Jun 27, 2014
The definition of ‘heavy drinker’ has evolved over the last 20 years and is based on scientific evidence about the harmful consequences of drinking too much”
Women are considered “heavy drinkers” if they have eight or more drinking a week, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Men can have 14 before they fall under the label.
One in 10 deaths among adults between the ages of 20 and 64 are due to excessive alcohol consumption, the CDC says in a report released Wednesday. That means that some 88,000 people die a year as a result of drinking too much. The majority of those are men—about 70%.
The definition is different for women because women's bodies are typically smaller than men's. They also metabolize less alcohol in the stomach, meaning more ends up in their blood stream. A standard “drink,” is considered to be 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol content), 8 ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol content), 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol content), or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof (40% alcohol content) distilled spirits or liquor.
The definition of ‘heavy drinker’ has evolved over the last 20 years and is based on scientific evidence about the harmful consequences of drinking too much” says George F. Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Heavy drinking can lead to chronic diseases including problems with your liver, throat, larynx and esophagus. It can lead to high blood pressure, psychological problems, and pancreatitis. It puts you at an increased risk of becoming a victim of violence. And of course you ultimately risk becoming an alcoholic.
Too Much or Not Enough
Dr. Arthur Klatsky who has been studying alcohol and its impact on humans for decades says the pattern of when you drink is just as important to your health as the total number. Abstaining much of the week and then having all seven drinks on Saturday is also bad for your health. In addition to knowing what defines “heavy drinking,” people should also know what “light” and “moderate” drinking is, Koob says. Studies show the mortality rate for people who drink moderately on a daily basis is actually lower than those that don’t indulge.
Jun 26, 2014
"Testosterone products must add a general label warning about the increased risk for venous blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism."
The FDA announced yesterday that manufacturers of testosterone products must add a general label warning about the increased risk for venous blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
The new warning is the latest twist in the ongoing debate about the possible cardiovascular harm posed by testosterone, which is indicated for men with low levels related to another medical condition. However, the FDA said that the warning about venous blood clots is separate from is ongoing investigation into testosterone being a factor in increased risk for stroke and heart attack.
The labels of testosterone products already caution consumers about the risk for venous blood clots as a result of polycythemia, a burgeoning of red blood cells sometimes associated with the therapy. However, the FDA has received postmarket reports of venous blood clots that have no connection to polycythemia. The agency, therefore, is making the warning more general.
Despite an obesity epidemic and the increasing burden of chronic, diet-related disease in the United States, medical schools have continued to neglect nutrition education over the last several decades,”
Today’s medical students receive the educational equivalent of a fun size piece of candy with it comes to nutrition training- tasty for a moment, gone the next- and not helpful in the long run.
Second-year Harvard University Medical School student, Nathaniel P. Morris laments the current state of affairs from a first-hand perspective, in an editorial in the JAMA Internal Medicine.
“Despite an obesity epidemic and the increasing burden of chronic, diet-related disease in the United States, medical schools have continued to neglect nutrition education over the last several decades,” he wrote. His own school’s course on nutrition was terrific – for the mere nine hours it lasted. There were no exams or interactions with patients. The lecture on obesity lasted less than a nice dinner out – just 45 minutes. In contrast, Morris notes, the school’s curriculum includes about 60 hours of cardiology instruction in the second year alone.
“Poor nutrition is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States,” Morris says. “Dietary risks now compete with and in many ways outpace the deleterious effects of tobacco, physical inactivity and other historically substantial health risk. Almost 70 percent of adults are now obese or overweight, and nutrition-related issues are estimated to account for more than 25 percent of visits to primary care providers.”
The future doctor urges fellow physicians to get on board and be part of the solution, not the problem. Morris states, “Medical students gain knowledge and familiarity with prescription drugs, complicated late-stage treatments, and specialized care. But physicians need other skills as well.” “The time is long past due for a change of course” he says.
Jun 18, 2014
Jun 16, 2014
Transitioning into healthier eating is easier said then done. It can feel overwhelming, especially when you have others to cook for. Why not makes things easier on yourself? These food sites are easy to use, and have a lot of great information.
