Archive for September, 2011

Why should you keep your vitamin D level around 50 ng/ml? September 19, 2011 — Dr John Cannell

September 23, 2011

Why should you keep your vitamin D level around 50 ng/ml?
September 19, 2011 — Dr John Cannell

Why should you keep your vitamin D level around 50 ng/ml? Four different sources, using four different rationales, and four different lines of reasoning, all lead to the same conclusion.
First, what is the vitamin D level of our closest simian relatives, such as chimpanzees living wild in Africa? Professor Reinhold Vieth reports the answer is between 40 and 60 ng/ml. This, by itself, does not prove we need such levels, but it certainly raises that question.

Second, what is the vitamin D level of humans who work in the sun without clothes, such as lifeguards, and without supplementing? We lived in the sun for 2 million years, so certainly lifeguards have more natural vitamin D levels than do people who work indoors. Again, the answer is between 40-60 ng/ml. Here, we have stronger naturalistic evidence unless one assumes the vitamin D levels of indoor workers are natural.

Third, what vitamin D levels do women have to achieve to convert from having little to having lots of vitamin D in their breast milk? Professors Bruce Hollis and Carole Wagner recently answered that question, again 40-60 ng/ml, enough to sustain the infant’s vitamin D levels. One could claim breast milk is not supposed to have vitamin D in it, and that primitive man was supposed to expose newborns to sunlight. But then you would be arguing that primitive man was supposed to expose their infants to predators, which I find unlikely. Besides, we know from the second reason that any woman receiving consistent full body sun exposure would have vitamin D in her breast milk.

Finally, what is the vitamin D level of people who show no evidence of substrate starvation? That is, at what level do people begin to store the parent compound (cholecalciferol) in their fat and muscles? Professor Robert Heaney answered that question: around 40 ng/ml. I remember seeing several patients in the hospital who had vitamin D levels of 40-50 ng/ml in February. Both had worked as roofers the summer before and both had worked with their shirts off. The mechanism for humans who migrated away from the equator must have been the same, to store the parent compound in muscle and fat during the summer for use in the winter. The body stores it well before it turns on the enzymatic machinery to get rid of excess vitamin D.

So we have the above four questions, questions from four very different sources. Chimps, outdoor workers, lactating women, and clinical subjects all lead to the same answer: 40 ng/ml is the lower limit of a natural level. Taking into account errors in laboratory testing and variations in human techniques, we must accept what the Endocrine Society recently recommended, that healthy vitamin D levels are somewhere around 50 ng/ml, levels the Vitamin D Council has advocated for the last 8 years.

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My Patients, Friends, and Family Need to Know: Fewer ‘meds’ = Better Health!

September 10, 2011

For a long time, people believed they could get healthy by taking medicines. Yet, in recent years there’s been a lot of publicity about the dangers of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The result is a trend away from medicines and toward natural health care. Sadly, however, many people still take far too many pills.

In fact, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, prescription drug usage in the United States is continuing to rise. A recent report finds the number of prescriptions filled each year increased by 39% between 1999 and 2009, and the amount of money spent was $234 billion in 2008. The average American fills 12 prescriptions each year!

It shouldn’t be this way, according to a new research study that concluded both lives and money would be saved if medical doctors prescribed FEW drugs. What’s surprising is that the research was conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy! The report appeared in the online edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine as part of that journal’s “Less is More” series.

According to Bruce Lambert, the paper’s co-author and UIC professor of pharmacy administration, several studies over the past decade have concluded that the use of many new and frequently prescribed medications was either harmful or not beneficial to patients.

Medical doctors need to move away from the mindset that they need to prescribe the “latest and greatest” new drugs. Instead, they should prescribe fewer and only time-tested medications, said Dr. Gordon Schiff, associate professor of medicine at Harvard University, who co-authored the report.

The top “principle of conservative prescribing” suggested by the researchers is one that doctors of chiropractic already practice: The report urged people and their doctors to: “Consider non-drug therapies such as diet, exercise or physical therapy; look for and treat underlying causes rather than just mask symptoms with drugs; emphasize prevention rather than treatment.”

Another research project, this one conducted in Great Britain and published by the British Medical Journal, found that general practitioners prescribed high-risk medications for thousands of patients who – because of their health history or status – should never have received them.

Researchers pointed out how improper prescribing can cause considerable harm, and noted that “adverse drug events [negative side effects] account for 6.5% of all hospital admissions, over half of which are judged to be preventable.”

Dr. Russ Altman, a professor of bioengineering, genetics and medicine at Stanford University said, “Many side effects from drug interactions (not all) are exacerbations of known side effects of the single drugs that are made worse by the two drugs together.” Dr. Altman co-authored a study in the journal Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics that found a widely prescribed antidepressant used in conjunction with a common cholesterol-lowering medication caused unexpected increases in blood sugar levels.

When it comes to prescription and over-the-counter drugs, the medical journal’s right – less IS more!

