Monthly Archives: April 2011

Get Fit and Lose Weight In Just 15 Minutes A Day!

Are you one of those people who wish they could lose weight but feel overwhelmed by your current cumbersome daily life schedule? Family, careers, children, pets, and household chores tend to create a schedule whereby time to exercise may seem like it is not an option.  Not anymore!  There is no need to block off 30-60 minute sessions to exercise.  In just 15 minutes a day, you can get your heart pumping, build muscle with full body strength training moves, speed up your metabolism and lose weight! The below tip comes from our colleague Becky Wenner at Becky’s Fitness Company.

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is the way to do it.  This type of training is done for short periods of time because it is so intense, and it keeps your metabolism churning all day! When my schedule is jam packed I use this form of training to ensure I get the most out of my limited time at the gym.  It also helps you remain consistent with your fitness program even on those days you think you have no time for exercise or are just not in the mood

Here is how it is done:

  • Sprinting, Jump Rope, think short intervals of intense cardio training interlaced with recovery stages.  So for instance, you can jump rope one minute, walk one minute, jump rope one minute, strength train one minute.  Continue this interval for 15-30 minutes on and off.
  • Another example would be sprint 1 minute, walk 1 minute; continue to repeat intervals of sprinting and walking for 15-30 minutes.

Remember, you must exert a ton of energy then recover for a short time…..hence the title High Intensity Interval Training!

Can Vitamin E Promote Cancer and Heart Disease?

A few years ago, a study linking vitamin E to health problems appeared in the headlines and that same study has since been mentioned in countess media presentations. Hearing something like this is very scary and I completely understand your concerns. There is however much more to this story and I want to explain this further today.

It is true that certain forms of Vitamin E given in very large doses did in fact get linked to these diseases, but the key words here is the wrong type of vitamin E and large doses.

You see in nature, fruits and vegetables contain vitamin E and therefore are very beneficial. The vitamin E in nature comes as a total E and has 4 components, alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocopherols which all work together to provide antioxidant protection and nourish the body. The problem arises when supplement manufacturers try to make the supplement in a laboratory and think they can outsmart nature. Alpha tocopherol is the cheapest to manufacture and therefore it is used alone in most supplements. When taking alpha without the other 3 tocopherols, vitamin E is not complete and the alpha tocopherol overpowers the other tocopherols creating their relative deficiency.  The other 3 tocopherols, especially the Gamma are very cardio protective and have been studied to actually help prevent cancer. In the study that has given vitamin E its “bad” name, the researchers gave high doses of alpha tocopherol so the reason that they got negative results was due to its depletion of the Gamma and the other tocopherols which the body needs.

Taking this a step further, some of lower quality brands such as the ones sold in drug stores are not only using alpha tocopherol alone but they are also synthetically manufacturing it.

When reading the label, natural vitamin E is labeled as d-alpha tocopherol where as the synthetic is labeled as dl-alpha tocopherol.  (Notice the difference lies in the “l” before the –alpha). The synthetic form is not well recognized by the body and has been shown to have long-term health problems.

I know this all sounds scary, but the good news is that the truly good and natural brands come with all 4 tocopherols and none of the above problems apply. Our Ultra Gamma Vitamin E as well as our Multi-Vitamins, Prenatals and Anti-oxidants consist of all the tocopherols so you can reap the benefits of this truly amazing antioxidant with absolutely no downside.

For that same reason and rationale I also recommend natural folates instead of just folic acid (for more information on synthetic folic acid please see Folic Acid Controversy article) and mixed carotenoids instead of just vitamin A to prevent those same problems. Whenever you mess with nature, there are usually side effects which is why we only use and recommend the most natural supplements to our patients.

Not every study is always done correctly and the media often takes things out of context like here – they just say vitamin E is bad but don’t actually explain the details – so hope this helps ease your mind. If you are already taking a natural mixed tocopherol vitamin E, great job! If you are not sure, please read the label and if you find that it is alpha alone or that it is synthetic, please consider switching to a better brand.

Arthritis After Pregnancy – How You Can Relieve Post-Pregnancy Complications

Did you know that developing arthritis and other autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s or Lupus after giving birth can actually be quite common? More and more patients have been reaching out to me about post-natal issues with each passing month, so I thought I would shed some light on the subject here for my many readers with newborns, as well as prospective and soon-to-be moms.

Will I Ever Be The Same Again? –  It’s Not You, It’s The Hormones

When your body goes through a major hormone change such as pregnancy (or menopause) the immune system can actually become temporarily overactive. You would think hyperactive internal defenses should make you healthier than ever, but it’s counterintuitive. What this means is that your immune system will start to attack things that are essentially benign such as foods or certain environmental compounds. This leads to overall inflammation in the body and in turn causes the attack of the tissue of organ.

The Medical Approach

Traditional medicine does not usually recognize the hormone-food-chemical connection and treats the problem with heavy duty steroids like prednisone, humira and other drugs to bring down the inflammation. Initially, these medications are often helpful and the pain subsides.  However, the underlying problem is not addressed and the symptoms usually return when the medication is discontinued. In some cases, my patients recounted symptoms coming back in a few months even while on the medication.

Medications are ineffective in the long-term and can hamper your ability to fight other infections because their method of action is suppression of the overall immune system.  Did I mention no breastfeeding?  Toxicity issues will prevent you from doing things the natural way, if that is your preference.

Our Proven Clinical Approach – Treating The Root Cause

Our approach is to naturally calm the immune system by removing the triggers that caused it to overreact in the first place. Through careful elimination and if necessary, food sensitivity testing such as ALCAT, we figure out the exact foods and chemicals that are sending your immune system into a frenzy. Their elimination then stops the inflammatory domino effect and relieves the pain for good.

Reduction in overall inflammation will also improve many other aspects of your health and prevent future diseases. Oftentimes, patients that experience these problems after pregnancy are more genetically predisposed to autoimmune diseases in the first place and may even have hidden celiac disease (intolerance to gluten products). Discovering these food and chemical sensitivities not only eliminates your pain, but can also prevent the development of autoimmune diseases and other problems in the future.

We have been able to help dozens of women overcome these obstacles with as little as a few simple food changes.  Because we work specifically with your body to treat the root cause (not just applying a “one size fits all” approach to only cover up the symptoms), after a few short weeks the pain subsides and most patients have been able to decrease and eventually completely eliminate medications such as methotrexate, prednisone, naprelan and humira.

Having worked extensively with a diverse group of post-natal patients, we’ve grown to really appreciate and understand how agonizing this condition can be, especially since many are still adjusting to all of the other unavoidable complexities of motherhood.  But small miracles can happen for some when they feel like all hope is lost and we am truly grateful to be able to work with each of our patients to offer a real solution, so they can focus 100% on what’s most important – their families.  If you or someone you know has been suffering with an autoimmune condition, especially after a hormone shift, help is just around the corner. Please contact the office and together we can get you on the road to feeling like yourself again.