|Issue #123 December 2012|
Welcome to this issue of Naturopathic News, issue #123. It's my mission to help you find optimal solutions to health problems. This newsletter is one way to do that. The more educated you are about your health options the better able you will be to take control of your health. If you would like to stop receiving my newsletter please send me an email and let me know. If you have a friend or family member who you think would appreciate the information provided, send me their email address.
HOLIDAY GIFT CERTIFICATES
In gratitude to you, we are devoting our time this holiday season in special service to your family and friends. As the year winds down, we would like to eliminate some of your holiday gift-giving stress: the opportunity to help create health for friends and family.
For the first time we are offering gift certificates that you can purchase to share the gift of optimal health with a friend or family member. These gift certificates are valued at $165, which covers the entire cost of initial consultation, first homeopathic medicine, and individualized treatment planning for new patients in our practice.*
There are probably one or two people you know who would greatly appreciate the opportunity to make this step toward better health. In fact, it could be the most important gift anyone gives them this year. Perhaps you know someone who lives out of the area and has been unable to find a naturopath/homeopath to work with where they live. I work with patients from Germany to California utilizing Skype and phone consultations.
To purchase a gift certificate, you may pay with check, cash, or credit card. Once payment is received a gift certificate will be emailed to you that you can customize and print for the lucky recipient. They will be delighted that you thought of them at this special time of the year and grateful for your offering of this wonderful opportunity.
P.S. Are you aware of all the conditions we work with? Naturopathic and homeopathic medicine address any condition a conventional doctor would see--Irritable Bowel Syndrome, migraine, anxiety, high cholesterol, menopause, Lyme Disease, gluten intolerance, ADHD, chronic fatigue syndrome, etc. So think about anyone – any age – who could benefit from effective, drug-free natural medicine.
*Conditions of gift certificate: Valid for new patient, initial office visit services only. Cannot be used for existing balances, supplements, supplies, or laboratory test fees.
All gift certificates must be redeemed by June 30, 2013
Wishing you a Healthy and Happy Holiday,
Gregory Pais, ND
EMERSON ORDERING--GET YOUR DISCOUNT!
When I discovered Emerson Ecologics a few years ago I was excited to provide physician quality supplements to my patients. One of the aspects I liked the most was the opportunity to offer my patients a 10% discount when they ordered. When there was a problem with someone's order last week I called Emerson to help figure out what the problem was.
Turns out, when this patient had set up their account with Emerson, they'd neglected to tell the representative that they were a patient of mine (past or present-no matter). So they were not receiving their 10% discount with every order.
This all came about because I had asked the patient to order one of the products from a manufacturer that restricts orders to physician-linked accounts. When they tried to order the product they were told they could not. That's how we found out their account wasn't linked and they weren't getting their 10% discount.
If you try to order a product from Emerson and they tell you that it is restricted it means that they don't know you are a patient. Hence, no discount.
To be sure you're getting your 10% discount, the next time you order, ask the representative to check that your account is linked as one of my patients. That way you can be sure to receive your discount.
HEALTHY MEAT AVAILABLE
Many of you have heard me recommend good quality meat as an excellent, healthy meat source. After a successful introduction at the Williamsport Growers Market this year, Steam Valley meat is now available to all newsletter subscribers. Our 2012 pastured meat just returned from the butcher shop and is ready to grace your table for the Holiday season.
Steam Valley Fiber Farm, Trout Run, PA, has Lamb, Goat and Pork for sale. It is cut, shrink wrapped and butchered by USDA inspected Leona's Meat Plant. Our grassfed lamb and goat is pasture raised from May - October, with supplemental certified organic grain, organic minerals, local hay during early spring and botanical medicine and homeopathy for our livestock health care.
Our pigs are raised outdoors in portable pens, turning compost and garden beds, fed certified organic grain, goat milk and whey from our dairy goats, vegetable waste and garden produce.
All of our meat is antibiotic and hormone free.
Currently available are the following meat cuts and sausages:
Mild Italian Pork Sausage (in pork casings) $12/LB
Pork Chorizo (in pork casings) $12/LB
Goat Breakfast Sausage (loose ground) $10/LB
Goat Italian Sausage (loose ground) $10/LB
Lamb Ring Bologna (smoked & delicious) $12/LB
Lamb Chops $10/LB
Lamb Stew Meat $10/LB
Ground Lamb $8/LB
To order contact Phylleri Ball (wife of Dr. Gregory Pais) at 570-998-2221.
