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Nutrition
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Friday, 29 December 2006 00:31

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The Chiropractic Connection: The Structural Manifestations of Elevated Homocysteine Levels
Nutrition
Written by Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.   
Thursday, 28 September 2006 23:13

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. The pharmaceutical industry spends an enormous amount of money on advertising prescription drugs that will lower “bad” LDL cholesterol to lower the risk of heart attack or stroke. In fact, according to a report aired on 60 Minutes,1 much more money is spent on advertising than on researching solutions.

One of the factors involved in cardiovascular disease is an amino acid called homocysteine. The correlation between cardiovascular disease and elevated homocysteine levels was first suggested in 1969 and confirmed in 1976. Yet, little definitive information has confirmed homocysteine as a primary contributing factor. Those studies that have been done concern the role of vitamins B6, B12, folate and betaine in protein metabolism in the liver.

What Is Homocysteine?
Homocysteine is a transitional sulfur-containing amino acid that is formed in the liver by the breakdown of methionine, which should be quickly transformed into other compounds. If this transformation does not happen and elevated levels of homocysteine are found in the blood, this indicates that a metabolic enzyme reaction was inadequate to meet demand.

The first step in this process is that protein must be adequately digested, beginning in the stomach with the conversion of pepsinogen to pepsin by hydrochloric acid, and continued in the duodenum by the pancreatic enzymes. After absorption, the resulting mixture of peptides and amino acids is carried to the liver.

Metabolic Enzyme Pathways in the Liver
Methionine is the major sulfur-containing amino acid and plays a role in cysteine, carnitine and taurine synthesis, as well as lecithin production and the synthesis of phosphatidylcholine and other phospholipids. This conversion is performed in three metabolic enzyme stages culminating with the production of homocysteine which now must be converted to S-adenosylmethionine (SAM).

The conversion of homocysteine to SAM involves three separate metabolic enzymes that each contain either vitamin B6, B12, folate or betaine as their prosthetic group or cofactors.

I am not suggesting that you begin using over-the-counter SAM (commonly marketed as SAM-e), vitamins B6, B12, and folate, or betaine supplements. I am suggesting that you direct your efforts at restoring normal function and recognize the early warning signs of failure of the above enzyme pathways.

One of the most common problems chiropractors face in day-to-day practice involves protein digestion and its metabolism in the liver, yet the pharmaceutical approach is to begin by supplementing enzyme cofactors for the liver and ignoring the need for the much larger protein portion of the enzyme. Worse yet, antacids are used to block gastric digestion.

Homocysteine and LDL Cholesterol
Pharmaceutical interest in homocysteine stems from the fact that it can cause cholesterol to change to oxidized low-density lipoprotein (“bad” LDL cholesterol), which is associated with atherosclerosis. In addition, high homocysteine levels may increase the potential for blood clots, intensifying the risk of stroke. While no studies have shown that lowering homocysteine levels helps reduce strokes, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular events, homocysteine levels have been shown to be elevated in those at risk for heart disease.

Dietary Recommendations for Lowering
Homocysteine Levels
Most people with a high homocysteine level don’t get adequate amounts of betaine, vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid in their diet. It is well known that diets high in meat and dairy products are deficient in these compounds, usually because of processing. Thus, marginal deficiencies can result in the accumulation of homocysteine.

Eating more fruits and vegetables (especially leafy green vegetables) can help lower your homocysteine level by increasing how much folate you get in your diet. Good sources of folate include many breakfast cereals, lentils, asparagus, spinach and most beans.

If you or your patients do not have enough vitamin B6 in your diet, add good dietary sources, like fortified breakfast cereals, potatoes, bananas, garbanzo beans and chicken. Dairy products, organ meats (such as liver), beef, and some types of fish are good sources of vitamin B12.

Dietary sources of betaine include beets, broccoli, and spinach. Interestingly, many wines contain betaine, particularly less expensive wines that use beet sugar to increase the alcohol content. Some experts suggest that this may be part of the “French paradox,” in which wine drinkers from France tend to have low rates of heart disease despite diets high in fat and cholesterol.

Dietary Supplement Approach for Lowering
Homocysteine Levels
If adjusting your diet is not enough to lower your homocysteine levels, you may need to improve protein digestion with digestive enzyme supplementation and improve liver function by using betaine, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 supplements.

Elevated levels of homocysteine have been linked to increased fractures in elderly persons. Recall that vitamin B12 absorption is severely reduced in elderly patients. Homocysteine does not appear to have any effect on bone density. Instead, it appears that homocysteine affects collagen by interfering with the cross-linking between collagen fibers and the tissues they reinforce.

