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Gluten FAKE News – Dr. David Seamen – Deflame Diet – Gluten-Free

Some news outlets are claiming a gluten-free diet promotes diabetes.  Even science daily posted an article stating that Low Gluten Diets Linked To A Higher Risk Of Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes.  You can trust Dr. Seamen to break up these myths!

From Dr. Seamen’s Post:  

“The media and modern medicine seem to be confused by what gluten-free is all about and are convinced that going gluten-free increases one’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Of course, this notion is preposterous. Find out why in this video below.”

When it is suggested that you go gluten free by your healthcare provider, the idea is that you balance your diet well, cut out most forms of ADDED sugar, and that you eat REAL FOOD that is NOT PROCESSED.  One problem we could possibly see with this mentality is that a lot of “gluten-free” items at the grocery store have added sugars and non-gluten-grains that are very easily digestible and carbohydrate heavy like gluten-free cook, gluten-free bread, gluten-free crackers, gluten-free ice cream, gluten-free pizza, gluten-free pasta, gluten-free sugar, gluten-free “insert not real food here”, gluten-free and so on!

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Everyone is talking about Vitamin D, but does it really matter?

Just having the TV and radio on in the back ground lately and my ears seem to be picking up on more and more news reports about Vitamin D and how important it is.  These few nice days we have been getting here in sunny South Jersey have given us an early taste of spring and we should probably at least somewhat talk about Vitamin D and why we see so many deficiencies.  Dating back to 2008, Harvard Health was already on the topic of the importance of Vitamin D for more than just bone health.  We all know that we need Vitamin D to helps us absorb calcium, but lately we are seeing more and reasons to keep your Vitamin D levels topped off.

Link:  http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/time-for-more-vitamin-d

Starting at about September, the fall hits for most of the northern hemisphere which means less time in the sun.  From October until May, most of us who live in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware are more or less running on a deficit in our Vitamin D stores due to the position of Earth with respect to the sun (the winter season) as well as the fact that we go outside much less due to the temperature.  Some of us are also greatly affected by day light savings time as well when looking at working hours, versus time in the sun, versus active hours.

Looking at a map of the United States also shows that we have a bit of a problem when it comes to Vitamin D levels  Check out the map below:

Thanks to those scientists who figure the tough questions out for us, in the winter time MOST larger US cities are probably starved for the amount of sunlight it takes to keep your Vitamin D levels adequate!  Those who live in the Southern United States are lucky, meaning areas like Florida, Texas, Arizona and Southern California all get more sun than almost all the other areas of the United States.  You can clearly see what this means for those of us relative to New Jersey as shown in the map above.  When Vitamin D blood levels are compiled for the United States, we also feel that values taken from the southerners sometimes skew levels when compared to someone who lives in the north.  To put it simply, if you live in Miami, San Antonio, or Los Angeles, you probably get a good bit more sun than someone who lives in Philadelphia, Chicago, or Seattle!  This would stand to reason then that you probably need a bit more Vitamin D supplementation if you live above the 37th parallel, so again, see the image above!

So what else do we know about Vitamin D that really help us, take a look below:

Vitamin D protects against colds and flu, finds major global study

Science Daily Link:  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170216110002.htm

Vitamin D helps to reduce respiratory infections

Science Daily Link:  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161116103005.htm

High quality evidence suggests Vitamin D can reduce asthma attacks

Science Daily Link:  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160906085652.htm

Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of chronic headache

Science Daily Link:  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170104103543.htm

Increased levels of active vitamin D can help to optimize muscle strength

Science Daily Link:  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170215145953.htm

So how do you get around 1,000 IU’s each day?  

Currently, the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of Vitamin D is 400 IU’s daily.  Most low end multivitamins contain around 400 IU’s of Vitamin D for this reason. People who are living in the north in the winter time might actually need a bit more than that.  While we can’t recommend mega dosing at this time due to limited evidence, a strong amount of evidence shows that you probably should get 800-1000 IU’s daily living in areas like New Jersey.  Being that you are not living in an area like Florida, Texas or Southern California, and if your diet is not that great, you may want to think about supplementation.  Your family doctor can be a huge help here as testing your levels with blood tests is fairly simple to see what your baseline levels are.

At the office, we carry several types of supplementation avenues with respect to Vitamin D.  All of the doctors at this office use the Anabolic Labs Essential Nutrition Pack which contains high quality vitamins, minerals, and omega 3’s.  Inside the box are 30 days worth of exactly what you need.  We also carry Vitamin D Micro Tabs (very small, easy to swallow) separately, and a product known as AVED (A Vitamin Every Day), which is a high quality daily vitamin.