Meat pickup can be arranged for Williamsport
RISK OF BIRTH DEFECTS HIGHER WITH SOLVENT EXPOSURE
A study of pregnant women in France found that on-the-job exposure to chemical solvents during pregnancy increased the risk of certain types of birth defects. Mothers with more exposure were 4 to 12 times more likely to have babies with oral clefts than mothers with less exposure. Metabolites of two large classes of organic solvents -- glycol ethers and chlorinated solvents -- were linked to occupational use of cleaners and cosmetics in jobs such as hairdressers, chemists and nurses.
Organic solvents are a large class of chemical compounds with numerous commercial applications. The liquids are important and valuable to industry because they dissolve other substances and evaporate quickly.
Solvents are widely used and may be found in paints, adhesives, glues, coatings and degreasing/cleaning agents. They also are used to produce dyes, polymers, plastics, textiles, printing inks, agricultural products and pharmaceuticals.
The broad use of solvents means people may be exposed at home, school and work. The chemicals can be breathed in or absorbed through the skin. On-the-job exposures occur in several occupations dominated by women, in particular nurses, cleaners, hairdressers and beauticians.
There are thousands of different birth defects. The most common are heart defects, oral clefts, and neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. These changes to the structure or function of the body can affect health and development.
Some solvents cause birth defects in animals. Several – but not all – studies with pregnant women have shown increased risk of birth defects with occupational exposure to solvents. These human studies, however, mainly determined exposure after the baby was born and did not identify the specific chemicals involved.
This case-control study enrolled pregnant women in Brittanny, France, from 2002 - 2006. The women enrolled by the middle of their second trimester before they knew whether or not the baby had a birth defect. There were 79 birth defect cases and 580 non-birth defect controls.
The women were asked about their contact with 11 classes of products containing certain solvents from work, home or hobbies and about their occupation. They also provided a urine sample that was tested for 10 metabolites of glycol ethers and chlorinated solvents, two widely used classes of solvents. The authors assessed exposures three ways: self-reported by the women, based on the tasks the women performed at work and measured in the urine samples.
Information about birth defects was gathered from birth and hospital records. Tobacco and alcohol use, education, and other health and life style issues were taken into account during the analysis.
Regular exposure to solvents at work was self-reported by 29% of the women. Based on job duties, 21% of women were classified as exposed. The occupations with the most regular exposure to solvents were cleaners, nurses, nurse aides, hairdressers and chemists/biologists.
Using either self-report or job classification, the more a pregnant women was exposed to solvents the more likely it was that her baby would have certain birth defects.
Women who reported regular exposure to solvents were four times more likely to have a baby with an oral cleft as compared to women who did not report regular exposure. Using job classifications, exposed women were 12 times more likely to have a baby with an oral cleft as compared to unexposed women. Pregnant women with detectable levels of the solvent ethoxy ethoxyacetic acid, or EEAA, in their urine were 11 times more likely to have a baby with an oral cleft as compared to women without detectable levels of EEAA in their urine. EEAA is a metabolite of glycol ethers used in biocides, cleaning agents and alcohol-based products.
Based on self-report and job classifications there also were increased risks for urinary tract defects and male genital malformations among more highly exposed women.
Pregnant women with regular exposure to solvents at work were more likely to have a baby born with an oral cleft birth defect than pregnant women without regular exposure to chemical solvents. The relationship between solvents and oral cleft was found when exposures were self-reported by the women, determined by their job tasks or measured in urine.
This study is among the first to measure solvent levels in urine from pregnant women and examine the association between solvent exposure and birth defects. The study addressed two weaknesses of past research by assessing exposure before any birth defects were diagnosed and by measuring solvent metabolites in urine.
Some things women can do to reduce the risk are to take folate (not folic acid) every day, starting at least one month before getting pregnant; don’t drink alcohol, smoke, or use addictive drugs.
Exposure during pregnancy to glycol ethers and chlorinated solvents and the risk of congenital malformations. Epidemiology Dec. 2012
DR. PAIS'S COMMENTS: In the United States, about 1 in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect. Birth defects are the leading cause of infant death. Babies born with birth defects have a greater chance of illness or disability than babies born without birth defects.
Add solvents to the list of culprits, which includes Bisphenyl (A), that can cause birth defects.
CHLORINE LINKED TO FOOD ALLERGIES
Chlorine in tap water has been linked to the rising number of people developing food allergies, a study has revealed.
The chemical, which is used to treat drinking water and is also present in commonly-available pesticides and household items, may weaken food tolerance in some individuals.
Researchers found adults with high levels of dichlorophenol – a chemical by-product of chlorine – in their urine, were up to 80% more likely to have a food allergy.
