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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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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Vitamin D – Is It Really a Vitamin?

Friday Aug 19, 2011 | Jeff Sherman | Comments Off on Vitamin D – Is It Really a Vitamin?

Discovered in 1920, Vitamin-D is actually a secosteroid, and is considered a fat-soluble pro-hormone, is technically not a vitamin at all! A true vitamin must be obtained by either dietary or supplemental sources; vitamin D, on the other hand, is produced in the human body. Also, Vitamin-D is only present in very few food sources (fatty fish, egg yolks, beef liver). Finally, vitamin D only woks on the body after it has been transformed by the body.

Vitamin-D is one of 13 vitamins linked to nutritional deficiency in studies by numerous doctors in the early 20th century;  search for a cure for the painful childhood bone disease, rickets, led to its discovery. Over time, links have been made between Vitamin-D and:

  • Bone Strength (Calcium Absorption)
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Neuromuscular System
  • Weight Loss
  • Autoimmune Diseases (Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis) Treatment
How Does the Body Make Vitamin-D?

The primary source of Vitamin-D is through synthesis in the skin from UV rays from the sun as follows:

  1. 7-dehydrocholesterol – a cholesterol derivative in the skin, is photolyzed by UV from the sun. The electrocyclic reaction produces pre-Vitamin D3.
  2. Pre-Vitamin D3 – is isomerized to cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) in a spontaneous reaction in the body. The isomerization of pre-vitamin D3 to Vitamin D3 takes about 12 days at room temperature.
  3. Calcidiol (25(OH)D) – is formed when cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) is hydroxylated in the liver by the catalyst Vitamin D25-hydroxlyase (produced in hepatocytes). 
  4. Plasma Binding – the calcidiol is released into the plasma where it is bound to an α-globulin, which is the  Vitamin D-Binding Protein (VDBP).
  5. Calcitriol (1,25(OH)2D) – formed in the kidneys as the calcidiol is hydroxylated in the proximal tubules. This reaction is catalyzed by the 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 1-alpha-hydroxylase. The catalyst levels are increased as parathyroid hormone increase and as calcium or phosphate levels decrease.
  6. Alternate Production Mechanism of Calcitriol – monocyte-macrophages in the immune system can also act as a catalyst in the calcidiol-to-calcitriol conversion. In this process, calcitriol acts as a cytokine at the spot of production, as the body’s defense against microbial infections.
  7. Vitamin-D-Receptor (VDR) – mediates the action of calcitriol
Vitamin-D-Receptor (VDR)

As a nuclear receptor, the Vitamin D Receptor (VDR) are present in most organs, including:

  • Brain
  • Heart
  • Skin
  • Gonads
  • Prostate
  • Breasts
Calcium and phosphorous levels are maintained in the blood as VDR is activated in the cells of the:
  • Intestines
  • Bones
  • Kidneys
  • Parathyroid Gland
This VDR activation is also responsible for maintaining bone content. Also involved in cell proliferation and differentiation, VDRs are expressed in some white blood cells (monocytes and activated T & B cells).
Foods with Vitamin-D

There are a number of foods that provide Vitamin-D naturally in International Units (IU):

  • Catfish:  3 ounces = 425 IU
  • Salmon:  3.5 ounces = 360 IU
  • Mackerel:  3.5 ounces = 345 IU
  • Tuna:  3.5 ounces = 235 IU (canned in oil)
  • Egg:  60grams = 20 IU
  • Beef Liver:  3.5 ounces = 15 IU
  • Cod Liver Oil:  1 Tablespoon = 1360 IU

Vitamin-D Supplements

For the dreary months, when your body does not absorb as much sun, your Vitamin-D levels may tend to drop below optimum levels. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), USA discovered that 7.6 million US children is Vitamin-D deficient. The same survey found that an additional 50.8 million children were Vitamin-D insufficient. Lead author of this study, Juhi Kumar, M.D., M.P.H (fellow in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center, The University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for Albert Einstein College of Medicine) stated:

We expected the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency would be high, but the magnitude of the problem nationwide was shocking.       (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/159668.php)

Although you can try to maintain your body’s Vitamin-D levels through dietary consumption, many  doctors recommend using high-grade Vitamin-D supplements. A simple blood test can determine the serum levels of Vitamin-D in your body. It is strongly recommended that you seek advice from your physician concerning the quantity of Vitamin-D supplements necessary for your specific needs.


 

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3 Most Important Benefits of Yoga

Friday Jul 22, 2011 | Jeff Sherman | Comments Off on 3 Most Important Benefits of Yoga

In Western culture, we often think of seemingly impossible poses when Yoga is mentioned. The fact of the matter is that the poses practiced in Yoga is but 1-branch of this ancient Indian philosophy. Yoga is dedicated to achieving a union of the practitioner’s body, mind and spirit.

