Natural PMS Potions

 PMS stands for Pre Menstrual Syndrome, a complex of symptoms in the 5-7 days before menstration familiar to many women. PMS is caused by an imbalance of the estrogen/ progesterone ratio. Usually that ratio imbalance may be caused by either estrogen being too high or prgesterone being too low. 

 If estrogen is too high, the best approaches are a healthier diet and nutraceuticals that help the liver breakdown and detoxify estrogen, my favorite being Fem Co from MediHerb, Alternately a PMS specifc multivitamin like PMT or EquiFem from Biotics may be the better choice. ( PMT is better for young women. EquiFem contains some herbs that are generally better for women over 35). Sometimes it is better to reset the endocrine hormonal signaling system with hormone free glandular supplements like Ovatrophin or Symplex F from Standard Process.

 Progesterone being too low is more common in the 30’s and 40’s, as progestrerone is the first hormone to drop as women approach menopausaI  (Very generally, acne and menstrual cramps are more common in young women, PMS in older menstruating women. Older women with acne and cramps need to rule out endometriosis.) Often progesterone can be raised natually with the herbal combinations like Chaste Tree from MediHerb or the hormone free glandular supplement Ovex from Standard Process. (Once women are in full menopause, I use biodentical or plant derived progesterone.)

 Of course, there is no cook book. As 20 plus years of experience has taught me, every patient is unique.

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Heartburn Remedies and Drug Dangers

Acid Reflux Remedies

Up to 40% of people over 40 suffer some more or less from some sour stomach and heart burn. Proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) are the third most commonly prescribed medication, behind antipsychotics and statins. However, these medications are not for long term use and are fraught with side effects, especially in the elderly.*

These meds not only have serious long term side effects as reported in the New York Times below. By suppressing the warning sign of pain, they also allow sufferers to continue poor eating choices and habits which contributes to higher rates of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

I have a list of natural therapies posted on my Health E Links link under my “Patient Resources Tab” on my website. (http://www.valleycenterchiropractic.com/links/). It is under “Acid Reflux Remedies.  For those of you with chronic stubborn reflux/heart burn who want off medication, I can usually help.

*Go to http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/combating-acid-reflux-may-bring-host-of-ills/?_r=0  

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Mending Menopause

Normal menopause occurs when a women’s ovaries runs out of eggs. The brain (specifically the hypothalamus) tries in vain to start ovulation by secreting follicle (egg) stimulating hormone (FSH). The  brain may try so hard that other things the hypothalamus controls, like skin temperature, sweating, mood, hunger, may “go overboard” as well  leading to the all too well known symptoms.  

Natural remedies for menopause cover four main areas.

One is suboptimal mineral levels, specifically iodine. As high levels are often needed, it is important not to try this on your own.

Another class of remedy uses herbs like black cohosh to increase hypothalamic sensitivity to calm it down.  

In early menopause, supplements that increase progesterone, like chaste tree herb or Ovex (hormone free glandular formulas from Standard Process) are useful.

Phytoestrogens, like soy or kudzu, are weak plant estrogens that may still be strong enough to satisfy the hypothalamus and get it to normalize. In some severe cases bio-identical estrogens and progesterones are needed. These should be tried over synthetic prescription hormones which have more risk.

If you suffer from menopause and desire to get well naturally, know I have helped many, many women do so. My”secret” is applied kinesiology, commonly called muscle testing, which allows me to be better able to pick exactly what is right for you. Call 1-760-500-6253;

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To Flu Shot or Not?

To Flu Shot or Not?

While medicine agressively promotes flu shots, you should know that:
They still often contain mercury (themerosal)
Vaccines from one strain can make you more suceptible to another
Children w/o vaccines make more antibodies against a wider variety of strains
Flu shots from the previous year can make you more suceptible to this years strains.
Effectiveness from year to year varies.

Regardless of whether you get the shot or not, click here or here to learn what else you can do to both protect and treat yourself from/with colds and flu.

First, for prevention most of adults would do well to take 5-10,000 international units of Vit D a day throughout the fall and winter at least. Children might take 2,000 to 4,000 IU, although most pediatricians would limit it to 2,000 IU. Second, once the cold season starts around your neighborhood, I recommend Cataplex AC from Standard process, 3 -9 a day, chewed if possible. It is whole food vit. A and C with echinacea.

At the very first sign of a cold, take zinc lozenges and the homeopathic remedy Oscillococcinum (Flu Eaze and Cold Eaze at CVS). For extra herbal support I recommend my patients keep Andrographis (Standard Process, 1 four times a day) or Essential Defence ( Metagenics, 1 four times a day) on hand. Do these for the first 48 hours. One can also take vitamin c, 500 mg, every two hours. (Reduce dose if stomach upset.)

