|Issue #126 March 2013|
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2013 OPTIMAL HEALTH LECTURE SERIES
Going Gluten Free
Wed, March 20, 2013
6:00 pm until 7:30pm
James V. Brown Library
10 Steps to Gluten Free Living
Go Gluten Free and Love It
What is gluten and why do you need to avoid it? If you’re sick and tired of being tired and sick all the time, eliminating gluten from your diet could be the answer you’ve been looking for. Find out how to do this in the simplest way possible.
More than likely one of your friends or family has stopped eating gluten at some point. To stop their joint pain or help their stomach feel better. Maybe they did it just to lose weight. It’s important to know if this is the right step for you and to know the smart way to go about doing it.
Come to this free lecture. Learn what gluten is, where it comes from, and most importantly what to replace it with. Dr. Gregory Pais shares his 39 years of nutritional experience to help you not make the most common mistakes. Discover what you can do to make a difference in how you feel now.
Remember to mark your calendar for Wed., March 20, from 6:00-7:30 pm, at James V. Brown Library 19 East Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA 17701 (570) 326-0536
15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
March 6 marked the 15 year anniversary of us finding our farm in Steam Valley. The beginning of April marks 15 years of practice in North central Pennsylvania. Thanks to all of you who have given me the opportunity to help you get healthy.
FOLIC ACID LOWERS AUTISM RISK
Women who took folic acid supplements before and during pregnancy were about 40% less likely to have a baby later diagnosed with autism, according to a new study.
The dramatic increase in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders, which affect one in 88 children, has generated intense interest in learning the causes of autism, as well as better ways to treat and prevent the condition.
In this new study, which included more than 85,000 Norwegian children, doctors asked pregnant women to fill out a questionnaire about supplement use, both before and during their pregnancies. Researchers then followed the children, born between 2002-08, for an average of six years.
In this study, the critical window for folic acid consumption was four weeks before conception through the eighth week of pregnancy. Overall, women who took supplements during this window were 27% less likely than others to have a baby with any autism spectrum disorder, which includes autism disorder — the most severe form — as well as Asperger's syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS).
Women who took folic acid during that window were about 40% less likely to have a child later diagnosed with autism disorder. Taking folic acid in mid-pregnancy, measured at week 22, was not associated with a decreased risk. Researchers also found no link between fish oil supplements and autism risk.
The study's results confirm findings from earlier, more preliminary studies linking folic acid and autism risk, says Craig Newschaffer, director of Drexel University's Autism Institute in Philadelphia. Other studies also have found that children whose mothers took folic acid were less likely to have language delays. While scientists will need to confirm the results with additional studies, Newschaffer says "it provides additional evidence that we may eventually be able to develop solid strategies to effectively prevent some forms of autism."
Many women wonder what they can do to reduce the risk of autism, especially if they already have one autistic child. "We get questions from women all the time, asking, 'What can I do? What can I do?' says Alycia Halladay, senior director for environmental and clinical sciences for Autism Speaks, an advocacy group. But Halladay notes that taking folic acid doesn't guarantee that women won't have a child with autism. Some women in the study still had an autistic child after taking the supplements. "I do worry that women who didn't take folic acid during that critical time period might feel somewhat responsible, that it's the 'mother's fault' again," Halladay says.
Although the symptoms of autism often become clear only after a child's first birthday, this study is one of many suggesting that the biological changes driving autism occur either before conception or during pregnancy, Suren says. Doctors have isolated genetic causes for only about 15% of cases of autism, according to the National Institutes of Health, although studies show couples with one autistic child are at increased risk of having another.
Additional factors contributing to autism include premature birth, low birth weight, prenatal exposure to certain medications or air pollution and maternal infections during pregnancy. Children are also more likely to develop autism if they're born to older fathers or they're born less than a year after an older sibling, studies show.
Autism is an incredibly diverse diagnosis. Some severely disabled children are unable to speak and prone to injuring themselves, while many adults with Asperger's syndrome have successful careers in science. Both doctors and parents have wondered why the prevalence of autism has grown so dramatically in recent decades.
