Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

This is the time of year (colder temperatures and shorter days) that you might want to add in a daily Vitamin D supplement.  Recent statistics show that most people aren’t getting enough vitamin D to stay healthy. This is called vitamin D deficiency. It is estimated that over one billion people worldwide have vitamin D deficiency. You may not get enough vitamin D if:

  • You don’t get enough sunlight. Your body is usually able to get all the vitamin D it needs if you regularly expose enough bare skin to the sun. However, many people don’t get enough sunlight because they spend a lot of time inside and/or because they use sunscreen. It’s also difficult for some people to get enough vitamin D from the sun during the winter.
  • You don’t take supplements. It’s very difficult to get enough vitamin D from the foods you eat alone.
  • Your body needs more vitamin D than usual, for example if you’re obese or pregnant. 

WHO IS AT RISK FOR VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY?

  • People with darker skin. The darker your skin the more sun you need to get the same amount of vitamin D as a fair-skinned person. For this reason, if you have dark skin, you’re much more likely to have vitamin D deficiency than someone who is fair skinned
  • People who spend a lot of time indoors during the day
  • People who cover their skin all of the time. For example, if you wear sunscreen or if your skin is covered with clothes
  • People that live in the North of the United States or Canada. This is because there are fewer hours of overhead sunlight the further away you are from the equator
  • Older people have thinner skin than younger people and this may mean that they can’t produce as much vitamin D
  • Infants that are breastfed and aren’t given a vitamin D supplement. If you’re feeding your baby on breast milk alone, and you don’t give your baby a vitamin D supplement or take a supplement yourself, your baby is more likely to be deficient in vitamin D
  • Pregnant women
  • People who are very over weight (obese).

Regardless of cause, deficiency of vitamin D has significant medical and psychological consequences. Every tissue in the body has vitamin D receptors, including the brain, heart, muscles, and immune system, which means vitamin D is needed at every level for the body to function.

Vitamin D is also the only vitamin that is a hormone. After it is consumed in the diet or absorbed (synthesized) in the skin, vitamin D is then transported to the liver and kidneys where it is converted to its active hormone form. Vitamin D as a hormone assists with the absorption of calcium, helping to build strong bones, teeth and muscles.

In addition to its well-known role in calcium absorption, vitamin D activates genes that regulate the immune system and release neurotransmitters (e.g., dopamine, serotonin) that affect brain function and development. Researchers have found vitamin D receptors on a handful of cells located in regions in the brain-the same regions that are linked with depression.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a mood disorder featuring depressive symptoms, occurs during the dark times of the year when there is relatively little sunshine, coinciding with the sudden drop in vitamin D levels in the body. Several studies have suggested that the symptoms of SAD may be due to changing levels of vitamin D, which may affect serotonin levels in the brain.

Mental health is one of many types of ailments connected to vitamin D deficiency. For more information on vitamin D and its links to mental and physical health please visit the organization Vitamin D Council at www.vitamindcouncil.org  founded by Executive Director John J. Cannell, M.D. Cannell, a trained psychiatrist, founded the Vitamin D Council in 2003 with a keen interest in clinical nutrition and a strong conviction that vitamin D deficiency, a highly preventable yet prevalent condition, contributes to many physical and psychological conditions affecting scores of people. 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY?

The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are sometimes vague and can include tiredness and general aches and pains. Some people may not have any symptoms at all.

If you have a severe vitamin D deficiency you may have pain in your bones and weakness, which may mean you have difficulty getting around. You may also have frequent infections. However, not everyone gets these symptoms.

If you think you may have vitamin D deficiency, you should see your physician, or have a blood test to check your vitamin D levels. 

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE DEFICIENT?

The way doctors measure if you’re deficient in vitamin D is by testing your 25(OH) D level, but most doctors just call this a vitamin D blood test. Getting this blood test is the only accurate way to know if you’re deficient or not, so ask your PCP for this test. 

HOW CAN YOU GET MORE VITAMIN D?

There are two ways to get more vitamin D: by exposing your bare skin to the sun or by taking vitamin D supplements.

There is much less sunlight at this time of year, so it’s a good time to take supplements.

WHAT DO WE NEED VITAMIN D FOR?

