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Home arrow Naturopathic News arrow Issue #135 Dec. 2013
Issue #135 Dec. 2013
  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. NATURAL BREAST CANCER PREVENTION MASTER CLASS
  3. DON'T TAKE THAT SUPPLEMENT!
  4. VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY LINKED TO BREAST CANCER
  5. ACID REFLUX DRUGS CAUSE B12 DEFICIENCY
  6. ORGANIC MILK MAKES A HEALTHY HEART
  7. NONSTICK PANS CAUSE CANCER
  8. EAT SESAME SEEDS FOR ARTHRITIS
  9. VITAMIN D PREVENTS THE FLU
  10. WEB SERVICES
  11. FACEBOOK
  12. WISE SUPPLEMENT CHOICES
  13. VITAMIN D TESTING
  14. EMERSON ECOLOGICS
Welcome to this issue of Naturopathic News, issue #135. 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. 


COMING IN FEBRUARY 2014, THE NEXT MASTER CLASS NATURAL BREAST CANCER PREVENTION


STOP! OMG!! DON’T TAKE THAT SUPPLEMENT!
Sorry for the drama. But don’t you know, vitamins don’t do anything. They can’t help you. They will hurt you. Prescription drugs are so much safer and so inexpensive.

In the bizarro world (everything is its opposite) of conventional medicine all the above statements are true. Better, they are gospel. Religious prescriptions from the medical/pharmaceutical high priests. 

This past week we’ve been treated to what’s being billed as the final round of  “Supplements Don’t Do Anything”. That’s it. It’s over. This ongoing prizefight is for the hearts, minds, bodies and pocketbooks of the American public. At last there’s proof that those horrible vitamins, minerals, herbs, and antioxidants don’t do anything. Now that this battle is over we can move on and show how private insurance companies put our health ahead of their profit.

In case you’ve been on tech vacation away from phones, computers, and the internet, the Annals of Internal Medicine published two flawed studies and an editorial in the December 17th issue. All together claiming to discredit the value of multivitamin supplements.

"Centrum Silver Adults 50+", brought to you by Pfizer, that paragon of drug, oops, I mean nutritional expertise, was the low-dose multivitamin tested in this much-heralded study that "proved that supplements don't work." Here is the manufacturer's webpage for this pinnacle of applied nutritional science: http://www.centrum.com/centrum-silver-adults-50-plus#tablets

If you click the tiny "Product Labeling" link directly under the package illustration, and then scroll all the way down to the fine print in the "Ingredients" box you’ll get to the heart of the issue—poor quality, if not toxic ingredients, in inadequate amounts.

There are three artificial colors listed - FD&C Blue No. 2,  FD&C Red No. 40, and FD&C Yellow No. 6, all in the Aluminum Lake form. For many, these excitotoxins greatly alter behavior and mental function. Not only that, exposure to aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The very illnesses being targeted in this bogus study.

GMO corn ingredients - Pregelatinized corn starch, modified food starch, corn starch, and maltodextrin.

Preservatives – BHT- a known immune toxicant/allergen. Sodium benzoate – a known carcinogen. 

Talc – Often contains asbestos and has been linked to lung cancer.

Some of the worst examples of the poor quality/low amount nutrients in this formula.
Vitamin D - 500 IU. This dose is too small to have much of an effect. Most people test with lower than optimal Vitamin D levels. This is maybe 1/10 of the average amount needed.

Vitamin E - 50 IU. Not only is this amount barely 10% of the average needed, it’s in the synthetic dl-alpha-tocopheryl acetate form. Synthetic Vit. E is not metabolically recognized by human physiology. It’s just cheap, worthless phoniness. No nutrition trained practitioner uses this stuff.

Magnesium - 50 mg. This is one-eighth of the recommended daily amount (itself too low), in the least utilized ‘oxide’ form.

Calcium - 220 mg. The 4.4 to 1 ratio of calcium to magnesium is way too high. Meaning that the body won’t get much benefit from this. 

