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Flu Prevention – Vitamin D to the Rescue

In addition to the countless numbers of people who will lose a week or more from contracting the flu, then spread it to family and friends, more than 200,000 people in North America end up in the hospital and about 38,000 people die each year directly or indirectly from influenza.

It is time to ask two important questions when it comes to the flu.

1. Why is it that we only have to worry about the flu during winter?

2. Why is it that we are willing to risk mercury exposure to protect against the flu?

Well, here is the bottom line. There is a strong link between the onset of winter, the disappearance of sunlight exposure and the flu. In fact, researchers reported in a medical journal article titled: ‘Epidemic influenza and vitamin D’ (in Epidemiol Infect. 2007), that 2,000 IU of vitamin D per day effectively abolished the seasonality of influenza and dramatically reduced its self-reported incidence.

As the evidence points out, vitamin D is a must for anyone wishing to reduce the risk of getting the flu. For those at high risk, or wishing to go the traditional path of getting a flu shot, you must then ask the question of what is the risk of getting injected with mercury. But, certainly if you are going to shoot up with a flu shot, which only covers some strains of the flu, remember that vitamin D will also offer you coverage and has been shown to decrease countless other diseases as well. My patients routinely given a strong recommendation support their heart, immune system and overall health with vitamin D, year around.

Sleep Apnea is a Critical Epidemic that affects Millions

Over the years, millions of medical visits have ended with the ultimate failure to diagnose the biggest underlying cause of the real reason the patient came in for the doctor’s expertise. The single most important thing for anyone to be healthy is to sleep and restore the human body. Yet, without sufficient oxygen for a full 6 to 8 hours of sleep, one thing is certain – life will be shorter and far more miserable. If you snore, wake up tired, have insomnia, have high blood pressure, get up to urinate at night without having a bladder or prostate issue, feel like you just aren’t rested, have heart palpitations, anxiety and depression this topic has your name written all over it.

Sleep apnea is a critical health epidemic. It is NOT just a condition for overweight and obese people. I have diagnosed athletes, thin women, children and yes really big people too. The first thing to do is dispel that weight is the only risk factor. If you have a 16.5 inch neck circumference as a male, or 15.5 inch neck as a female there is a 50% chance you have sleep apnea. Other factors include acid reflux, swollen tonsils, having had braces when a kid, a fat or long tongue or narrow jaw are also significant risk factors. Yes, many people with apnea snore, yet there is even a kind of apnea called central apnea that actually is not always associated with snoring.

Bottomline is, if you feel tired, worn out, have high blood pressure, don’t wake rested, it is time to possibly save your life or a loved one. In my clinical practice I diagnose at least 15 people per month with sleep apnea as a primary trigger for the vast majority of their issues. We have been able to solve anxiety, depression, premature aging, erectile dysfunction, symptoms of dementia, unexplained weight gain, muscle loss and so much more by deliverying the most precious of all cures, what is this cure, oxygen. Without oxygen you die, 38,000 people a year die in their sleep, tens of thousands of people each day drive around your city so tired, they are the equivalent of DUI. In fact, a person with sleep apnea is 15 times more likely to get in a car accident. Well you get the idea, apnea kills. So, tell your doctor you want to get tested. In my practice, we set patients up with free home screening and then if our suspicions are confirmed, we take the next step in saving lives the old fashioned way, treating the cause. Don’t sleep another moment of your life away towards unnecessary illness and premature non-existence.

Acid Reflux, Heart Burn and Acid Blockers

Millions of North Americans take acid blockers on a daily basis to help lessen acid reflux, better known as GERD, heart burn, gastritis and a myriad of other stomach and esophageal symptoms. Having written 4 books that discuss the topic of drug interactions, it is not surprising that if you or a loved one have forgotten something lately, it may be your acid blocker. What I mean is that your acid blocker very well may have contributed to your forgetfulness. In a study reported in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in 2007, a link between Histamine 2 receptor antagonists (H2 blockers) such as Tagamet and Zantac were to show to increase the risk of cognitve decline over a 5 year period of time. In fact there was a 2.5 times higher chance of experiencing memory impairment for those using acid blockers. I must share with you that this study is literally the tip of the iceberg, for all acid blockers reek havoc on several key nutrients when it comes to brain performance and overall health. It is a medical fact that you need stomach acid to optimally assimilate B12, that has very critical roles essential for peak brain performance and overall neurological health. Proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec, Nexium and Protonix also have the same deleterious side effect. So, regardless of the brand of acid reducing drug you are taking whether it is OTC or prescription, you are literally voiding your body’s warranty. If you really need an acid blocker and have truly exhausted all the healthier alternatives, you need to be aware that you risk having lower than optimal levels of many nutrients in your body including as mentioned about B12, but also folic acid, zinc, calcium, iron, vitamin D and other nutrients. Acid blocking drugs also decrease your ability to digest protein and hence optimally digest, and furthermore when there is little or no stomach acid the proverbial “riff-raft” better known as bacteria, parasites, fungus and virus basically have a door left wide open to move on into your GI tract. Much like leaving your front door wide open all night long, eventually you will have an unwanted visitor. Natural medicine typically includes as a first approach for individuals suffering from acid reflux and non-life threatening upper GI issues the following approaches.

1. Do not drink more than 4 ounces of liquid with meals so as to not lessen digestive juices ability to process you food.

2. Do not drink caffeine, or if you do, do not drink it after 12 o’clock noon.

3. Use a digestive enzyme unless you have an ulcer or severe gastritis with meals to lessen indigestion.

4. If your acid reflux is really bad, use calcium prior to bed and sleep with the head of your bed elevated.

5. Consume 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with meals, it can help you digest and also has been shown in a 2007 study in Diabetes Care to lower fasting blood sugar.

6. Get tested for H. pylori a microbe that is associated with ulcers, gastritis and acid reflux. Remember, your body was designed with specific purposes, if you alter the original function of your body there is always a price to pay. Talk to your doctor and at the very least if you must stay on your acid blocker, take a good multivitamin, think about taking extra B vitamins and B12 along with calcium and vitamin D. Your body is yours for a lifetime, so lets make sure your 75 trillion cells are thriving, not just marginally surviving.

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Improve Posture

  • 1.Avoid slouching. Be aware of your posture as you walk, sit, and drive, keep shoulders squared and head pulled back and up.

  • 2.Imagine a thread pulling the top of your head toward the ceiling. Visualization can help improve your sense of position.

  • 3.If your job requires you to sit for long periods, take frequent breaks to stand, stretch and shake it out.

  • 4.Maintain a strong core to help support proper posture. Add core-training exercises to your daily routine.

  • 5.A firm mattress and ergonomic pillow help achieve proper back support while you sleep, so you'll stand straighter in the a.m.

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