Much of the water supply in Britain is chlorinated to kill germs, although experts say it is at much lower levels than in the U.S. In addition, British households at least, certain common household products are more likely to be sources of dichlorophenol than tap water. Britain has seen a rise in food allergies in recent years, with up to ten million adults claiming to be unable to eat a variety of foods from milk to.
Studies also estimate that 4% of children have a food allergy. A rising number are diagnosed with gut allergies linked to common foods such as cow’s milk, wheat, soy, eggs, celery, kiwi fruit and other fruit and vegetables.
Food allergy can take the form of a sudden life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis, as well as eczema or an itchy rash. There can also be a delayed reaction up to 4 days later.
Professor Jeni Colbourne, the chief inspector of drinking water, said strict regulations in the UK meant dichlorophenol is unlikely to be found in household taps. She said the likeliest source for British consumers were household products impregnated with triclosan, commonly used in lipsticks, face washes, toothpaste and kitchen utensils. An anti-bacterial, it can break down to form dichlorophenol.
The research concluded, "Excessive use of dichlorophenols may contribute to the increasing incidence of food allergies in Westernized societies. Lead author Dr Elina Jerschow added: "Previous studies have shown that both food allergies and environmental pollution are increasing in the United States. Our study suggest these two trends might be linked, and that increased use of pesticides and other chemicals is associated with a higher prevalence of food allergies."
In a study of 2,211 American adults with the chemical in their urine, 411 were found to have a food allergy, while 1,016 had an environmental allergy.
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology 12/3/12
DR. PAIS'S COMMENTS: This chemical is commonly found in pesticides, consumer insect and weed control products, and tap water. In the US chlorination is less well controlled and relatively high doses of chlorine are used, so it would be reasonable to consider the risk of exposure to be generally higher than in the UK study.
The other main non-tap water source is triclosan. Triclosan is a high production volume ingredient used as a bactericide in personal care products such as children's toys, countertops, toothpaste, deodorant, footwear, shower curtains, facial tissue, and antibacterial soap. It has been linked to heart disease and heart failure. As well as a disruptor of hormones, lowering sperm production and causing other reproductive and developmental products.
PESTICIDE EXPOSURE HARMS MEMORY
Exposure to even low levels of organophosphates in pesticides can cause lasting harm to the brain, scientists have concluded. A review of 14 separate studies has shown that chemicals can reduce memory and the ability to process information quickly.
The findings, by researchers at University College London and the Open University, are the most comprehensive evidence yet that organophosphates can harm human health at low levels. Doctors have long recognized that the chemicals, which are used to kill or repel insects and are also ingredients in aviation fuel and in some flame retardants, can be toxic.
Dr Sarah McKenzie Ross, a clinical psychologist and honorary senior lecturer at University College London, said that there now needed to be tighter safety rules for people exposed to the chemicals during their jobs. She said: “The studies we looked at were in people who were exposed occupationally on a regular basis but were not getting ill from that exposure. “The weight of evidence is that low level exposure is harmful. It targets memory, information processing speed, the ability to plan and have abstract thoughts."
The report examined evidence from 14 studies that had looked at the health of 1,600 participants. Using statistical analysis, Dr McKenzie Ross and her colleagues concluded that low level doses could impact on memory and information processing.
Farmers are among those who are regularly exposed to organophosphates through sheep dips while aircrews are exposed from the additives in aviation fuel. Veterans from the Gulf War are also known to have experienced the ill effects from pesticides they were exposed to during the conflict.
Dr McKenzie Ross added: “We have conducted our own study into UK farmers and those we interviewed said it was making it difficult for them to work at auctions where things happen fast. “Aviation workers have also talked about struggling to retain information from air traffic control. “We now need to be clear about what the risks are and make sure the correct safety measures are taken.”
Critical Reviews in Toxicology, 11/14/12
PESTICIDES MAY BE PUTTING YOUNG CHILDREN AT RISK OF CANCER
Pesticides and other poisonous chemicals used in growing fruit and vegetables could be putting young children at risk of developing cancer in later life, say scientists. Pre-school children are in particular danger of exposure to the dangerous compounds, a U.S. study found.
Research leader Professor Irva Hertz-Picciotto, of California University in Davis, said: "Contaminants get into our food in a variety of ways. They can be chemicals that have nothing to do with the food or byproducts from processing. We wanted to understand the dietary pathway pesticides, metals and other toxins take to get into the body."