  • It is crucial for the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous, which have various functions, especially the maintenance of healthy bones.
  • It is an immune system regulator.
  • It may be an important way to arm the immune system against disorders like the common cold, say scientists from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston.
  • It may reduce the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis is much less common the closer you get to the tropics, where there is much more sunlight, according to Dennis Bourdette, chairman of the Department of Neurology and director of the Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center at Oregon Health and Science University, USA.
  • Vitamin D may have a key role in helping the brain to keep working well later in life, according to a study of 3000 European men between the ages of 40 and 79.
  • Vitamin D is probably linked to maintaining a healthy body weight, according to research carried out at the Medical College of Georgia, USA.
  • Various studies have shown that people with adequate levels of Vitamin D have a significantly lower risk of developing cancer, compared to people with lower levels. Vitamin D deficiency was found to be prevalent in cancer patients regardless of nutritional status, in a study carried out by Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

WHAT ARE THE BEST SUPPLEMENTS?

We offer Metagenics Vitamin D3 which is the best form of Vitamin D to take:

This is the version your body prefers, and one Ultra concentrated Metagenics Vitamin D3 (easy to swallow) soft gel has 5000 IU in a single dose.  You can get yours here at Performance Health Center.

We have made it easy for you to enjoy the convenience and savings by ordering nutritional supplements online! Visit and order directly from our Metagenics site:  Performancehealth.metagenics.com

If you have any questions about this blog or your health in general please feel free to contact me at:  drtomball@performancehealthcenter.com

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Combat Cold and Flu Season with Echinacea!

Believe it or not, many people are unaware of what Echinacea is, and all the benefits of this powerful little herb.  Echinacea is native to various areas east of the Rocky Mountain Range, but is also grown in more western parts of the United States, Canada, and Europe.  There are several types of Echinacea grown.  The leaves, flowers, and roots of this herb were first used by the Great Plains Indian Tribes for medicine and to make herbal remedies.  Settlers later on began using this herb for medicinal purposes as well.  And, for a little trivia that I didn’t even know about…from 1916-1950, Echinacea was listed in the US National Formulary, and fell out of favor in the US when antibiotics were discovered. Boo!!!

Good news though…more people are becoming re-engaged in the use and benefits of Echinacea, because more and more antibiotics are becoming more resistant to certain strains of bacteria.   It seems that Echinacea contains some types of chemicals that can directly flight yeast and certain kinds of fungi.  Echinacea activates chemicals in the body to help reduce inflammation, and laboratory research also shows that it can stimulate the body’s immune system. Echinacea is largely used to combat infections, including the common cold, flu, and many upper respiratory infections.  There are various ways people use Echinacea to combat these infections.  Some people will take Echinacea at the first signs of a cold, and some people will use the herbal remedy after their symptoms have started to help minimize the severity of the infection.

Echinacea can be used to fight many other infections such as tonsillitis, strep throat, ear infections, swine flu, malaria, typhoid, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, indigestion, anxiety and rheumatoid arthritis.  If not taking this herb orally, Echinacea can be applied to the skin to treat boils, gum disease, skin wounds, ulcers, burns, bee stings, hemorrhoids, herpes simplex, and the list goes on. And, believe it or not, Echinacea can be injected to treat vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections as well.  WOW! I had no idea until researching this little herb that Echinacea could be used to treat so many things.

Echinacea comes in many forms nowadays.  Tablets, juice and tea seem to be among the more popular choices in the US.  However, in the US particularly, there are more concerns about the quality of some of the Echinacea products being sold commercially.  It seems as though some types of Echinacea products are being mislabeled, and don’t actually even contain Echinacea in them!  Really?  Just because the label reads “standardized”, I guess it doesn’t always mean much these days. Some of the Echinacea products are even contaminated with lead, arsenic, and selenium.  YUM!

With that being said, it is very important that you make sure you are purchasing all supplements, herbal or not, from a reputable source.  If you are unsure of which brand to purchase, be sure to ask your health care professional which brand they would recommend.  At our office, we carry the brand, Metagenics.  Many types of doctor’s offices carry this brand, as it is highly reputable, and what is listed on the label is actually what is in the bottle (funny how that is supposed to work, hmmm).  Should any of you have any questions about Echinacea, or any other supplements for that matter, feel free to ask me when you are in the office for a visit, or email me at: drv@performancehealthcenter.com.

For the month of December 2017, get 10% the regular price of Echincea
 

Backpacks in November?

Your child’s backpack should never weigh more than 15% of their body weight.  We recently gave a series of Backpack Safety Workshops at a local Middle School.  A random sampling of the student’s backpacks found the majority were 25-30% of their body weight.  Only one student’s backpack was below 15%.

