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VITAMIN E SUCCINATE

Vitamin E supplementation was protective against the development of various cancers, most notable lung and prostate cancer. Over a number of years, vitamin E succinate (alpha- tocopheryl succinate) has shown the most impressive anti cancer properties compared to all other forms of vitamin E. This form of Vitamin E causes rapid production of reactive oxygen species (free radicals) selectively within cancer cells, triggering cell death, while being nontoxic to normal, healthy cells. Vitamin E succinate also inhibits the anti- apoptotic function of Bcl-2 and Bcl-xl, normally expressed by tumor cells.

Human Studies Underway

The impressive experimental cancer- killing effects of vitamin E succinate, coupled with our understanding of its observed anti- cancer properties (particularly reactive oxygen species- inducedd apoptosis). It may be wise to choose a multivitamin that contains vitamin E in the form of vitamin E succinate at a minimum dose of 400 IU for purposes of health promotion and possibly cancer prevention.

Legislation has been approved by the Senate that would expand chiropractic services within the Veterans Administration by requiring the chiropractic benefit be provided “at not fewer than two medical centers or clinics in each Veterans Integrated Service Network by not later than two years after the date of the enactment” and at 50 percent or more of VISN medical centers no later than three years after enactment. As per the Expansion of Provision of Chiropractic Care and Services to Veterans.

A recent study, “Epidural Corticosteroid Injections for Radiculopathy and Spinal Stenosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” (Annals of Internal Medicine, August 2015), concludes that epidural corticosteroid injections for radiculopathy and spinal stenosis are ineffective for long-term pain relief and have no effect on long-term surgery risk.

In response, experts at the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) point out that the use of chiropractic care is documented to yield improved clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction, and a 28-percent reduction in the likelihood of surgery when used as a primary approach in the management of spine-related conditions.

Healthy and Nutritious

The reality is that eggs are an amazing source of protein, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. While once considered a health risk, the egg can actually be called a “superfood”. Yes, the yolk does contain the lion’s share of cholesterol, but it also contains almost 3 grams of protein and is a great source of vitamins A, D, B6, B12 and iron. Consuming only the egg white eliminates many of the nutrients and all of the antioxidants found in eggs.

Eggs (yolk and white) contain vitamins A, B2, B5, B6, B12, De, E and K, calcium, folate, phosphorus, selenium and zinc. As a whole, the egg has 77 calories, 6 grams of protein, 5 grams of healthy or good fats, and omega-3 fatty acids, which lower triglycerides ( a well-known risk factor for heart disease).

This amazing food also contains the cell membrane-building nutrient choline, which is lacking in almost 90 percent of diets. Choline is important from a health perspective because it promotes normal cell activity, liver function and nutrient transportation in the body. Then there’s the nine essential amino acids the egg contains.

Last, but not least, eggs can actually be beneficial for eye health, since they contain the important antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which have shown to help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.

With zero carbs, no sugar, no gluten and 6 grams of protein, an egg should be a dietary staple. As with many food items, it is my recommendation that the best source is always going to be organic.

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Experimental studies have suggested melatonin could block key steps in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, primarily by acting as a brain antioxidant an inhibiting the build-up of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain (a hallmark feature of Alzheimer’s disease). Several clinical studies suggest melatonin can block the progression of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to full-blown dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

A recent animal study suggesting melatonin also blocks key steps in the development of Lou Gehrig’s disease (also known as amytrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS), a disease that causes progressive muscle weakness and eventual death due to the failure of respiratory muscles.

A research team determined melatonin is a powerful antioxidant which blocks the release of enzymes that activate programmed cell death (apoptosis) of nerve cells involved in the development of ALS.

The researchers involved in the recent animal study stated: “We demonstrate that melatonin significantly delayed disease onset, neurological deterioration and mortality in ALS mice.” More specifically, melatonin was shown to inhibit nerve degeneration and nerve cell death of the motor nerves involved in ALS.

In the first study of its kind, researchers have demonstrated novel and previously unknown mechanisms of action by which BCM-95 Curcumin and BosPure Boswellia work synergistically to prevent colorectal cancer and demonstrate anti-tumor activity in both in vitro and in vivo.

“We have known for awhile that curcumin and boswellia both have potent anti-cancer properties,: said Ajay Goel, PhD, one of the study’s authors. “In this study, we investigated how they work in conjunction to reduce proliferation and increase cell cycle arrest and apoptosis (various mechanisms by which cancer cells are killed). We found that the two together activate a broader array of gene regulators called microRNAs, with a wider spectrum of impact compared to either compound individually.”

Foods made from whole grains – the hard, dry seeds of plants – have been a nutritional staple for thousands of years. They provide a wealth of heart-healthy nutrients, including fiber, vitamins, minerals, good fats, enzymes, antioxidants,  and phytonutrients, according to the April 2015 Harvard Heart Letter.

Eating whole grains instead of highly processed grains has a wide range of health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure, blood sugar, and blood cholesterol, and reducing chronic inflammation.

When people repeatedly push themselves to the limit, the body eventually breaks down, leading to injury and pain. And unsurprisingly, many of these patients take either prescribed or over-the-counter (OTC) medication on a regular basis to control pain and inflammation. But if medications should not be used over extended periods, what can be done instead? One safe alternative is using kinesiology tape (k-tape) over the site of pain. In individuals with chronic low-back pain, a study found that k-tape in conjunction with usual care resulted in a better pattern of abdominal muscle recruitment compared with pre-treatment measures. Another study found that regardless of the technique of application, k-tape was helpful in reducing pain and disability in individuals with chronic lo-back pain.

In a recent unpublished study in the U.S., researchers used ultrasound  imaging to show that k-tape has a lifting effect on subcutaneous tissue layers. This preliminary finding is in line with the long-held belief that k-tape’s mechanism of action is partially achieved through decompression of local tissues.

Clinically, this may be the reason for dramatic changes in the reduction of swelling and hematomas with k-tape application. This lifting effect creates convolutions on the skin that potentially decompress lymphatic vessels and facilitates the removal of exudates from the treated area.

The lifting effect is also thought to improve circulation locally, allowing ecchymoses to be cleared more efficiently. Finally, the lifting effect may simultaneously decrease pressure on superficial nociceptors and stilmulate mechanoreceptors, leading to less perception of pain in the underlying tissue.

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Research conducted at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh showed that middle-aged and older people have a lower instance of hypertension when they devote time to helping others through volunteerism.

Those who reported participating in volunteer work for a minimum of 200 hours each year during the initial meeting in 2006 were determined to be 40 percent less likely to end up with elevated blood pressure at the second meeting than their peers.

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In clinical practice, we see patients with complaints that cross the entire spectrum of health. On of the most common concerns is associated with digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) health. Patients may have constipation, diarrhea, bloating and/or chronic GI infections such as Candida; or associated problems such as small-intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

Probiotics have ample research suggesting their ability to support a healthy digestive tract. The digestive tract is an extremely dynamic environment that, when properly balanced and healthy, works in amazing ways.

The clinical use of probiotics has been evolving over time. Consider a type of beneficial bacteria that was actually developed from studies looking at the relationship of the microbiota on the root system of plants and the microbiota in the human digestive tract. Efficacy has been shown in treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

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