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Can mesotherapy be used for facial rejuvenation?

Despite popular belief, mesotherapy is not the same as fat – dissolving injections. Mesotherapy is an injection technique using medication, vitamins, minerals or another substance under the skin.  The idea is that these substances are absorbed via subdermal plexus and produce specific result, like reduction of inflammation, not necessarily related to cosmetic at all.

Nevertheless, it is a great approach for facial rejuvenation.  Mesolift is a mesotherapy approach to treat aging, sagging, and wrinkling of the skin involving the face and neck. It is also used to retard the progression of wrinkling and to rejuvenate complexions. The effects rejuvenate the face, eyelids, and neck without the unnatural appearance and painful recovery of surgical alternatives.

The standard mesotherapy technique must be done by a licensed physician who has received proper training in performing mesotherapy procedures. Using a fine needle, the physician injects into the mesoderm the specific formula selected to treat your condition. The needles penetrate the body at only a very small depth. The number of injections and strength of each medication treatment is determined on an individual basis. Generally, patients require one treatment every ten to fourteen (10 – 14) days depending on the location and size of the area being treated. The injections are made at small distances and in small doses per treatment.

For more information about mesotherapy or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 206-319-5322 or visit Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center for more information.

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Are You Vitamin B12 Deficient? Take a Self-Awareness Survey

What are the symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency?

Weakness and fatigue, brain fog, light-headedness, loss of balance, rapid heartbeat and breathing, pale skin, sore tongue, easy bruising or bleeding, including bleeding gums, stomach upset and weight loss and diarrhea or constipation are all symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency.

If the deficiency is not corrected, it can damage the nerve cells. If this happens, vitamin B12 deficiency effects may include: tingling or numbness in arms, legs, fingers and toes, difficulty walking, mood changes or depression, memory loss, disorientation, and dementia.

What Diseases are Linked to Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

  • Alzheimer’s, dementia, cognitive decline and memory loss, (collectively referred to as “aging”)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological disorders
  • Mental illness (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Learning or developmental disorders in kids
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Autoimmune disease and other immune system dysfunction
  • Cancer
  • Male and female infertility
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Anemia
  • Inflammatory bowel disease 

Who is at risk for Vitamin B12 deficiency?

Many people over age 50 lose the ability to absorb vitamin B12 from foods.  This happens as specialized stomach cells slowly lose their ability to release an enzyme called intrinsic factor that helps break down dietary B12. 

Strict vegans (people who don’t eat any animal products, including meat, eggs, or milk) are at greatest risk. Vegetarians who eat eggs and milk products are also at risk, because, on average, they consume less than half the adult Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin B12.  Studies consistently demonstrate that up to 50 percent of long-term vegetarians and 80 percent of vegans are deficient in B12.

A common myth amongst vegetarians and vegans is that it’s possible to get B12 from plant sources like seaweed, fermented soy, spirulina and brewers yeast. But plant foods said to contain B12 actually contain B12 analogs called cobamides that block B12 absorption and increase the need for metabolically useful B12.  See the following study for explanation: (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10552882)

Others who may be low in Vitamin B12 are those who have had gastrointestinal surgery, such as weight loss surgery and people who have digestive disorders, such as celiac disease or Crohn’s disease.

What are the Functions of Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 works together with folate in the synthesis of DNA and red blood cells. It’s also involved in the production of the myelin sheath around the nerves, and the conduction of nerve impulses. Vitamin B12 is also needed for building proteins in the body and helps keep levels of the amino acid homocysteine in check, which may help decrease heart disease risk.

Where can I get Vitamin B12 From my diet?

The body absorbs animal sources of vitamin B12 much better than plant sources. As mentioned above, non-animal sources of vitamin B12 are not reliable sources of the vitamin. 

Can you benefit from vitamin B12?

Take the survey in the next section to see if you can benefit from vitamin B12. If you have a score of 10 or higher, you will likely benefit from vitamin B12 injection. 

