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September 2011 Health Newsletter


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» L-Carnitine Reduces the Severity of Autism
» Heart Drug Causes More Heart Related Death!
» FDA to restrict Access to Natural Supplements
» Chiropractic - The Knock Out Punch for Migraines & Dizziness
» Get More Sleep and Lose Weight!
» Survey: Chiropractic Care Outperforms All Other Back Pain Treatments...
» September is Pain Awareness Month

L-Carnitine Reduces the Severity of Autism

Autism is a multi-factorial condition with a multitude of antecedents, trigger, and mediators. What is often overlooked are the simple treatments, not meant to completely cure, but instead, to help alleviate metabolic stress or imbalance. L-carnitine is suspected to help, by allowing fats to be transported into the mitochondria (the power house of the cell) for energy production. It is often assumed that the brain of an autistic child is somehow short circuiting, which gives the outward manifestations categorized as Autistic Spectrum Disorder. What we often times forgotten is, ALL brains really require the same thing: good nutrition (including oxygen) to provide energy, and stimulation (in the form of movement and play).

This article evaluates an aspect of nutrition that may be important in your child. Briefly, in a prospective double-blind, randomized clinical trial on thirty autistic patients, 50mg (per kilogram body weight) per day of L-carnitine therapy given for three months improved symptoms of autism such as cognitive function and muscle control. For the average 60 pound 6 year old that would equate to 1360mg of L-carnitine/day.

PMID: 21629200
Pubmed Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21629200

Author: Dr. Esaias Baca
Source: Med Sci Monit. 2011 Jun;17(6):PI15-23.
Copyright: Esaias I. Baca 2011


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Heart Drug Causes More Heart Related Death!

FDA Cites Higher Death Risk in Sanofi Drug Study

Federal health regulators are warning doctors that a heart drug from Sanofi was associated with fatal heart problems in a recently halted company study.

The Food and Drug Administration reported Thursday that Sanofi halted a trial of its drug Multaq after there were twice as many heart attacks, strokes and deaths among patients taking the drug compared with patients taking placebo.

Among more than 3,000 patients studied, there were 32 cardiovascular deaths in the Multaq group compared with 14 in the placebo group.

The study involved patients older than 65 with a permanent heart condition known as atrial fibrillation which causes the heart's chambers to pump out of sync. The FDA approved the drug in 2009 for the short-term form of the condition and a related condition known as atrial flutter. However, doctors routinely prescribe drugs for uses other than those listed on the label.

About 241,000 U.S. patients had received a prescription for the twice-a-day pill as of last month.

The FDA said it is still reviewing the trial data and advises patients taking Multaq to talk with their doctor.

Sanofi, based in Paris, said in a statement it still considers the drug beneficial to patients.

"It is important that Multaq only be used in patients with non-permanent atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, as per the current U.S. label," a company spokesman said in an email.

The European Medicines Agency is also reviewing the safety of Multaq.

In midday trading, U.S.-listed shares of Sanofi added 5 cents to $39.75.

Author: Associated Press
Source: WASHINGTON July 22, 2011 (AP)
Copyright: Associated Press 2011


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FDA to restrict Access to Natural Supplements