Heavy backpacks are one of the major causes of back pain in school age students. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics 6% of 10 year olds and 18% of 14-16 year olds have low back pain.  Only 7% of those children with low back pain seek medical treatment.

There are many causes of low back pain in children including laptops, sitting, smart phones and poor posture.  Here we will focus on backpacks.  Below are important tips to make backpacks less dangerous to your school aged children:

  • Make sure your backpack weighs no more than 10 – 15% of your body weight
  • Empty your backpack periodically to insure it contains no unnecessary items
  • Make sure your backpack hangs no more than 4 inches below your waist
  • Use both straps!
  • Use thickly padded straps
  • If your backpack has a waist strap, use it!
  • Always place the heaviest items closed to your back (your center of gravity)
  • Always lift with your legs, without twisting

Now is a great time to weigh your child’s backpack.  If it weighs more than 15% of their body weight, go through it and make sure it only contains what they need for school.  If you child complains of back pain take it seriously and seek chiropractic care ASAP.   If your school would be interested in our Backpack Safety Workshop please contact me.  We do these as a public service.

DrBradWeiss@PerformanceHealthCenter.com

“The Wayland Middle School Wellness department is so thankful to have partnered with the amazing chiropractors at Performance Health Center for a second year. Through their generous donation of time, we were able to teach over 200 6th graders about proper posture, how to properly pack a backpack, and how to prevent injuries by teaching them the guidelines on how to wear a backpack properly.”

Pam Riddle, M.Ed., ATC, CMT

Wellness & Health Teacher

Are You Eating Too Much Protein?

The latest nutritional fad seems to be to ingest more and more protein.  We see it everywhere- this snack is “Packed with Protein”, and “make sure to get enough protein at every meal”.  I hear it all the time at the gym… “What kind of protein powder do you use in your shakes”.  I also see guys add 3 scoops of protein powder to their shaker bottle at 30 grams of protein per scoop- which equals 90 grams of protein in one “recovery shake”.

Most research studies state that the human body can only process between 25 and 35 grams of protein at one time, so ingesting more than that at any one time and your body may not be able to absorb it all.

Getting too much protein, especially long-term, can even lead to dangerous side effects and may cause health problems. The 2006 review in the “International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism” reports that excess protein can exceed your liver’s ability to properly break down and excrete the protein, which can lead to toxin buildup in your blood or even death. A study published in 2012 in the “American Journal of Kidney Disease” found that following a high-protein diet over the long term may lead to kidney disease.

The use of protein powders is a relatively new dietary staple for many people.  The real question should be:

How Much Protein Do We Really Need?

I recently read an interesting article in the New York Times that specifically addresses this question.

“The recommended intake for a healthy adult is 46 grams of protein a day for women and 56 grams for men. And while protein malnutrition is a problem for millions of people around the globe, for the average adult in developed countries, we are eating far more protein than we actually need.

Most American adults eat about 100 grams of protein per day, or roughly twice the recommended amount. Even on a vegan diet people can easily get 60 to 80 grams of protein throughout the day from foods like beans, legumes, nuts, broccoli and whole grains.

The Hartman Group, a consumer research firm that has been conducting a study of American food culture over the past 25 years and counting, has found that nearly 60 percent of Americans are now actively trying to increase their protein intake. Many are avoiding sugar and simple carbohydrates and turning to protein-rich foods, snacks and supplements. The firm calls protein “the new low-fat” or “the new low-carb,” even “the new everything when it comes to diet and energy.”

“Soccer moms feel they can’t be anywhere without protein,” says Melissa Abbott, the firm’s vice president for culinary insights. “Really it’s that we’ve been eating so many highly processed carbs for so long. Now it’s like you try nuts, or you try an egg again, or fat even” to feel full and help you “get through the day.”

In her research, Ms. Abbott said she always seems to be finding beef jerky in gym bags and purses, and protein bars in laptop bags or glove compartments. Many consumers, she notes, say they are afraid that without enough protein they will “crash,” similar to the fear of crashing, or “bonking,” among those who are elite athletes.

But most of us are getting more than enough protein. And few seem to be aware that there may be long term risks of consuming too much protein, including a potential increased risk of kidney damage.

If you want to learn more, I highly recommend reading this article from the New York Times “Can you Get Too Much Protein?”

