HI GANG! Spring is here and that means two things. One I will be out of the office from Tues. March 30th through Friday April 2nd, on a Spring Break with Laurie, kids and friends. I will be in the office Monday, the 29th, so call right away if you need to get in that day as my schedule is already busy. However, I gave my staff the O.K. to add patients on to the end of the day once my schedule fills up.
Please be sure to use Dr. Kara if you have the need to get in while I am gone. She'll take care of you.
It's spring cleaning time again, so be sure to review the article below and plan your Spring Cleanse!
For those of you who have not been in the clinic in the past couple of weeks, we are very glad to announce that we have a New Office Manager, Lark. She has a lot of experience in Chiropractic Clinics and Medical Clinics, she is fun, calm and friendly.
She has survived raising 6 kids so we know she has something right going for her. Please be sure to get to know her, we know she will take great care of you.
Fish Oils-Omega 3's: Why, Which, For Whom and How Much?
As many Americans know, Fish Oils have many health benefits. The problems with these oils have been numerous, including poor quality oils with heavy metal and man made chemical problems, absorbability challenges and most commonly taste and "fish burps", making patient compliance a challenge. I have used fish oil products with patients for 25 years, however I have usually reserved them for situations where they were really critical.
Now with the advent of the Best Tasting Fish Oil in the World (see my note on Omega 3.6.9 below), I can recommend them to every patient and all in their family. More on our taste treat below.
First let me list the key areas where fish oils rich in EPA and DHA have strong or very strong evidence for their benefits: Cardio-Vascular Health and Mortality, Chronic Pain and Inflammation, Age Related Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, Mood, Age related Macular Degeneration, and lastly Neurological Development and Intelligence in infants and children.
Cardio-Vascular Mortality reduction is without a doubt the single greatest benefit of fish oils. When your red blood cells are rich in EPA and DHA your mortality risk from heart attack is as much as 90% reduced when compared to individuals with low levels of red blood cell EPA/DHA. This kind of mortality benefit is rarely seen in any single component research, and given this is the single number one killer in America, this is a very significant result. In fact of all the many products I can recommend to my patients with risk of Cardio- Vascular problems, this is the one product that will make the biggest difference in reducing their risk.
Chronic Pain and Inflammation: High levels of EPA/DHA can approach the effectiveness of prescription drugs in chronic pain patients, including those with Rheumatoid Arthritis, without any of the adverse affects (like increased risk of heart disease from the NSAID's), while at the same time reducing cardio-vascular risk. Additionally, chronic inflammatory processes like inflammatory bowels and inflammation associated with Dysmenorrhea.
All age related Dementia, including Alzheimer's, as well as significant benefits for mood and in one recent, well done psychiatric research project even strongly reduced the tendency to Psychosis.
However, with the Dementia and Alzheimer's, the benefits are most realized when fish oils have been used long term, thusly reducing the risk of these conditions, rather than reversing them. This is not so surprising when you realize our brains and nervous systems are approximately 50% fat and 50% of this fat is DHA.
Regarding Mood benefits, a study in New Zealand in 2005 of "healthy individuals" showed adolescents over 15 years and adults, with just one month of Omega EPA/DHA supplementation, had measurable improvements via Increased Vigor and Reaction Time, with Decreases in Anger and Anxiety.
Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the number one cause of blindness in the elderly. A number of research projects have shown that individuals with the highest intake of EPA/DHA have a significant reduction in the risk of AMD.
For the Developing Fetus, Infants and Children, EPA/DHA rich fish oils have shown a marked affect at increasing brain development, coordination and even I.Q. levels. Many of these benefits are realized by mom's intake of EPA/DHA during pregnancy and while breast-feeding. Then while the child is developing their neurological development also benefits from these oils. Remember the brain is 50% fat and 50% of that fat is DHA.
There are other conditions and tissues in the body that have shown benefit over the years from higher levels of Fish Oils and EPA/DHA. These include skin, prostate, numerous female hormonal issues, athletic performance, circulation and many more. However, the above conditions have the strongest evidence.
Regarding Quality: As I mentioned above historically there have been huge variations in the amount of heavy metal and man made chemicals like PCB's. There are actually legal limits on PCB's and recently lawsuits were announced against numerous companies for exceeding these limits in their fish oil products. The vast majority of the companies that I use only sell directly to Licensed Health Care Professionals. They are very careful about testing all products for quality assurance and exceed the standards that are set for purity. They are not like retail companies who can survive a reputation problem as their customers, we doctor, will not tolerate their coming up short, as well as most of the companies I use actually are at least partially owned by active practitioners who want the absolute best for their patients. I am very proud to say that the quality of our products have never been shown to be problematic.
