Phenylpropanolamine (PPA)?

Tuesday Jan 24, 2012 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on Phenylpropanolamine (PPA)?

While cold medicines are helpful in relieving many of the symptoms related to the common cold, they can cause a variety of side effects as well. Over-the-counter cold medicines are usually a combination of drugs depending on the symptoms. Each medication can cause a different range of side effects. Drug like Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) can cause Cerebral hemorrhage when combine with caffeine  according to  American Heart Association.

On December 22, 2005 the FDA issued a notice of proposed rule making (notice) for over-the-counter (OTC) nasal decongestant and weight control products containing phenylpropanolamine preparations. This proposed rule reclassifies phenylpropanolamine as nonmonograph (Category II) not generally recognized as safe and effective. Written and electronic comments and new data can be submitted by March, 22, 2006.

they are voluntarily recalling the following medicines because of a certain ingredient that is causing strokes and seizures in children: 

Orange 3D Cold & Allergy Cherry (Pink)
3D Cold & Cough Berry
3D Cough Relief Yellow 3D Expectorant

The following medications contain Phenylpropanolamine,which that is familiar to many of us and is not safe to children’s:

Acutrim Diet Gum Appetite Suppressant
Acutrim Plus Dietary Supplements
Acutrim Maximum Strength Appetite Control
Alka-Seltzer Plus Children’s Cold Medicine Effervescent
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold medicine (cherry or or ange)
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine Original
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Medicine Effervescent
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Flu Medicine
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Sinus Effervescent
Alka Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold Medicine
BC Allergy Sinus Cold Powder
BC Sinus Cold Powder
Comtrex Flu Therapy & Fever Relief
Day & Night Contac 12-Hour Cold Capsules
Contac 12 Hour Caplets
Coricidin D Cold, Flu & Sinus
Dexatrim Caffeine Free
Dexatrim Extended Duration
Dexatrim Gelcap’s
Dexatrim Vitamin C/Caffeine Free
Dimetapp Cold & Allergy Chewable Tablets
Dimetapp Cold & Cough Liqui-Gels
Dimetapp DM Cold & Cough Elixir
Dimetapp Elixir
Dimetapp 4 Hour Liquid Gels
Dimetapp 4 Hour Tablets
Dimetapp 12 Hour Extentabs Tablets
Naldecon DX Pediatric Drops
Permathene Mega-16
Robitussin CF
Tavist-D 12 Hour Relief of Sinus & Nasal Congestion
Triaminic DM Cough Rel! ief
Triaminic Expectorant Chest & Head
Triaminic Syrup ! ! Cold & amp;am p; Allergy
Triaminic Triaminicol Cold & Cough

 

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Soybeans what should you know?

Sunday Jan 1, 2012 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on Soybeans what should you know?

Ten percent of the cooking oil used in this country comes from soybeans. Soybeans have omega-6, which is an essential fatty acid our body needs in small amounts. An excess of omega-6 will deplete our omega-3, which is important for our overall health, especially for the brain. The worst by far is baby formula, which contains a lot of soy because it’s usually the only food homes feed their babies as nourishment or as a substitution for mother’s own milk. Soy contains pytoestrogens that can disrupt the baby’s thyroid. the result of this disruption can cause asthma, allergies, and gastrointestinal damage, which decreases mineral absorption and can increase toxic levels of manganese that can cause neurological and brain damage associated with ADD/ADHD. Mothers should breast-fed at least for the first year. in asia soy formula is traditionally not used for babies; the result is less childhood disease. Although Asia growa a whole lot of soybeans, it is not a main component of their food staples. In western society food processing companies do use a lot of soy. It is cheap. These companies separate the soybeans into two categories, protein and oil. High-tech processing methods fail to remove the anti-mutrients and toxins that are naturally present in soybeans. The toxins of soy protein products are protein isolate, soy protein concentrate, texturized vegetable protein, and hydrolyzed vegetable protein. you will find these on the ingredient label in many processed and packaged foods such as protein powders, milk shakes, energy bars, baked goods, crackers, canned foods, french fries, frozen foods, and veggie burgers. The worst soy oil products are margarines and shortenings made from partially hydrogenated soybeans oil containing dangerous trans fatty acids. Most of the liquid vegetable oils sold in supermarkets also come from the soybeans. Soybeans also contain haemagglutinin, a clot-promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together.  Soybeans are high in phytic acid, present in the bran or hulls of all seeds. It’s a substance that can block the uptake of essential minerals – calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc.  Zinc is called the intelligence mineral because it is needed for optimal development and functioning of the brain and nervous system. It plays a role in protein synthesis and collagen formation; it is involved in the blood-sugar control mechanism and thus protects against diabetes; it is needed for a healthy reproductive system. Zinc is a key component in numerous vital enzymes and plays a role in the immune system. Phytates found in soy products interfere with zinc absorption more completely than with other minerals.

