Nutrition & Herbal Medicine

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Vitamin D Deficiency

What is Vitamin D deficiency or what are the signs of Vitamin D deficiency?

Some signs of Vitamin D deficiency are Bone and Muscle Pain and Weakness; Weight Fluctuation, Depression, Mood Swings, and Chronic Fatigue. Some of the diseases and disorders that can result from a severe and prolonged vitamin D deficiency are: Cardiovascular Disease; Cognitive Impairment; Asthma; Cancer and Increased Cancer Risk; Hypertension; Multiple Sclerosis; Diabetes type 1 and 2 as well as Glucose Intolerance.

What causes Vitamin D deficiency?

There are multiple ways to become deficient in Vitamin D. A deficiency can be caused by limited exposure to sunlight; Dark Skin; Poor Kidney Function; Overweight; Digestive Tract Malabsorption; and a Poor Diet. All of these factors are difficult to avoid on the when living the standard American diet and lifestyle; thus the prevalence of this condition.

How can I treat Vitamin D deficiency?

Vitamin D deficiency can be diagnosed by the 25 Hydroxy Vitamin D test, this is a blood work test that is preformed and evaluated by a Physician. There is no established optimum level for Vitamin D; however the current dietary allowance is 600- 800 IU. The deficiency can be treated with sunlight exposure, dietary supplements, and increased dietary variance. It is important to consult with a doctor on the dosage of supplements; going above the recommended 800 IU could have negative side-effects unless monitored or recommended by a physician. The dosage of the oral supplement is determined by blood work results. Vitamin D therapy can also take anywhere from weeks to months of ongoing treatment to normalize or increase your levels. It is important to make sure that you’re on a physician mediated program when undergoing Vitamin D therapy to ensure you don’t develop Vitamin D toxicity.

Vitamin C Therapy

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps bind toxins in the body as well as boosting immunity and maintaining skin health. It is also vital for maintaining a healthy and functioning metabolism.

What are the Benefits of Vitamin C Therapy?

The benefits of Vitamin C Therapy are increased vitality, health, and wellness. Most Americans are deficient in Vitamin C or are only getting the bare minimum of the recommended daily dosage of Vitamin C. If you are suffering from certain conditions such as Cancer or Heart Disease then you will benefit from a higher than normal dose of Vitamin C. When the body is in a state of depletion it is highly absorbent of the Vitamin.

What Conditions are Improved Through the Use of Vitamin C Therapy?

Some of the conditions improved with Vitamin C Therapy are: Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Cataracts, Lowered Blood Pressure, Anemia, High Cholesterol, and general Vitamin Depletion.

What Can I Expect while Undergoing Vitamin C Therapy?

Your Physician will start the IV by having you sit down and get comfortable and then insert an almost painless butterfly needle into your forearm and then connect you to the IV tubing. You can expect to spend about forty-five minutes to an hour hooked up to an IV and having the vitamins infuse into your system.

Vitamin B Injection Therapy

What is Vitamin B Injection Therapy?

Vitamin B Injection Therapy is a form of treatment that utilizes Vitamin B in
a liquid form and is directly administered as an injection. When injected the vitamin is more potent than when it is administered as an oral supplement.

What is Vitamin B Injection Therapy Used For?

Vitamin B Therapy can be used to treat forms of anemia, help perpetuate weight-loss and maintain metabolism, as well as increase energy. Vitamin B also helps improve and maintain skin health as well as mental clarity.

Is Vitamin B Injection Therapy Right For Me?

If you suffer from chronic fatigue, Anemia, or are attempting to lose or maintain weight loss please consult with your Physician about whether or not Vitamin B Injections are right for you. Your Physician can further advise you as to what regimen will be best for you if it is determined that you will benefit from Vitamin B Injection Therapy.

Stress Depletion of Vitamins

Stress depletion of vitamins

Stress, as we all know is bad for you. It kills our mood, damages our psyches, and it also destroys our health. Not only does stress rob us of both long and short-term health it also depletes our bodies of Vitamin stores and other essential nutrients.

Stress causes the body to secrete hormones and consume nutrients and vitamins at a higher rate than usual. This is because the body perceives that there is a threat and must perform at peak output. This is acceptable in short doses and important if an adrenaline surge is needed. However, over time or on a prolonged basis it causes the body to deplete and soon you are literally “running on empty”.

If you think that you are chronically stressed then please talk with your Physician about your options. Your Physician will evaluate you for stress level and vitamin levels. After this assessment is made your Physician will determine what level of vitamin therapy will be necessary as well as help you to develop stress-management and coping techniques.

Overuse of Antibiotics and Prescriptions

What are Prescriptions and Antibiotics and what is the Definition of Overuse?

Prescriptions are Pharmaceutical grade medications that are prescribed by a Physician for the maintenance and prevention of disease. Antibiotics are prescribed by Physicians to treat bacterial infections, however, sometimes the cause of the infection is unknown — it could be viral or bacterial. If Antibiotics are prescribed too often or for the wrong reasons they can deplete the body and lead to more infections and illnesses, as well as gastrointestinal imbalance and upset.

What are Signs and Symptoms of Prescription and Antibiotic Overuse?

The signs and symptoms of Prescription Pharmaceutical and Antibiotic Overuse include but are not limited to: Gastrointestinal Upset; Decreased Immune Response, Depression and Fatigue, Chronic Infections and Illnesses, as well as the side-effects associated with the Pharmaceutical Prescriptions.

What can I do to Combat the Overuse of Prescriptions and Antibiotics?

To help reverse the symptoms of Prescription Pharmaceutical and Antibiotic overuse you can meet with your Physician and discuss options such as pro-biotic therapy and immune-boosting treatments, as well as dietary support. Your Health Care Provider will be able to evaluate you and compile a personalized treatment plan based on your needs and level of depletion.

Aspartame “Sweeteners”

What is Aspartame?

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener/sugar substitute. It is commonly found in “sugar free” and “diet”; it is also found in Equal and Nutrasweet packets. Aspartame is composed of two amino acids bound together with methanol. These acids break down into formaldehyde and formic acid and DKP. All of these substances are known carcinogenics and neurotoxins.

Why does Aspartame do to my body?

Aspartame is broken down by the body into toxins, these toxins can cause “mild” side-effects such as headaches, dizziness, poor balance, vomiting, cramping and memory loss and various other neurological symptoms. Aspartame can also cause bipolar and manic depressive symptoms, mood swings, and hallucinations as well as birth defects. Aspartame has also been linked to cancer and neurological diseases. Aspartame has also been sown to interact with Coumadin, Dilantin, antidepressant and psychotropic agents as well as all cardiac medications. Aspartame is also a highly addictive and habit forming substance

What can I use instead of Aspartame?

Aspartame is still in use and is FDA approved for the same reason tobacco is legal — it’s convenient and addictive. However, there are alternatives that can be used in its place. If sugar isn’t an option you can try Stevia or Agave. Both of these are natural and cause none of the adverse side-effects associated with Aspartame.