Monday, May 23, 2011

Taking Vitamin D3 Prevents Falls

"To help prevent falls, the elderly should cut down on meds, alkalize their body with green foods and drinks, decrease acidic foods and drinks, and increase vitamin D3," states Dr. Robert O. Young, author of The pH Miracle For Diabetes.

By Katherine Harmon
January 13, 2011

How many late-life declines can be traced back to a fall? Whether or not it involves a fractured hip or just a general shake-up, even a minor spill can precipitate a rapid loss of function and independence or even death in seniors.

"Falls are one of the most common health problems experienced by older adults," Mary Tinetti, of the Yale School of Medicine's Program in Geriatrics, said in a prepared statement. The majority of falls in older adults (some 70 percent) occur when no one is looking, and about 60 percent of older adults with cognitive impairment suffer at least one fall each year, according to a new reportTinetti co-authored. These tumbles often lead to an extended hospital stay or an assisted living admission. "Given their frequency and consequences, falls are as serious a health problem for older persons as heart attacks for strokes," she said.

The report features a set of guidelines for preventing falls in the elderly, updating formal recommendations from the American and British geriatric societies for the first time in 10 years. The new recommendations were published online January 13 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

To reduce falls among community-dwelling older adults, Tinetti and her colleagues recommended:

  • Working with a doctor to reduce the number and dosage of medications, especially antidepressants (including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), sedatives and antipsychotics;
  • Increasing vitamin D supplementation to 800 international units per day if a person is likely deficient or seems to be a risk for falls;
  • And careful physical activity, such as physical therapy or tai chi to improve balance, flexibility and mobility.

    These interventions and others (including assessing footwear, physical environment, visual acuity and circulatory health) can help reduce a senior's risk of falling, Tinetti and her colleagues found after reviewing nearly a decade's worth of literature on the subject. Older adults are often on a host of prescription medications to address physical and psychological ills, and despite their recommendation to reduce the number and dosage of medications, the research team acknowledged that in some cases, "discontinuation of a particular high-risk is not possible because of medical conditions."

    Rather than focusing on just one of the recommendations, as previous studies have suggested, the researchers assert that the guidelines should be considered en masse. "Because we looked at not only what recommendations were given, but also which [were] carried out, we're confident that multifactorial interventions is the best course of action," said Tinetti.

    Other recent research has suggested that avoiding alcohol and listening to music while exercising have helped to keep seniors standing.

    Reference: \Medicine\To Help Prevent Falls - Vit. D - 01.13.11.doc

    Saturday, May 14, 2011

    Vitamin D3

    If you’re reading this – you are probably suffering from a Vitamin D deficiency. This isn’t scare mongering or marketing hype – it’s the plain truth. According to the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine: "Vitamin D Deficiency is Pandemic." And if you are saying “So what?”, there are lots of reasons why you should be concerned, all having to do with your health.

    If you think Vitamin D only affects your bones, think again. In recent years medical investigators have re-opened research into this “common” vitamin – and have come away with a new found respect for its wide ranging health and healing properties. Their overwhelming consensus? Vitamin D3 supplementation is necessary. And lots of it. Vitamin D3 is one of the few vitamins the body can actually manufacture itself, through a complex process involving sunlight. But this isn’t enough. In fact, in a recent study, 83% of people in Saudi Arabia were found to be Vitamin D deficient - and you really can’t find a sunnier place than Saudi Arabia!

    Dr. Andrew Jones, Medical Director of the Women’s Health Institute states “If you’re human, you’re at risk”. Men, women, children – all are equally affected. Vitamin D deficiency doesn’t discriminate. It’s affecting the entire population – regardless of skin color, gender or age. Dr. Damien Downing, editor of the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and President of the British Society for Ecological Medicine, when asked about who is Vitamin D deficient, simply stated: “We ALL are.” The Mayo Clinic reported that "…overall 93% of 150 schoolchildren and adults tested were deficient in Vitamin D”, this in a Minnesota-based study. Within that same study, the Mayo Clinic found 100% of African-Americans, East Africans, Hispanics and Native Americans were deficient. This is truly a pandemic of staggering proportions! According to new research presented at the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo® earlier this month, Vitamin D may play a role in preventing auto-immune diseases or over-acid tissue conditions such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, some types of cancerous conditions such as breast, ovarian, colorectal and prostate. “Low vitamin D status is linked to a number of different conditions,” said James C. Fleet, Ph.D. professor in the department of foods and nutrition at Purdue University. “These include certain cancers, muscle weakness and types I and II diabetes—possibly even schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis.”

