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Health Care In America – Possibly a Better Type of Reform to Consider

There is great debate underway now about the need for universal healthcare access for all US citizens. Most everyone agrees that health care access is a huge issue, and yes at times it would save people’s lives. There are arguments that it will save tremendous financial hardship for individuals with HIGH EXPENSE needs, of course those costs will be distributed amongst the rest of the US population. But there is a much BIGGER and SIMPLER issue…

Unlike Australia, The USA has not mandated Iodine fortification of our bread supply. And we are only now suggesting people increase their vitamin D intake, even though over 50% of the US population has insufficient levels of vitamin D to protect their health optimally. Low levels of Iodine contribute to thyroid disease, obesity, lower IQ and even cancer. Vitamin D deficiency causes equally big health challenges.

Let me share with you something so unbelievable that I am going to share it in quotes from a medical journal with the reference so you can double check it, then share this fact with everyone you know and love.

“Based on the dose-response curves identified in this report and modeled using national baseline median population, winter 25(OH)D levels, the projected number of cases that could be prevented in North America with universal attainment of a serum 25(OH)D level of 55 ng/mL would be at least 60,000 cases per year of colorectal cancer and 85,000 cases per year of breast cancer. The projected number of cases that could be prevented annually in the world with this serum level of 25(OH)D would be approximately 250,000 cases of colorectal cancer and 350,000 cases of breast cancer.”

Reference: What is the Dose-Response Relationship between Vitamin D and Cancer Risk?
Nutrition Reviews, Vol. 65, No. 8 August 2007(II): S91–S95

Bottom line: Select nutrients like Vitamin D and Iodine, if provided routinely to the US and World Population, would be a very inexpensive way to impact true foundational wellness. Furthermore, vitamin D for instance has been shown to help modulate risk for certain types of heart disease and diabetes type II as well. Prevention is worth a ton of drug induced cure. Don’t get me wrong, I write my fair share of prescriptions as well, on an as needed basis. Yet, the question that must be raised is, if diet and lifestyle can dramatically impact the US associated deaths from smoking (465,000 per year), hypertension (395,000), obesity (216,000), physical inactivity (191,000), high blood glucose levels (190,000) and high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) bad cholesterol (113,000), then why not focus more on education and prevention? Many of these sources of death could be avoided or lessened with changes in diet and lifestyle.

If a website was available to educate healthcare consumers on ways to change their diet, alter their lifestyle and learn about supplements would this not be “the best way to insure better health”? Do you know of such a website? I think so… and I also think it is our responsibility to share it with friends and family. We all can make a difference in changing the health of our fellow Americans.

H1N1 Viral Protection – The Best Defense is a Good Offense

There are so many things to worry about in today’s hustle bustle world, it just seems too overwhelming sometimes. Now we have to worry about yet another variant virus. We all remember SARS, then there was Bird Flu, now we have moved to Pigs, aka Swine Flu. Swine Flu is a misnomer because this current virus is a quadruple ressortant, meaning that it is actually 4 viruses morphed together.

Well enough with reminiscing about viruses past and present. The fact is there are some basic things we all should actively do to fortify our bodies. Allow me to share what my patients are instructed to do:

1.) Drink plenty of hydrating fluids. Moist membranes are generally healthier and more resistant to succumbing to initial infection.

2.) Get your Sleep. If you are tired, your cells are worn down too. Think about it, you are made of 75 trillion cells. You can’t be tired if cells are tired and vice versa. Getting 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep is essential.

3.) Vitamin D optimization is a must. I have all my patients get their 25-OH vitamin D levels measured. My goal is to have their levels at 55 (range 20-100) or above. Of course checking with your doctor about their preference is a must. Generally my patients take 2000-5000 IU per day. Low levels of vitamin D can increase your risk of viral infections and even some cancers. So, getting it up and keeping it up is a must.

4.) Green Tea. Making it green is important. Yes, you can still drink your coffee too. In fact, many of my patients supplement their diet with Green Tea capsules with specific levels of ECGC and polyphenols.

5.) Chinese Mushrooms. There are many ancient secrets, and the cool thing about mushrooms as humble as their existence can be, is that they are powerhouses when it comes to the immune system. Use of cordyceps, reishi (lingzhi), maitake and other mushrooms have been used for millennia throughout Asia and now current scientific research have shown many of their amazing mechanisms of support healthy immune function.

6.) De-Stress. Last but not least. You must let it go. Yes, let go of the stress and when possible put stressful things on the sideline. Stress is the ultimate saboteur to your immune health and overall vitality.

Bottomline: When the body is fueled properly, given sufficient rest and nutritional support it is best able to thrive, not merely survive. In years gone by, we spent more time in the sun and our vitamin D levels were higher, they have dropped by 50% over the last decade. We had gardens in our backyards. We didn’t have cell phones and microwaves just a couple decades ago and living attached to our computers wasn’t an option 20 years ago for most of us either. Well, take time to de-stress, get some fresh air, let go of some of those modern gadgets every once in and a while, and tap into the wisdom of the ancients with Green Tea and therapeutic mushrooms and remember a healthier overall body is best able to fend off and deal with what may be at us next.

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