The menu planner is at the heart of Plan to Eat. Easily drag recipes from your recipe book to create your personalized meal plan, and then add additional ingredients, events and notes. Save existing mean plans from you planner as menus, then drag them back to your menu planner to simplify future planning
For everything having to do with food including in season recipes, holiday recipes and ideas, cooking how-to’s, a collection of clean eating recipes for moms, and a lot more.
eMeals has you choose a meal plan based don your eating style (low carb, lowfat, gluten-free), your family size, and even your favorite grocery store. Every week, your meal plan arrives in your inbox and includes seven dinner recipes. Each includes an entrée and side dishes.
Dine Without Whine’s website features weekly menus and categorized grocery shopping list that you. Once you sign up you will receive a menu and shopping list via e-mail each week by Thursday afternoon.
Menus 4 Moms provides weekly menus and grocery list depending on your time, budget, and dietary restrictions. The website also has quick and easy recipes to print off if you are not ready to enroll in their service.
Cooking Light’s website has tons of good recipes, plus nutritional info, and tips for living a healthy lifestyle.
This website contains recipes for all occasions, plus information on diet and health, free cookbooks, a menu planner and a lot more.
A new study describes how exposure to air pollution early in life produces harmful changes in the brains of mice, including an enlargement of part of the brain that is seen in humans who have autism and schizophrenia. The mice performed poorly in tests of short-term memory, learning ability, and impulsivity. Study authors say the findings are very suggestive that air pollution may play a role in autism, as well as in other neurodevelopmental disorders.
University of Rochester Medical Center
Craniosacral Treatment: What to Expect
Your clinician will have you lie on a table on your back. You may wish to be covered with a sheet or blanket. Even though you will remain fully clothed, the relaxing nature of the treatment may make you feel a little cold. The clinician will then palpate (i.e. examine the CS rhythm by touch) by placing her/his hands on your head then your sacrum. You may be asked to shift your body slightly from time to time, but there is no other way that you need to be involved except to relax and enjoy the treatment. An attempt will be made to keep the room quiet and darkened to enhance the relaxing atmosphere. The clinician will use a very gentle light touch. She/he may move your head from time to time as she/he applies her/his hands to the different bones of the skull, but these movements will be gentle. The clinician will apply very light pressure as she/he attempts to release the restrictions she/he has felt.
The clinician will also use her/his hands on your abdomen and chest to release restrictions of the fascia at these points. She/he may also return to the sacrum from gentle release of restrictions there. More advanced clinicians may feel the CS rhythm in the body fascia by lightly holding your feet, your knees or your shoulders or by very lightly stretching your neck upwards. For facial bones that are more easily accessible through the mouth, the clinician may place a gloved finger into your mouth and very gently move these bones. This technique would be explained in detail to you before it is done. There are no surprises and should be no discomfort. If discomfort is experienced, you should let the clinician know at once so she/he may adjust the pressure or location of her/his hands.
You may feel yourself drifting off into a sort of sleep or you may drift off into a sound sleep. This is normal and you should allow yourself this level of relaxation. The treatment can take anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes depending on how extensive it needs to be. Your clinician can explain to you afterwards what she/he felt and what releases were obtained if you wish to know. You may feel a little “spacey” afterwards. You will probably be very relaxed and may wish to sit in the waiting area before going on to your next activity. If you have never had a craniosacral treatment it is a great treatment especially for headaches, pain, misalignment, stress, concussions, anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain and depression.
To make an appointment please call our office at 970-926-7606.
What are Fruit Anthocyanins?
Our Fruit Anthocyanins are an organic dark fruit and berry concentrate designed by Dr. William Mitchell, who pioneered its use as a powerful tool in promoting health. Over the years he modified his blend to achieve optimal clinical health benefits. This product is his final formulation, which he used in thousands of patients for a wide variety of health concerns.
Many scientific studies have been conducted around the world, which have shown that the particular fruit and berries contained in this blend — Red Grape, Elderberry, Blueberry, Aronia Berry, Pomegranate, and Red Raspberry — have extraordinary health benefits. Many of the promising research areas for human health applications are listed below:
Cardiovascular disease: The flavonoids are helpful in protecting the heart. Since 1995 I have had virtually no incidence of repeat cardiac events in patients who have had heart attacks. It is essential medicine for heart attack recovers. I also use it for patients who have heart disease in their family histories.
Arterial disease: Arteritis, vascular disease with compromised peripheral circulation,phlebitis, and varicosities have all improved. Some of these cases are actually quiteremarkable. I have had no diabetic patients needing to undergo amputation as a result ofcompromised peripheral circulation since using the berry flavonoids.