A study of 364 children - 207 of whom were under-five - found safety consumption benchmarks were exceeded for arsenic, dieldrin, DDE and dioxins. In addition more than 95% of pre-school children exceeded non-cancer risk levels for acrylamide - a cooking byproduct often found in processed foods like potato and tortilla chips. Non-cancer effects include the death of cells.
Pesticide exposure was particularly high in tomatoes, peaches, apples, peppers, grapes, lettuce, broccoli, strawberries, spinach, dairy, pears, green beans and celery. Study leader Dr Rainbow Vogt said: "We focused on children because early exposure can have long-term effects on disease outcomes." Currently the US Environmental Protection Agency only measures risk based on exposures of individual contaminants. "We wanted to understand the cumulative risk from dietary contaminants. The results of this study demonstrate a need to prevent exposure to multiple toxins in young children to lower their cancer risk."
The researchers used data from the 2007 Study of Use of Products and Exposure-Related Behavior (SUPERB) which surveyed households in California with children between two and five to determine how their diets, and other factors, contribute to toxic exposure.
Specifically SUPERB homed in on 44 foods known to have high concentrations of toxic compounds.
This included the metals arsenic, lead and mercury, pesticides chlorpyrifos, permethrin and endosulfan, persistent organic pollutants dioxin, DDT, dieldrin and chlordane and the food processing byproduct acrylamide. Toxin levels in specific foods were determined through the Total Diet Study in the US that determines levels of various contaminants and nutrients in foods and other databases.
Environmental Health 12/15/12
DR. PAIS'S COMMENTS: These 2 studies document once again the direct health effects of using these pesticides. The message to take away is not, 'don't eat these fruits and vegetables', the message is "Eat Organic". Organic produce has been shown to have demonstrably lower levels of these pesticides.
HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE WORKS FOR HOT FLASHES
Homeopathic medicines have a place among the non-hormonal therapies for the treatment of hot flashes during the menopause. The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of homeopathic medicine in reducing hot flashes in menopausal women.
This was a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study carried out between June 2010 and July 2011. The study was conducted in 35 active centers in France (gynecologists in private practice).
One hundred and eight menopausal women, ?50 years of age, were enrolled in the study. The eligibility criteria included menopause for < 24 months and ? 5 hot flashes per day with a significant negative effect on the women's professional and/or personal life.
Treatment was either a homeopathic medicine or identical placebo tablets, prepared by Laboratoires Boiron according to European Pharmacopoeia standards. Oral treatment (2 to 4 tablets per day) was started on day 3 after study enrollment and was continued for 12 weeks.
The main outcome measure was the hot flash score compared before, during, and after treatment. Secondary outcome criteria were the quality of life, severity of symptoms, and evolution of the mean dosage, and compliance. All adverse events were recorded.
One hundred and one women were included in the final analysis. The global hot flash score over the 12 weeks was significantly lower in the homeopathic group than in the placebo group. BRN-01 was well tolerated; no serious side effects were attributable to the homeopathic medicine.
Efficacy of a Non-Hormonal Treatment, BRN-01, on Menopausal Hot Flashes: A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Drugs R D. Aug 1, 2012
DR. PAIS'S COMMENTS: I don't use combination homeopathic medicines in my individual treatment. It's more effective to give one remedy at a time to help the person heal.
The combination medicine used in this study had a statistically significant effect on reducing hot flash scores compared to placebo. This study is useful for its demonstration of homeopathic efficacy.
For those menopausal women who do not want to incur the side effects of hormone replacement therapy and want a safe, viable option, homeopathy is a great choice.
HERE COMES THE SUN
My eBook, "Here Comes The Sun: Preventing Chronic Disease With Vitamin D", is now available for purchase.
The best way to order my book is to mail a check (made out to Dr. Pais) for $9.95 to my office address below. Drop me an email saying your "check is in the mail" and I will immediately email you my book.
I would appreciate any comments or feedback once you've finished reading it. Enjoy!
Here are some pages that are of particular interest:
Store: There are 357 products from Emerson listed on this page. If yours isn’t one of them please let me know and I will add it so you can order online. This is particularly convenient after hours or on the weekend. Of course, you can always order by phone from Emerson at 800-654-4432.
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LET ME HELP YOU MAKE WISE SUPPLEMENT CHOICES
As is often the case, a recent new patient asked if I would review their choice and use of supplements and herbs. Why does this happen so often? For many, taking a vitamin or herb is their introduction to natural medicine. Their desire to be healthier drives them to take supplements and herbs. The death, pain, discomfort, and side effects experienced with over the counter and prescription drugs compel people to look elsewhere. It’s very different with supplements and herbs which, when used correctly, have an incredibly low risk of harm.