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/06/well/eat/can-you-get-too-much-protein.html?_r=1

If you have any questions about this blog, or your health in general, please feel free to contact me at drtomball@performancehealthcenter.com

 

 

Zinc, It’s Not Just about Vitamin C Anymore…

With school just around the corner, so are all the GERMS that come with this time of year.  Fun times!  Generally speaking, most people reach for the bottle of Vitamin C if they feel a cold coming on this time of year, or to prepare in the event of a possible cold.  I am not saying that Vitamin C isn’t effective (as I do take it daily), but more and more studies are showing that Zinc has some very beneficial qualities when it comes to dealing with the common cold, also known as the rhinovirus.

Without going into great detail, and pulling multiple research studies at this time, some studies are showing that Vitamin C does not actually do much to prevent the common cold.  Sorry Airborne L.  Zinc, being the mineral that it is, seems to somehow interfere with the replication of the rhinovirus. Zinc influences the immune system in a few different ways.  Zinc helps the immune system recruit white blood cells for proper and better immune system function, helps reduce systematic inflammation in the body, and is also an antioxidant – not too shabby Mr. Zinc J.  Some studies that have also been done in the past few years have shown that people who started taking zinc after recently getting sick, had less severe symptoms from the cold, and the duration of the cold was not as long either.

Zinc is what they call a “trace element”.  The cells of our immune system rely on Zinc to function. If one is getting enough zinc into their diet, the T-cells and other immune cells in our bodies can be greatly affected.  Based on what Harvard Medical Researchers say, the suggested daily amount of Zinc is 15-25mg.  Taking in an excessive amount of this supplement can actually cause a reverse reaction on the body, and is usually best to follow the recommended daily amount, or the amount prescribed by your physician.

If you are a person interested in getting more Zinc into your diet naturally, chickpeas, kidney beans, mushrooms, crab and chicken, are all good sources of food where Zinc can be found.  Lozenges like Cold-Ez or syrups containing Zinc, can also help aid in support when you are not feeling well.  If you are a person who would prefer to supplement, or your doctor has told you to do so, Metagenics ( www.metagenics.com ) has a supplement called, Zinc A.G.  Zinc A.G. is a special formula with enhanced absorption to help better address zinc repletion in the body.  This is the brand I use, and that we carry or you can order at or through our office.  I do not necessarily take Zinc all year around, but I do use it through out certain parts of the year to help fight off pesky germs, and when I may be training at a higher intensity for something if needed.  I do not find that Zinc really has any bad side effects either, other than it doesn’t smell the greatest, and sometimes people complain of nausea.  If I don’t take my supplements with some type of food or little snack, I can become nauseous regardless of what supplement it is.  If you have any questions regarding Zinc or other supplements, please feel free to email me anytime at: drv@performancehealthcenter.com.  Happy Back to School everyone, and so not ready for the summer to come to an end!

 

 

Tips to Relieve Back Pain

Your first step should be to seek out professional help.  Whether you see your PCP, a Physical Therapist, an Orthopedic Physician, or a Chiropractic Physician, start by finding a professional trained to diagnose and treat back pain.  There are a multitude of factors that can cause back pain, and getting the proper diagnosis is the best place to start.  If you are looking for a non-invasive non-pharmacologic option, Chiropractic has shown in many studies to be statistically the best choice.

 

“Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.”       

Nyiendo et al (2000), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

 

Keep moving.  Many PCP’s and Orthopedic Physicians recommend bed rest, but this can often make things worse.  We say every day to our patients, “Life is motion”.  We are designed to move each and every day.  Many of our patients tell us the prolonged sitting or standing they do is often their biggest contributor to their chronic back pain.  Let pain be your guide, any movement or motion that does not make your condition worse will usually help it get better sooner.  We find many times the cuase of the back pain are fixated vertebrae- that is they are not moving properly. These “fixations” can be caused by a multitude of factors, i.e. physical or emotional stress, some sort of trauma, poor posture, or even a poor diet can contribute to these vertebral “fixations”, which we refer to as “subluxations”.  Chiropractors are the only specialists that are trained specifically to locate and correct these vertebral subluxations.

If your chronic pain is related to emotional or work-related stress, try some relaxation techniques to help reduce muscle tension.  If your job or lifestyle requires lots of physical stress, make sure to use good posture and be sure to take stretch breaks often.