Are You Vitamin B12 Deficient?   Take a Self-Awareness Survey  

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On a scale of 0 to 4, with zero being “experience not at all” and four being “experience greatly,” rate yourself on these symptoms and keep a running point total:

  • Depression (double your score)
  • Fatigue  (double your score)
  • Brain fog  (double your score)
  • Numbness or tingling in hands and feet  (double your score)
  • Dandruff
  • Bleed or bruise easily
  • Slow reflexes
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Memory problems
  • Menstrual problems
  • Nervousness/Anxiety
  • Pale, chalky skin
  • Pale nail beds
  • Pale tongue
  • Sore tongue
  • Feeling of weakness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Difficulties with balance
  • Bleeding gums
  • Weight loss
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tremors
  • Palpitations
  • Frequent colds and flus
  • Tender calves

Scoring:  When adding up your total score, double the values for the first four symptoms (Depression, Fatigue, Brain fog and Numbness or tingling in hands and feet).  All other symptoms are 0 to 4.

  • Under 10 points — most likely not Vitamin B12 deficient
  • 10 to 15 points — probable to benefit from Vitamin B12
  • 15+ ponts — likely to benefit from Vitamin B12

From more information about Vitamin B12 injection and if you would like to schedule a 15 minute appointment for your B12 injection, please call 206-319-5322 or visit Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center.

 

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How does lipotropic injections help with weight loss?

Lipotropic nutrients are a class of natural ingredients that play important roles in the body’s use of fat. These compounds enhance liver and gallbladder’s role by decreasing fat deposits and speeding up metabolism of fat and its removal. Dr. Lee has used this special formula for individuals who are “stuck” in their weight loss attempts and need that extra boost to achieve their goal weight. This injection has also been gratefully used for individuals who want to maintain their weight, or prevent re-gain of their lost weight. The main ingredients in the lipotropic injection are methionine, inositol, and choline. Some individuals will also benefit the addition of vitamin B12.

 

 

Methionine

assists in the breakdown of fats and thereby prevents the build-up of fat in the arteries, as well as assisting with the digestive system and removing heavy metals from the body since it can be converted to Cytosine, which is a precursor to Glutathione, which is of prime importance in detoxifying the liver.

 

Inositol

helps to maintain proper electrical energy and nutrient transfer across the cell membrane. It also acts as a lipotropic which converts fats into other useful products. Inositol helps establish healthy cell membranes, which facilitate nerve impulses.

 

Choline

Assists in controlling your weight as well as cholesterol levels, keeping cell membranes healthy and in preventing gallstones. It is also most useful in the maintenance of the nervous system, assisting memory and learning, and may help to fight infections, including hepatitis and AIDS. Choline is critical for normal membrane structure and function. Choline is the major precursor of betaine, and it is used by the kidneys to maintain water balance and by the liver as a source of methyl-groups for Methionine formation. It is also used to produce the important neurotransmitter Acetylcholine. It assists in nerve impulse transmission, gallbladder regulation, liver functions and lecithin production.

 

B-12

is a vitamin which is important for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the formation of blood. It is normally involved in the metabolism of every cell of the body, especially affecting DNA synthesis and regulation, but also fatty acid synthesis and energy production.

 

For more information about lipotropic injections or if you would like to schedule, please call 206-319-5322 or visit Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center for more information.

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How does lipotropic injection help with weight loss?

Looking for a safe and effective way to loss weight and have better energy? The answer would be to eat right and exercise. But what happens when everything from dietary and lifestyle changes to fitness programs are not meeting your weight loss goal?  Some turn to a relatively new treatment using lipotropic injections. The injections are designed to reduce weight, increase energy and produce results when other methods have failed.

Lipotropics are also called “fat burners”.  It is consist of methionine, choline, and inositol.  These nutrients enhance the liver and gallbladder’s role by decreasing fat deposits and speeding up metabolism of fat and its removal.  Aside from B12, lipotropics is also used for speeding up body metabolism. Faster body metabolism is needed for patients undergoing weight loss treatments. B12 may not be sufficient on metabolic processes because B12 is almost used up for energy consumptions. That’s why lipotropics are needed to fill this void. Lipotropics is a naturally occurring compound produced in our body and thus it is safe.

Methionine–An amino acid that reduces fats and aids in lowering cholesterol. It acts as a lipotropic agent to prevent excess fat buildup in the liver and the body, is helpful in relieving or preventing fatigue and may be useful in some cases of allergy because it reduces histamine release.

