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Food Safety – Don’t Eat These Seven Foods!

You have seen articles about food safety and food additives in the news lately.  I dug up an article from Prevention Magazine written by Liz Vaccariello entitled “Seven Foods Even Food Safety Experts Won’t Eat”.  Bon appetit!

  1. Canned Tomatoes – resin linings of tin cans can contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen.  Acidic contents (such as tomato sauces) cause BPA to leach into food.  Solution – choose fresh tomatoes or ones packaged in glass bottles or waxed boxes.
  2. Corn-Fed Beef – cattle evolved to eat grass, not grains.  According to a Clemson University study grass-fed beef, compared to corn-fed, is higher in beta-carotene, Vitamin E, conjugated linoleic acid, calcium, magnesium and potassium; lower in the inflammatory omega-6′s; and lower in saturated fats.  Solution – buy grass-fed beef.
  3. Microwave Popcorn – the problem is the chemicals in the lining of the bag.  Solution – pop it the old-fashion way in a skillet or pan.
  4. Potatoes (non-organic) – root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides during the growing season.  Because these chemicals are absorbed they cannot be washed off!  Solution – buy organic potatoes.
  5. Farmed Salmon – nature didn’t intend for salmon to be artificially fed in pens.  Farmed salmon tend to be lower in Vitamin D and higher in contaminants including carcinogens, PCB’s, and pesticides.  Solution – switch to wild-caught Alaska salmon.  If the package says fresh Atlantic, it’s farmed.  No commercial fisheries remain for wild Atlantic salmon.
  6. Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones – bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST) is used to increase milk production but may have a deleterious effect on humans.  Solution – check labels for rBGH-free, rBST-free, produced without artificial hormones, or organic milk.
  7. Conventional Apples – fall apples are sprayed with pesticides because, as individually grafted trees, apples don’t develop resistance to many pests.  Solution – buy organic apples or at least wash and peel them first.

As you can see, there are a few relatively easy and not very expensive ways to protect yourself from potentially harmful food products.

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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.

Interested in B12 injection. Visit  Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center or call 206-319-5322.

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The importance of probiotic use with antibiotic therapy

An antibiotic is a drug that treats infections caused by bacteria. There are many different types of antibiotics, some are bactericidal (kill bacteria), such as penicillin. Other antibiotics, such as bacteriostatic (stop bacteria from growing and multiplying). Over the years, antibiotics helped to bring under control many serious infectious diseases that were previously untreatable and frequently fatal.

With the widespread use of antibiotics, repeated or used incorrectly, there is a chance that the bacteria will become resistant. This means that the antibiotic becomes less effective against that type of bacterium. The bacteria survive exposure to an antibiotic and continue to multiply causing more harm. Some bacteria can be resistant to more than one antibiotic class and these are called multi-resistant.

Antibiotic therapy can lead to overgrowth of potentially antibiotic-resistant pathogenic bacteria and fungi, such as Stahylococcus aureas, Escherichia coli and Candida albicans. Probiotics are live beneficial microorganisms from the human gut which help to maintain protective gut microflora, reduce survival of pathogenic or bad bacteria. The most common probiotic bacteria are the Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria.

A study carried out at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, UK, followed 30 patients requiring the same antibiotic therapy. The patients were divided into the two groups and supplemented with probiotic containing 25 billion live bacteria per daily dose or placebo capsule in conjunction with antibiotics. None of the participants knew if they were taking probiotic or placebo.

 

The results demonstrated that supplementation of probiotics with 25 billion live bacteria per dose daily helped maintained the balance of gut microflora during antibiotic therapy. The group without probiotic supplement resulted in double the amount of “bad” bacteria (total fecal number of coliforms, staph. aureas and enterocci) prior initiating antibiotic treatment. Overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria can lead to gastrointestinal problems such as gas and bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and more.

Madden J.A.J et al. Effection of probiotics on preventing disruption of the intestinal microflora following antiobiotic therapy: A double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study. Int immunophar 2005:5;1091-1097.

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How does restoring intestinal health benefit autoimmune disease?

An autoimmune disorder is a condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disorders.

Restoring intestinal integrity is a consideration in autoimmune disease. Intestinal permeability becomes a problem when there is excessive inflammation. This process impairs the intestines ability to digest and absorb food, transport vitamins and minerals, and act as a first line defense against antigens. With this inflammatory process, the spaces between the cells lining the intestinal tract become hyperpermeable, which allow larger particles to pass. These larger particles are recognized by the immune system as foreign and an antibody is often created for them. These antibodies are theorized to cross react with other cells of the body, including the cells of the thyroid gland. When this happens, the gland is destroyed and an eventual hypothyroid condition develops (Rogers, pg 1-6).

Autoimmunity is a modern disease rarely seen in primitive societies following traditional dietary and lifestyle patterns (Bergner, pg 3). It is seen in our modern society because of our poor diet high in refined products. Other attributes to the condition include our over-the-counter non-steroidal inflammatory drugs that inflame the intestinal lining. Wide spread antibiotic use wipes out the competitive bacteria leaving antibiotic resistant fungi to over populate the intestines. We have extensive repetition in our diets that may contribute to food allergies and thus inflammation. In addition, our food is not as nutritious due to mass production without crop rotation and over fertilization. This means we often suffer from deficiencies in our diet, which jeopardize our health and further reduce our absorptive capabilities.

The role of gut hyperpermeability and autoimmune disease is often overlooked as a cause for many of our health problems. The mechanism of autoimmune disease and antibody formation to particles that leak into our bodies should be examined with all autoimmune conditions.

References:

Environmental Medicine: Healing from the Inside Out; The Leaky Gut Syndrome. By Rogers, Sherry A. Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, 03/31/95;p26-28.

Leaky gut, molecular mimicry, microchimerism, and autoimmunity. By Bergner, Paul. Medical Herbalism: A Clinical Newsletter For the Herbal Practitioner; 12/31/97;V.9N.4;p14-17.

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Natural antibiotics to help fortify your immune system on The Dr. Oz Show.

A must watch for preparation for the fall. Learn more about various natural antibiotics to help fortify your system on The Dr. Oz Show.

The modern American diet is generally high in refined carbohydrates, creating burden on the body’s digestive and elimination systems. By strengthening the body’s ability to eliminate waste and toxins, the functioning of the immune system is also greatly benefited. The following recipe should be used 2-4 times a week over a period of 2 months for the effects to be notable.

Immune Support Recipe

4 cups of rolled grains
2 cups of oat bran
1 cup of dried fruit
1 cup of ground sunflower seeds
1 cup of raw, unsalted chopped nuts
1 cup of lecithin granules
1 cup of ground flaxseed

Mix all ingredients well and store in refrigerator. For each serving, soak 1/2 cup of dry mix at least 30mins (overnight is fine) in soymilk, nutmilk, or water.

* recipe developed by Bruce Milliman, ND

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