The new study raises additional questions, says Cathrine Hoyo, a professor of epidemiology at Duke University School of Medicine in North Carolina. These include: Could changes in American diets — which now include fewer fruits and vegetables than in the past — affect folic acid levels, influencing autism rates? Could rising rates of overweight and obesity, which may affect how much folic acid women need, contribute to the problem? "We're certainly not going to be able to find any one environmental factor that will be the cause of autism," Hirtz says. "I'm sure there will be multiple causes that interact with genetic susceptibilities."
Journal of the American Medical Association 3/12/13.
DR. PAIS’S COMMENTS: Folate (folic acid is the oxidized form) is a water-soluble B-vitamin that is essential for the synthesis and metabolism of nucleotides and amino acids, which have an important role in preventing fetal neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, during pregnancy. Recent evidence suggests that low folate ingestion may increase risks for cardiovascular disease and stroke, cancer, neuropsychiatric diseases (eg. schizophrenia) and osteoporosis.
Folate can be found in such foods as leafy green vegetables (spinach and turnip greens), citrus fruits and dried beans and peas, lentils, spinach, black beans, peanuts, romaine lettuce and broccoli. Most people don't get enough folate from food, however. Two-thirds of women don't even know it's important, according to the March of Dimes.
MORE MAMMOGRAMS, MORE HARM
Researchers examined records of about 140,000 women ages 66 to 89 that had mammograms between 1999 and 2006. Some of the women had mammograms every year, and some of them had them every other year.
It turned out that having annual mammograms did not reduce women’s risk of being diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer, as might have been expected. When all the numbers were crunched, “the proportion [of women] with adverse tumor characteristics was similar among annual and biennial screeners,” the researchers wrote in a study published March 5, 2013 by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Even when they accounted for factors like age, race and place of residence, they found no benefit to more frequent screenings.
But they did find harm. The more times that women were screened, the greater their odds of getting a false positive reading on a mammogram. For example, among women between the ages of 66 and 74 who already had health problems, 48% of those who had annual mammograms had at least one false-positive reading during a 10-year period. But among those who were screened every other year, only 29% had a false-positive result.
And among women between the ages of 75 and 89 with preexisting health problems, 48.4% of those screened every year had at least one false-positive reading during a 10-year span, compared with only 27.4% of those who had less frequent tests.
The pattern was similar for women in both age groups who were in good health, according to the study. “As is the case in younger women, most older women who undergo annual mammography are at high risk of false-positive mammography results and biopsy recommendations without added benefit from more frequent screening,” the researchers wrote.
If all American women in the 66-to-89 age group had mammograms every year instead of every other year, the result would be 3.86 million more false-positives and 1.15 million more recommendations for biopsies, they reported.
JNCI J Natl Cancer Inst (2013)105 (5): 334-341
DR. PAIS’S COMMENTS: In November 2012 the New England Journal of Medicine published an analysis of the past 30 years of breast screening in the US, finding that 1.3 million women were overdiagnosed (misdiagnosed ed.) and overtreated (mistreated ed.) for breast Cancer. You never heard about this study because it was released at Thanksgiving time and therefore buried in all the holiday celebrations.
The American Cancer Society's guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer are annual screening for women 40 or older. This study tells us that not only are they receiving no additional protection against aggressive breast cancer, but are experiencing greater harm through increased rates of false positives and unnecessary biopsies.
The more insidious problem, which I’ve been writing about for 30 years, is the increase in breast cancer caused by exposing the breast to the so-called "low-energy" radiation wavelengths used in breast mammography. X-ray mammography is potentially planting the seeds of future radiation-induced breast cancer into millions of women, all in the name of "prevention" and "awareness." The statistical increase in breast cancer is described in great depth in the 1981 tome, “Radiation and Human Health” by John Goffman.
AIR POLLUTION LEADS TO LOW BIRTH WEIGHT
Mothers who breathe the kind of pollution emitted by vehicles, coal power plants and factories are significantly likelier to give birth to underweight children than mothers living in less polluted areas, according to international findings. The study is believed to be the largest to examine how newborns' bodies are affected by air quality, an issue that has raised particular concern in China and other developing nations.
Nearly 30 researchers, including three from the Bay Area, based their conclusions on more than 3 million births at 14 sites in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Focusing on children born on-time in the mid-1990s to mid-2000s, they found that, worldwide, the greater the air pollution, the less babies tend to weigh at birth.
Weighing less than 5.5 pounds at birth is a factor for chronic health issues in childhood, including a higher risk for infection and developmental delays, experts say. Problems in adulthood can include cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other metabolic disorders.