After the first two days of the cold, the usual best remedy is Enchinacea Premium from Medi Herb/Standard Process, 2 every four hours, continuing the vitamin C. Once yellow a green mucus appear, Golden Seal at 1 four times a day from MediHerb/Standard Process can be added.

Don’t be afraid to come in with a cold unless you have a high fever. The best results occur when I can test the exactly right supplements at the office at the very first sign of a cold. call 1-760-500-6253.

 

 

 

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Should you continue to take antioxidants? The answer may surprise you!

 

Did you know that antioxidant supplements are grossly overrated? Don’t get me wrong, the supplements I talk about in these alerts and in my newsletter are very important for great health. And the older you are, the more important they become. It’s true that many epidemiologic studies have shown that the people who have the most antioxidants in their diet have the lowest incidence of disease. But epidemiologic studies are often misleading. So let me tell you what you need to know.

When researchers perform studies where they give people antioxidant supplements, they often find that the reverse is true. They have up to a 16% higher death rate. So there seems to be something very different about eating foods with antioxidants and taking antioxidant supplements. A new review article from France makes it clear what the difference is.

The foods that are the highest in antioxidants, vegetables, fruits, wine, tea, coffee, and cocoa, are also very high in other nutrients called polyphenols. People who eat a diet high in antioxidants are also eating a diet high in polyphenols. It’s the polyphenols that exert the protective effects that most studies attributed to antioxidants. They confer significant protection against high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes. No wonder taking antioxidant supplements alone doesn’t work.

Indeed, what the epidemiological studies demonstrate is that the more polyphenols you eat, the lower your cardiovascular risk. Polyphenols work on endothelial cells. These are the cells that line the arteries and capillaries and control blood flow. The researchers show that “independently from their antioxidant effects,” polyphenols perform many other functions.

They increase blood flow by inhibiting vasoconstriction and by producing vasodilating factors. These include nitric oxide, endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor (EDHF), and prostacyclin. They also inhibit the biochemical mechanisms that deposit plaque on the arteries.

All in all, polyphenols protect arteries, decrease plaque formation, increase blood flow, and lower blood pressure. The researchers point out that it’s the polyphenols that trigger all of these protective mechanisms. There is no one polyphenol, such as resveratrol, that can do it all. So make sure you eat a wide variety of vegetables. That is the best way to ensure that you are getting enough of all of them. You also can get polyphenols from wine, tea, coffee, and fruit, but you need to be moderate with these foods.

So if you are eating a diet high in polyphenols (and I hope you are) is it smart to take antioxidant supplements? Because, as I said above, there are several very credible studies that have shown that taking antioxidant supplements can increase cancer risk. But as with most treatments both natural and pharmaceutical, the critical issue is not the substance per se, it is the dose. In these studies the antioxidant doses were very high.

(So, if you are eating a lot of high antioxidant foods, more antioxidant supplements are not likely to be worth the investment and MAY be counter productive. If you are not eating well, then a high antioxidant (ORAC) green and or red drink with a large variety of natural food concentrates is probably your next best bet.)

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The no-cost way to eliminate high blood pressure

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If you have high blood pressure, there’s something you can do to lower it. You don’t have to buy any drugs or supplements. In fact, it won’t cost you any money at all. And you don’t have to see a doctor for it.

What could possibly work so well and not require some time of major expense? All you have to do is eat your food at the right time of day. Sounds crazy. But a new study says it may have a huge impact on your blood pressure.
This study followed 517 men and 635 women. They completed a five-day diet diary. The investigators evaluated caloric intake during the course of the day, and evaluated blood pressure at the age of 43 and again after 10 years.

The results are telling. Those who ate the most calories at breakfast had a 30% decrease in the chances of hypertension. Those who ate the most calories in the late evening had a 55% increase in risk. They also had the greatest rise in systolic and diastolic blood pressure compared to those with the lowest caloric intake in the late evening. They concluded that the later you eat your food, the higher your risk for higher blood pressure.

Once again, this makes logical sense and fits my paradigm of insulin as the hormone of aging and death. It makes far more sense to ingest the most calories early in the day. You’ll burn more of these calories due to your daily routine. If you eat late in the evening, you won’t burn the calories. This will force your body to use insulin to take care of the glucose load, converting it to fat for storage. This process is deadly for your circulation.

The typical American loads up most at the evening meal. If you are concerned about blood pressure (as well as weight gain), make sure you eat your calorie-dense food in the morning. Keep the evening meal as light on calories as you can.

If you want help lowering your blood pressure naturally, I can help. Call me at 1-760-500-6253.

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