Exercise regularly- this helps in many ways: gets your spine moving; reduces stress; increases blood flow; and helps strengthen the muscles that support your spine.  What exercises are best for your back?  Well that may be different for each of us, but first find something you can currently do without pain, and make sure it is something you enjoy as you will be much more likely to stick with it.  My people find Yoga and/or swimming to help their chronic back pain, but as I mentioned earlier find what works best for you.  Make sure to warm up properly: including some foam rolling, then be sure to maintain good posture throughout your exercise, and be sure to stretch when you are done.

Get enough rest.  Make sure you have a good mattress to sleep on, and beware of your sleeping “posture” as well.  Avoid sleeping on your stomach as that can cause the neck and head to twist and put stress on your spine.  If you sleep on your back consider putting a pillow under your knees, and if you sleep on your side consider putting a pillow between your knees.

These are just a few more “tips” to help you improve your back pain.  If you have any questions about this Blog or about your health in general, please feel free to contact me at: drtomball@performancehealthcenter.com

 

 

 

Postural Awareness Take 3…

So…I decided this month to follow up on postural awareness from the past two month’s newsletter articles.  Yes, there is a theme here, and I promise I wasn’t going to write about posture again, but a couple of things interested me and I wanted to follow through with them.

Now, some of you may think this is going to sound like a commercial, but I assure it is not.  I have been talking to my patients the past few months a lot about posture, and have come across a couple of different devices that I really like, and want to share with you (I should probably get some royalties from this article now that I think more about it as I am writing it, haha).

The first device I actually just ordered for my oldest stepson, is a postural awareness brace to wear across the upper back, by Primate Movement.  The website is www.primatemovement.com.  The device cost about $30.00, and I have seen a few different versions of this on Amazon as well, for those of you that have 2 Day Prime ;).  I actually just ordered one for myself to wear around the house as well.  It is best to wear over a tee-shirt to make sure no chafing occurs around the under arms.  There are Velcro straps that tighten in the front to help synch the shoulders into a better place, more posterior and inferior, or back and down for those of you trying to visualize what the brace does.  Some people have a lot of difficulty remembering on their own to be more aware of posture, so I am trying to come up with some other ideas to help them, or aid them.  I personally will most likely not wear it at the office because I move around too much, but those of you sitting at a desk all day; I would most definitely recommend this device.  The brace is not large at all, but if wearing it in the office, it will draw some attention.  I am not one of those people that is affected by that, but some people are, so with that is mind, I do have another option as well.

The second piece of equipment I also recommend is the Lumo.  The website is www.lumobodytech.com.  The product is actually called the “Lumo Lift”.  The Lumo Lift is a little postural coach basically.  It also tracks activity and works with a free app to help one be more aware of their posture most of the day.  This device is small and lightweight.  It is an easy wearable solution, and not too flashy in the office.  It is a bit more expensive being just shy of $100, but could be well worth the while in regards to aiding in one’s posture and wellbeing.  The Lumo is worn near the clavicle (collarbone), and the device vibrates every time one slouches.  The sensors on the device can track one’s posture throughout the day, and even activity levels.  Being this device is a bit pricey, I am thinking this could be a device best used for the parents, and make the children the other more noticeable brace.  Just a thought!

Well, I hope this has been helpful to all of you.  As I find more interesting ways, ideas, and devices to help aid in better health and overall well-being, I will be sure to share them with you all.  If any of you have any questions about these two products, feel free to email me at, drv@performancehealthcenter.com.  Here is to a happier and healthy August and rest of the summer, Cheers

Need Energy? Want to Age More Gracefully?

Guest Blog:

This is Dr. Ken Reed, one of the founders of CellRegenX, a specially formulated supplement for cellular rejuvenation. The response to our introduction of CellRegenX at Performance Health Center has been great, and we have received many positive comments from our new and existing users. Performance Health Center is one of the few physical locations where CellRegenX can be purchased. We think nearly everyone can benefit from feeling more energetic, although with time, we are equally excited about the lengthening of telomeres demonstrated in those tested on CellRegenX. With the aging process, telomeres gradually get shorter, and CellRegenX seems to have a profound effect on the lengthening of telomeres. So what are the key ingredients behind CellRegenX? There are two naturally occurring substances formulated in a precise amount that are responsible for the beneficial effects we have observed. Please read further for additional scientific explanations, but warning… this can get a bit technical. 