Can vitamin supplements counter the effects of homocysteine on collagen? Possibly. Recent data show that the use of folate fortification of foods has reduced the average level of homocysteine in the U.S. population.2,3

Studies with rats have suggested that betaine may help protect against fatty deposits in the liver, which can occur from chronic alcohol use, protein malnutrition, obesity, poorly controlled diabetes, and other causes.4 A few studies have also been conducted on people. But, those who received a betaine combination supplement had improved liver function, reduced fat in the liver, and diminished abdominal pain.5

Studies reported in 2006 have shown that giving folic acid to reduce homocysteine levels does not give any benefit, and suggested that, if given with B12, it might increase some cardiovascular risks.6,7

The American Heart Association does not currently recommend population-wide homocysteine screening and suggests that obtaining appropriate amounts of betaine, as well as folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12, be met through diet alone. Individuals at high risk for developing heart disease, however, may be screened for blood levels of homocysteine. They do recommend that, IF ELEVATED LEVELS ARE DETECTED, a healthcare practitioner should suggest nutritional supplements in addition to dietary changes.

Pharmaceutical Approach for Lowering
Homocysteine Levels

Vitamin supplementation may be important pharmaceutically to lower elevated homocysteine levels in the blood. But, accumulation of homocysteine has also been shown in patients with low levels of thyroid hormone, kidney disease, psoriasis, hallucinations, psychoses, and use of some prescription medicines.

At this point, I could present a list of pharmaceutical attempts to lower homocysteine levels but, frankly, there isn’t a clear-cut known way to do that yet. What is known is well documented in the literature. For example, while a high level of blood serum homocysteine is considered to be a marker of potential cardiovascular disease, current research is attempting to determine if serum homocysteine is the problem or merely an indicator of extant problems.

It is more important to point out that all prescription drugs have side effects, because they interfere with or block normal enzyme systems in the body. Clearly, this is needed to save lives after damage has been done; but, if you could identify patients at risk before abnormal test results are identified, these problems could be prevented.

What is needed is an examination that will identify metabolic subluxations and viscerosomatic stress points in the body before elevated laboratory values are found. Only then can preventive measures be instituted that will remove the stress and restore normal function.

Chiropractic Approach for Recognizing Potential CV Disease
Poor protein digestion is the first step and poor liver metabolism of protein is the second step on the path to elevated homocysteine levels in the blood and cardiovascular degeneration. Both of these “metabolic subluxations” are seen in chiropractic offices everyday and are easy to recognize. Obviously, structural problems also begin with poor protein digestion, its metabolism in the liver, and maintenance of adequate calcium in the blood and tissues. The following is only a brief list of related problems:

Have you considered that a chiropractic examination can probably identify those patients at risk for elevated homocysteine levels and LDL cholesterol levels long before abnormal laboratory tests reveal the problem? The trick, of course, is early detection. For medicine, that means waiting for blood and urine tests to become positive before treatment can begin. Treatment then consists of recommendations of lifestyle changes and prescription drugs.

Metabolic Subluxations and Viscerosomatic Stress Points
For the chiropractor, “very early” detection of physiological stress means recognizing chronic or recurring subluxation patterns emanating from a visceral source and involving poor protein and calcium metabolism. This is easily accomplished by recognizing muscle contraction patterns involving the spinal innervation to the digestive organs in the mid-thoracic spine, beginning with frequent occurrence of a Pottenger’s Saucer. After that, particular interest should be muscle contractions related to:

• Cardiovascular dysfunction and recurring back pain in the shoulders and upper thoracic spinal area, as well as
• Liver and kidney dysfunction and recurring back pain in the dorso-lumbar spinal area

I believe that by broadening its vision and recognizing that metabolic subluxations produce viscero-somatic stress points, muscle contractions, and loss of range of motion, the chiropractic profession could ultimately serve as a true health care provider and leave sick care to medicine and the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. Loomis can be reached by mail at 6421 Enterprise Lane, Madison, WI 53719, or by phone at 1-800-662-2630. Visit his website at http://www.loomisenzymes.com.

 

 
Adding a Successful Nutritional Component to Your Chiropractic Practice
Nutrition
Written by Freddie Ulan, D.C.   
Thursday, 28 September 2006 23:07

I have studied many different patient management systems designed for chiropractors over the past twenty-five years.  But practitioners who try to use chiropractic systems to manage the nutritional aspects of a patient’s case will find themselves falling short of true success.  I had the same problem until I made the discovery that, while a chiropractic patient may benefit from nutritional support, these two aspects of the case need to be managed separately.  If you know this and how to implement it, it takes all the stress off managing the nutritional aspect of a patient’s case and greatly increases compliance to the nutritional program.