Greatest Threat Since FDA Tried to Turn Nutrients into Prescription Drugs! Listen to William Faloon discuss the FDA's Latest Attempt to Ban your Dietary Supplements as recorded during the recent Life Extension Scientific Advisory Board meeting The FDA has just issued a proposed mandate that will enable the government to ban the most effective dietary supplements you are now taking. If this proposal is enacted, many fish oil formulas and natural plant extracts will be removed from the market until so-called safety testing is done. The FDA wants each nutrient company to force-feed laboratory animals the human equivalent of up to 240,000 milligrams a day of certain fish oils. This outlandish dose will injure the test animals and give the FDA an excuse to outlaw the supplement. How can the FDA do this? They are seeking to reclassify the natural supplements you now take as "food additives." This gives the FDA power to mandate outrageous safety thresholds that have no relationship to the scientifically validated doses of nutrients you take every day. Why are they doing this? Because these natural products work too well. Take curcumin as an example. It has been shown to inhibit a deadly transcription factor in cells called nuclear factor-kappa beta (NF-kB) that is responsible for immune system regulation. Over-expression of NF-kB is linked with tumor cells that resist normal cell growth and maturation, as well as inflammation. Pharmaceutical companies want to own the exclusive rights to these kinds of plant extracts that are freely sold on the market today. They don’t want consumers to be able to obtain these biological benefits in low-cost supplements. Instead, they want to patent synthetic versions as high-priced prescription drugs! What is being done to Stop This Travesty? To give you an idea about how dangerous these draconian proposals are, Life Extension helped organize a conference call last week. Dozens of health freedom organizations participated and agreed to coordinate a massive consumer revolt. The official start date of this uprising is Thursday, September 8, 2011, but you can take preliminary action today to thwart the FDA’s latest attempt to steal your supplements and make them the exclusive domain of Big Pharma. We ask that you forward this e-mail to everyone you know so they can understand the precarious state their health will be in when the FDA bans their most effective dietary supplements. Then, use our convenient website to e-mail letters to the White House, your Representative and two Senators by clicking on the links below: Send a letter to your Representative and two Senators demanding the FDA immediately withdraw their oppressive proposed guidelines pending rational discussions with those who depend on dietary supplements to protect their health and livelihood. Send a letter to the President’s Office of Management and Budget as the FDA’s proposed guidelines on new dietary ingredients directly conflict with an Executive Order issued July 11, 2011, that orders the FDA to streamline and repeal burdensome regulations that interfere with job creation, economic growth, and innovation. Life Extension will keep you posted on these frightening developments, but please mark Thursday, September 8, 2011, on your calendar as the day when millions of health freedom activists will rise up in unity against FDA tyranny. For longer life, William Faloon “Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now.” ---Thomas Jefferson Historical Perspective For those who don’t recall, the federal government came very close to transforming high-potency supplements into prescription drugs in the 1970s. The medical establishment lobbied so hard that it was a foregone conclusion that Congress would change the law and force Americans to obtain prescriptions for many of their supplements. No one expected the consumer backlash that overwhelmed Congress into submission. Vitamin users inundated Congress with so many protests that the Proxmire Vitamin Bill was enacted in 1976. This bill prohibited the FDA from turning dietary supplements into “drugs” as the American Medical Association was urging. Annual vitamin sales were less than $2 billion in the 1970s, yet Congress received more mail from angry vitamin supplement users than any other issue except the Vietnam War. Today, Americans use over $26 billion of dietary supplements each year, so you can imagine how many angry protests Congress will hear when the public learns the FDA is trying to ban every supplement introduced after October 15, 1994. The FDA’s proposed guidelines represent the greatest threat to health freedom since the medical establishment tried to seize control over your right to ingest food supplements. Please take action today by contacting The White House and Congress today by clicking the buttons below. Read more about the FDA's plan to take away supplements Follow this link to make a difference. http://www.capwiz.com/lef/issues/alert/?alertid=51641606&type=CO

Author: LifeExtension Magazine
Source: LifeExtension, 2011
Copyright: LifeExtension 2011


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Chiropractic - The Knock Out Punch for Migraines & Dizziness

Two case studies reported in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine find chiropractic care to be effective in both alleviating migraine headaches and cervicogenic dizziness - dizziness originating from a mechanical disturbance of the neck. Since these are individual case studies, they each deal with just one individual's results with chiropractic care. However, the successful management of migraine headaches and dizziness in certain individuals has been known and reported within the chiropractic profession for more than 100 years. According to these specific case studies, a 52 year old female with a 40 year history of migraine headaches occurring approximately once a month was migraine-free at her 6 month follow up evaluation after receiving chiropractic care. Additionally, a 29 year old man with a 10 year history of progressive dizziness with symptoms including a sensation of excessive motion, imbalance, and spinning associated with neck pain and stiffness reported a reduction of pain and dizziness and an improved quality of life after chiropractic treatment. While not every migraine sufferer or individual with dizziness obtains these results, there are a great deal of those who do obtain full or partial relief. If you are suffering, don't continue to wait. Call your local chiropractor today for a professional no obligation consultation!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. Vol 10, Issue 3, September 2011.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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Get More Sleep and Lose Weight!

New research indicates those who lack adequate sleep tend to consume more food and do so without burning any additional calories. A different but also recent Swedish study found similar results where those who did not have proper sleep burned up to 20 percent less calories per day. In either case, weight gain is the end product. With the work more sleep less hectic lifestyles we have today coupled with the increased consumption of fast foods and sugary drinks, it's no secret why the obesity rates are skyrocketing. It's speculated that one of the reasons for weight gain is the hormones that regulate how hungry we are, when we're hungry and what kinds of foods we crave are negatively affected when we are sleep deprived. Another potential cause are the poor health decisions made when one lacks proper sleep. Lack of sleep has also been shown to be associated with other health related issues. So eat right, be healthy and ensure you remember to get proper sleep.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, online June 29, 2011.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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Survey: Chiropractic Care Outperforms All Other Back Pain Treatments...

Survey: Chiropractic Care Outperforms All Other Back Pain Treatments, Including Medication

ACA Suggests Conservative Care Before Prescription Drug Use

In a new survey, chiropractic care outperformed all other back-pain treatments including prescription and over-the-counter medications, deep-tissue massage, yoga and Pilates. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), this news reinforces the use of conservative care options as a first line of defense against pain.