Click on the images below to see a larger view of the products and supplement facts:

First up, the Anabolic Labs Essential Nutrition Pack (30 days, pretty much the best you can buy hands down):

 

Next up, Anabolic Laboratories AVED-Multi (AVED means a A Vitamin Every Day):

And last, but not least, the product that a lot of our orthopedic sports medicine and family doctors refer to us for, our super tiny (EASY TO SWALLOW) Clinical D3 microtabs!

Are you in need of even more information about Vitamin D?  Check out this paper from the Mayo Clinic!  

Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults: When to Test and How to Treat:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2912737/

Abstract:
Recent evidence for the nonskeletal effects of vitamin D, coupled with recognition that vitamin D deficiency is common, has revived interest in this hormone. Vitamin D is produced by skin exposed to ultraviolet B radiation or obtained from dietary sources, including supplements. Persons commonly at risk for vitamin D deficiency include those with inadequate sun exposure, limited oral intake, or impaired intestinal absorption. Vitamin D adequacy is best determined by measurement of the 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration in the blood. Average daily vitamin D intake in the population at large and current dietary reference intake values are often inadequate to maintain optimal vitamin D levels. Clinicians may recommend supplementation but be unsure how to choose the optimal dose and type of vitamin D and how to use testing to monitor therapy. This review outlines strategies to prevent, diagnose, and treat vitamin D deficiency in adults.

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What Anabolic Laboratories Supplements Does The Office Keep IN STOCK?

We get a lot of calls from patients all over Southern New Jersey looking for specific Anabolic Laboratories supplements in stock so we are compiling a list of what we normally keep around the office.  Currently the items we do our best to keep in stock are as follows.  Please note that we keep these products in stock at our Laurel Springs office (right off Chews Landing Road and the Black Horse Pike).  Most locals call our area of Laurel Springs by Gloucester Township actually.

AVED Multi Vitamin – Daily Multi Vitamin

Clinical Omega 3’s (Adult Omega 3’s)

Chewable Omega 3’s (Kids Omega 3’s)

Clincal D3 Microtabs (Vitamin D)

Clinical Magneisum

CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

Essential Nutrient Pack (Daily vitamin with EPA and DHA from fish oil, Vitamin D3 softgels, and Magnesium caps)

Multi-Enzyme (Digestive Enzymes)

NutraDisc (Promotes collagen production, supports rebuilding of cartilage and lowers inflammation)

PRO-ENZ (Recommended for follow up after the acute phase of injury is addressed, as support for patients with physically demanding lifestyles (heavy labor, athletes) as well as those subject to pro-inflammatory lifestyle factors (poor diet, stress, etc.))

Some of the other products we find to beneficial to our patients are the following topical creams and gels.

BioFreeze (Topical Pain Relieving Roll On Liquid)

Rock Sauce (Topical Pain Relieving Cream)

T-Relief (Topical Pain Relieving Gel)

We also keep foam rollers, lacrosse balls, and back supports for office chairs and car seats in stock at our “home-base” location in Gloucester Township, NJ.

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An interesting question popped up on DoctorBase.com – How much more Vitamin D should I take?

http://doctorbase.com/ask-a-doctor/81088/How-much-more-Vitamin-D-should-I-take?rpid=81175

So one vitamin in chronic pain that has been greatly looked at more and more in recent years has been Vitamin D and both Dr’s Andrew and Craig here at the office somewhat keep up on the research around Vitamin D for several reasons, but most of all relating well with some of our patients and athletes.

On Doctorbase.com, the question appeared, “How much more Vitamin D should I take?” and myself, Dr. Craig Evans, could not help myself from throwing my hat in the ring for an answer.  One of the first things that popped up as peculiar to me is that the patient states they are taking Vitamin D2, this is not a good sign to start things off.  Vitamin D2 is not the optimized form for human consumption, Vitamin D3 is far more “similar” to what your body produces when you stand in the sun and this is important.

So we know a few things here at this point. To find out if your are low in Vitamin D, you want to have your blood tested by your doctor. We know that you get Vitamin D by either exposing your bare skin to sunlight or you need to take some form of supplementation to get Vitamin D. Most nutrition minded people agree that it is VERY difficult to get the amount of Vitmain D your body needs simply from food alone, so it’s best to get some from the sun and some from your diet or supplementation.

Vitamin D is very important in bone production and often times packaged with Calcium. If you are not calcium deficient, you need to speak with your doctor about what type of supplement you need to be taking because simply taking calcium and Vitamin D together for bone health are not always the best idea, you may need one and not the other.

Ok, getting back on track here, when you get your Vitamin D from the sun, it basically depends on where in the world you live (the closer you are to the equator, the closer to the sun you are, so the stronger your exposure should be in theory). In most cases, a good rule is that you need at least 30 – 60 minutes of sun a day to get a healthy dose of Vitamin D produced and you can do this in invtervals of as little as 10-15 minutes.