Choline–A nutrient known to help reduce fat in the liver. It supports the health of the liver in its processing and excretion of chemical waste products within the body. Moreover, it is required for the transport and metabolism of fats and cholesterol within the body, which is important for the healthy support of the endocrine, cardiovascular and hepatic systems.

Inositol–A nutrient used to metabolize and transfer fats in the blood stream. It is a nutrient belonging to the B vitamin complex, is closely associated with choline. It aids in the metabolism of fats and helps reduce blood cholesterol. Inositol participates in action of serotonin, a neurotransmitter known to control mood and appetite.

NOTE:
There is no known toxicity of a typical injected amount of methionine, choline, inositol, however side effects should not be ignored. General gastrointestinal problems such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are some possible side effects of lipotropic injections. There might be some pain and warmness at the site of injection. Those with heart disease, abnormal heart beat or other heart problems should take special caution when using lipotropics as they can increase heart rate. Generally, benefits of lipotropic injections greatly outweigh the small side effects. Always consult a doctor before beginning any weight-loss program.
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 References:
  • Enzymatic hydrolysis of pentaerythritoltetranicotinate and meso-inositolhexanicotinate in blood and tissues.  Arzneimittelforschung. 1979;29(12):1859-62.
  • Polyenylphosphatidylcholine attenuates alcohol-induced fatty liver and hyperlipemia in rats. J Nutr. 1997 Sep;127(9):1800-6.
  • Comparison of the efficacy of inhaled budesonide and oral choline in patients with allergic rhinitis. Saudi Med J. 2005 Mar;26(3):421-4

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Confused by the different types of vitamin B12?

Looking for a safe and effective way to reduce to optimize health? The answer would be to eat right and exercise. One can also consider vitamin B12 injections as it can give you positive results as well.

Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin. It is a nutrient that is important for cell proliferation, nerve health, and carbohydrate metabolism. It is an essential nutrient needed to make red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body, the myelin sheath that surrounds nerve cells, and various proteins. It also plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism.

As vitamin B12 injection is getting more popular, there is also the question of which type of B12 to get.

Hydroxocobalamin B12 is a natural and uniquely powerful form of vitamin B12. Clinical studies practice have shown it can help to improve cognitive function, fight fatigue, promote heart health and more. Studies have found that hydroxocoblamin raises B12 levels higher and lasts longer than cyanocobalamin (1,2). Hydroxocobalamin has a high affinity for cyanide. It pulls the cyanide out of the mitochondria of the cell and combines with it to form cyanocobalamin, which is then excreted in the urine. In 2006, hydroxocobalamin was approved by the FDA as an antidote for cyanide poisoning. Since cyanide is present in cigarette smoke  (and essentially reduces the cells’ ability to use oxygen), hydroxocobalamin would be a good option for smoker seeking a B12 supplement.

On the other hand, methylcobalamin may be help in preventing and treating chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, peripheral neuropathies, Alzheimer’s disease, muscular dystrophy and neurological aging.

The most common form of vitamin B12 is called cyanocobalamin. However, over the last ten years, a number of central peripheral neurological diseases have been linked to a deficiency of a very specific cobalamin, the methylcobalamin form, that is required to protect against neurological disease and aging. The liver converts a small amount of cyanocobalamin into methylcobalamin within the body, but larger amounts of methylcobalamin are necessary to correct neurological defects and protect against aging.

Few substances have been shown to regenerate nerves in humans with peripheral neruopathies. However, a study in the Journal of Neurological Science postulated that methylcobalamin could increase protein synthesis and help regenerate nerves. The scientists showed that very high doses of methylcobalamin produce nerve regeneration in laboratory rats. The scientists stated that ultra-high doses of methylcobalamin might be of clinical use for patients with peripheral neuropathies.

1. Hall CA, et al. “The availability of therapeutic hydroxocobalamin to cells.” Blood. 1984 Feb;63(2):335-41.
2. Glass GBJ, et al. “Hydroxocobalamin V. Prolonged maintenance of high vitamin B12 blood levels following a short course of hydrooxocobalamin injections.” Blood. 1966. Vol 27, No. 2 pp 234-241.

