggests that consuming beer in moderation can actually improve your health. Take heart, beer lovers, and consider the following rewards of kicking back with your favorite brew. Lowers Risk of Cardiovascular Disease A lower risk of cardiovascular disease has been observed in men and women who drink beer. The higher HDL levels (known as “good cholesterol”) in alcohol can be linked to this, according to Harvard researchers, who observe a consistent 25-40% reduction in risk. Having high levels of good cholesterol can be a big health boost for your heart, especially if you are able to keep levels of “bad” (Read More)

Vitamin D: Why You’re Probably Not Getting Enough

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Vitamin D is essential to your health. It has been proven to provide the body with the following health benefits:  Bone Health Diabetes prevention Heart health and prevention of early death due to heart attack Decreased risk of cancer Lower blood pressure Yet, you are probably not getting as much vitamin D as you should. You have been taught since childhood that all you have to do is let a little sunshine fall on your skin and your body will make its own supply. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Why sunlight alone won’t work Not enough sun. During the winter months, the sun is too low on the horizon in the sky too few hours. The sun is blocked. This is true especially in the winter when people wear more clothing. However, even in the summer, when people wear fewer clothes, sunscreen can block the UV rays necessary for (Read More)

Inflammation, Pain, & Chronic Disease Link

Inflammation is now recognized as an overwhelming burden to the healthcare status of our population and the underlying basis of a significant number of diseases. The elderly generally bear the burden of morbidity and mortality, which may be reflective of elevated markers of inflammation resulting from decades of lifestyle choices. Lower cancer rates are associated with diets high in fiber, fruits, vegetables, and tea. AD and PD may be prevented or treated with aggressive vitamin E, curcumin, acetylcarnitine, and catechin supplementation.

Good Vibrations

According to the Journal of Arthritis & Rheumatism, the health of your joint cartilage is improved with vibratory motion. Vibrations allow the hyaluronic acid to be directed evenly among chondrocytes and the extracellular matrix, thus improving delivery of nutrients to chondrocytes in deeper layers and improving transportation of waste products. The average 70 kg (154 lbs) person has roughly 15 grams of hyaluronan in the body, one-third of which is turned over (degraded and synthesized) every day.

Nutrition & Chiropractic: The Rusty Gate!

A gate is a good analogy for understanding bone joint degeneration. A new gate moves free and easy, much like healthy joints. In time, as the joint and gate hinge begin to breakdown or rust, movement becomes restricted and slower. With proper nutritional supplementation and chiropractic care, your joints can maintain proper motion. For the gate, try WD40. :-)


Why & How Does Relevit Work To Address Inflammatory Pain?

It starts with Curcumin A recent UCLA research review discusses the protective factors of curcumin (an extract of turmeric root), one of the main ingredients of curry powder, against Alzheimer’s disease. Substantial evidence suggests that it may inhibit destructive plaque accumulation in the brain, as well as break up existing plaques.

Anti-Inflammatory Molecular Pathway Found in Vitamin D

We recently wrote about promising research linking Vitamin D and the reduction of chronic pain.  Now researchers have found the molecular pathway through which vitamin D inhibits inflammation. Researchers from the National Jewish Health Center in Denver reported their findings in the March issue of The Journal of Immunology.  These new findings are another promising validation of the amazing properties of vitamin D.