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HCG over the counter diet products are illegal

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have issued seven letters to companies warning them that they are selling illegal homeopathic HCG weight-loss drugs that have not been approved by the FDA, and that make unsupported claims.  For additional information visit www.fda.gov/hcgdiet.

The FDA does not evaluate homeopathic products for safety and effectiveness.  However, those that meet certain conditions set by FDA can be marketed.  A list of active ingredients that may legally be used in homeopathics are included in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United StatesHCG is NOT on this list and therefore cannot be legally sold as homeopathic medication for any purpose.
HCG is approved by the FDA as a prescription drug for the treatment of female infertility, and other medical conditions.  It is not approved for weight loss.  Currently, however, physicians can legally prescribe HCG “off-label” for weight loss.  Off-label prescribing is a legal and common practice.  Prescribing HCG off-label is OK for now but that could change if the FDA chooses to change their stance.  There is precedent for denying off-label prescribing for specific products such as HGH (human growth hormone).

Diet and lifestyle changes seem to be safest, most reliable and effective way of losing weight. Many might say that have tried this strategy but was not successful. The reason behind it might be that they are not doing it right or simply there might be an underlying cause that is preventing them from losing weight. Examples of underlying causes  are hypothyroidism, leptin resistance, and adrenal fatigue. Checking in with a physician is probably “the weight to go”, preventing you from getting discouraged from your weight loss regimen.

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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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Dr. Oz talks about the importance of Vitamin D

Why do Naturopaths concern about vitamin D levels? Because depending on where you live you might be not getting the adequate amount of sunshine to produce the powerful vitamin D.

Here are some reasons why?

Hypertension and Heart Disease
High blood pressure and heart attacks are more common in winter months and in locations farther away from the equator (conditions where sunlight is less ample). People with higher blood levels of vitamin D had naturally lower blood pressures. Vitamin D is known to lower a blood pressure raising substance in the body called angiotensin II. If your blood 25-OH-vitamin D levels is lower than 34 ng/ml your risk of heart attack is doubled, compared to people whose levels are above 34.
Cancer
Low sunlight exposure and low vitamin D status is associated with increase risk of dying of numerous cancers including breast, ovarian, uterine, prostate, stomach, bladder, and lung cancers and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The researcher who made this connection suggested that 23,000 American lives could be saved yearly by adequate sunlight exposure and/or vitamin D supplementation.
Osteoarthritis
Studies showed knee and hip arthritis worsened faster in patients with 25-OH-vitamin D levels below 30 ng/ml.
Depression
Studies showed vitamin D supplementation is equally or more successful in treating Seasonal Affective Disorder compared with use of light box therapy.
Pain: Migraines and Musculoskeletal pain
Women with migraines who test as deficient in vitamin D often have improvement in their migraines if they begin taking vitamin D and calcium daily. Several studies showed that patients with persistent musculoskeletal pain and low back pain had vitamin D deficiency and their pain improved when they took vitamin D supplements.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Infertility
Calcium and Vitamin D supplementation helped all the patients with PCOS and infertility after vitamin D deficiency in one small study.
Multiple Sclerosis
It has long been noted that this autoimmune condition occurs more often at temperate zones, where there is less sunlight exposure. One study showed that calcium, magnesium and vitamin D supplementation helped reduce exacerbations in MS patients.
Other conditions
Diabetes, insulin resistance, epilepsy, Graves disease, ankylosing spondylitis, systemic lupus erythematosis, obesity, and rheumatoid arthritis are some other conditions that have been associated with deficiency of vitamin D and/or improvement with vitamin D supplements.
Your vitamin D level can be easily assessed with a simple blood test. Feel free to contact Seattle Naturopathic Center if you are interested in finding out your vitamin D level.

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Can inflammation be the underlying cause?

Arthritis, gingivitis, heart disease and psoriasis are conditions that affect very different parts of the body, yet they all have something in common: inflammation. Inflammation also plays a role in dozens of other conditions, from allergies, eczema, bowel disease and autoimmune disorders like lupus to macular degeneration and memory loss.

Inflammation is your immune system’s first reaction against infection. The injured area often becomes hot, red, swollen and painful. The heat is produced by the increased blood flow to the injured area. Redness occurs because the battle and repair processes are underway. The area usually becomes swollen because of all the fluid and immune cells at the site. Pain is often the first indicator of inflammation.

Inflammation is an effective way of ensuring that invaders do not enter your body and create havoc, but when it becomes low-grade and chronic, your immune system’s army stay revved up and damages healthy issue in the crossfire. 

Stress, bacteria, viruses, parasites, environmental toxins, certain foods, smoking, high blood insulin levels and obesity are just a few of the factors that promote inflammation.

Foods you choose can either promote or prevent inflammation. Foods containing arachidonic acid, such as organ meats, beef, dairy products promote inflammation. Through a complicated process the body breaks down arachidonic acid into inflammatory compounds.

Emphasize on eating six servings of vegetables and one serving of fruit everyday. These are foods that have a low rating on glycemic index, meaning the body takes longer to break them down into blood glucose. They are the best choice for reducing inflammation.