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Factors affecting B12 absorption

Animal products (meat and dairy products) provide the onlydietary source of vitamin B12 for humans. Since B12 is only found in animal sources, vegans and vegetarians are sometimes deficient in B12. The elderly are also more likely to suffer from B12 deficiencies due to multiple steps involved in B12 absorption. People who have a difficult time absorbing B12 may suffer from a condition called pernicious anemia. The usual western diet contains 5 to 7 micrograms of vitamin B12 per day, while the minimum daily requirement is listed as 6 to 9 micrograms per day. Approximately one-half of the total body store is in the liver.

Dietary B12 in the presence of acid and pepsin in the stomach is released from the food and then quickly binds to R factors in saliva and gastric juice. Vitamin B12 bound to R factors is not absorbed. Absorption occurs in the alkaline environment of the duodenum. In this alkaline environment, vitamin B12 is freed from R proteins by pancreatic proteases and then binds specifically and rapidly to gastric-derived intrinsic factor. Intrinsic factor has very high affinity for vitamin B12. The intrinsic factor-vitamin B12 complex binds to specific intestinal receptors and it is absorbed in an energy requiring process that is still incompletely understood.

Thus, adequate absorption of vitamin B12 depends upon five factors.

  • · Dietary intake (aim for healthy meat such as fish or chicken or choose egg or dairy items)
  • Proper acid-pepsin in the stomach to release B12 from binding to food particles.
  • Pancreatic proteases to free B12 from binding to R factors
  • Secretion of intrinsic factor by the gastric parietal cells in the stomach to bind to B12
  • An ileum (specific section of the small intestine) with vitamin B12-intrinsic factor receptors.

Once taken up by the specific intestinal cells, the vitamin B12 travels along the blood stream by binding to transcobalamin II. This complex binds to specific cell surface receptors in order to enter the cell. Vitamin B12 in the cells is metabolized into two coenzymes: adenosyl-cobalamin; and methyl-cobalamin. It is crucial that every single step along the way is working adequately in order for vitamin B12 to be absorbed properly.

Finally, other medications can interfere with vitamin B12 absorption. The University of Maryland Medical Center claims that some medications used to control diabetes and cholesterol, as well as chemotherapy medications, antibiotics and anticonvulsants, can reduce your ability to absorb vitamin B12.

For more information about vitamin B12 supplementation or injections, please contact Dr. Lee via email info@seattlenaturopathiccenter.com or 206-319-5322. Don’t forget to ask about B12 happy hour where B12 injections are only $12.

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Feeling run down? Think B-Complex

Vitamin B Complex is needed for the proper functioning of almost every process in the body.

B complex are crucial for energy production

Vitamin B1 is needed to help convert the carbohydrates we eat into glucose. The following B Vitamins are needed at a cellular level to convert glucose into energy – Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6 and Biotin. A Vitamin B deficiency in any of these vitamins can lead to decreased energy production, lethargy and fatigue.

The Vitamin B Complex is also essential for correct digestion, production of HCl (Hydrochloric acid) and to assist in the breakdown of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Especially vital for good digestion are Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin B6. A deficiency in any of these B Vitamins can lead to impaired digestion and deficiency of essential nutrients.

Th­e B-complex vitamins are found in brewer’s yeast, liver, whole-grain cereals, rice, nuts, milk, eggs, meats, fish, fruits, leafy green vegetables and many other foods. They are also available as tablets, gels, liquids, or injections. B Vitamins are water-soluble. It is a good idea to emphasis on food to obtain your dietary needs. However, there are cases when supplemental B complex is recommended. Examples are when there is suboptimal digestion or when the body is under excessive stress. When the body is under excessive stress, B complex usage is much higher and thus the demand will be greater.

When indicated, B complex injections are most useful for fatigue caused due to nerve damage, diabetes, sciatica, tinnitus, effects of stress, chronic disease, and a number of other conditions. The best among all the B vitamin injections is the Vitamin B-Complex 100 Injection. This is a sterile solution for intramuscular injection with a blend of all B vitamins. One ml of this B complex 100 injection contains 100 mg of thiamine, 5 mg of riboflavin, 2 mg of pyridoxine, 2 mg of pantothenic acid and 100 mg of niacin.

For more information about B complex supplementation or injections, please contact Dr. Lee via email info@seattlenaturopathiccenter.com or 206-319-5322.

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