Lutein - 250 mcg. (1000mcg = 1 milligram). The average dose to help prevent macular degeneration is about 28x higher than this amount.

When you use a low quality, low potency multivitamin with toxic ingredients is it any wonder that this garbage did not prevent dementia? So of course it can only mean that all supplementation is inherently worthless.


Remember, you must be careful. Every year supplements cause over 106,000 deaths when properly prescribed. NO, WAIT. THAT’S PROPERLY PRESCRIBED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS that kill over 100,000 people per year, according to Vol. 284, July 26, 2000 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  These are nonerror prescriptions. When your MD or pharmacist don’t make a mistake.

Every year the American Association of Poison Control Centers puts out a report. Each year there are no deaths from vitamins, minerals, supplements, or herbs. That’s right, No Deaths.

Warning: The previous paragraphs are chock full of intended sarcasm. I did not use the blue font. Read only if you don’t want to buy the ‘bridge in Brooklyn’ you’re being sold.


VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY LINKED TO BREAST CANCER
New research shows a correlation between low vitamin D levels and poor breast cancer prognosis. Supplementation may be the key to avoiding deficiency.

In a study of Canadian women, researchers led by Pamela Goodwin, MD
discovered that vitamin D deficiency is common among breast cancer patients and is associated with higher-grade breast cancer tumors. It was also discovered that patients with vitamin D deficiency had an increased risk of recurrence and lower overall survival rates than those with sufficient vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is produced by the body in the presence of sunshine and occurs in many foods such as fatty fish, eggs and whole milk. The nutrient helps regulate cell growth and differentiation, offsetting cancer cell aggressiveness.

"Breast cancer is still the most common cancer among Canadian women," says Goodwin. "This research helps us to identify a correlation between vitamin D levels in breast cancer patients and encourages us to seek further knowledge."

Goodwin's study tracked 512 Toronto women with early stage breast cancer more than 12 years after their initial diagnosis, and revealed that women under age 50, those who were overweight and those who consumed few grains and cereals had the lowest vitamin D levels. The vitamin D was measured in blood samples taken during both summer and winter months.

Researchers found that just 24 percent of the women had adequate levels of vitamin D. More alarmingly women with low vitamin D levels were 94 percent more likely to have their cancer spread to other parts of the body within a decade and 73 percent more likely to die from it.

Earlier studies have also suggested vitamin D can avert the risk of cancer by maintaining healthy cells and preventing over-production of cells, which is one of the main events to trigger cancer development. One study by researchers at the University of California at San Diego suggested vitamin D could lower the risk of cancer by preventing formation of new blood vessels for tumors.
American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in May 30-June 3, 2013 
DR. PAIS’S COMMENTS: The information from this study is straight forward. If you have low Vitamin D levels your breast cancer will spread to other parts of your body (metastasize) and it will be more likely to kill you.

Yes this is a relatively small number of participants for this study. And yes, population studies like this one are not the pinnacle of scientific purity. I think it would be unethical to do a double blind placebo controlled trial of Vit. D in breast cancer patients. If you know what you’re doing, and you periodically repeat D3 levels to assess where you’re at, it is very safe and inexpensive to prevent breast cancer metastasis and mortality in this way. In fact, it would be an error not to.


ACID REFLUX DRUGS LINKED TO VITAMIN DEFICIENCY
Popular drugs that are used to control stomach acid may increase the risk of a serious vitamin deficiency, suggests a new study.
 
Researchers found people who were diagnosed with vitamin B12 deficiency were more likely to be taking proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) and histamine 2 receptor antagonists (H2RAs), compared to those not diagnosed with the condition.

These drugs are commonly used to treat conditions like acid reflux - also known as GERD - and peptic ulcers.

"This doesn't mean people should stop their medications," Dr. Douglas Corley, the study's senior author, said. "People take these for good reasons. They improve quality of life and prevent disease."
 
"It does raise the question that people who are taking these medications should have their B12 levels checked," he added.