"Being low birth weight basically is like you're starting at a little bit of disadvantage in terms of health throughout your lifetime," said Tracey Woodruff, the study's co-principal investigator and director of UCSF's Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment.
For the study, which appears in the journal, researchers looked at two types of air pollutants, including inhalable coarse particles, which are about 10 micrometers in diameter and often appear in natural elements such as dirt, dust and sea salt.
The particles were found in various levels throughout the 14 sites. Seoul's air had the highest concentration, 66.5 micrograms per cubic meter, while Vancouver's had the lowest--12.5 micrograms per cubic meter.
In the United States, California's levels - about 29 micrograms per cubic meter - exceeded those of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Atlanta. But the Golden State fared better than urban regions in Brazil, Italy and the Netherlands, where concentrations were in the 40s. "It's all relative in terms of how you decide how bad California is," said Rachel Morello-Frosch, a UC Berkeley professor of environmental science, policy and management and public health. She and UC Berkeley researcher Bill Jesdale analyzed 1.7 million California births for the study.
The research showed that infants' risk of having a low birth weight rose by 3 percent with every increase of 10 micrograms per cubic meter in inhalable coarse particles. Overall, with each increase, infants were born 3 grams lighter. When the study factored in individual variables, such as the mother's age and tobacco use, the average weight drop tripled to 9 grams.
The effect appeared to be even more dramatic with another type of air pollutant, fine particles. These are 2.5 micrometers in diameter and can come from forest fires, power plants, factories and cars. For each increase in fine particles by 10 micrograms per cubic meter, there was a 10 percent higher chance that newborns had a low birth weight when individual variables were taken into account, the researchers said.
In the United States, the yearly average concentration of fine particles in the air must be no more than 12 micrograms per cubic meter. In contrast, the European Union's limit is twice as high - 25 micrograms per cubic meter - and regulatory agencies are considering lowering it.
The onus is on policymakers, not on mothers, to improve conditions, researchers said.
"This really speaks to the need for regulatory action to ensure that air pollution levels are consistently regulated at levels that protect public health and, in particular, protect prenatal and perinatal health," Morello-Frosch said.
The study's message resonates in light of the air-quality crisis in Beijing, where the density of fine particles has reached extremely hazardous levels, said Beate Ritz, a UCLA epidemiologist who has studied birth outcomes and air pollution in California. Ritz said the researchers have shown on a large scale what has until now been seen through smaller lenses: Air pollution can hurt future generations. "Whatever impacts fetal growth and fetal development," she said, "we should really be worried about it."
Environmental Health Perspectives 2/6/13
DR. PAIS’S COMMENTS: Air pollution has a dramatic impact on an individual mother and her child. But in a large population, it could lead to an even greater increase in the number of low-birth-weight babies.
Where’s that study looking at the impact of greater air pollution in gas drilling areas of PA? Oh, that’s right. They didn’t do one.
QUEBEC SHOULD TOUGHEN PESTICIDE REGULATIONS
Two doctors’ groups are calling on Quebec to eliminate the use of pesticides for cosmetic or esthetic purposes, saying they pose too much of a risk to children.
The call from the Quebec College of Family Physicians, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and the environmental group Équiterre comes as Quebec is reviewing the province’s pesticide-management code.
Last year, Ontario’s association of family doctors urged people to reduce their exposure to pesticides “whenever possible” in the wake of a review of 142 studies that showed links between certain pesticides and neurodevelopmental, respiratory and reproductive problems in children.
The highest risks were to fetuses exposed to pesticides during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and to children exposed during the first year of life.
Among other things, the study, published in 2012, found:
An association between pesticide exposure, especially during pregnancy, and asthma. In adults, occupational exposure to pesticides was associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Problems such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and reduced overall IQ were more common in older children who had higher levels of pesticide exposure during their mother’s pregnancy.
In utero exposure to pesticides was associated with lower birth weights.
Quebec is currently reviewing its pesticide-management code to toughen the rules on their use in urban areas, said Sophie Roy of Quebec’s environment department. She said the government has met with various groups, including those representing the ornamental horticulture industry, environment groups and the health and agriculture ministries. The government hopes to have the new code in place by the end of the year, Roy said.