Thank You to the The Chiropractic Journal For the Article!

www.TheChiropracticJournal.com

Top Ten Facts About Vit. D3 and Cancer From the Vitamin D Council!

September 8, 2011

Top ten facts about vitamin D and cancer (presented in the summaries):

  1. Many studies have found solar ultraviolet-B (UVB) and vitamin D associated with reduced risk of breast, colon, and rectal cancer.
  2. A randomized controlled trial with 1100 IU/day vitamin D3 plus 1450 mg/day calcium found a 77% reduction in all-cancer incidence.
  3. Geographical studies have found reduced risk in mortality rates for 20 types of cancer in regions of higher solar UVB doses.
  4. Observational studies have found that the risk of breast, colon, and rectal cancer fall as vitamin D blood levels rise at least up to 40 ng/mL (100 nmol/L).
  5. Mechanisms have been proposed to explain how vitamin D acts to reduce the risk of cancer from starting, growing, and spreading.
  6. Those who develop nonmelanoma skin cancer may have produced enough vitamin D to reduce their risk of internal cancers.
  7. Those with higher vitamin D blood levels at time of cancer diagnosis had nearly twice the survival rate of those with the lowest levels.
  8. African-Americans have an increased risk of cancer in part due to lower vitamin D blood levels because of darker skin.
  9. Higher UVB exposure early in life has been found associated with reduced risk of breast and prostate cancer.
  10. Those diagnosed with breast, colon and prostate cancer in summer in Norway had higher survival rates than those diagnosed in winter.

Backpack Safety – Your Family Chiropractor is the BEST Person To Check!

September 5, 2011

It’s Back To School – Backpack Safety is a Must!

September 1, 2010 by drnoahdekoyer

It’s Back to School Time!  You know what that means?  It’s time to talk about Backpack Safety!  It is estimated that at least half of all student backpacks are too heavy for children to be carrying.  As a result, doctors and chiropractors are seeing more children than ever complaining of back pain, which can have long-term effects on the spine and nervous system.  Research is revealing the negative effects of improper backpack use.  Abnormal stress on a young child’s growing spine can have significant negative impacts.  Early exposure to back stress can lead to a lifetime of back problems.  So in order to minimize these effects, I would like to provide you with some helpful tips:

1.  Choose the right back pack–  Choose a backpack that has wide cushioned straps which will distribute the weight on shoulders evenly.  In addition, a backpack with a waist strap helps stabilize the weight by not allowing the pack to flop around as they walk.

2.  Make sure the fit is right–  Make sure the backpack fits properly.  The straps should not be so tight that the pack goes above the collar line and the pack should not be wider than the shoulders.  It should also be adjusted tight enough so that it does not hang more than 4 inches below the belt line.

3.  Pack Correctly– The weight of the loaded back pack should not be more than 15% of the body weight of the wearer, particularly in small children.  Also, students should pack the heaviest objects first so that they are carried lower and closer to the body.  Students should only be packing essential items and if needed, make frequent stops at a locker to exchange books.

4..  Lift Correctly– Check the weight of the backpack.  Face the backpack before picking it up.  Bend at the knees and make sure to lift with the legs, not with the back.  Put on one strap at a time.

5.  Wear Correctly– Use BOTH straps and make sure they are snug.  If there is a waist strap, use it.  Don’t sling the backpack over one shoulder.  Messenger style bag, which get slung over one shoulder, should be rotated so that they are not being carried over the same shoulder at all time.

A good way to check to see if their backpack is affecting their spine is look at their posture, especially at their shoulders.  Is one shoulder lower than the other?  This means that their posture is being affected and in turn their nervous system is being affected.  Please be aware of these effects because they can cause problems in the future.  Prevention is the key to health.  Lets all be PROACTIVE about health rather than REACTIVE to our health.  If you have any questions or if you would like me to a free assessment on the backpacks of your child please call or email me.  Thank you and have a great day!

 

Dr. Noah

Dr. Noah – Bringing his son, nephew, and DAD fossil hunting in New Jersey to Big Brook

September 4, 2011

Cretaceous (about 65 million years ago) marine fossils can be found in Big Brook. Numerous types of sharks teeth, mollusks, and belemnites (ancient squid like creatures), among other fossilized critters of the past can be found here! All you need is a small spade (6 inches or less) and some sort of strainer and you can go to town.

The great thing about Big Brook is my father took me when I was a young boy and now I take my son.  My last trip 9-4-2011 was with my son Hayden, my nephew Owen, and my dad Rich!

Directions: Garden State Parkway to Exit 109

Go through toll booth and make a right onto Rt. 520 West

Take this 7 – 8 Miles through Holmdel

Just past the 8 mile marker and up a slight hill make a left onto Boundary Road

Go about a mile or so then make a left onto Crine Road

Half a mile or so make a left onto Hillsdale Road – go just past JG Winery

Park to your right just over the bridge and walk down to the river!

This  Mornings Findings – Belemnites, Shark Teeth, a few mollusks, and a few other unidentified marine objects!