Commonly used PPIs include omeprazole (also known as Prilosec), esomeprazole (sold as Nexxium), and lansoprazole (Prevacid). H2RAs include cimetidine (Tagamet), famotidine (Pepcid), and ranitidine (Zantac).

For this study, the researchers compared the medical records of nearly 26,000 Northern California residents who were diagnosed with a vitamin B12 deficiency between 1997 and 2011, and nearly 185,000 people with healthy B12 levels.

Among those who were vitamin B12 deficient, 12 percent had been on PPIs for at least two years and about 4 percent were on H2RAs for an equally long period.

By comparison, among people without a diagnosis of B12 deficiency, 7 percent had been on PPIs for two or more years and 3 percent were on H2RAs long-term.

Not only were PPIs and H2RAs tied to an increased risk of vitamin B12 deficiency, but higher doses were more strongly associated with deficiency than weaker ones, the researchers found.

Previous research has tied PPIs to the diarrhea-causing bacteria Clostridium difficile.

"I think the study is interesting because we're becoming more and more aware that these drugs are being too widely prescribed," Dr. Peter Green said.
JAMA. 2013;310(22):2435-2442
DR. PAIS’S COMMENTS: Without enough vitamin B12, people become tired, weak, constipated and anemic. Ultimately, this vitamin deficiency can lead to nerve damage and dementia.

The problem is that the body absorbs B12 with the help of stomach acid. PPIs and H2RAs limit the stomach's production of acid - and the body needs stomach acid to absorb B12. Even the researchers wrote that the drugs can "increase the population's risk of vitamin B12 deficiency." 

Do you think that is an acceptable trade? Dementia, nerve damage, constipation, and anemia for less GERD? Maybe you would make that trade if that was the only way. But suppressing acid actually makes it easier for reflux to happen. So once you start taking these drugs you’re locked into a cycle of drug/symptom, drug/symptom. Change your diet, change your lifestyle, and reduce your reflux and ulcer development. Just say No to acid suppressing drugs.

It surprises me that anyone still promotes the use of these drugs given the harm they cause. 

By the way, the best way to test your Vitamin B12 status is by having a methyl malonic acid (MMA) test done. Not by measuring serum B12.


ORGANIC MILK MAKES A HEALTHY HEART
Whole milk from organic dairies contains far more of some of the fatty acids that contribute to a healthy heart than conventional milk, scientists are reporting.

This study shows that drinking whole organic milk is more likely to lessen the risk factor for heart disease than conventional milk. This is one of many clear-cut instances of an organic food’s offering a nutritional advantage over its conventional counterpart. 

Drinking whole organic milk “will certainly lessen the risk factor for cardiovascular disease,” said the study’s lead author, Charles M. Benbrook, a research professor at Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.
 “organic milk is better, because it has a more favorable balance of these fatty acids” — omega-3, typically found in fish and flaxseed, versus omega-6, which is abundant in many fried foods like potato chips.

Under government requirements for organic labeling, dairy cows must spend a certain amount of the time in the pasture, eating grassy plants high in omega-3s; conventional milk comes from cows that are mostly fed GMO corn, which is high in omega-6s. 

The research was largely funded by Organic Valley, a farm cooperative that sells organic dairy products. But experts not connected with the study said the findings were credible.
“I think this is a very good piece of work,” said Dr. Joseph Hibbeln, a nutritional neuroscientist at the National Institutes of Health.

The researchers looked at 384 samples of organic and conventional whole milk taken over 18 months around the country. Although the total amount of fat was almost the same, the organic milk contained 62 percent more omega-3 fatty acids and 25 percent fewer omega-6s.

The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 in the organic milk was 2.28, much lower than the 5.77 ratio in conventional milk. The figures do not apply to nonfat milk, which strips away the fatty acids.

Nutrition experts broadly agree that omega-3 acids offer numerous health benefits. That was the impetus for the United States Department of Agriculture to urge people to eat more seafood when it revised its dietary guidelines in 2010.

