Vitamin A In the case of vitamin A, recent research is proving that you really can get too much of a good thing. Found in eggs, full-fat dairy, liver, and vitamin-fortified foods, vitamin A is important for vision and the immune system. But the American diet is naturally high in vitamin A, and most multivitamins also contain vitamin A. So it’s possible to get much more than the recommended allotment of 5,000 IUs (international units) a day—which many experts think is too high anyway. Postmenopausal women, in particular, seem to be susceptible to vitamin A overload. Studies show that women whose intake was higher than 5,000 IUs had more than double the fracture rate of women whose intake was less than 1,600 IUs a day. Switch to low-fat or nonfat dairy products only, and eat egg whites rather than whole eggs (all the vitamin A is in the yolk). Also (Read More)
When we are born, we are blessed with approximately 305 bones. As we grow and develop, many of these bones fuse together to become our basic skeleton. By the time we become an adult we have approximately 206 bones. This remarkable skeleton is made up of bones stronger than reinforced concrete. As we age, our bones become less dense and more brittle. What most people don’t understand is the connection between the foods we eat that cause us to lose this strength little by little – about 1% per year. Like the proverbial lobster boiled alive in water that starts out tepid and slowly comes to a boil – our poor food choices over time eventually takes its toll on our bones. This weakening of our bone structure becomes more pronounced at 30-40 years of age and gradually gets worse if we don’t take action. What you eat plays a (Read More)
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.
Scientists believe they have discovered why psychological stress can lead to physical pain. A research team at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today, the research shows for the first time that the effects of psychological stress on the body’s ability to regulate inflammation can lead to the development and progression of disease. Sheldon Cohen, professor of psychology at the university’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, said prolonged stress alters the effectiveness of cortisol to regulate the inflammatory response because it decreases tissue sensitivity to the hormone. Specifically, immune cells become insensitive to cortisol’s regulatory effect and in turn runaway inflammation is thought to promote the development and progression of many diseases. He said: “Inflammation is partly regulated by the hormone cortisol and when cortisol (Read More)
Inflammation is the most common cause of pain. Relieve inflammation and you relieve pain. Inflammation is caused by the release of PGE1 prostaglandin and is sustained by an enzyme called cyclooxygenase 2 (COX2). It is interesting that cancer cells are surrounded by an abnormally heavy concentration of COX2 enzymes. If one could inhibit COX2 enzymes, they could control inflammation and possibly cancer. (This is substantiated by evidence of less cancers among chronic aspirin users). Many years ago drug companies found that aspirin inhibited COX2 but at the same time inhibited COX2 which is a protective prostaglandin for the lining of the digestive tract and blood vessels. Without adequate COX2 you can have ulcers and leaking of the blood vessels. So, for temporary use, aspirin is fine but extended use causes serious side effects. Then came the “miracle” of the COX2 inhibitors – Vioxx, Bextra, Celebrex and others in the market. (Read More)
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.
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. :-)
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.
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.