Now, if you know you are lacking on your sunlight exposure, you will want to support with at least some Vitamin D3, you want to take a supplement or a vitamin with the form D3 because it is more easily converted and absorbed.  In a nutshell, avoid Vitamin D2 and take Vitamin D3 unless a specialist looks at your blood work and tells you differently.

How much Vitamin D should I take?

That is a terribly tough question to answer. In the case of someone who frequently runs outside, works outside versus someone who never lets the sun touch their skin will most likely need different levels of supplementation. You also have to think about where someone lives when you try to answer this question because simply put, most people in Florida or Southern California usually get more sun than the inhabitants of Minnesota and Wisconsin. To further complicate things, different medical organizations will recommend slightly different amounts of Vitamin D to take. I really like the levels discussed on the link at The Vitamin D Council Organization and find them generally good for most.

How do I get the vitamin D my body needs?

*** NOTE *** Most people can take vitamin D supplements with no problems or adverse side effects. However, if you have certain health problems or take certain medicines, you may need to take extra care. *** NOTE ***

To be sure, you need to speak with a medical professional about testing and recommended dosages before taking any form of Vitamin D!

A great website to learn some awesome facts about Vitamin D is at:  https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/how-do-i-get-the-vitamin-d-my-body-needs/

*** PLEASE NOTE:  You need to speak with a medical professional before starting or stopping any forms of vitamin or mineral supplementation and this post is simply a learning and discussion tool.

Now with all that said, get outside and get your Vitamin D!

 

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Good Day Philadelphia – Playing childhood games linked to weight loss – What is up with Pokemon GO?

Good Day Philadelphia | WTXF – Fox29 Philly – http://www.fox29.com/good-day/177059275-video#.V5AxP7CkNG4.twitter

I truly loved this piece this morning that I caught on Good Day Philadelphia which greatly shed light on the fact that our young kids don’t remember, or were never taught, simple childhood and playground games which have been recently highlighted by a few studies as being more effective than running!  Games like skipping, hopscotch, four square, jumping rope, and so many others.

A few things that are fun and closely related to staying active and fit are as simple as having fun while you are doing it.  We are currently seeing the huge rise in kids playing Pokemon GO, chasing Pokemon characters all over town and being rewarded for walking, running, and riding their bikes to get them.  While there are some SERIOUS safety issues with having your face down in your phone when walking around neighborhoods and streets, there has been a positive effect happening in the areas of our home base office, Laurel Springs, NJ.  Right down the street from our headquarters there is a baseball field that is often times completely empty when there is not a baseball game being played.  Over the past 8 – 10 days, the turn out at that field and around the areas of the Gloucester Township Police Department headquarters has been strong and steady with young teens playing the popular game and meeting new people also playing.

So, if you are driving around the area near our home base office (corner of Chews Landing Road and Jefferson Drive) right between the Somerdale Fire Department and the Gloucester Township Police and Court buildings, be sure to watch out for young teens walking around with their heads down in Pokemon Go!  I know it’s not ideal, but they are out walking, talking, and no one has told them yet, EXERCISING!  

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Oh, and just in case you need us because looking down at your Pokemon GO app has caused you some neck or upper back pain, we have you covered for that as well!  Just call us first when those shoulders, neck and back seem to feel tighter and tighter!  Be sure to have a great day!

Oh and one last parting note!  If you are looking for a good place to hunt Pokemon’s, one of our younger office helpers tells us that the areas in around our office on Chews Landing Road is a bit of a hot spot due to all the user activity converging on the area.  We will be sure to sweep the office soon, but as of right now, no one other than Julia has jumped into downloading the app.  Truth be told, I’m not even completely sure what a Pokemon is!

Author:  Craig Evans, DC, ART

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Are you reading this blog and needing another reason to GET OUTSIDE? We have your answer inside!

As chiropractors, our primary concern is your health and well-being.  Our practice in general is a very musculo-skeletal based practice that primarily utilizes a few different tools to help relieve pain and tightness from areas of dysfunction and we have grown over time to pretty good at it.  Outside of this however, we often utilize this blog as a way of helping to keep our patients, friends, and family healthy and on the up and up!

We have known for quite a long time that long term exposure to artificial light (lights inside a building not generated by the sun) will often times disrupt our internal clock and some hormonal systems.  So when the following article, “Constant exposure to artificial lights could be affecting our health” popped up on my Medical New Today online feed, I couldn’t help but to click on it.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/311674.php

The article over at Medical News Today wonderfully highlights that a study published in Cell Press Journal, Current Biology, that when mice are only exposed to artificial lighting for over five months, they start to exhibit many side effects as well as a DECLINE in the quality of their health. The article explains that exposure to natural sun light as well as a somewhat regular sleeping schedule both keep your internal clock (circadian clock) synced up with night and day cycles.

