Daily Dose: Vitamin D

Written by BIH of Decatur on . Posted in Uncategorized

You’ve probably heard all about the immunity benefits of vitamin C, but today it’s time to move one letter down the alphabet. It turns out that vitamin D is also crucial when it comes to fighting off colds. An important part of Dr. Oz’s anti-aging checklist, vitamin D plays a number of roles in our bodies, including:

  • Promoting absorption of calcium and bone health
  • Boosting immune function
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Healthy neuro-muscular function
  • Protecting against some forms of cancer

For such an amazing nutrient, vitamin D doesn’t always get the attention it deserves, perhaps because very few foods in nature contain vitamin D. The best sources are salmon, tuna and mackerel (especially the flesh) and fish liver oils. Beef liver, cheese and egg yolks also contain small amounts. If these foods don’t sound very appealing to you, there is good news: You don’t have to eat vitamin D to make sure you’re getting your daily dose! Vitamin D is actually produced in your body when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike your skin. The UV rays trigger synthesis of vitamin D, which then gets converted in your liver into its active form.

This means one of the best ways to get vitamin D is to spend about 10-15 minutes a day outside in the sun. Those with darker skin tones may want to spend about two to three times longer than that in the sun. Keep in mind that wearing sunscreen will make it harder for your skin to make enough vitamin D. In the summertime, an easy solution is skipping sunscreen on your legs for the first 15 minutes in the sun. Just make sure you apply in time to prevent any burns or damage.

If this sounds complicated (or it’s cloudy!), there’s an even easier way to get your vitamin D: Many foods in the American diet are fortified with this essential nutrient. In fact, fortified foods provide the majority of vitamin D in our diets. Almost all of the US milk supply is fortified with 100 units per cup, and that’s about 25% to 50% of the recommended daily dose! This means milk packs a double punch for bone strength. Milk contains a good amount of calcium and the additional vitamin D to ensure that your body absorbs all that calcium. Many companies also fortify soy or almond milk with vitamin D. Compare nutrition labels at the supermarket.

So exactly how much Vitamin D should you aim for each day? For all ages, the Institute of Medicine recommends getting between 600 and 800 IU per day. Dr. Oz recommends 1000 IU.
So if preventing colon, prostate and breast cancers, building strong bones, aiding in weight loss, fighting off colds, and slowing aging sound like a good deal to you, look for it all in one simple package: vitamin D.Vitamin-D

Electronic Cigarettes- The Real Scoop

Written by BIH of Decatur on . Posted in Men, Uncategorized, Women

by Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.
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Electronic cigarettes is the big rave these days.

Many people addicted to regular cigarettes are under the false assumption that these electronic smoking devices are safe.

 Wrong!

Unfortunately, the FDA has failed to do their due diligence to do adequate research on its safety.

From a functional medicine perspective, electronic cigarettes may in fact produce a silent but deadly symptom.

I am referring to INFLAMMATION.

With the fact that E-cigs contain diethylene glycol used in antifreeze and carcinogenic nitrosamines, don’t believe the innocent looking commercials advertising their safety.

I would challenge the big e-cig companies to have a dozen or more of their electronic consumers get a Cardio-ION test.

Here is what I suspect will be seen:

Their lipid peroxides (serious cell damage), 8-OhdG (cancer gene damage), hsCRP, and other indicators of inflammation and accelerated aging will go up while various nutrient levels go down.

Not good news.

Think twice about the safety of electronic cigarettes.

The Obesity Epidemic is costing YOU!

Written by BIH of Decatur on . Posted in Men, Menopausal Research, obesity, overweight, Uncategorized, Women

If obesity rates continue on their current trajectory, by 2030, combined medical costs associated with treating preventable obesity-related diseases are estimated to increase by between $48 billion and $66 billion per year.