Diabetes: Using a tablespoonful of flavonoids in a large glass of water daily has resulted in lower blood sugar levels. Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that the flavonoids are particularly helpful with. Here again, the flavonoids in a large glass of water consumed with a meal twice daily.
Macular degeneration: I have had 6 cases of macular degeneration that have healed using the flavonoids. I am particularly excited about this application of the flavonoids.
Pulmonary fibrosis: The cases I have treated have recovered a great deal of energy and liveliness. They have less shortness of breath and are actually able to take walks again. An established case of pulmonary fibrosis where the breathing is severly compromised is considered progressive and terminal. Given this, I am very pleased to see progression slowed and even stopped in some cases. Follow up in these cases is currently ongoing.
Cancer: Studies on the organic acids in the pigments are interesting, such as ellagic acid from raspberries. I use the flavonoids in all of my cancer patients as a protective nutrient.
I have seen some amazing results with these concentrated fruit anthocyanins they are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory. If you are interested in trying them please stop by my office or call to order 970-926-7606.
Jun 14, 2014
Jun 13, 2014
"Stress can create an extensive number of responses in the body; impacting behavior, emotions, and physical and mental well-being. Yet, no two people are likely to experience the same effects or exhibit the same symptoms of stress."
Everyone knows what it’s like to be stressed. Stress can bring about anything from nervous jitters and sleepless nights to the risk of serious illness. Sometimes stress in our lives can seem unavoidable. When you are under stress, what can you do about it?
One thing to understand is that everyone reacts to stress differently, and everyone has different stressors since no two lives are the same. The things that cause stress for one person can be entirely different for someone else. While you may think that stress isn’t an issue for you, it doesn’t mean that you’re immune to its effects. Stress can create an extensive number of responses in the body; impacting behavior, emotions, and physical and mental well-being. Yet, no two people are likely to experience the same effects or exhibit the same symptoms of stress.
Tips to de-stress include the following:
- Rest- sleep allows our hormones to reset, the body to recharge, and the system to reboot itself.
- A regular sleep schedule- with consistent bed times and wake-up times, the growth hormone, cortisol will become balanced.
- Quieting the mind- yoga, meditation, and deep breathing are excellent ways to release tention and encourage your body out of its “fight or flight” mode
- Improve Digestion- 70-80 percent of the serotonin (the ‘happy’ hormone) in the body is in the digestive tract. More and more research is linking overall gut health with mood and brain function. By eating a diet that consists of mainly vegetables and lean proteins, and limited processed foods and sugar, you can change the way you thing and respond to stress in the first place.
- Support the stress glands- adrenal glands, located just about the kidneys, are responsible for releasing cortisol, the stress messenger, A naturopathic doctor might help these glands with basic nutrients like vitamin C, magnesium and B vitamins, which are directly involved in the function of the adrenal glands and can be depleted during chronic stress. Herbs can also help the function of the adrenal glands so that you can become more resilient and better at coping with stress. The right dose of botanicals like Rhodiola, ashwagandha, Holy basil, Siberian ginseng and licorice, can accomplish this task.
On average, men live 5 years less than women. According to experts, if men were to pay attention to these nine things they would have better health and potentially narrow the longevity gap.
- There is no Shame in Depression. It is a real physiological event, says certified athletic trainer Ken Locker. Men tend to think it's better to tough it out because they don't want to talk about it: "It might make things worse," or "I'm admitting weakness." Action: Talk to your family doctor who can recommend a professional counselor.
- Yoga isn’t just a girl thing. Men should aim for cardio and muscle building exercise. Yoga is great as you age because it helps with balance.Action: Ask friends for recommendations, and then try a class.
- “No pain, no gain” is a none-sense. Certified chiropractor, Logan Sherman has witnessed plenty of examples of the falsity of this silly saying. Sherman stated that his male patients are guilty of pushing past the minor things that could be caught at an earlier stage, and turning them into an injury.Action: If you feel a twinge, rest. For plantar fasciitis, avoid going barefoot. Roll a tennis ball, golf ball or frozen water bottle under the foot several times a day. If the pain persists, check with your doctor
- Certain cancer screenings are imperative. “Prostate cancer is “the easiest cancer to kill if it’s detected,” Locker says. But men, of course, would happily skip that part of a physical, he says. Another villain is colon cancer, which can be detected early, he says. “Men tend not to want to know, or to think they don’t have any problems.”Action: Schedule the screenings, for crying out loud.
