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Epidural Injections for Back Pain Cause Fractures

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
  A study at the Henry Ford Hospital found that epidural steroid injections for back pain increased the risk of fracture by 29% with each steroid injection. They compared 3000 patients with severe back pain who had at least one injection with 3000 control patients without an injection. Steroids decrease absorption of calcium in the GI tract and increase...

Fat Substitutes Don't Work

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
Fat substitutes such as Olestra result in weight gain, not loss! They disrupt the body's mechanisms to control food intake. Olestra works by binding up to 8 triglyceride molecules in such a way that the enzyme lipase cannot begin the fat digestive process and it passes out with the stool. Side effects include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and oily stools....

Germy Mouths Increase Heart Attacks

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
Periodontal disease, root canals, cavitations, etc result in inflammation and can lead to heart attacks. The kind of microbes that inhabit the mouth have a powerful effect on inflammation. Peroxide, coenzyme Q10, vitamin D, and vitamin K are effective ways to resolve periodontal problems.            

Gut Microflora and Colon Cancer

submitted by: admin on 04/24/2014
Studies from the Wistar Institute published in April of 2014 suggest that the microbes that make up the microflora of the intestinal tract can suppress DNA repair in the cells lining the intestinal tract and lead to colorectal cancer. It is only recently that most gastroenterologists have begun to appreciate the importance of the microflora in the gut. We...

Having Too Few Gut Microbes is a Disease

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
  A study published in the August issue of the journal, Nature, did a genetic analysis on the number of gut microbes in 292 Danes and found that 25% have up to 40% fewer gut bacteria and reduced bacterial diversity. This was accompanied by low grade inflammation, weakened immunity, an increase in the incidence of obesity! Decreased numbers and...

High Calcium Intake Doubles Risk for Heart Disease

submitted by: admin on 09/24/2013
  Calcium intake above 1400 mg per day is associated with doubling the risk of dying from a heart attack in both men and women. There are many studies showing that in women with osteoporosis who take large doses of calcium are at risk for both heart attacks and stroke. Although it may be logical to try and replace the lost calcium in bone in osteoporosis...

Inhaled Steroids Cause Fractures

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Patients with COPD who use inhaled corticosteroids to improve breathing for more than 6 months have a 27% increased risk for bone fractures. The risk goes up as the dosage increases. It was previously assumed that inhaled steroids would have a predominantly local effect, but now we know this is not true. Treatment should consist of lowering or discontinuing inhaled...

Is Strontium Safe Treatment for Osteoporosis?

submitted by: admin on 01/22/2014
Strontium renalate is a potent stimulator of new bone growth that helps increase bone density in people with osteoporosis. However, a study by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in January of 2014 shows that there is an increase in serious heart problems including heart attacks as well as more blood clots in veins. The EMA will likely lead to taking two drugs,...

Osteoporosis and Individividualized Treatment with Lani Simpson, DC

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
The definition of osteoporosis is related to bone density, not quality. A bone density test that shows low bone density does not mean they are losing bone now; maybe they never gained it. Many factors are important to assess before concluding that drugs are needed. Vitamin D levels, exercise, diet, sleep, and stress are all important factors in the development...

Osteoporosis Overview

submitted by: admin on 05/17/2015
  The definition, risk factors, causes, and treatment of osteoporosis and osteopenia are reviewed. The problems with bisphosphonates are reviewed and natural strategies for prevention and treatment discussed.          

Osteoporosis: The Do's and Don'ts with Lani Simpson, DC

submitted by: admin on 02/18/2018
The definition of osteoporosis is related to bone density, not quality. A bone density test that shows low bone density does not mean they are losing bone now; maybe they never gained it. Many factors are important to assess before concluding that drugs are needed. Vitamin D levels, exercise, diet, sleep, and stress are all important factors in the development...

Preventing Bone Fractures with Leafy Greens

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
  The little understood protein, osteocalcin, plays a significant role in the strength of our bones. It is made by osteoblasts, the cells that lay down new bone. Osteocalcin cannot be absorbed into bone in the absence of adequate vitamin K, which comes from eating green leafy vegetables. This is a particular problem in people taking Coumadin for protection...

Probiotics Protect the Gut from Radiation

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
Washington University School of Medicine published an article in the journal, Gut, showing that taking a probiotic before radiation can protect the intestine from damage in mice. There is no reason that this would be different in humans. This suggests that taking a probiotic with Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and other strains protects the gut when taken prior to...

Vitamin C Prevents Kidney Stones

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
  With all the good research done on whether or not vitamin C causes kidney stones, it is a bit surprising that the March 2013 issue of the journal Internal Medicine published a very low quality epidemiological study doing a hatchet job on vitamin C as a cause for kidney stones. The premise is that one of the five metabolites of vitamin C is oxalate,...

Vitamin D3 Supplementation Treats Prostate Cancer

submitted by: admin on 06/30/2016
  Patients with low risk prostate cancer under active surveillance may benefit from vitamin D3 supplementation at 4000 IU per day according to an article in the Journal of Endocrinology Metabolism. In patients with Gleason 6 prostate cancers, those treated with 4000 IU of vitamin D3 for one year, 55% had a decrease in Gleason findings or fewer positive...

Vitamin K Protects Against Getting Type 2 Diabetes

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
  According to an article published in the October issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, in a study of 1069 men and women with an average age of 67, over 5.5 years 131 developed type 2 diabetes. The highest intakes of vitamin K1 were associated with a 51% reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes compared to those with the lowest intakes....

What is Your Intestinal Bacterial Type

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
An individual's intestinal bacteria flora falls into certain patterns that are independent of nationality, gender, and age according to a 2011 article in the journal, Nature. They believe that the composition of the GI microflora is a new biological fingerprint, just as our blood type or tissue type.  We depend on our GI microflora to metabolize...

What You Should Know About Vitamin K

submitted by: admin on 04/21/2015
Vitamin K's function is underappreciated by both MDs and patients. It regulates calcium metabolism and protects against osteoporosis, arteriosclerosis, aortic valve calcification and regulates clotting. Adequate levels of vitamin K move calcium out of soft tissues such as arteries and heart valves and into bones, where we need it. Even people on Coumadin...