Current Status

Obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and healthcare costs in the United States. Currently, estimates for these costs range from $147 billion to nearly $210 billion per year.1 In addition, job absenteeism related to obesity costs $4.3 billion annually.2

If obesity rates continue on their current trajectory, by 2030, combined medical costs associated with treating preventable obesity-related diseases are estimated to increase by between $48 billion and $66 billion per year, and the loss in economic productivity could be between $390 billion and $580 billion annually.3

As obesity rates rise, the risk of developing obesity-related health problems — type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, hypertension, arthritis and obesity-related cancer — increases exponentially.4 Twenty years ago, only 7.8 million Americans had been diagnosed with diabetes but, today, approximately 25.8 million Americans have the disease.5 More than 75 percent of hypertension cases can be attributed to obesity.6 And, approximately one-third of cancer deaths are linked to obesity or lack of physical activity.7

However, if obesity trends were lowered by reducing the average adult BMI by only 5 percent, millions of Americans could be spared from serious health problems and preventable diseases, and the country could save $29.8 billion in five years, $158 billion in 10 years and $611.7 billion in 20 years.8

Reducing obesity and improving health can help lower costs through fewer trips to the doctor’s office, tests, prescription drugs, sick days, emergency room visits and admissions to the hospital, and lowered risk for a wide range of diseases.

To date, there has not been a sustained strong national focus on prevention to deliver the potential results despite a growing number of studies that demonstrate the positive returns many strategies and programs can deliver for improving health and productivity and lowering costs.9 For instance, a 2008 study by the Urban Institute, The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) and TFAH found that an investment of $10 per person in proven community-based programs to increase physical activity, improve nutrition and prevent smoking and other tobacco use could save the country more than $16 billion annually within five years. That’s a return of $5.60 for every $1 invested.10 Out of the $16 billion, Medicare could save more than $5 billion and Medicaid could save more than $1.9 billion. Expanding the use of prevention programs would better inform the most effective, strategic public and private investments that yield the strongest results.

 

Why Containing Obesity-Related Healthcare Costs Matters

Higher Healthcare Costs for Adults

  • Obese adults spend 42 percent more on direct healthcare costs than healthy-weight people.11
  • Per capita healthcare costs for severely or morbidly obese (BMI >40) were 81 percent greater than for normal weight adults.12 Around $11 billion was spent on medical expenditures for morbidly obese U.S. adults in 2000.
  • Moderately obese (BMI between 30 and 35) individuals are more than twice as likely as normal weight individuals to be prescribed prescription pharmaceuticals to manage medical conditions.13
  • Costs for patients presenting at emergency rooms with chest pains were 41 percent higher for severely obese patients, 28 percent higher for obese patients and 22 percent higher for overweight patients than for normal-weight patients.

Higher Healthcare Costs for Children

  • Obesity contributes an estimated incremental lifetime medical cost of $19,000 per 10-year-old child when compared with a normal-weight 10-year-old child. When multiplied by the number of obese 10-year-olds in the United States, lifetime medical costs for just this cohort would amount to approximately $14 billion in direct medical costs.15,16
  • Obese children had $194 higher outpatient visit expenditures, $114 higher prescription drug expenditures and $25 higher emergency room expenditures, based on a two-year Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.17
  • Overweight and obesity in childhood is associated with $14.1 billion in additional prescription drug, emergency room and outpatient visit costs annually.
  • The average total health cost for a child treated for obesity under private insurance is $3,743, while the average health cost for all children covered by private insurance is $1,108.18
  • Hospitalizations of children and youths with a diagnosis of obesity nearly doubled between 1999 and 2005, while total costs for children and youths with obesity-related hospitalizations increased from $125.9 million in 2001 to $237.6 million in 2005 (in 2005 dollars).19

Decreased Worker Productivity and Increased Absenteeism

  • Obesity-related job absenteeism costs $4.3 billion annually.20
  • Obesity is associated with lower productivity while at work (presenteeism), which costs employers $506 per obese worker per year.21
  • As a person’s BMI increases, so do the number of sick days, medical claims and healthcare costs associated with that person.22 Obese women used 5.19 more sick days and obese men used an excess of 3.48 sick days compared with normal weight individuals, according to a 2014 German study.23