More than stretching and meditation, yoga is the philosophy of “right living”; the foundations of which were recorded circa 200 A.D. by Patanjali in The Yoga Sutra. Considered a sacred text, the writings of Patanjali explores the mind and its inner workings, providing the 8-step (limb) process for achieving peace:

  1. Yama = Universal Morality
  2. Niyama = Personal Observances
  3. Asanas = Body Postures
  4. Pranayama = Breathing Exercises & Control of  Energy (Prana)
  5. Pratyahara = Control of Senses
  6. Dharana = Concentration & Cultivation of Inner Perception
  7. Dhyana = Devotion & Meditation on the Divine
  8. Samadhi = Union with the Divine
The true practice of yoga does not consider any 1-limb more important than the others. Generally, the intricacies of the 8-limbs are limited to those who have adopted yoga as a way of life. For purposes of this discussion, focus will be limited to limbs 3 (postures) & 4 (breathing).
Westernized Yoga
Most yoga practiced in the Western hemisphere is focused on learning poses, breathing and in some cases meditation. As yoga classes can be designed purely to promote relaxation, there are many classes designed to teach new body movements. With a variety of styles available to the novice and accomplished practitioner, it is important that you choose the right class for you.
Always remember: yoga is not a competition! Just because your _____ (fill in the blank) can bend their body into a pretzel, that need not be your goal. You may actually find that the ‘best’ instructor for one person does not suit your needs. Try out several classes before deciding which style is best for you. Once you have found the perfect style (for you!), there are numerous benefits to be reaped!
1.  Flexibility
Regardless your age, improving your flexibility is never a bad thing! Quash the fears that you are too old – yoga poses (asana) provide safe, gentle stretching of muscles. Lactic acid, released with stretching, built-up in the muscles can cause:
  • Stiffness
  • Tension
  • Pain
  • Fatigue
Releasing the lactic acid can relieve each of the conditions associated with excessive build-up. Furthermore, asanas are thought to increase joint lubrication, resulting in a overall increase in fluidity and ease of motion.
All soft tissues in your body are gently stretched while practicing yoga including:
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Fascia Sheath (surrounding muscles)
Regardless the level of yoga you practice, you can see dramatic improvement within 8-weeks! Studies have shown an improvement of 35% in flexibility after 8-weeks, with greatest improvement in the shoulder and trunk areas.
2.  Strength
Every style of yoga shows improvement in core strength. While the more vigorous styles (ashtanga, power, etc) will assist with muscle tone improvement, even lower impact styles (lyengar, hatha, etc.) also improve strength and endurance. Each pose provides benefits for the body, for example:
  • Upper Body Strength – upward dog, downward dog, plank
  • Lower Back Strength – upward dog, chair
  • Hamstrings, Quadriceps, Abdominal Strength – most standing poses
This is merely an example of poses and their respective benefits. As we age, improving core strength is strongly recommended to support the body’s more fragile frame.
3.  Posture
Posture improves as flexibility and strength increase. Increased core strength, from most sitting and standing poses, definitely improve posture. As your abdominal and back muscles strengthen, you will not fatigue when standing ‘tall’, eliminating the slump in your posture.
Results
By improving your strength, flexibility and posture, you will not only look and feel better, other benefits will become evident as well. Circulation will improve as cortisol levels are decreased from:
  • Deep Breathing Exercises
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation
  • Concentration
This reduction of cortisol will both improve circulation and decrease stress!

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Why detoxification so critical to your health

Thursday Jun 2, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on Why detoxification so critical to your health

Everyday toxins invade our bodies from food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the cell-phone we use . With more than 80,000 chemicals used in the United States and 2,000 new compounds being introduced every year, the average American is exposed to a cocktail of chemicals. These toxins usually build up to unhealthy levels and weaken our immune system, causing us to be more susceptible to illness and disease.

If you regularly experience three or more of the symptoms on this list “It’s time to detox.”

Overweight
Tired or sluggish
Depression or mood swings
Gas,bloating,indigestion or constipation
Less than one bowel movement per day
Brittle or weak fingernails
Concentration difficulties
Sleeping disorders
Persistent colds and /or flu

IF you were perfectly healthy, your body would detox itself every day. If the body becomes overwhelmed and cannot detox itself naturally, then the process of cell reproduction is comprised and that spells big trouble. Over saturation means the body cannot detox fast enough, and it starts to make choices about what it needs to take care of first. Let’s say you are fighting a cold. Your body will fight the cold and leave toxins alone in other parts of the body. Let’s say you ate too much at a turkey dinner and you have too much to digest. Some of what you are will stay with you longer than it should. I tell my patients that they need to detox their bodies two times a year, much like see their dentist for a cleaning. Even though you brush and floss every day, you still make that extra effort. Your body needs the same type of maintenance.

Why detox?

  • More than one-third of individuals born in the U.S. in the year 2000 are expected to develop diabetes.
  • In 2008, 64.5% of Americans were overweight and 30.5% were obese.
  • Prevalence of depression and age-adjusted prevalence of osteoporosis are increasing.
  • Congestive heart failure increased by 118% from 1979 to 1992.
  • Migraine prevalence increased from 1980 to 1989.
  • Asthma increased 75% from 1980 to 1999.