The survey, released by a leading consumer product rating and survey publisher in late July, found that 65 percent of those surveyed using chiropractic care for back pain said it helped a lot. Only 53 percent of respondents using prescription medications found them as helpful.

Additionally, about half of those surveyed who are using deep-tissue massage, yoga or Pilates said those treatments helped a lot, and only 28 percent of respondents using over-the-counter medications reported that they helped a lot.

Current evidence-based guidelines support the use of conservative care such as chiropractic for conditions such as chronic lower back pain. In 2007, the Annals of Internal Medicine published low back pain guidelines developed by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians. Those guidelines recommended that, for patients who do not improve with self-care, doctors should consider non-pharmacologic therapies such as chiropractic care, massage therapy and acupuncture.

The issue of pain relief has gained visibility recently with the release of a government report which found that while the use of some illegal drugs has diminished, the abuse of prescription medications has sharply increased--particularly prescription opioid pain relievers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. The report points out that unintentional opioid overdoses (once almost exclusively the fate of heroin abusers) are today increasingly caused by prescription painkiller abuse.

“As this latest survey helps to demonstrate, chiropractic care is an evidence-based and effective treatment that can prevent patients from resorting to powerful drugs with potentially harmful consequences,” said ACA President Dr. Rick McMichael. “I urge health care providers, whenever possible, to recommend drug-free, conservative care interventions for their patients before prescribing medications that may be associated with negative side effects. Patients deserve to know their options.”

Doctors of chiropractic provide drug-free, non-invasive treatment for many types of painful conditions, including acute and chronic back pain, neck pain, joint pain and headaches. For more information about chiropractic care, or to find a doctor of chiropractic near you, visit the American Chiropractic Association’s website.



The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), based in Arlington, Va., is the largest professional association in the United States representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of patient care and ethics, and supports research that contributes to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Visit www.acatoday.org.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.com. August 8, 2011.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2011


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September is Pain Awareness Month

Chronic pain affects an estimated 116 million American adults - more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined, according to a recent Institute of Medicine report.

Allsup, a nationwide Social Security disability representation company, helps thousands of people with chronic pain obtain their SSDI benefits each year. To salute those who persevere, Allsup is distributing free posters for Pain Awareness Month in September and explaining how chronic pain is evaluated in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims process.

SSDI is a payroll tax-funded, federal insurance program established in 1954. It provides a monthly benefit for people who have worked in the past, paid Social Security taxes and are unable to work for a year or more because of their disability

"Pain is a major consideration in many claims," said Ed Swierczek, Allsup senior claimant representative. “In fact, there are court cases throughout the country that state the effect of pain on a person’s functioning must be considered in the evaluation of a disability claim.”

The Social Security Administration is required to consider pain and the limitations it causes when evaluating a disability claim. However, before pain may be considered, a medically determinable severe impairment must be established and the established impairment must reasonably be expected to produce the pain.

For example, individuals with lupus often experience pain in their joints or muscles, or in the form of migraines. Systemic lupus erythematosus is included in the SSA’s Listing of Impairments and is considered a medically determinable severe impairment. Another common example is lower back pain due to a condition that meets the SSA listing of disorders of the spine.

"Because pain is subjective, the presence of a medically determinable severe impairment lends credibility to the pain,” Swierczek said. “It is important for individuals to inform their treating physicians each time they experience pain, and to document the presence of the pain at each office visit, if the pain is present."
When evaluating a disability claim, the SSA must consider whether pain is severe enough to significantly limit a person’s ability to perform basic work activities. These activities include:

  • Walking, standing, sitting, lifting, pushing, pulling, reaching, carrying or handling
  • Seeing, hearing and speaking
  • Understanding/carrying out and remembering simple instructions
  • Responding appropriately to supervision, co-workers and usual work situations
  • Dealing with changes in a routine work setting

The SSA also considers:

  • The location, duration, frequency and intensity of the pain (or other symptoms).
  • Factors that precipitate and aggravate the symptoms.
  • The type, dosage, effectiveness and side effects of any medication the individual takes or has taken to alleviate pain (or other symptoms).
  • Treatment, other than medication, the individual receives or has received for relief of pain (or other symptoms).
  • Any measures, other than treatment, the individual uses or has used to relieve pain (or other symptoms—e.g., lying flat on his/her back, standing for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or sleeping on a board).
  • Any other factors concerning the individual’s functional limitations and restrictions due to pain (or other symptoms).

"The most important thing to remember is always let your doctor know what your symptoms are, be it pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc.," Swierczek said. "This not only documents your claim, but gives your doctor important information that he/she needs to provide treatment."

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Chiroeco.com. August 31, 2011.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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