 

 

 

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Potassium and Cardiovascular disease

Sunday Dec 18, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on Potassium and Cardiovascular disease

Load every plate with potassium-rich foods and  you cut your risk for having a stroke, according to a study from the University of Naples Medical School in Italy. Potassium intakes and cardiovascular disease rates were compared in 11 studies, for a total of 247,510 men and women. Results showed that people who consumed at least 1,640 milligrams of potassium daily had a 21% lower risk of having a stroke and also were at lower overall risk for heart disease. The researchers speculate that the lowered disease risk is partially due to potassium’s influence on lowering blood pressure, but also might involve slowing the process of atherosclerosis and preventing the thickening of the walls of blood vessels.

D’Elia L, Barba G, Cappuccio F, et al: Potassium intake, stroke, and cardiovascular disease: A meta-analysis of prospective studies. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 2011;57:1210-1219.

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MSM?

Thursday Dec 8, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on MSM?

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is an organic sulfur-containing nutrient, a naturally-occurring compound in the environment and in the human body. Sulfur is necessary for the structure of every cell in the body. Hormones, enzymes, antibodies, and antioxidants all depend on it. And because the body utilizes and expends it on a daily basis, sulfur must be continually replenished for optimal nutrition and health.  Sulfur is responsible for the health promoting and pain-relieving properties of MSM. MSM may facilitate the production of  insulin (by domating its Sulfur content to Insulin).

MSM influences histamine release and therefore aids in the healing process and controls allergies.  It also modulates C fibers in the central nervous system, which can block pain perception.

MSM may benefit:

  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Bursitis and Rheumatism
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dry skin
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Itching
  • Mercury Removal
  • Muscle Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Sunburn

 MSM is a constituent of raw Fruits, Vegetables (especially Cruciferous Vegetables), Seafoods, Meat and Milk. It is extremely volatile and is highly susceptible to loss and degradation during Food Processing.  Most people do not ingest significant amounts of MSM from Food (unless the diet is composed primarily of raw Foods).

mg of MSM per 100 grams

Dairy Foods: Milk (cow’s)

0.33

Herbs: Tea

0.03

Alfalfa

trace

  Horsetail

trace

Processed Foods: Coffee

0.16

Vegetables: Tomatoes

0.086

Swiss Chard

0.005

  Corn

0.011

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HEALTHY EGG SALAD SANDWICH

Thursday Dec 1, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on HEALTHY EGG SALAD SANDWICH

Ingredients; all organic if you can

  • 5 hard cooked eggs, peeled, chopped
  • 2 green chives, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dill chopped
  • 1 small stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup water chestnut chopped medium
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped colored bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise made with olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon or orange  zest
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 whole grain ciabatta rolls, split, toasted or pitta