And if you don’t think these statistics are affecting you personally, think again

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how to protect your Adrenal

Monday May 9, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on how to protect your Adrenal

Are You Experiencing tiredness in the morning and having trouble getting up ?  Do you need coffee to start your day, colas, salty or sweet snacks to keep going?.  Are you feeling run down and stressed and having symptoms, such as body aches, sleep disturbances and digestive problem.

Adrenal fatigue or insufficiency is a term applied to a collection of those nonspecific symptoms. Adrenal insufficiency can be diagnosed by blood tests and saliva tests that show inadequate levels of adrenal hormones (cortisol). The hormone cortisol is produced in the adrenal cortex in response to adrenal cortical stimulating hormone (ACTH) produced in the pituitary gland. Cortisol plays an important role in regulating blood sugar, energy production, inflammation, the immune system and healing. When extra cortisol is secreted from adrenal gland due to stress and other factors you will become adrenal insufficient and may have too little cortisol. You may then suffer from fatigue, chronic fatigue, exhaustion and a disease of the endocrine system called Addison’s disease. If your adrenal glands are producing too much cortisol, you may develop conditions such as weight gain, especially around the abdomen, depressed immune function with all of the consequences, accelerated aging and stomach ulcers. Cortisol also plays an important role in thyroid function. mainly, it helps cell receptors receive thyroid hormones from the blood to the cells. On the other side of the coin, low cortisol can result in high amounts of thyroid hormones to build in the blood, and not absorb properly. This can cause anxiety or nervousness, light-headedness, shakiness, dizziness, racing heart, sudden weakness, nausea, etc. Low cortisol can also cause   hypothyroid, with hypo symptoms you can experience weight gain, dry skin, hair loss, insomnia, and fatigue, etc.

How to protect your adrenal

  • Start with complete Blood work
  • change life style
  • Good nights sleep: Sleep is essential for helping the adrenal glands recover their health
  • No coffee in the morning: Caffeine itself isn’t the sole cause of adrenal dysfunction, but many of the changes our bodies undergo when we use a lot of caffeine can strain our adrenals.
  • No heavy exercise at night
  • Vitamin C: The vitamin C is known to help support adrenal function and is best taken with bioflavanoids which help recycle the vitamin C thus prolonging its functional life
  • Digestive Enzyme: Poor adrenal function is often associated with poor digestion and low gastric acidity.
  • DHEA: DHEA is a basic adrenal hormone that the adrenals will convert into other hormones including sex hormones.
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Insomnia

Sunday May 1, 2011 | Dr. Said | Comments Off on Insomnia

Insomnia is one of the most common complaints heard by health care practitioners from their patients.  You may be worn-out from staying up too late at night. This does not mean that you have insomnia. Many people are sleepy during the day simply because they went to bed too late the night before. They don’t have a sleep disorder; they just didn’t get enough sleep. Everyone has an occasional night of bad sleep. For most people insomnia lasts only a few days and goes away without treatment. But stress or depression can cause a higher level of insomnia that may last for several weeks. This kind of insomnia may not go away on its own. Not all insomnia is the same. Insomnia is essentially  a symptom of another root cause disturbance within the body. Insomnia can be defined as a sleep disturbance resulting from hormonal imbalance, daily stress, digestive issues, medications, or biochemical disruptions, which in turn interferes with brain centers of the sleep-wake cycle.  A high rate of insomnia is seen in middle-aged and older adults. Women are more likely than men to have issue with insomnia. people who use medication may experience insomnia as side-effect.

Some of the Question  your doctor may ask during your visit for insomnia;

  • How long does it take you to fall asleep at night?
  • How many times during the night do you wake up?
  • Do you fall sleep easy?
  • If you wake-up do you go back to sleep easy?
  • do you experience headaches throughout the day?
  • Do you experience daytime fatigue?
  • Do you  have  Attention, concentration or memory problems?
  • Do you have Poor performance at school or work?
  • Do you experience mood changes?
  • Do you experience hormonal changes?
  • Do you take any medications (including prescription drugs, over-the counter drugs, and herbs or supplements?
  • how long have you been experiencing insomnia?
  • Do you take nap during the day?

Stress is a common problem that everybody faces everyday. People have different environments that cause stress: work, home, traffic, etc. have more issue with insomnia. Insomnia is a common complaint that is usually the result of another root cause imbalance within the body. Conditions such as infection, immune system imbalance, hormonal imbalance, digestive issue, or inability to cope with daily stressors can have a profound effect on the sleep cycle.

Laboratory test we use in our our office;

  • Urinary neurotransmitter
  • Serotonin
  • Epinephrine and Norepinephrine
  • Dopamin
  • Glutamate
  • Salivary Cortisol
  • Testosterone Total and free
  • DHEAs
  • Estradiol
  • Phenethylamine
  • IgG food sensitivity
  • CBC
  • Comprehensive metabolic
  • Cytokine
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