Now very recently a new form of fish oil, rich in Omega 3's and EPA/DHA has solved all of the challenges of getting patients to take this important product on a regular basis. In fact in the first two months of providing this product to patients in the clinic the one problem some families have faced is a shortage of their Omega 3.6.9 as some of their children like it so much they are sneaking it over and above their recommended amounts.
To be honest the clear consensus is that Omega 3.6.9 Emulsion taste like (depending on the age group), Lemon Meringue Pie!, Lemon Pudding! or Lemon Star Bursts! I'm not kidding this stuff tastes great! With no fish taste whatsoever! It's a little shocking that they could get this to taste so good.
Here's the other great news, emulsifying this product was the starting point for it's creation as research has demonstrated that it improves absorption by 50% for the EPA fraction and 70% for the DHA fraction. That's huge and solves one of the other issues with fish oils that we have had in the past. Also, no "fish burps" hours later.
Recommended dosages vary depending on why one is taking it. For Cardio-Vascular mortality risk reduction, Pregnant or Breast Feeding Moms, Family History or maximizing reduction of Age Related Dementia, Alzheimer's or Macular Degeneration, and for Chronic Pain I recommend, 1 T., 2x's per day.
If none of the above are issues or concerns then 1 Tablespoon per day.
For Children: after breast feeding until age three one half teaspoon per day; from 3 - 7 one teaspoon per day; 7 - 16 two teaspoons per day, from age 16 on 1 Tablespoon per day. For children who are very active athletes I would recommend doubling their dosages starting at age 10 or check with me regarding your child.
In a few weeks I will have completed a more extensive article on this subject and should have an announcement regarding a new test that can very specifically tell us exactly what your levels of EPA and DHA are in your red blood cells.
So come and get it, Omega 3.6.9, which as my daughter Sarah said, "Dad I love this stuff, it taste like desert"!
Spring Cleaning Time is Here!
Spring-cleaning in this context is all about your body and mind, not your home and closets. It's a one to two week process of cleansing the body of bio-chemical toxins. This type of cleanse is referred to as Bio-Chemical Detoxification. Many of my patients over the last 25 years have found this process simple and rewarding.
Why cleanse? The breadth and quantity of bio-chemical toxins in our bodies are relatively shocking to most Americans when they realize the facts. A short list of some of the common toxins found in almost all Americans are; lead, mercury, DDT and many other pesticides, PCB's, perchlorate (a toxic compound of rocket fuel). Literally, tens of thousands, of man-made chemicals can be found. Many of these originate in all kinds of household products. Chemicals from plastics, flame-retardants, cigarette smoke, carpets, plywood glues, exhaust fumes plus the by-products that escape the factory smoke stacks.
Besides the chemicals we breathe, eat or drink, there are many that are created in our bodies everyday, which are poisonous and need to be processed.
The problem is that the detoxification systems of our bodies can only do so much in a 24-hour period, if they are fully functional in the first place. When our bodies cannot process all the chemicals due to either the overall load or complexity of many of the man made chemicals, or nutritional deficiencies, they are stored in many different cells of our body. Some of these chemicals have well documented disease risks, and for others there is much more research to be done. Most if not all of these chemicals can be found in each and every American
The Seasonal Solution to this problem is a 7 - 14 day cleanse (length of time varies depending on the individual). This will support your body's detoxification pathways, decreasing the toxic burden of chemicals. This is also an excellent way of interrupting any bad dietary habits that have developed over time, and for most people will result some weight loss.
The Cleanse is quite simple. In general it involves replacing two meals a day with a drink that is specifically designed to cleanse the body of bio-chemical toxins, while at the same time serving as a meal. Your third meal is a feast of very healthy foods. Snacking between meals is fine and includes fresh fruits and raw veggies.
If you are ready to feel better, be cleaner and healthier, just let me know (either via email, call the clinic or stop by) and we will set you up with everything you need, then you'll be ready to go!
"You can get humility voluntarily or involuntarily. It is much easier if you get it voluntarily." - Os Hillman
Eat Well, Be Healthy, Dr. Dale