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Archive Year: 2011

Osteoporosis–new methods of evaluation

December 13th, 2011

Using bone-mineral-density measurements to assess osteoporosis and risk of fracture is known to be quite flawed.  There are several problems inherent with current screenings:

1.  First, the goal is to correlate “bone mineral density” with “bone strength”–but this measurement (often called a DEXA scan) measures primarily the cortical bone which is the outer portion of our bones.  Healthy bones also require healthy trabecular structure which comprises the center of our bones and isn’t assessed using DEXA scans.

2.  The bottom line  is to help reduce bone fracture rates.  But a brittle bone that has a great bone-mineral-density result may in fact be brittle.  Think of a stick of chalk–it would show great density but we all know that it is very brittle.

3.  Current recommendation for monitoring bone density is only every 2 years–this is due to lack of sensitivity of the test in most cases relative to the rate of bone changes.  Dramatic changes in bone health can occur during this time-frame, however.

The use of urinary metabolites is being recommended as an option to bone-mineral-density evaluations.  Likely it will be best to combine these two monitoring techniques to monitor both bone turnover and bone density.  Click here for more information.

Dr. Brown utilizes a urinary bone turnover assessment.  Another advantage is that it can be measured more frequently to assess success of treatment with goal of optimizing your bone health.  Call for an appointment to see if this test is right for you!

Seven Foods to avoid . . .

December 13th, 2011

Experts were interviewed for their list of foods that they would never eat.  These include milk raised using hormones, conventional apples, grain-fed beef, canned tomatoes, non-organic potatoes, farmed fish (which includes “fresh Atlantic”), and microwave popcorn.  Read what the experts in these different fields have to say about each of these foods–click here.

More information on the dangers of hidden gluten.

December 13th, 2011

This is another article summarizing some of the dangers of gluten consumption and the hidden sources of gluten.  Please read more here.  And avoid gluten in your diet.  Stick primarily to vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and naturally-raised meats, poultry, and fish.

What Our Babies Learn in the Womb

December 12th, 2011

This is an interesting article on how our babies begin their learning while still in the womb.  If you are pregnant, continue to eat healthfully, and include spiritual and mental “nutrition”, too.  For your health and that of your baby!  🙂

Spice Up Your Life!!

December 9th, 2011

Love this article which reviews some of the health benefits of spices.  Read on and spice it up!!

Encourage your children to get outdoors.

December 9th, 2011

Recent research indicates that low Vitamin D is associated with childhood obesity.  Encourage your children to play outdoors to receive natural source of Vitamin D–they will tend to get more exercise, too. Cod liver oil is another great source of Vit. D.

Probiotics may reduce upper respiratory tract infections.

December 6th, 2011

Recent research has shown that supplementation with probiotics may reduce the risk of getting upper respiratory tract infections, that is–fewer colds!  While this is no surprise, having research support clinical knowledge is always great!

The Politics of Junk Food

December 5th, 2011

This link provides “food for thought” on the politics of our junk food.  Choose whole foods, please, for your health!!

Omega-3’s and Brain Health

December 5th, 2011

Although this isn’t new information, this study again confirms the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for brain health.  In general, I recommend 1 tablespoon daily of a high quality cod liver oil.  Good over-the-counter brands include Carlson and Nordic Naturals.  PLEASE NOTE:  there are some medications and conditions which may reduce or change this recommendation.  For instance, those on coumadin or other blood thinners will need special monitoring as they gradually introduce omega-3’s; and some may need to use fish oil instead to reduce the amount of Vitamins A and D they are consuming.  Call for your appointment today and get your recommendation customized!!

Eggs and Chicken May Help Memory

December 2nd, 2011

Foods rich in choline may help improve your memory.  Eggs are among the highest in choline, but limit consumption to those from naturally raised chickens only.  Read more here!

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