Chiropractors in an insurance-based practice can’t normally charge for the nutritional part of a routine chiropractic visit, so they do a regular chiropractic visit and then spend extra time on nutrition.  The patient is not used to paying cash so, quite often, the consultation fee is simply not collected.  And then the patient may or may not buy the nutritional supplements. In other words, there is no system of nutritional patient management for actually getting the patient onto a nutritional program, which is essential to correcting the chronically recurring subluxation complex.

Enter…nutritional patient management.  Why nutritional patient management?  Billions of dollars are spent on health in the United States, yet we have the highest rate of infant mortality of all the so-called civilized or industrialized countries.  And, even more significant, we rank number thirty-seven out of the top thirty-seven industrialized nations in overall health. 

We have national malnutrition as a result of fast foods and foods that are non-perishable.  These “foods” are inadequate to support life.

If malnutrition is at the core of the chronic health problem, the answer is not pharmaceutical medications, which suppress symptoms while the underlying pattern of disease develops.

One vital answer is adding a successful nutritional component to your practice.

There are three key ingredients of a successful nutritional cash practice.

The first one is effective nutritional products that you can count on—using a company with products that have a track record of proven workability and dependability.

Next, you need a workable system of zeroing in on the patient’s needs. We developed Nutrition Response Testing(sm) to give the doctor all the answers needed about the patient’s nutritional requirements in a relatively short visit.  Using Nutrition Response Testing, we can provide a high quality, competently delivered service in a short enough period of time to fit within the economics of a cash practice. If you have a system that accomplishes this, you already have a head start.

The third key ingredient is an effective, standardized system of nutritional patient management, which will increase compliance and results.  The system that you use for finding out what’s wrong with the patients and determining what they need for their program to get well is not what gets compliance and results.  What’s needed is an effective standardized system of nutritional patient and practice management. 

Such a system turns your patients and staff into zealots who build your practice for you. 

There are specific rules for managing a nutritional practice.  However, some rules are so important that I’ve elevated them to the status of maxims. 

Maxim #1: Never start a treatment program or sell a supplement until you know what the patient needs and that the patient understands and has accepted your recommendations, and is committed to doing the program. 

To do otherwise gives the patient the misunderstanding that the product is the program.  The product is not the program.  It is simply one of the tools that enables the patient to complete the program. 

Maxim#2: Never sell more supplements than the patient needs to take him or her to the next scheduled visit. The purpose of the next visit is so that you can verify that the patient needs to continue those supplements.  If the patient “has enough” for a longer period of time, he/she will tend to skip the appointment.  There’s nothing worse than selling the patient a 360-tablet bottle because you think he needs it and, three days into it, he’s got a problem with it for whatever reason.

Maxim #3: A patient needs to be seen as often as it takes until he or she is in full compliance with the recommended program and is responding positively to it.  My clinical experience indicates that, at the start, a patient needs to be seen for a nutritional program approximately once a week (regardless of his current chiropractic schedule). 

I keep seeing patients once a week until they are in full compliance with the recommended program and responding positively to it.  At that point, the “fine-tuning period” is over and I put them on a twelve-week Healing and Observation, where I see them every other week for six more visits over a three-month period and continue to monitor their progress. If they “fall off the wagon,” they go back to once a week until they are again in full compliance to the recommended program and responding positively to it. 

Maxim #4: There is a correct way to handle each and every patient, starting with the initial visit and taking them all the way through to becoming life-long wellness patients who enthusiastically refer new patients for years to come. 

We don’t have to advertise for new patients because we know the right way to handle each and every patient starting with the initial visit.  And the system we use takes them all the way through to becoming life-long wellness patients who enthusiastically refer new patients for years to come. 

Maxim #4 A and B are corollaries of Maxim 4.  The more compliant the patients are and the better they are doing, the less often they need to be seen. 

And the other corollary is: It often takes six to nine months of close monitoring to establish healthful new eating and life style patterns.  We educate our patients and help them develop new healthful lifestyle habits while we support them with supplements. 

Maxim #5: Not knowing or applying these rules (which are based on decades of clinical experience) results in less optimum gains in terms of patient benefits and the overall success of your practice. 

The Initial Visit
The purpose of the initial visit is to establish rapport and to build trust.  The secondary purpose is to determine patient need.  And the last, but most important purpose of the initial visit, is to prepare the patient for the Report of Findings visit.  I no longer examine the patient on the first visit, sell him some product and then hope that he comes back.  When I stopped doing that, my practice became stress-free, my retention rate went up greatly and we became far more successful. 

