Did you know Naturopathic Medicine is based on 6 underlying principles? Find out what they are in this video!
A new study from Harvard has shown how fasting can help increase lifespan and promote healthy aging.
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We know the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil have a number of health benefits. Is it necessary to supplement with a fish oil as part of a healthy aging regime?
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Age-related cognitive decline and disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease are becoming increasingly prevalent with our aging population. Cognitive decline has a significant impact not only on an individual’s quality of life, but also on their loved ones and caretakers, as well as immense healthcare costs.
So far single drugs to treat cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s have been largely ineffective. This is because these conditions are complex and involve multiple mechanisms, therefore requiring multiple treatment interventions.
In an excellent study published in the journal Aging titled ‘Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program’, the authors use a personalized, multifaceted approach to successfully reverse cognitive decline.
The study involved 10 people with varying degrees of cognitive decline, many of whom had to discontinue working due to the severity of their condition.
The treatment program, which they called metabolic enhancement for neurodegeneration (MEND), was based on our current understanding on the underlying causes of age-related cognitive decline.
The program consisted of a combination of diet and lifestyle recommendations, as well as targeted herbal and nutrient supplementation.
Here is an example of a few of the recommendations:
After only 3-6 months on this program, 9 of the 10 patients experienced significant improvements in memory and cognition (the only one who didn’t improve suffered from late stage severe Alzheimer’s disease at the onset of treatment).
The subjects were able to return to work or continue working with improved performance. The improvements has been marked and sustained, with the longest follow up at the moment being 2.5 years.
This study gives hope for those who are already suffering from Alzheimer’s or age-related cognitive decline, but the real key to success is prevention.
This multidimensional approach is very similar to what we employ in Naturopathic Medicine. By understanding the underlying mechanisms, it provides treatment targets to address the whole person, rather than simply attempting to cover up symptoms.
Do you suffer from asthma, and find that your symptoms are worse in the Spring and Summer?
Check out my latest article for Lifetime Daily on Natural Remedies For Seasonal Allergies and Asthma!
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Are Your Sperm In Trouble?
The New York Times recently ran an article entitled Are Your Sperm In Trouble? and they concluded that yes, indeed, our sperm are in trouble. The article notes that in the past 75 years “there’s been a decrease not only in sperm numbers, but also in their quality and swimming capacity, their ability to deliver the goods.”
The article goes on to posit that much of the blame for our sperm woes is due to a class of chemicals known as endocrine disruptors found in plastics, cosmetics, pesticides and many other products.
Aside from avoiding these endocrine-disrupting chemicals, what else can be done to improve sperm quality?
That’s right, walnuts. The shelled nuts, which coincidentally are roughly the same size and shape as the prostate gland, are a rich source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Research conducted on mice has shown that walnuts help reduce lipid peroxidation, one of the main causes of sperm defects.
There is also promising human research. In a study from 2012, authors hypothesized that adding walnuts to a standard Western diet would improve sperm quality. Healthy men aged 21-35 years old were randomized into two groups, a control group who consumed their standard diet, and the test group who added 75 grams of walnuts per day.
After 12 weeks, the researchers found that the men who consumed walnuts experienced improvement in sperm vitality, motility, and morphology, compared to the control group who saw no change.
Walnuts For Sperm Quality
Although more research is warranted, it appears that adding a few handfuls of raw walnuts to your daily diet can help improve sperm quality.
The calendar may say it's Spring, but I know many of you are still suffering from Winter coughs and colds.
If you are still feeling the lingering effects of coughs, colds and flus, here are some tips to get you over the hump and ready to bounce into Spring!
Upper respiratory tract infections can be difficult to get at, but one of the best ways to have a direct anti-microbial effect on the lungs and respiratory passage is with a steam inhalation.
Most herbal essential oils have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, but some great options include Eucalyptus, Thyme, Tea Tree, and Lemon Balm.
How To Do A Steam Inhalation
Hopefully the sunshine will return soon, and at an angle sufficient for us to produce Vitamin D. But until then, it is still a good idea to be supplementing with Vitamin D to ensure optimal levels for immune health. A recent meta-analysis concluded that Vitamin D supplementation is helpful for preventing upper respiratory tract infections.
For most people, taking 1000-2000 IU per day of Vitamin D3 is sufficient, and best taken with meals as Vit D is fat soluble. Higher doses than this may be helpful for a short duration when fighting a cold or flu.
Vitamin D is generally safe, but is it possible to take too much. If you are taking more than 5000IU/day for an extended period of time, it may be a good idea to have your Vitamin D levels checked.
When we think about supplements for coughs and colds, what comes to mind? Vitamin C, zinc, Vitamin D..? While those are all helpful, probiotics are often overlooked as an immune supporting remedy.
Probiotics have been shown to prevent the occurrence of upper respiratory infections, reduce the duration of colds, and decrease the need for antibiotics.
When choosing a probiotic it is important to focus on quality. Many retail brands have been found to not meet their label claims for number of live organisms, or the proper strains. Our physicians can help you choose from the variety of different professional line probiotic formulas that we carry in our dispensary.
One of the best ways to support your immune system and get over the hump is a direct infusion of nutrients into the blood stream. IV therapy bypasses the digestive tract, so you get 100% absorption of the nutrients.
Vitamin C at a high doses has been shown to be anti-viral, and can be combined with other immune-supportive nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, and B-vitamins.
Kinetic Patterns offers a variety of personalized IV nutrient formulas to help you recover and feel your best.
Herbal medicine utilizes the power of nature to help heal our bodies. One of the benefits of herbal medicine is that it can be individualized based on your symptoms and constitution. They can also be taken in various forms, such as teas, tinctures, or capsules.
For dry coughs, soothing demulcent herbs such as marshmallow root and licorice root are great options.
For irritating, non-productive coughs, consider mullein, tussilago, and plantain.
Lastly, for coughs that need help clearing out mucous, stimulating expectorants such as inula and licorice are indicated.
While herbal remedies are often safe, it is best to consult with a knowledgable physician to determine what is the best combination for your specific needs.
Need help getting over that cough or cold? Book in to see Dr. Tomah by calling 605-876-1150.
Most people are not aware that the prescription medications they take may be depleting essential nutrients. The chart below lists which nutrients may be depleted by certain medications.
If you are taking any of these medications, be mindful to ensure adequate intake of the depleted nutrients in your diet, and you may consider having these nutrient levels tested.
Yours in health,
This article is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any illness, or replace the care of a qualified healthcare professional.
Dr. Tomah Phillips, ND