First adopted in 2003, Quebec’s regulation bans 20 ingredients classified as carcinogens for use as lawn pesticides and restricts the use of pesticides in and around schools and daycares. It was the toughest pesticide regulation in North America when it was adopted.
In 2011, the David Suzuki Foundation and Équiterre compared pesticide regulations in six Canadian provinces and concluded Quebec was lagging behind such provinces as Ontario and Nova Scotia because it had not updated its regulation since its adoption in 2003. Some ingredients banned in Ontario, for example, are permitted in Quebec, Équiterre said.
DR. PAIS’S COMMENTS: This is how government works for the people. Helps the people. Canada can do this. Why can’t we?
BPA REPLACEMENT ALTERS HORMONES AT LOW DOSES
Just like the controversial compound it's designed to replace, a chemical used in cash register receipts and other consumer products messes with hormones, according to research published today. The study by University of Texas scientists is the first to link low concentrations of bisphenol S (BPS) -- a bisphenol A (BPA) alternative -- to disruption of estrogen, spurring concern that it might harm human health. Researchers exposed rat cells to levels of BPS that are within the range people are exposed to. And, just like BPA, the compound interfered with how cells respond to natural estrogen, which is vital for reproduction and other functions. “I think we should all stop and be very cautious about just accepting this as a substitute for BPA,” said lead author and biochemist Cheryl Watson. “And not just BPS. We should question the whole process about how we introduce chemicals into the marketplace without properly testing them first.”
The study by University of Texas scientists is the first to link low concentrations of bisphenol S (BPS) – a bisphenol A (BPA) alternative – to disruption of estrogen, spurring concern that it might harm human health.
Researchers exposed rat cells to levels of BPS that are within the range people are exposed to. And, just like BPA, the compound interfered with how cells respond to natural estrogen, which is vital for reproduction and other functions.
Previous studies already have shown BPS mimics estrogen, but the new study advances that by showing it can alter the hormone at low doses people are exposed to. “People automatically think low doses do less than high doses,” said Cheryl Watson, a University of Texas biochemistry professor and lead author of the study published in Environmental Health Perspectives. “But both natural hormones and unnatural ones like [BPS] can have effects at surprisingly low doses.”
Laura Vandenberg, a postdoctoral fellow at Tufts University who studies BPA, said one limitation of the research was that it used rat cells, but she was quick to point out the method is “extremely informative about predictions for a whole animal.” The study “is a great first research step on BPS and, in my opinion, should be sufficient to say this is an estrogen and we don’t want it in our bodies,” Vandenberg said.
As its name would suggest, BPS has a similar structure to BPA, which has been used since the 1950s for a variety of purposes, including the manufacture of polycarbonate plastics.
The study "is a great first research step on BPS and, in my opinion, should be sufficient to say this is an estrogen and we don't want it in our bodies.", said Laura Vandenberg, from Tufts University. In the past several years, BPS has replaced BPA in the printing of thermal paper used for cash register receipts. Every thermal receipt tested in a study published last year contained BPS.
Bill Van Den Brandt, a manager at Wisconsin-based Appleton Papers, said company representatives couldn’t comment on the Watson study because they had not fully reviewed it yet. He added that they “welcome ongoing scientific review of BPS and other potential BPA substitutes.” The largest manufacturer of thermal papers in North America, Appleton switched to BPS after it stopped using BPA in 2006 due to health concerns.
Nearly everyone worldwide is exposed to BPS. Eighty-one percent of urine samples from eight different countries contained traces of it, according to a study published last year. In comparison, about 93 percent of Americans have BPA in their urine.
Watson said she is worried that BPS is becoming more widespread without proper testing for health impacts. “I think we should all stop and be very cautious about just accepting this as a substitute for BPA,” Watson said. “And not just BPS. We should question the whole process about how we introduce chemicals into the marketplace without properly testing them first.”
In addition to thermal papers, BPS is used in some hard plastics, Vandenberg said.
“A lot of consumer products say BPA-free, but they don’t say BPS, a similar compound, replaced it,” she said. She said BPS is less likely to leach into food and beverages because the bonds that hold the compounds in the plastic are stronger than those in BPA products.
A lesser-known use for thermal paper is for ultrasound and other medical machine printouts. According to a 2012 report by the EPA, these BPA-free printouts largely contain BPS. “I think that might be the most scary use, here you have pregnant women in these ultrasound and imagery rooms handling these printouts with BPS,” said John Warner, president of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry.