Glycyrrhizic acid (licorice):

Licorice has known for its antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, laxative and hepatoprotective effects. Interestingly, licorice has been known used in Ayurveda medicine for rejuvenation. Licorice is also a very common ingredient of traditional Chinese medicine.  Aldosterone, and licorice which has the ability to mimic the effect of aldosterone in the human body, also has a known ability to lead to intracellular pH alkalization[i].

Cellregenx has 250 mg of licorice root. According to researched literature and our independent studies of human volunteers taking Cellregenx up to 21 months, this small amount of licorice taken daily is completely safe and does not affects hormonal levels.

Lithium:

In a large Japanese observational cohort, an inverse correlation between drinking water lithium concentrations and all causes of mortality in 18 neighboring Japanese municipalities with a total of 1,206,174 individuals was reported[ii].

Daily value of Lithium for human is not established yet, but most authors agree that the healthy adult diet should include about 1-2 milligram of Lithium daily ( https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11838882)

Cellregenx has 1 mg of Lithium orotate, what can be considered as a supplementation of a “physiological” dose.  In humans defined lithium deficiency diseases have not been characterized, but low lithium intakes from water supplies were associated with increased rates of suicides, homicides and the arrest rates for drug use and other crimes (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11838882).

Continuous administration of lithium leads to increased telomere length. Telomeres are protective DNA protein complexes at the ends of each chromosome, maintained primarily by the enzyme telomerase. Telomere shortening is also a hallmark of aging[iii], and has been associated with oxidative stress, inflammation and chronic somatic, as well as psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia and depression. Taken together, these findings indicate that long-term low-dose exposure to lithium may exert anti- aging capabilities and unambiguously decreases mortality in evolutionary distinct species[iv].

Combination Compound:

CellRegenX is a combination of lithium and licorice at a certain stoichiometric ratio found to be optimal for shifting and maintaining alkaline pHi(intracellular pH) This combination compound results in increased mitochondrial respiration, enhanced telomeres lengths and longer life span in worms, and other markers of the aging process.

For those of you who have made it this far, congratulations, and we suggest you celebrate by trying a 30 day bottle of CellRegenX. We are confident your energy level will be enhanced, and we think your cells will appreciate the boost! Remember, aging is constant, and we all need all the help we can get.

For more information please visit www.prescienthealthsolutions.com

 [i]  San-E Ishikawa and T Saito The effect of glycyrrhetinic acid on the action of aldosterone in stimulating sodium transport in frog skin Endocrinologia japonica 27(6):697-701 · January 1981 DOI: 10.1507/endocrj1954.27.697.

[ii]Schrauzer GN (2002) Lithium: occurrence, dietary intakes, nutritional essentiality. J Am Coll Nutr 21:14–21.

[iii] Wei Y Bin, Backlund L, Wegener G, Mathé AA, Lavebratt C. Telomerase dysregulation in the hippocampus of a rat model of depression: normalization by lithium. Int J Neuropsychopharmacol. 2015;18(7):pyv002. doi:10.1093/ijnp/pyv002.

 

[iv] Schulz TJ, Zarse K, Voigt A, Urban N, Birringer M, Ristow M (2007) Glucose restriction extends Caenorhabditis elegans life span by inducing mitochondrial respiration and increasing oxidative stress. Cell Metab 6:280–293.

 

 

 

It’s Summer and I’m Back on the Courts!

For several months in a row last spring I wrote about my experiences post-knee surgery and the grueling rehab process I was going through.  It’s hard to believe that is now 15 months post-surgery.  The good news is that I am back doing all the activities I was able to do prior to my ACL tear and surgical replacement!

I’ve never had a serious injury before and never had to be a committed and compliant patient.  I worked hard and followed the advice of the skilled professional that I put my trust in.  I was able to ski by mid- winter and since the spring have been playing tennis several times a week.  My knee is strong and pain-free.  I have no limitations.  At times I do get swelling, but regular icing keeps it to a minimum (and feels good on these hot summer days we are experiencing).  I know I am not 100% rehabbed, but am getting closer every day!

This has been a learning experience on many levels.  Most importantly, I have a much better appreciation for the trust and confidence my patients put in me.  It is not easy being compliant with appointments and the homework I prescribe to get out of pain and optimizing function.  Between family and work responsibilities we all have busy lives.  Squeezing in one more appointment is not always easy.  I always remind my patients that it is not easy and there is never the right time to do this, but if they do the work now, they will be glad they did short term, and more importantly long term.