lettuce and tomato for garnish

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except ciabatta rolls in a large bowl.
  2. Slather on the bottoms of ciabatta rolls or  and top with top half.
  3. For pitta fill in the pocket .
Health benefits of eggs
Eggs are a good source of low-cost high-quality protein, providing 6.3 grams of protein (13% of the daily value for protein) in one egg for a caloric cost of only 68 calories. The structure of humans and animals is built on protein. We rely on animal and vegetable protein for our supply of amino acids, and then our bodies rearrange the nitrogen to create the pattern of amino acids we require.  Eggs have gotten a bad reputation because of their fat content. Only a portion of their fat comes from saturated fat and studies show that eggs may actually help lower cholesterol, as opposed to raising it as previously believed. If you aren’t entirely convinced, enjoy only the whites or mix one whole egg and one egg white. Eggs are a good source of choline, which is essential for a healthy brain and nervous system. Choline also reduces inflammation among those with heart disease, diabetes or osteoporosis. Eggs have carotenoids that are essential for healthy eyes. Lutein, a carotenoid that is found in eggs, is believed to significantly reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. Scramble some eggs for your breakfast or make a tasty omelet with your favorite vegetables. Eggs are a great source of protein, so don’t be afraid to add them to your menu.
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Fact about Coconut oil

Saturday Nov 26, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on Fact about Coconut oil

Coconut oil is the healthiest oil on earth. Coconut oil is commonly used in manufacturing baked goods, especially when frying .  The health benefits of olive oil, which stem from its high Omega 3 levels, are too numerous to name. Unfortunately though, olive oil is not best soothed for cooking or frying since it does not have a high smoke point meaning of 170*C as being 325*F that it does not maintain its taste and integrity under high temperatures.

The health benefits of coconut oil include Lauric acid – found in mother’s milk! Lauric acid is the predominant type of medium chain saturated fatty acid that turns into a substance call monolaurin. This is the actual compound responsible for helping to strengthen the immune system. It promotes good heart health. Weight loss,  stabilizing blood sugar,  lowering cholesterol and supports the immune system by increasing metabolism. Coconut oil is a good source of immediate energy. use only extra Virgin organic coconut Oil.

 

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Fermented, 16 oz

 


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What Supplements are right for me

Sunday Nov 13, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on What Supplements are right for me

In recent weeks, mainstream media has reported that it may be harmful to take vitamin and mineral
supplements. Some reports say that women who take a multivitamin have a higher risk of dying than
those who don’t take supplements. In another report, it was observed that taking vitamin E actually
increased the risk of prostate cancer in men. But then there are hundreds of scientific studies that
show vitamin supplements can contribute to the protection against and treatment of disease. It seems
as though for every report that vitamins can be harmful, there are many more studies showing that
they are incredibly helpful.
As a consumer, “what should you believe?” may not be the right question to ask.
The right question is, “what supplements are right for me, given my personal
medical history, genetics and lifestyle?”
THE SOLUTION IS MICRONUTRIENT TESTING. With a simple blood draw, you will
determine the nutrients in which you are specifically deficient and choose supplements based on your
actual deficiencies. Since the “more is better” philosophy can be dangerous in both pharmaceuticals
and supplements, we recommend that doctors and patients stop guessing and start testing when it
comes to nutritional status.
MICRONUTRIENT TESTING EMPOWERS YOU TO NAVIGATE THE
CRAZY WORLD OF SUPPLEMENMTS
PERSONALIZED MEDICINE – Micronurient testing
measures nutritional status using your white blood cells,
so deficiencies reported are unique to you. Comprehensive
Analysis – 32 nutrients plus anti-oxidant status are tested.
PREVENTING IMBALANCES – If minerals, vitamins
or antioxidants are taken without being properly balanced,
they can induce deficiencies in other nutrients as a side effect.
For example, too much of an antioxidant can actually make it
become a pro-oxidant, which damages (vs. protects) cells.
SIX MONTH NUTRIENT HISTORY – Micronutrient testing gives a 4-6 month nutritional history
since it is specifically performed on cells that have a long lifespan. It is more than just a snapshot.

Micronutrient test

 

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Age factor and our Thyroid

Thursday Nov 10, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on Age factor and our Thyroid

Thyroid gland  is one of the largest endocrine glands. The thyroid gland is found in the neck, below Adam’s Apple’).  The thyroid gland controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes proteins, and controls how sensitive the body should be to other hormones. It participates in these processes by producing thyroid hormones, the principal ones being triiodothyronine  (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These hormones regulate the rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of function of many other systems in the body. produces calcitonin, which plays a role in calcium homeostasis.