Higher Workers’ Compensation Claims

  • A number of studies have shown obese workers have higher workers’ compensation claims.24,25,26,27,28,29 Medical claims cost $7,503 for healthy-weight workers and $51,091 for obese workers (annual costs, United States).30

Policy Recommendations

  • Preventing obesity and its related chronic diseases should be a major focus of healthcare cost-containment efforts.
  • Funding for obesity-prevention programs will be important to achieve results in improving health and reducing healthcare costs. Programs and policies should include a wide range of partners to ensure success, including businesses, schools, community- and faith-based organizations, economic and community developers and health and social service providers.
  • Because community-based obesity- and disease-prevention programs can significantly cut healthcare costs, funding for evidence-based programs at all levels of government will continue to be important.
  • Community-based programs must include the ability to evaluate effectiveness and cost savings, and demonstrate how savings can be shared among partners, including businesses and the healthcare system, and reinvested to continue to support and expand prevention activities.

http://stateofobesity.org/cost-containment/

31 Tips for Breast Cancer Prevention

Written by BIH of Decatur on . Posted in Uncategorized, Women

breast cancerGiving Women Power in Prevention!

1. Cut sugar out of your diet!

2. Maintain optimal progesterone levels.

3. Eat organic fruits and vegetables.

4. Supplement with iodine.

5. Avoid processed foods.

6. Obtain quality sleep.

7.  Stop smoking.

8. Limit alcohol intake.

9. Drink green tea.

10. De-stress to maintain healthy immune system.

11. Avoid GMO’s.

12. Maintain vitamin D levels.

13. Don’t take counterfeit hormones. (premarin, prempo)

14. Use paraben-free cosmetics and personal care products.

15. Avoid Xenoestrogens (plastics, insecticides).

16. Maintain hormonal balance.

17. Detoxify your body.

18. Stay hydrated.

19. Avoid prescription drugs that can cause cancer.

20. Don’t use antiperspirants or deodorants that contain aluminum.

21. Avoid birth control pills, especially young girls.

22. Breastfeed.

23. Maintain a healthy body weight.

24. Take Vitamin C.

25. Add antioxidants to your diet.

26. Eat meat raised without hormones.

27. Maintain a healthy pH balance.

28. Limit wearing a bra, which restricts the flow of lymph hindering the natural cleansing process.

29. Eat a low-fat diet.

30. Add Curcumin, the active ingredient in Turmeric, to your diet.

31. Avoid electro-magnetic fields as much as possible (radiation produced by cell phones, x-rays, electric blankets).

 

 

5 Reasons Why Women Should Consider Hormone Replacement Therapy!

Written by BIH of Decatur on . Posted in Menopausal Research, Uncategorized, Women

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There is a high number of women who visit their doctors on a regular basis to discuss hormone replacement therapy. Let’s look at the top five reasons hormone replacement therapy should be considered by all women.

Reason 1: Reduced Sleeplessness

At the onset of menopause comes insomnia; this is directly related to hormones, so it’s common sense that hormone replacement therapy will help reduce sleepless nights.

Reason 2: Reduced Hot Flashes

For those with severe hot flashes, hormone replacement therapy can be a life saver. For most people, this type of therapy will greatly reduce hot flashes.

Reason 3: Reduced Chances of Osteoporosis

As women age, they often find they suffer from osteoporosis. Fortunately, in some women, hormone replacement therapy can reduce the risk factors associated with developing this condition.

Reason 4: Elimination of Night Sweats

For women who deal with night sweats on a regular basis, it’s almost always beneficial to take part in hormone replacement therapy. It is important to remember that if night sweats are not properly treated, they can lead to other medical problems.

Reason 5: Feeling Better

Without the right amount of hormones in one’s body, a woman will feel absolutely terrible. She will either be tired all day or sleepless all night, which leads to not being fully functional as she should be. With hormone replacement therapy though women of all ages can expect to feel better in many ways.

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