In ancient times, people ate roughly equal amounts of the two fatty acids. Today most Americans now eat more than 10 times as much omega-6, which is prevalent in certain vegetable oils and thus also fried foods, as omega-3.

Donald R. Davis, another of the study’s authors, said the longstanding assumption that the saturated fats in whole milk raise the risk of cardiovascular disease has been questioned in recent years. Dr. Hibbeln of the National Institutes of Health, who has conducted research on the effects of fatty acids on heart disease, said animal studies showed that high levels of omega-6s interfered with omega-3s.

Organic Valley uses independent milk-processing companies around the country, allowing the researchers to compare samples of organic milk with conventional milk from the same region.

The company provided $45,000 for an independent laboratory to measure the fatty acids, and it is a corporate sponsor of Dr. Benbrook’s program at Washington State. The university spent $90,000 to analyze the data and prepare the paper for publication.
George Siemon, chief executive of Organic Valley, said he was hoping to gain a better idea of how organic foods differ from conventionally produced ones.
Jan. 9, 2013 PLOS One
DR. PAIS’S COMMENTS: You could certainly make the case here that this is industry sponsored research. And therefore the results should be critically examined. The fact that independent scientists agreed with the findings helps lessen the concern of industry bias.

I’m very happy to see that they shined the spotlight on the cows having access to pasture and that making the difference with the omega 3 essential fatty acids. Horizon organic dairy is one brand where ‘access to pasture’ means the barn gate is open. When there is a choice I greatly favor the true Organic of Organic Valley and dismiss the corporate organic of Horizon.

The cardiovascular benefits of animal-based omega-3 fats are quite well-established, and include:
Antiarrhythmic: counteracting or preventing cardiac arrhythmia
Antiatherosclerotic: preventing fatty deposits and fibrosis of the inner layer of your arteries from forming
Improves endothelial function: a major factor in promoting the growth of new blood vessels
Lowers triglyceride concentrations
Antithrombotic: tending to prevent thrombosis (a blood clot within a blood vessel)
Anti-inflammatory: counteracting inflammation (heat, pain, swelling, etc.)
Lower blood pressure


NONSTICK PANS AND GORETEX LINKED TO CANCER
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a chemical used in the manufacture of items such as Teflon nonstick coating, Gore-Tex water-repellent gear, microwave popcorn bags, carpet, and fire-fighting foam. One previous human study of PFOA did find a significant association between kidney cancer deaths and serum levels of PFOA in chemical plant workers. Now a major epidemiological study published in EHP reports an association between PFOA exposure and kidney and testicular cancers in individuals who lived near and worked at a plant that produced the chemical.

PFOA is found in the blood of an estimated 98% of Americans.  The present study arose from a 2001 class action lawsuit in which residents living near DuPont’s Washington Works plant on the Ohio–West Virginia border sued the company for contaminating groundwater with PFOA over several decades. 

55 health outcomes were studied between 2011 and 2012. Conclusions were that PFOA was probably linked to six outcomes: kidney cancer, testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, hypercholesterolemia, and pregnancy-induced hypertension.

Health data were collected from community residents in 2005 and 2006 and from a follow-up medical survey of these participants between 2008 and 2011. They also included data from 4,391 DuPont workers. For each worker and resident, the authors estimated lifetime cumulative PFOA serum levels based on factors including drinking water source, tap water consumption, and any employment at the DuPont plant.

Of 32,507 individuals in the current study, 2,507 had primary cancers of 21 different types that were validated using medical records and cancer registries. The incidence of both testicular and kidney cancers increased with higher estimated PFOA serum levels. 
The authors also found a positive association between estimated PFOA levels and thyroid cancer. Thyroid cancer was of interest because there had been other scientific findings concluding that a “probable link” existed between PFOA and noncancerous thyroid diseases such as hypo- and hyperthyroidism, which affect metabolism.

