Five blood tests to consider in 2013

This article contains content by Dr. Wes Youngberg.

Everyone wants to be healthy but few of us recognize the underlying causes of our suboptimal health. A proper tune up requires that we first do the right blood tests. But when is the last time we took the time to get a comprehensive wellness evaluation?

Blood tests are often the best and quickest way to assess our health and to help us stay motivated. Even the healthiest among us have “chinks in our armor” and can benefit from these objective lab tests. There are many tests available to those looking for a health tune up. Here are five of the tests that I usually recommend. (more…)

The FDA and Big Pharmacy Hide Negative Studies

Think the FDA is there to protect you. Not so fast. In this weeks UltraWellness podcast, Dr. Mark Hyman shares the stunning results of some recent drug studies and explains why you – and your doctor – may not be getting the whole truth about your medications. For more, see http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog

1.3g of Grape-Seed Extract Could Protect You From Oxidative Damage, Viral Infections, Obesity and Insulin Resistance, Reduce Your Heart Rate and Blood Pressure and Increase Your Nitric Oxide Production by >25%

Image 1: Bought in bulk, grape-seed extract is actually reasonably cheap… and it does not even taste as awful as some other herb / seed extracts 😉

After initially being hailed as the yet another anti-oxidant panaceum, grape-seed extract (GSE) has been displaced by newer, fancier “superfoods” from the headlines of the major health and wellness newscasters. Therefore, even you, as a highly self-educated student of the SuppVersity could have missed out on a handful of recently released studies which reported antiviral effects of GSE (Su. 2011) and confirmed its ameliorative effect on diet-induced obesity (Ohyama. 2011) and (high) fructose-induced insulin resistance (Meeprom. 2011). Moreover, a meta-analysis of nine controlled with more than 300 human subjects and daily doses ranging from 250mg to 2,000mg of GSE, which was published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (Feringa. 2011), found that …

[b]ased on the currently available literature, grape seed extract appears to significantly lower systolic blood pressure and heart rate, with no effect on lipid or CRP levels. (more…)

Why the Niacin-Statin Study Didn’t Work

I know many of you have heard that the big niacin-statin drug study was halted. U.S. officials pulled the plug on this major National Institutes of Health (NIH) study—18 months early! Their reason? The researchers didn’t find what they’d set out to accomplish.

For their study, NIH recruited 3,400 people at high risk for cardiac events. What the researchers had hoped to learn is that by pairing high-dose niacin to raise HDL (good) cholesterol with a statin drug to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, they could lower the risk of cardiac events. But what they learned instead is that this combination had no effect on the incidence of heart attacks and strokes.

This is no surprise to me…

Researchers were literally barking up the wrong tree (more…)

Eskimo study highlights obesity and disease prevention benefits of omega-3s

High consumption of foods naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps to reduce the risk of developing obesity-related illnesses like heart disease and diabetes, says a new study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Even among obese populations, omega-3s demonstrably keep at bay inflammation and blood triglyceride levels, two markers of obesity-related illness.

Researchers from the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center in collaboration with the Center for Alaska Native Health Research at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, gathered data from a small Eskimo community living in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta region of southwest Alaska. Seventy percent of the 330-person group was overweight or obese, which is comparable to statistics in the lower 48 states. Yet the Eskimo group as a whole consumes roughly 20 times more omega-3s on a regular basis than the average American does.

“Because Yup’ik Eskimos have a traditional diet that includes large amounts of fatty fish and have a prevalence of overweight or obesity that is similar to that of the general US population, this offered a unique opportunity to study whether omega-3 fats change the association between obesity and chronic disease risk,” said Zeina Makhoul, PhD, lead study author.

Upon analysis, researchers noted significantly higher blood levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), two types of omega-3 fats, in the Eskimo group overall, as well as rates of type-2 diabetes that were less than half of what they are in the continental US. And even among obese individuals in the Eskimo group, blood triglyceride levels and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels were comparable to those found in normal-weight people, indicating that omega-3s offer health protective benefits for both thin and overweight individuals.

“Interestingly, we found that obese persons with high blood levels of omega-3 fats had triglyceride and CRP concentrations that did not differ from those of normal-weight persons,” said Makhoul. “It appeared that high intakes of omega-3-rich seafood protected Yup’ik Eskios from some of the harmful effects of obesity.”

Sources for this story include:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_relea…

Wednesday, April 06, 2011 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

Heart Disease – Stop this preventable disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Scientists are now saying that 95% of these heart disease related deaths are caused by cellular inflammation. Today’s technology allows us to analyze our level of cardiovascular inflammation and use specific healthy lifestyle interventions to de-inflame our bodily systems.

Inflammation is driven by several different routes in our body. Oxidative stress from excessive free radical formation and/or a deficiency in anti-oxidants is a common mechanism. Increased sympathetic stress response within the body causing catecholamine overload and burnout plays a role in most inflammatory cycles. Finally, improper cell signaling due to excessive pro-inflammatory prostaglandin formation and immunological cytokine reactions is a staple ingredient in the inflammatory soup.
Three tests that analyze the risk of inflammation in the coronary arteries include C Reactive Protein, Homocysteine, and Lipoprotein (a). (more…)

Clinical Efficacy of Systemic Enzyme Support

Clinical observations and literature review both affirm the conviction that providing “systemic enzyme support,” using Wobenzym N or Wobenzym PS, is an essential component in successfully managing inflammation disorders and other conditions with immune system dysregulation.

In addition to improving clinical outcomes in conditions with overt inflammation, such as rheumatoid arthritis, thrombophlebitis, pyelonephritis, prostatitis, and psoriasis, systemic enzyme support is also effective in conditions with covert inflammation, such as osteoarthritis, angina, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarctions, and diabetes, to name a few. The adjuvant properties of systemic enzyme support have also been observed and documented for a number of cases including adnexitis, arthritis, papillomas and various forms of cancer. This article will familiarize clinicians with the therapeutic benefits of systemic enzyme support and review pertinent findings related to this treatment.  (more…)