- You don’t need a gym to be fit. “Gravity,” Locker says, “was the first gym ever invented.”Action: What to do: Pushups, crunches and squats can be done anywhere. Ditto for walking.
- You don’t know what to do at the gym. “What men do that’s the biggest problem in exercise is not asking for help,” O’Bryant says. “It’s like that asking for directions thing. I go to the gym, and see people there for the first time and they think they automatically know what they’re doing. But they’re probably doing it wrong.”Action: What to do: Use a trainer. Most gyms offer a free session with membership.
- Sunscreen isn’t for wusses. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the incidence of melanoma is higher in women than men until age 45. By age 60, though, rates are twice as high.Action: What to do: Use a zinc or titanium based face cream with SPF of at least 15, Locker says. And Schedule a skin check at least once a year.
- Exercising isn’t a free license to eat anything. “Men who are successful getting into physical activity often think that’s enough,” O’Bryant says. “‘I work out so I can eat what I want.’ ‘I work out so I can drink whatever I wantAction: Think moderation. Also remember that diet “is not only related to heart health, but intimately related to brain health,” O’Bryant says. “It’s very, very powerful.”
On June 5th 2013 Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill to register Naturopathic Doctors in the state of Colorado. As of June 1st, 2014 Colorado became the 17th state to regulate Naturopathic Doctors.
What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic doctors (N.D.) are general practitioners trained as specialists in natural medicine. Naturopathic doctors treat disease and restore health using therapies from the sciences of clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, exercise therapy, counseling, acupuncture, natural childbirth and hydrotherapy. They tailor these approaches to the needs of an individual patient. Naturopathic medicine is effective in treating most health problems, whether acute or chronic.
In practice, naturopathic doctors perform physical examinations, laboratory testing, gynecological exams, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis, allergy testing, X-ray examinations, and other diagnostic tests. They are the only primary care doctors clinically trained in the use of a wide variety of natural therapeutics. They combine and tailor these treatments to the needs of the individual based on a cogent philosophy that acknowledges the patient as a participant.
A naturopathic doctor (N.D.) has a degree from a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical University. Naturopathic doctors must pass either a national or a state level board examination, and their actions are subject to review by a State Board of Examiners.
What does this new regulation mean to the general public?
No one can call themselves a naturopathic doctor in the state of Colorado without graduating from a four year pre-med and a four year accredited post graduate clinical doctorate program and have passed a natural science and a clinical board exam to register with the state.
This law will increase access to Natural Medicine for illness prevention. Naturopathic doctors are trained to treat chronic disease associated with diet and lifestyle without using drugs such conditions as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes.
This law will educate Coloradans to distinguish between naturopathic doctors and lay or traditional naturopaths who lack graduate level training.
Naturopathic doctors are required to maintain professional liability insurance and meet continuing professional competencies.
More insurance companies will cover naturopathic care.
“An increasing base of scientific research is affirming that naturopathic medicine is useful in the treatment of numerous chronic illnesses," observed Jud Richland, MPH, Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). "A good example is the recent study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, documenting that naturopathic medicine may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease among people at high risk. Naturopathic medicine, with its emphasis on self-responsibility and body's inherent self-healing capacity, is effective in many cases of preventable illness, which affect a vast and increasing number of Americans. Naturopathic doctors provide a safe, effective, and affordable alternative for patients seeking holistic health care."
“Naturopathic doctors are going to be a key component in health care, saving the state millions of dollars through their focus on disease prevention and natural treatment, such as nutrition, lifestyle counseling and botanical medicine.” --Sen. Linda Newell (D-Littleton), the bill’s sponsor in the Colorado Senate.
“The law paves the way for more collaboration between Colorado NDs and medical doctors (MDs). This gives us a seat at the table in health care in Colorado. It will increase the visibility of our profession and give the public a better understanding of naturopathic doctors. And it will give them more choice in health care.” -- Denise Clark, ND, president of the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors.
To learn more about naturopathic doctors please visit www.naturopathic.org
and www.coanp.org. For local information please contact Dr. Deborah Wiancek at the Riverwalk Natural Health Clinic & Natural Pharmacy at 970-926-7606 orWiancek@ healthref.com.
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