Data from the nationally representative National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999–2000 showed that participants averaged PFOA blood concentrations of 5.2 ng/mL, whereas the cohort in the six counties exposed to contaminated drinking water near the DuPont Washington Works plant had concentrations averaging 32.9 ng/mL.
Environ Health Perspect; DOI:10.1289/ehp.121-A340
DR. PAIS’S COMMENTS: This kind of ‘survivor’ study underestimates the deaths caused by the chemical trigger. That is, community members who developed cancer had to survive until 2004–2005 to be eligible for the study, although former workers could be counted as cases even if they died before the study.

Consequently, community members who died of fast-moving cancers were less likely to be included in the study, which could result in an underestimate of the association between PFOA and that cancer. The small numbers of cases for some individual cancers, including testicular cancer, also may have led to imprecise estimates of association.


FOOD IS MEDICINE – EAT SESAME SEEDS FOR ARTHRITIS
This remarkable new study recently published confirms that food is not only medicine, but sometimes superior to it.  Medical researchers working out of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran, sought to investigate the effects of sesame seed supplementation on clinical signs and symptoms in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Knee osteoarthritis is a form of degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis localized in the knee, and causes a variety of symptoms including pain, swelling, abnormal bone growth (which can result in bone spurs), disfigured cartilage and loss of motion, and it affects as many as 12.1% of adults aged 60+, according to the CDC.

Standard therapy involves the use of NSAID drugs, many of which have been linked both to internal bleeding and significantly increased risk of cardiac mortality, which is why the researchers sought out to look for "a complementary treatment to reduce complications and costs."

The study took fifty patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, and divided them into two 25-patient groups: a sesame group, receiving 40 grams/day of powdered sesame seeds, and a standard drug therapy group, receiving two 500 mg doses of Tylenol twice a day. After two months of treatment, 22 patients in the sesame intervention group and 23 patients in the control group completed the study.
 
Considering that treatment was comprised of little over an ounce and one half of sesame seeds, the results were truly remarkable. There was a significant difference in pain intensity between the two groups after treatment, with the sesame group seeing the largest drop from 9.5 before treatment to 3.5 after treatment, and the control group seeing a more modest drop from 9 before treatment to 7 after treatment. 

Additional measurements were taken using both the Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS) Questionnaire and the Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test. Both tests revealed a similar degree of positive change in both treatment and control groups, when compared to baseline. 
 
Taken together, sesame was the clear winner. Not only was this food therapy superior in reducing the intensity of pain, but it was at least equal in effectiveness to Tylenol in both the KOOS and TUG tests. This, of course, was accomplished without the notorious side effects associated with Tylenol—liver damage. 
International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases Nov. 13, 2013
DR. PAIS’S COMMENTS: So, how much is 40 grams of sesame seed? A tablespoon of sesame seeds is approximately 9 grams. So, approximately 4 tablespoons will get you to what the study found to be a 'clinical dose.' Also, the researchers powdered the sesame seeds in order to enhance digestion. Remember, it is best to do this fresh with a mortar and pestle (first choice) or coffee grinder, also making sure that your seeds are raw, and certified organic.

To truly appreciate the significance of this study, take a look at the growing body of toxicological research indicating that the unintended, adverse health effects of Tylenol (acetaminophen) far outweigh its purported benefits. Besides the well known liver toxicity effects, it has been shown that even only occasional use of Tylenol may raise a child's asthma risk 540%.


VITAMIN D MORE EFFECTIVE AT PREVENTING FLU THAN VACCINE
Japanese doctors have found that the flu can be reduced by 50% in children by taking vitamin D. The findings are significant as vitamin D is naturally produced, has no side effects, costs little and is more effective than anti-viral drugs or vaccines.

Only one in ten children, aged six to 15 years, taking the sunshine vitamin in a clinical trial came down with flu compared with one in five given a dummy tablet. Mitsuyoshi Urashima, the Japanese doctor who led the trial, said that vitamin D was more effective than vaccines in preventing flu.
 
Vitamin D was found to be even more effective when the comparison left out children who were already given extra vitamin D by their parents, outside the trial. Taking the sunshine vitamin was then shown to reduce the risk of flu to a third of what it would otherwise be.
  