One of the researchers in the study stated that:

“Our study shows that the environmental light-dark cycle is important for health. We showed that the absence of environmental rhythms leads to severe disruption of a wide variety of health parameters.”

Johanna Meijer, Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands

Head on over to the Medical News Today website for more info and you can find ths article at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/311674.php

As for our advice in your daily life, get OUTSIDE and enjoy the sun and the moon (on occasion at least) because they are more important than you think in regulating a healthy lifestyle!  Please start walking, check out a couch to 5k program, sign up for the gym, and if you must, give Pokemon GO a chance (just please be careful!).  Please also to remember to make the very best out of your today and always look forward tomorrow as best you can!

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Our favorite daily vitamin pack – Anabolic Laboratories – Essential Nutrition Pack

We get a lot of questions here at the office that somewhat sound like “what do you take doc?” and for the most part, this is about it for the docs that work at our office outside of something being wrong, but for the most part, we keep good diets, some average to excellent exercise habits, and don’t need much other than the product below.

Each Essential Nutrition Pack contains 30 individual packets which contain a disintegration-tested multi vitamin (1 tablet), concentrated EPA/DHA omega-3 fish oil (2 softgels), vitamin D3 – cholecalciferol (2 softgels) & magnesium from organic chelate sources (2 capsules).  The Essential Nutrition Pack is a 1-month supply of supplements which provide a solid nutritional foundation for those of us living that busy lifestyle and our meals aren’t exactly super healthy!

Research continually supports the need to bolster most diets with nutritional supplements to promote health and prevent disease. The supplement combination contained in the Anabolic Labs Essential Nutrition Pack helps support the key biochemical mechanisms of an improved diet and nutritional status; inflammation reduction, antioxidant protection and cellular energy production. The best part about these packs are that they are easy to take, and individually packaged.  Anabolic Labs dietary supplements are also of the highest quality.  You can’t compare anything sold at a grocery store or big box retailer to the quality in these packs at a very affordable price.

The most important part of the Anabolic Labs Nutrition Pack is that they have 4 essential supplements, which most multi-vitamins DO NOT, or do not contain nearly enough of.

Multivitamin and Minerals – The modern diet is known to be deficient in numerous micronutrients. Supplementation with a multivitamin/mineral can help address many of these deficiencies. Low micronutrient intake may accelerate the aging process and promote the diseases of aging and other chronic diseases. Use of a multivitamin is thought by many authorities to be a wise preventive strategy in addition to a healthy diet. Iron should be taken only by those who have an iron deficiency.1

Vitamin D3 – We derive virtually no vitamin D from the diet, as we are supposed to convert vitamin D from the sun. Most Americans are chronically deficient in vitamin D. Sunscreen with an SPF of 8 reduces vitamin D production by 95%. Deficiency in this essential vitamin promotes a chronic inflammatory state and has been associated with many negative issues related to bone, cardiovascular, mental and immune system health. Vitamin D deficiency is also strongly related to the expression of pain.2

EPA/DHA from Fish Oil – Supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids (EPA/DHA) addresses the deficiency of omega-3’s in the modern diet and helps balance our ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. Adequate omega-3 intake helps to balance inflammatory activity and promote health. Adequate levels of omega-3 fatty acids help to promote joint and bone health, mental/emotional health, heart health, proper blood sugar regulation, nervous system health, and skin and eye health.3

Magnesium – Magnesium is chronically deficient in the modern diet, which promotes a chronic inflammatory state. Magnesium plays a role in over 300 bodily enzymatic reactions, which is why magnesium deficiencies are associated with very diverse clinical manifestations, even sudden death. Magnesium is critical for cardiovascular health, cellular energy production (ATP), neurological health, glucose metabolism, calcium transport, nerve signal conduction, and the maintenance of joint and bone health.4,5

If you have any questions or feel that possibly your levels of inflammation could be reduced and your diet improved, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Kemenosh, Dr. Andrew Gross, Dr. Craig Evans, or Dr. Time Legath today.

 

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References:

 

  1. Ames BN. Low micronutrient intake may accelerate the degenerative diseases of aging through allocation of scarce micronutrients by triage. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 2006; 103(47):17589-94.
  1. Cannell JJ, Hollis BW. Use of vitamin D in clinical practice. Alt Med Rev. 2008;13(1): 6-20.
  2. Simopoulos AT. The importance of the omega-6/omega-3 fatty acid ratio in cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases. Exp Biol Med. 2008; 233:674-88.
  1. Ford ES, Mokdad AH. Dietary magnesium intake in a national sample of US adults. J Nutr. 2003; 133(9):2879-82.
  2. Bar-Dayan Y, Shoenfield Y. Magnesium fortification of water. A possible step forward in preventive medicine?Ann Med Interne (Paris). 1997; 148(6):440-4.
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