Some people take this to an extreme and take every supplement or herb that someone tells them is ‘good for them’. It might be a clerk, an internet ‘expert’ source, or a friend who is marketing the latest or greatest fad. Most of these individuals or companies have no professional training or experience in the medical use of the supplements or herbs that they’re selling. The people they’re selling to come into my office with 5, 10, 15, or more supplements that they’re taking. Sometimes it’s been so long since they started taking them that they don’t remember why they’re doing it. When I ask, they can’t tell me what, if anything, a particular product is doing for them. Yet, they can be quite fearful of stopping any of these items, as if their health would careen off a precipice without them.
Why do I think my approach is any different? Partly, it’s because of my background. I’ve literally been working with nutritional supplements since 1974. That’s 36 years assessing the quality and effectiveness of supplements. Beginning in 1980 I started working with Western and Chinese herbs. The quality of herbs used and how they’re combined together has the greatest effect on the efficacy of the final product. Because I’ve grown, identified, harvested, and produced medicinal herbal products I recognize a good formula when I see one.
Licensed naturopaths like me receive the most extensive academic and clinical training in the use of nutritional supplements and herbal medicines of any professional in the United States. Nothing can substitute for such hands on experience, especially when you see, and are responsible for, the results of your treatments. Very different from the clerk in the store, or coworker who’s part of a MLM scheme.
What I’m offering to is easy access to this experience and training. Both for you and your family. If you have questions about the supplements or herbs you are taking, or are thinking about taking, now is the time to ask. Send me an email with the brand and name of the product you’re taking. Let me know that you want to bring the bottles in at your next visit, so I can see what you’re taking. Start a discussion on my Facebook fan page. Either way I’ll give you honest feedback about what I think is good, or what isn’t. We’ll fine tune what you’re taking to maximize effect and eliminate waste.
Let me hear from you and we’ll get started.
GET YOUR VITAMIN D TEST WITH ZRT LABORATORY
It just happened again the other day. A patient sent me a copy of the Vitamin D test she just had done. With frustrating results. The wrong test was done. After all these years, and all the information available, MDs and laboratories still order the wrong test. What a waste of money and time.
For a long time I looked for a home Vitamin D test. One that would be simple, easy, and accurate to do on your own. I finally found one. ZRT Laboratory in Beaverton OR. ZRT emphasizes research and technological innovation.
Until now, venipuncture blood serum has been the standard medium for testing Vitamin D. ZRT has developed and refined Vitamin D testing in blood spots. A few drops of blood from a quick and nearly painless nick of the finger, placed on a filter paper to dry are all that is needed. The total 25 (OH) Vitamin D is then determined by liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). This method has been shown to be as accurate as the assay standard.
Ordering A Vitamin D Test
ZRT allows anyone to order a Vitamin D test kit for $95 plus shipping and have it sent to their home. ZRT will let me prepay for kits and send them to my office for $55 each, plus $8 shipping. I am charging $65 per kit for patients to cover the total.
If you are interested in getting a Vitamin D test done through my office please prepay so I can order you a kit. Then you can either pick it up at my office or have it shipped to your home. Once you’ve taken the sample and sent it back to ZRT it’s only a matter of time before your results are sent back to me. I can even look at them online before the mail arrives.
If your doctor has refused to order a Vitamin D test or worse, ordered the wrong one, this is the fastest, least expensive, most accurate way to do it ourselves. Once we know what your Vitamin D levels are, the next step is making sure that you achieve optimum levels for prevention of disease and maintenance of health.
I am often asked what supplements I recommend. Many of you have been surprised to discover that I favor food over pills; lifestyle changes over fads. I have been working with nutrition for over 30 years, herbs for over 20 years. Where and when appropriate I recommend them to my patients. I strive to act from knowledge, experience, and research.
Emerson Ecologics (800-654-4432) carries almost all of the nutritional supplements and botanical extracts that I think are useful. Their customer service is excellent and their delivery is reliable (often only 2-3 days to this region). It’s a great way to get physician quality products at reasonable prices.
To offset the cost of shipping, reference my name when you establish your account and receive a 10% discount on every order. If you have any questions about these items feel free to email me.
That’s it for this issue of Naturopathic News. If you’ve thought a bit extra or learned something new, then I achieved my goal. As usual, if you have questions or concerns brought up by these subjects, let me know.
Gregory Pais, ND, DHANP
580 E. 3rd. St.
Williamsport PA 17701