I don’t sell anyone nutrition on the first visit. Selling nutrition on the first visit would violate Maxim #1 by selling somebody a product before he or she fully agrees with and understands my recommendations and is committed to doing the program. 

The purpose of the Report of Findings visit is to ensure that the patient knows what his/her role is going to be in obtaining maximum possible health restoration.  Patients need to know what we expect of them before we’re willing to accept them.  If the person has any questions or any objections, this is when they are handled.

This visit answers the key question: Is the patient ready to commit to doing the program and following recommendations?  If they are, we start them.  If they’re not, we handle them by giving them more time, more information or we thank them for coming.  We don’t ever start a nutritional program on somebody who is not committed to doing the program and following our recommendations. 

Once we’ve completed the Report of Findings visit, then we set the first therapeutic visit to get the patient started on the program.

Three Phases of Care
We’ve determined that there are three phases of care in a nutritional program.

The first phase of care is “Fine Tuning.” During the fine-tuning period, we ensure the program is correct and the patient is actually doing the program as we recommended. We continue the fine-tuning until the patient’s nutritional program is stabilized and he/she is complying with dietary recommendations and starting to experience results.  All patients fill out seven-day diet records every week and we help them fix what needs attention, in a way that they can actually do.  Once they’ve achieved that, we graduate them to their initial twelve-weeks’ Healing and Observation period. 

Completing a twelve-week healing and observation period enables us to determine their rate of improvement so that longer-term recommendations can be made to enable each one to achieve a more optimal state of health. At the final visit of the healing and observation period, we review each aspect of the program and compare where they are now.  If they’re fifty percent better, they do another twelve-week healing and observation period.  If they’re twenty-five percent better, they do another healing and observation period with expectation of another one after that. 

The Secret to Compliance
After twenty-five years of clinical experience, I finally realized that there is a secret to getting compliance to nutritional programs. It turns out that you—the practitioner—are the most critical ingredient of a successful nutritional cash practice. The fact is, you’ll never have a patient who is more compliant than you.  The reason why most practitioners have trouble getting the patient to comply is found in their own compliance. 

I have expanded these maxims and key points into a three-day workshop so that every practitioner interested in providing their patients with nutrition can easily do so.  It’s an easily do-able program on how to build a highly successful, low stress nutritional practice. 

Our “joyful obligation” as nutritional practitioners is to enable each patient—through education and guidance—to experience life in its fullest. 

Dr. Freddie Ulan, developer of Nutritional Response Testing, has been training health practitioners in the techniques of Nutritional Response Testing for over a decade years and, as an adjunct, provides a monthly workshop on nutritional patient management called Secrets of a Successful Nutritional Cash Practice. For information on the Nutrition Patient Management Workshop or Nutrition Response Testing workshops and DVD’s, call 1-727-442-7101 or visit www.unsinc.info.

 

 
Understanding Eicosanoids and Diet
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Nutrition
Written by Barry Sears, Ph.D.   
Thursday, 28 September 2006 23:03

What is the Zone?
The concept of maintaining drugs within a therapeutic zone is well known to physicians.  Below that therapeutic zone, the drug is ineffective, and above that therapeutic zone, the drug is toxic.  The same concept can be applied to the hormones generated by the food you eat.  There are two hormonal systems that are controlled by the diet.  These are eicosanoids and insulin.  Eicosanoids are controlled by the balance of the dietary intake of essential fatty acids, and insulin is controlled by the balance of protein to carbohydrate at every meal.  Moreover, there is a great deal of interaction between these two hormone systems. 

Maintaining these two hormone systems within appropriate zones that define a state of wellness is the goal of the Zone Anti Inflammatory diet.  Such a hormonal Zone is not some mystical place, since it can be defined by specific blood tests.  The benefits of maintaining the patient in the Zone is that silent inflammation will be decreased and blood flow increased, thus improving virtually every chronic disease condition.  The blood tests that define the Zone for the treatment of chronic disease are ultimately the same tests that can be used to define wellness.  The concept of evidence-based wellness™ is ideally suited for the physician, since it requires consistent blood monitoring of the patient to determine whether or not they are remaining well.

What are Eicosanoids?
Eicosanoids are hormones derived from long-chain essential fatty acids.  They represent the first hormones developed by living organisms some five hundred million years ago.  They are also the most powerful hormones, since they affect the synthesis of every other hormone in your body.  In a sense, eicosanoids can be considered as “super-hormones” capable of great health benefits (“good” eicosanoids) or great harm (“bad” eicosanoids), depending on which eicosanoid a cell produces.  Unlike typical hormones that are produced by a particular gland, every cell in your body is capable of producing eicosanoids.  In essence, you have about sixty trillion eicosanoid glands, and the goal of the Zone diet is to maintain an appropriate balance of the molecular building blocks of both “good” and “bad” eicosanoids in each cell.