Thyroid disease is more common than diabetes or heart disease. Thyroid disease is a fact of life for as many as 27 million Americans – and more than half of those people remain undiagnosed. Women are five times more likely than men to suffer from hypothyroidism (when the gland is not producing enough thyroid hormone),also aging is just one other risk factor for hypothyroidism. Because there are varying degree of hypothyroidism and other thyroid problems, the proper dosage of synthroid will vary from person to person. The recommended dose will be based on factors such as your age, other medical conditions you have, and the result of certain blood tests. As people age their requirement for thyroid hormone replacement might decrease because there is a natural reduction of thyroid hormone production, Growth hormone (GH), secretion, and other hormones, and  degradation with the years. People taking levothyroxine and synthroid, therefore, may require periodic dose reductions under there doctor supervision.

 

 

 

This is important because overtreatment with levothyroxine can have adverse effects such as increased heart rate and an increase in the risk for atrial fibrillation.
Also, hyperthyroidism itself is known to be associated with decreased bone quality and bone mineral density.

To prevent overtreatment and its potention risk have a TSH test at least once per year and be watchful for the signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism (increased heart rate, heat intolerance, weight loss, irritability, fatigue and difficulty sleeping).

Unless otherwise ordered by your physician it is usually best to take your thyroid replacement in the morning at least 30 minutes before breakfast for the best absorption. It is equally important to be consistent whenever you take it.

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Role of Vitamins and minerals in the body

Thursday Sep 29, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on Role of Vitamins and minerals in the body

Vitamins control the chemical reactions within the body that convert food into energy and living tissue. Regulating the metabolism and assisting the biochemical process that releases energy from digested food. Vitamins help the body use the energy in nutrients, maintain normal body tissue, and act as a regulator.

Minerals are chemical elements needed for several body functions including building strong bones, transmitting nerve signals, maintaining a normal heart beat, and are used by the body to produce necessary hormones.

There are 13 vitamins and 22 minerals we have to get from our food supply. While only needed in small amounts, vitamins and minerals are nonetheless important because you cannot function biologically without them. According to a recent study, North Americans are lacking 72% of the nutrients they need daily. This is one of the reasons we need supplementation.

Do we need supplements?

A multiple vitamin-mineral supplement should not replace good eating habits, like the name suggests it is a supplement to the foods we eat. They  might not be for everyone, depending on your lifestyle factors and biochemical individuality, but most can benefit from taking a good quality and balanced supplement at the right dosage.

Many people take supplements that are not appropriate for  their needs because they randomly choose a product they heard about in the news or through a friend, or just picked something from their supermarket shelf. Remember, just as your diet is best customized to your unique needs, so should your supplements be tailored to your body type and blood work. Consult with your doctor, after blood work has been done.

Note: One basic problem with the health system in the U.S. is our doctors’ lack of knowledge about supplements and other nutrients. It is understandable why patients rely on other sources, so that much of what they believe is shaped by what they see, read, and hear, often from unreliable sources.

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10 dangerous Food Additives to avoid

Tuesday Sep 20, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on 10 dangerous Food Additives to avoid

Food additives are substances intentionally added to food during manufacturing to increase the the desirability of the finished product. Additives can alter the color, texture and stability of the food or reduce the spoilage time. There are approximately 2000 different types of additives. The standard American diet includes 3-5 pounds of those additives per year. Additives can be toxic chemicals that can give rise to a number of symptoms. The most common are psychological or neurological such as depression, headaches, mental dysfunction,mental illness or abnormal nerve reflexes. Preservatives accumulate in body fat. The most common allergic reaction experienced is hives.

Additives;

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) / BHT (butylated hyroxloluene);

BHA and BHT are antioxidants. Oxygen reacts preferentially with BHA or BHT rather than oxidizing fats or oils, thereby protecting them from spoilage. In addition to being oxidizable, BHA and BHT are fat-soluble. Both molecules are incompatible with ferric salts. In addition to preserving foods, BHA and BHT are also used to preserve fats and oils in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Sodium Benzoates;

it is a widely used food preservative, with E number E211. It is the sodium salt of benzoic acid and exists in this form when dissolved in water. It can be produced by reacting sodium hydroxide with benzoic acid.  Benzoic acid and benzoates are widely used and are commonly found in shrimp and farm raised fish is extremely high amounts.