Altogether 354 children took part in the trial. The trial, which was double blind, randomized, and fully controlled scientifically, was conducted by doctors and scientists from Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan.

The children were given a daily dose of 1200 IUs (international units) of vitamin D over a period of three months. In the first month children in the group taking the vitamin became ill just as often as those taking the dummy tablet. But by the second month, when the vitamin level in the children’s blood was higher, the advantage of the vitamin was clear.
 
The Japanese scientists say that the anti-viral drugs zanamivir and oseltamivir hardly reduce risk (if at all) of flu infection in children who have been exposed to infection, compared with a 50 percent or greater reduction with vitamin D.

Antivirals are too expensive, and possibly too toxic, to be given to the population as a whole whereas vitamin D has additional benefits. The sunshine vitamin not only prevents bone fractures but is also believed to reduce risks of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other illness, including various bacterial as well as viral infections.
 
The Japanese finding supports a theory that low blood levels of the sunshine vitamin occurring in winter explain why flu epidemics generally peak between December and March.
 
Vitamin D activates the innate immune system, enabling the body to produce several proteins such as defensin and cathelicidin which trigger cell activity and disable viruses.
 
Dr John Oxford, professor of virology at Queen Mary School of Medicine, London, said: “This is a timely study. It will be noticed by scientists. It fits in with the seasonal pattern of flu. There is an increasing background of solid science that makes the vitamin D story credible. ”
 
Researchers have recently pinpointed the mechanism behind vitamin D3's ability to enhance the immune system and why it is so critical to our health.
 
- Vitamin D is not a vitamin, but a steroid hormone precursor, which has profound effects on innate immunity.
 
- The amount of vitamin D in most food and nearly all multivitamins is literally inconsequential.
 
- The correct daily dose of vitamin D for adults is approximately 5,000 IU/day, not the 200 to 600 IU recommended by the Institute of Medicine, the National Institutes of Medicine and the FDA.
 
- The only blood test to determine vitamin D adequacy is a 25-hydroxy-vitamin D, not the 1,25-di-hydroxy-vitamin D test many physicians still order.
 
- Optimal vitamin D blood levels are between 500 and 00 ng/ml, levels obtained by fewer than 5% of Americans.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 10/31/13
DR. PAIS’S COMMENTS: Vitamin D deficiency is common during the winter months, especially in countries far north of the equator. Vitamin D acts as an immune system modulator, preventing excessive production of inflammatory cytokines and increasing macrophage (a type of white cell) activity. Vitamin D also stimulates the production of potent anti-microbial peptides in other white blood cells and in epithelial cells lining the respiratory tract, protecting the lungs from infection.

Dr. John Cannell, MD, suggests high-dose vitamin D (50,000 IU) be consumed for three days at the first sign of a cold or the flu. So far, I’ve only needed to try this dose with 1 patient and it was successful. As they say “kids, don’t try this at home.


WEBSITE SERVICES
Here are some pages that are of particular interest:

Store: There are 409 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.

Newsletter: Here you will find all 135 issues of my health newsletter, "Naturopathic News”.

Optimal Health Points: This is my blog that I update periodically. Check out my latest post, “Hydrotherapy for the Season: Wet Sock Treatment”.


FACEBOOK
Come join my fan page at www.facebook.com/NaturalDoc 
Help me bring information, news, and stories about natural medicine to the Facebook community. 

For those of you who don’t know, Facebook is a social networking website. Users can add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Additionally, users can join networks organized by city, workplace, and school or college. 

Facebook pages help you discover new artists, businesses, and communities as well as those you already love. On my fan page www.facebook.com/NaturalDoc I post discussions that you can join in with and relay breaking health news related to disease prevention, clinical nutrition, and ways to make you healthier. 

I’m looking forward to exploring this community with you. See you there!


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.


EMERSON ECOLOGICS
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. At the same time, I receive a percentage of each supplement sale. 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
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Williamsport PA 17701
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