George Burns when he turned 90 said, “If I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself”.  I want all my patients to say when they turn 90, “I knew I was going to live this long so I took great care of myself”.   Of course there are bumps in the road, like my knee injury, and when that happens extra care is needed.  That’s how I live my life and I hope I inspire my patients to do the same.

Now that the hard part of my rehab is over, I will continue with my “extra” exercises to make sure my knee serves me well for the many years I plan to work as a chiropractor and play hard.  Many thanks go to my team of professionals who helped me get to this place.  Dr. Brian McKeon has been my go to orthopedist for 14+ years.  I’ve always told my patients when I made a referral, if it was me, Dr. McKeon is who I would go to.  When it was me that is exactly what I did.  Steve Crowell and his amazing team of physical therapists at Rebound Physical Therapy got me moving.  Rebound Physical Therapy is my “outsourced” physical therapy department and they always make me look good when I refer my patients there.  Drs. VanNederynen and Ball, were instrumental in keeping me functional and relieved the physical stress I was putting on my body from walking funny- 1st with crutches, then with my brace, and then from limp that lasted longer than I expected.  Bernadette, Performance Health Center’s amazing massage therapist accelerated my healing with incredible massages and cupping.  Lastly, Anita Luck, my Functional Movement Therapist, has taught me how to use my body in 3-D so my body can handle the demands I put on it, even when the unexpected happens.

I have and will continue to refer my patients to these exceptional providers I have now experienced firsthand, and have even more confidence in them than ever.

I hope you all have an enjoyable, safe and healthy summer!  Now get out there and have fun!

Brad Weiss, D.C.

drbradweiss@performancehealthcenter.com

Longer Telomeres = Healthier & Longer Life!

Guest Blog:

We are delighted to introduce the Performance Health Center community to CellRegenX, a unique specially formulated nutraceutical developed by two local area physician researchers, to maximize cellular longevity, overall well-being, and athletic performance.

The scientific thesis behind CellRegenX is that as cells age, metabolic byproducts accumulate within the cell, which results in a gradual acidification of the intracellular pH (pHi). Older cells have a more acidic pH than younger, healthier cells. Most cellular functions are highly dependent on intracellular pH.  This pHi should not be confused with extracellular pH (the acidic or alkaline environment outside of the cell).

After testing numerous natural elements and compounds, we arrived upon a unique combination of natural ingredients, that alkalinizes the pHi just enough to mimic the pHi of younger, healthier cells.

These two components are lithium orotate and glycerrhizic acid. Together, in specific dosage, they are synergistic, producing results not seen with either ingredient alone.

The lithium concentration in CellRegenX is approximately 0.1% of the FDA approved dose of lithium carbonate used to treat mental diseases such as bipolar disorder. Li is found in low concentrations in drinking water, and in one epidemiological study, low levels of lithium in Japan’s drinking water were found to correlate with increased longevity. Glycerrhizic acid, is derived from licorice root, and has  been used medicinally for hundreds of years in many cultures.

To test our hypothesis, we conducted numerous scientific studies to determine just how CellRegenX would affect the commonly accepted biochemical markers of aging.

Remarkably, CellRegenX treated individuals showed a dramatic reduction in inflammation markers (which typically increase with age and degenerative diseases), an increase in mitochondrial activity (the engines of cellular energy), an increase in Collagen Type 3 (important for healthy looking skin) and elongation of telomeres (which normally shorten with aging).

Next we tested CellRegenX in a species of worms, C. Elegans which has a short lifespan rendering it a good model for longevity products. Those worms receiving CellRegenX had on average a 40% lengthening of their lifespan.

We are now into month 9 in our animal (mice) studies, and expect it will be another  2 plus years before this animal data is available, since a mouse’s life span is between two and three years.

CellRegenX has been clinically used now by humans for well over a year.

We have seen fairly consistent reports of increased energy and exercise performance, decreased need for sleep, decrease in appetite, increase in sexual  desire, increased ability to focus, improved dream state, improved bowel function, and overall favorable mood.

We do not recommend CellRegenX be taken by children under the age of 18, adults with underlying physical or mental illness, those with known allergies to its ingredients, or pregnant or nursing mothers. It is also recommended that one consult their physician or health care provider before consuming nutraceutical products in general.

Please the CellRegenX website for more information: https://www.prescienthealthsolutions.com/