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Fiber as a natural weight loss promoter

The best fiber to use for weight loss is water-soluble fiber. Examples of water-soluble are psyllium, gluconmannan, guar gum, and pectin. When taken with water before meals or with meals, these fiber sources bind to the water in the stomach to form a gelatinous mass that makes you feel full. As a result, you will be less likely to overeat.

The benefits of fiber go well beyond this mechanical effect. Fiber supplements have been shown to enhance blood sugar control and insulin effects, as well as reduce the number of calories absorbed by the body. In clinical studies demonstrating weight loss, fiber supplements were shown to reduce the number of calories absorbed by 30-180 calories/day. This reduction in calories may not seem like much, but over the course of a year it would add up to three to eighteen pounds.
In addition to weight loss, fiber supplementation promotes good health. Studies have shown these very same water soluble fiber sources to reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure, reduce the risk for various cancer including colon, rectal, and pancreatic cancer, reduce blood sugar levels in diabetes, promote proper bowel movement function, and help with peptic ulcers.

There are many fiber supplements to choose from. I recommend one that is rich in water-soluble fiber and avoid products containing added sugar or other sweeteners. One other very important recommendation is to be sure to drink adequate amount of water when taking and fiber supplement.

Remember to start with a small dosage and increase gradually. Water soluble fibers are fermented by intestinal flora. As a result, gas and bloating can be a problem. If you are not used to a high fiber diet, an increase in dietary fiber can lead to increased flatulence and abdominal pain. Start out with a dosage of 1-2 grams before or with meals and gradually increase the dosage. How much weight will you loose? It really depends on how much you weigh, you should lose 50-100% more weight by supplementing you diet with fiber than by dietary restriction alone.

Caution: individuals with a disorder of esophagus should not take fiber in pill as it can expand in the esophagus and create obstruction in the gastrointestinal tract.

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What temperature water do you drink?

We all know that water is good for us, but often most of us don’t give it too much thought of what temperature water is best for our health.

The temperature of water you drink matters. It matters more to those who experiences digestive complaints including indigestion, gas/bloating, constipation, diarrhea. Most would agree that our stomach/small intestine take on the responsibilities of breaking foods into smaller particles and ensuring proper digestion of food and absorption of various crucial nutrients. Their actions are similar to what a stove does for us (yes, a stove from you kitchen). A stove provides energy to cook food to ensure foods are properly digested. The cooking process essentially helps to break down the fibers of meat and vegetables. Now, imaging pouring some ice cold water into a pot of food you have been heating for a while, it will admittedly takes longer and more energy for the pot to heat up again and continue to cook. Similar to our digestive system, the body spends so much energy in heating (digesting) the food we eat. By drinking icy cold water, it immediately slows down the digestive system, preventing proper digestion and absorption. Without proper digestion and absorption of vital nutrients, the body does not have of the resources and building blocks to regenerate, rejuvenate and heal. In the long run, it will put a burden on the other parts of the body. If you are experiencing digestive complaint, consider trying to switching to warm temperature or warm water. Avoid cold or ice water when possible.

On a side note, there are many very powerful reasons to drink lots of water every day. There’s a quick reminder:

1. Weight loss. First of all because it often replaces high-calorie drinks like soda and juice and alcohol with a drink that doesn’t have any calories. But it’s also a great appetite suppressant, and often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty. Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, and no sugar.

2. Energy. Being dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated — and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other symptoms.

3. Headache cure. In fact, often when we have headaches it’s simply a matter of not drinking enough water. There are lots of other causes of headaches of course, but dehydration is a common one.

4. Healthy skin. Drinking water can clear up your skin and people often report a healthy glow after drinking water.

5. Cleansing. Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body.

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Natural treatments for Psoriasis

Psoriasis occurs when the skin cells reproduce up to a hundred times faster than normal. The result? Skin cells age quickly and can’t be sloughed off fast enough, leaving one with crusty skin patches that become sore and itch.

More recently researchers have regarded psoriasis as an immune-mediated disease. This view is supported by novel therapies that target leukocytes and related cytokines. It appears that psoriasis is a complex immune-mediated disease in which T-lymphocytes and dendritic cells play a central role. Although drugs and infections may trigger psoriasis, the primary insult that initiates psoriasis is not always clear. The typical clinical findings of redness and scaling are the result of hyperproliferation and abnormal differentiation of the skin cells, together with inflammatory cell infiltrates and vascular changes.

The diet that is important in the treatment of psoriasis includes lots of vegetable, fruits, nuts, whole grains, legumes, beans, fish, and chicken. Avoid saturated fats and refined foods such as pork, beef, and baked goods. Also, avoid alcohol, smoking, coffee, and sugar.

Naturopathic psoriasis treatments:

-Minimize triggers. Cold weather, an infection, stress, and certain medication, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, can cause flare-ups.

-Let the sun shine. Small does of ultraviolet light make a huge difference. The trick is determining the proper amount—too much UV exposure can cause flare-ups. Use sunscreen on the nonpsorasis areas to prevent sun damage in those parts.

-One supplement that helps this condition is zinc, which is depleted by the excessive cell production.

-Decrease inflammation with Omega 3’s. These essential fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and can alleviate dryness of the skin.

-Address the underlying problems such as candidiasis or allergies. They are often the root causes to many skin conditions

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