Archive for October, 2008

Vitamin D and Children

I was reading an article in our local paper today on the benefits of Vitamin D and children. Many of you may already have read about the benefits of Vitamin D in the prevention and recovery of women with Breast Cancer, or the studies done on Parkinson’s and Diabetes. Now, leading pediatricians say children from newborns to teens should double the usually recommended amount of Vitamin D. There is evidence that it may actually prevent serious diseases.

To meet the new recommendations of 400 units daily most everyone will need to take a daily vitamin D supplement. This includes even breast feeding babies. It is clear Americans are not getting enough vitamin D in their diets. Many teens have replaced milk with things like soda or coffee drinks and rarely eat vegetables or fish which are high in vitamin D.

Of course the best source of vitamin D is natural sunlight. But this requires fifteen minutes a day in direct sunlight without sunscreen. For most people this is not a reasonable option, especially in the winter!

The latest studies coming out indicate that vitamin D daily requirements are actually much higher than the recommended 400 units. Many are recommending 2000 units daily especially for adults with bone loss, Diabetes or Parkinsons.

Metagenics has one of the best vitamin D sources on the market today. ISO D3 provides soy isoflavones that may help in the body’s utilization of vitamin D3. Dietary vitamin D must be converted into an active form in order to deliver health benefits.

At Ovitaminpro.com we recommend Metagenics ISO Vitamin D3 and offer it at the best price with dollar shipping. Each tablet contains 2000 units and comes in a bottle of 90 tabs for only $21.95. To Order click on Ovitaminpro.com.

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Lipitor Risks Vs. Benefits

Today’s topic is heart disease and statins such as Lipitor. Business Week has run some very fine and pointed articles about the practice of prescribing these in every increasing numbers. I am including some dates and article titles you will find interesting. From the glowing results touted in the Lipitor ads you would think that this drug is beyond criticism. Let’s take a closer look.
The January 17, 2008 article states that the incidence of heart attacks is 3% for the placebo group vs 2% for control group or those taking Lipitor. This is a 1% difference meaning that you will have to treat 100 people to slow the onset of one heart attack. That means that 99% taking Lipitor will experience no benefit when heart attack is the measurement.
Lipitor ultimately inhibits the production of Coenzyme Q10 an important cell energy pathway component. People taking Lipitor have much higher than average incidence of muscle pain and kidney problems. It should be noted that the incidence of liver disease in the Lipitor taking population is 1%. Renal disease and renal failure is not far behind.
The conclusion: If your cholesterol is elevated, your chance of having a heart attack goes down about the same as your chance of developing liver disease from the same treatment. Add the higher incidence of kidney disease and failure and your chances of serious side effects are greater than the probability of preventing heart disease.
You should also be aware that medical journals sell advertising space to drug companies so any information coming to you by way of journal articles is suspect. If an article is critical of a drug therapy, you would be safe to bet that the truth is worse yet due to the inherent bias.
I am not anti-drug. I am opposed to mindless drug therapy. Medical doctors are under tremendous pressure to follow the party line. If you want good information, you will need to get at least some of it from other sources.

Our preference is to use Apex Cholestar and Karuna CoQ10 for cholesterol and heart health management. Periodic routine blood tests help us monitor lipid and liver profiles to verify the treatment is effective.

  • June 16, 2008
    Research Shows Why Statins Don’t Work for Everyone
    A key protein change can lessen the cholesterol-lowering drugs’ effectiveness
  • January 17, 2008
    Latest Study Says Statins Don’t Slow Alzheimer’s
  • January 17, 2008
    In the Real World, a Slew of Side Effects from Statins
  • May 15, 2008
    Statins May Help Older Women Control Irregular Heartbeat
    The cholesterol-lowering drugs showed some benefits in preliminary trial
  • February 29, 2008
    Cholesterol-Lowering Statins Tied to Tendon Woes
    But these side effects are rare and benefits still outweigh risks, experts say
  • January 17, 2008
    Do Cholesterol Drugs Do Any Good?
    Research suggests that, except among high-risk heart patients, the benefits of statins such as Lipitor are overstated.
  • November 07, 2007
    Cholesterol Drug Tied to Sleep Disturbances

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Adrenal Answers

Due to many factors adrenal disorders are epidemic today. Diets high in food additives, trans-fats, refined carbohydrates and synthetic sweeteners play a huge role in the depletion of adrenal gland stores. Couple that with the constant stress of daily living and you have a recipe for adrenal disaster!
The adrenals and pituitary glands are small but key to all hormone regulation in the body. When they become depleted drastic hormonal shifts must occur. Menopausal women are particularly vulnerable. Unfortunately these days physicians are quick to begin hormonal treatment with HRT or Bio-Identical therapy, completely missing the adrenal factor.
The adrenals and pituitary glands are designed to secrete the reproductive hormones necessary to move through menopause. This depletion will of course have a dramatic impact on the intensity of menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, brain fog, irritability and depression.
Adrenal stress can certainly affect men and children. It is important to be aware of the condition of these important glands before they are completely exhausted and become ever more difficult to correct.
We have suspected for years how the adrenals affect hormone fluctuation but without a good lab test it was difficult to pin down. Now with accurate testing we can determine the adrenal condition and apply proper nutritional therapy.
Is adrenal fatigue an issue for you? A good subjective indication would be one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches (with physical or mental stress)
  • Weak immune system
  • Allergies
  • Irritable before meals
  • Hot flashes
  • Foggy brain
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

There are several products we recommend for adrenal stress, Adaptocrine, Adrenastim, and Adrenacalm by Apex Energetics. We also highly recommend Adrecor by NeuroScience.
When you are ready for some objective lab tests to asses adrenal function, give us a call and we will send you the appropriate test kit. We can also discuss your particular symptoms and recommend products that will make a difference.
Read the wonderful testimonial by Cynthia L. on this blog for an example of what adrenal support can do for you.

Ovitaminpro always carries the very best professional supplements at the very best prices. We offer 1 dollar ground shipping on any size order anywhere within the United States.

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