Data are not available on how much BPS is produced annually. Each year about six billion pounds of BPA are produced globally and more than one million pounds are released into the environment, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
"We should question the whole process about how we introduce chemicals into the marketplace without properly testing them first." - Cheryl Watson, from University of Texas.
Jan. 17, 2013 University of Texas
DR. PAIS’S COMMENTS: Research investigating possible health impacts from BPS is just beginning. Some studies have proven a link between BPS and estrogen mimicking, but these studies have used high doses.
BPS is only a little less potent than BPA in mimicking estrogen, according to a 2005 study in Japan. And a 2012 study in Europe found the two compounds to be equally potent in their estrogen mimicking.
Given the discovery of hormone changes spurred by BPS, some scientists say the chemical could be linked to similar health effects as BPA. Animal studies suggest that BPA exposure causes reproductive problems, obesity and cancers. In human adults, it has been linked to increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.
CERTAIN JOBS LINKED TO GREATER RISK OF ASTHMA
Cleaning, farming and hairdressing jobs are linked to the development of asthma in middle-age, researchers have found in a study hailed as 'remarkable'. The study found that the workplace had a greater influence on adult-onset asthma than smoking
Almost 10,000 people born in Britain in 1958 were tracked for 15 years and researchers were able to identify which jobs were linked with an increased risk of developing asthma as an adult. It was found that the workplace had a greater influence on adult-onset asthma than smoking, accounting for one in six cases of the disease compared with one in nine for smoking.
Of the 9,488 people studied, nine per cent had developed asthma by the age of 42, not including those who had it as children. The team from Imperial College London identified 18 jobs that were linked to an increased risk of asthma. Four of the 18 were cleaning jobs and a further three of which were likely to involve exposure to cleaning products. Farmers, hairdressers, and printing workers were also found to have increased risk.
Farmers were approximately four times more likely to develop asthma as an adult than office workers, hairdressers were at almost double the risk, and printers at three times the risk.
Besides cleaning products, flour, enzymes, metals and textiles were among materials in the workplace identified in the study as being linked to asthma risk.
The study's lead author, Dr Rebecca Ghosh of the MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health at Imperial College London, said: "This study identified 18 occupations that are clearly linked with asthma risk, but there are others that did not show up in our analysis, mainly because they are relatively uncommon.” "Occupational asthma is widely under-recognized by employers, employees and healthcare professionals. Raising awareness that this is an almost entirely preventable disease would be a major step in reducing its incidence."
Malayka Rahman, Research Analysis and Communications Officer at Asthma UK, said: "This research has highlighted a new group of people, specifically those working in occupations related to cleaning, such as cleaners or home-based personal care workers, who may have developed adult onset asthma due to exposure to chemicals they work with on a daily basis.”We advise anyone who works in the industries highlighted in this study and who have experienced breathing problems to discuss this with their GP, and we urge healthcare professionals to make sure they consider possible occupational causes in adult onset asthma and tailor their advice to people with asthma accordingly."
Around 5.4 million people in the UK have asthma, some of whom suffer as children and some of whom develop the disease in later life.
Prof Jon Ayres, Professor of Environmental & Respiratory Medicine, University of Birmingham, said: “This is an important piece of research.
“We already know that occupational asthma costs many millions of pounds to the UK economy each year. This latest research has identified cleaners as a new and very important at-risk group.” “The main message from this study is that employers need to pay greater attention to exposures in at-risk groups. Both government and industry need to reconsider how they can best control exposure and reduce adult-onset asthma due to occupation.”
Prof Somnath Mukhopadhyay, Chair of Paediatrics, Brighton & Sussex Medical School, said: “This remarkable study has a number of important and novel messages for asthma sufferers and doctors.
"It shows that a high proportion of adult asthma in the UK could result from occupational exposure.” "It throws light on a range of new occupations that may represent significant risk factors for asthma.” “The study should thus influence routine history-taking in day-to-day general practice in the UK, as identifying the precipitant for asthma is a key step in asthma management.”
DR. PAIS’S COMMENTS: Whenever I work with asthmatics I talk to them about their environment and what might me making their symptoms worse. This study gives me more information to help my patients identify their triggers and limit their exposure.
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.
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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.
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.
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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