There is much more concern over the issue of sodium benzoate in Britain. Professor Piper of Sheffield University says that his studies of sodium benzoate in laboratory tests suggest that it can create free radicals and damage cells. While it is already linked with leukemia, new research suggests is may lead to cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson’s disease.

In 2000 the World Health Organization reported that there are many studies showing that sodium benzoate can cause hives, asthma and anaphylactic shock in sensitive people.

Sulfites:

Sulfites are a group of sulfur-based compounds that may occur naturally or may be added to food as an enhancer and preservative. The FDA estimates that one out of 100 people is sensitive to the compounds. Typically used to prevent browning, color changes, or microbial spoilage. Commonly sprayed on fresh fruits, vegetable, and fresh shrimp.The average person in U.S consumes 2-3 mg per day. If restaurants are the main source of meals, then an average of 150 mg per day is consumed.

 Sodium nitrites and Sodium nitrits:

Nitrit-nitrate toxicity is due to its affinity for the oxygen carrying molecule in the blood, hemoglobin. Nitrates convert hemoglobin to methemeglobin which causes problems with oxygen transport. Heating nitrites or their coming into contact with stomach acids converts nitrites to nitromines a substances known to cause stomach cancer. Adding nitrite to meat is only part of the curing process. ordinary table salt (sodium chloride) is added because of its effect on flavor. Sugar is added to reduce the harshness of salt. Spices and other flavorings often added to achieve a characteristic brand flavor. Most, but not all, cured meat products are smoked often the curing process to import a smoked meat flavor. Sodium nitrite, rather than sodium nitrate, is most commonly used for curing (although in some product, such as country ham, sodium nitrate is used because of the long period. In a series of normal reactions, nitrite is converted to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide combines with myoglobin, the pigment responsible for the natural red color of uncured meat. Combined they form nitric oxide myoglobin, which is a deep red color (as in uncooked dry sausage) that change to the characteristic bright pink normally associated with cured and smoked meat (such as wieners and ham) when heated during the smoking process. Potassium nitrite is a type of nitrite that is commonly employed as food preservative, while potassium nitrate is commonly employed as a synthetic food preservative and color fixative. It is also the active ingredient in most toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.

Monosodium glutamate:

It enhances the flavor of protein by exciting the taste buds. It can overexcite the nerve ending and cause symptoms referred as “Chinese restaurant syndrome”. Symptoms are reported as a burning sensation in back of neck, headaches, chest tightness, diarrhea and flushing of face.

 

Salicylates:

These are aspirin like compounds used to increase or enhance  the flavor foods. Those allergic to aspirin can experience reaction from eating food high in salicylates such as curry powder, paprika, thyme,  dill, oregano, and turmeric. It is also found in the following prepared foods: Cake mixes, pudding, Ice cream, gum, soft drinks and most dried fruits and berries.

Food coloring:

Artificial dyes are widely used in foods, beverages and drugs. The most common coloring agents used are called AZO dyes (dyes impregnated with nitrate). Most are petroleum products derived from coal tar. Certain tissues in the body are more susceptible to dyes, especially those that have a quick turnover such as the cornea of the eye, tissue in the mouth, tissue lining the stomach and small intestine, and blood and lymph tissue. Out of 33 know coloring agents, the following are the most commonly used.

Blue No. 2: Found in high amounts in cat food and soda pop, it is implicated in causing brain cancer.

Citrus red: Found in Florida oranges

Green No. 3: Implicated in Thyroid cancer. Found in lime drink and soda.

Yellow No. 6: Implicated in Kidney cancer. Found in soda pop and candy.

Yellow No. 5: Tartrazine- high in allergic responses and ADD (attention deficit disorder). Those allergic to aspirin might be allergic to tartrazine. Tartrazine sensitivity is common in individuals (around 20-50%). It is a known inducer of asthma medications (aminophyline) and in some sedatives, steroids, antihistamines and antibiotics. Some vitamins can also contain tartrazine.

Other food containing tartrazine are: Orange drinks, Gelatin desserts, Italian dressing, Cake mixes and icing, Seasoning salt and Macaroni and cheese.

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