    Why Are We So Deficient in Vitamin D?
    • Lack of sunlight - Just listen to most any so-called mainstream health pundit today, and what you hear is this: “Sunlight Kills! Avoid the sun! Slather yourself with chemical sun blockers”. You will certainly here this from every tanning lotion company (so they can sell product). We humans evolved in the sunlight and it’s essential for our good health. I bet you didn’t know skin melanomas (skin cancers) are more prevalent in people who avoid sunlight. Sunlight does not cause cancer - it is an over acidic condition that causes cancer.
    • Dietary deficiency - What our ancestors didn’t get from the sun, they consumed in the food they ate. This included Vitamin D. But back when we were hunter/gatherers we weren’t burdened with fast and processed food, stuff that is by and large nutritionally bankrupt…totally devoid of vitamins and minerals, filled with sugars and trans fats. These “foods” actually deplete our bodies of the nutrients we need.
    • Farming practices - Modern farming techniques have little to do with nutrition. Do you know what is the one major, overriding factor in today’s mega-farm industry? Time. How to grow crops the quickest way possible. If that means untested gene manipulations or modifications on crops, who cares? If spreading tons of chemical fertilizers and pesticides are needed in keeping the soil “productive” - then spread and spray! No matter that each successive year the soil becomes weaker and weaker, less able to give the plants growing in it a full range of essential nutrients. Just as long as the food looks plump and inviting – that’s considered enough. But… it isn’t enough. As the soil grows weaker and more dependent upon the tons of artificial fertilizers sown into it year after year, the vitamins we need are slowly but surely dwindling down to almost nothing. In the case of Vitamin D, this is especially true. The fact is, almost no one can get enough Vitamin D just through diet anymore.
    Daily Recommended Dosage
    The daily recommended dosage (RDA) of Vitamin D is set at 400 IU (international units). Taking this amount of Vitamin D guarantees you one thing: Deficiency. This level of Vitamin D is the absolute minimum the body needs in order to avoid catastrophic health problems. It’s starving our nutritional needs, giving our bodies the barest amount necessary to function without falling apart. This isn’t health – it’s disease just waiting to happen.

    Vitamin D Is Safe
    Many people confuse Vitamin D with Vitamin A. That’s normal, because the two are usually lumped together when buying supplements. While we do need both vitamins in maintaining good health, Vitamin D doesn’t have the toxicity of Vitamin A when taken in larger dosages. The fear of over-supplementing with Vitamin D3 is a myth – and has been largely debunked by independent research.

    Not All Vitamin D The Same
    There is more than one version of Vitamin D. The biologically active form is known as D3 or cholecalciferol. Many inferior supplements contain a cheaper D2 or ergocalciferol version. But in the human body this D2 is inactive and must be first converted into D3 before it has any effects on health. This is a largely wasteful process, especially when the active D3 is so readily available.

    Recommended Dosages
    • A lecture in Houston presented by Dr. Abbas Qutab in September, 2007, stated the overall general recommendation for Vitamin D supplementation should be a minimum of 10,000 IU/day. For normalizing menstrual periods, the journal Steroids recommends 50,000 – 100,000 IU per week. New scientific findings have revealed the sweeping multiple functions of Vitamin D - far above and beyond anything mainstream doctors were (and still are) being taught.
    • Dr. Robert O. Young, author of The pH Miracle recommends up to 50,000 IU's of Vitamin D3 daily stating "I have found significant healing in non-cancerous and cancerous vertebral fractures and hip fractures when supplementing an alkaline diet with 50,000 international units of Vitamin D3 per day."

    Natural Vitamin D3 – 10,000 IU (250 mcg) Capsules
    Working closely with Dr. Young, pH Miracle now produces an all natural Vitamin D3 capsule called “Ultra D” with a full 10,000 IU (250 mcg) dose. Ultra D comes in a 90 capsule count bottle and is available online at pHMiracleLiving or by calling 1.203.548.0377.

    To your Great Health,
    +Sherlinda Dix . Independent pH Miracle Sales Associate 

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    First Lady Michelle Obama Drops by a D.C. School

    First Lady Michelle Obama stops by Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC, to check out kids performing a dance popularized by Beyonce in her video for “Move Your Body,” which encourages kids to get up and get moving as part of the Let's Move! initiative.

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