The terms “good” and “bad” eicosanoids are simply operational terms, terms that describe very powerful, but opposite physiological actions generated by different eicosanoids.  Just keep in mind that the patient needs a balance of “good” and “bad” eicosanoids for optimal health. This is no different than talking about “good” and “bad” cholesterol.  If a patient had no “bad” cholesterol, he/she would die.  What patients need, though, is an appropriate balance between “good” and “bad” cholesterol to help reduce the risk of heart disease.  You can think of eicosanoids in a similar fashion, but realize that they’re vastly more important than cholesterol in terms of their impact on your overall health as shown in Table 1.

In fact, you can see from the list above that the “bad” eicosanoids appear to have very few redeeming characteristics, since many chronic diseases can be viewed as an excess of “bad” eicosanoid production.  Here are some examples of chronic diseases that result from an excess production of “bad” eicosanoids.

•  Alzheimer’s
•  Arthritis
•  Cancer 
•  Depression
•  Heart attack
•  Hypertension  
•  Stroke

Why not just eliminate all the “bad” eicosanoids so that you would never get a heart attack or cancer?  It’s not quite that easy.  Let’s take the example of the heart attack.  If you didn’t have enough “bad” eicosanoids, you would probably bleed to death, since you need some “bad” eicosanoids to form a clot that stops bleeding.  Of course, if you are producing too many “bad” eicosanoids your platelets will clot at the wrong time to stop blood flow. The same is true of high blood pressure, cancer, pain, immune disorders, and neurological diseases.  What the patient needs is an improved balance of “good” and “bad” eicosanoids, since most chronic diseases stem from an imbalance of eicosanoids, not a deficiency.

1982 Nobel Prize in Medicine
Although the role of eicosanoids in the human physiology is currently less well understood by most physicians, the importance of these hormones in chronic disease was recognized when the 1982 Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded for the initial discoveries of how they control virtually every physiological function, and how the wonder drug of the 20th century, aspirin, works by altering eicosanoid levels.  Eicosanoids include a broad number of subgroups, including the following:

•  Hydroxylated essential fatty acids
•  Leukotrienes
•  Lipoxins
•  Prostaglandins
•  Thromboxanes

Understanding the relationships of these hormones to the development of chronic disease and their effects on gene expression is one of the prime research areas in the biotechnology industry.

The balancing of these hormones is the goal of the Zone Lifestyle program.

Optimal Health Matrix
Both insulin and eicosanoids are ultimately controlled by the diet.  Although both hormonal systems are synergistic, their relative importance in the treatment of various chronic disease conditions is variable as shown in the Optimal Health Matrix.

As can be seen from this chart, apart from fat loss and type 2 diabetes, most of the health benefits of being in the Zone are derived from improved eicosanoid control. What is not quite as obvious is that the greater the eicosanoid influence on a chronic disease condition, the more the patient must supplement his/her diet with ultra refined EPA/DHA concentrates to demonstrate significant clinical benefits.  That’s because high-dose fish oil primarily influences eicosanoid levels.

Of course, by controlling both insulin and eicosanoids, simultaneously, the patient will achieve the full range of health benefits of the Zone Lifestyle.

Dr. Barry Sears, leading authority on the dietary control of hormonal response, author of the New York Times #1 best seller, The Zone, is a former research scientist at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For more information about The Zone program call 1-800-404-8171 or visit  www.drsearszonefast.com.

 
Omega-3 fat confusion AND the beginning of a krill oil kraze
Nutrition
Written by David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.   
Thursday, 28 September 2006 22:45

fishoilsupplementsPharmaceutical grade fish oil…NOT

Misinformation abounds when it comes to fish oil, such as that created by marketers of “pharmaceutical grade” fish oil, a recent buzzword. Readers should be aware that there is no such thing as pharmaceutical grade fish oil. This is a term created by a nutritional supplement supplier. Nutrition companies are notorious for marketing very basic and common supplements as magical elixirs; fish oil may be the most obvious example.

There are likely to be at least a couple of thousand companies that sell fish oil, and many have a unique story. The fact is that only about five companies in the entire world manufacture fish oil supplements, which means that the 1000+ companies buy the same products from the same manufacturers. There may be slight differences among the products made by the five manufacturers; however, they are all very similar. I would suggest not falling for appealing marketing tales about product uniqueness, and stories about special resources in the northern Atlantic Ocean.

Another way to capture the attention of doctors, and their patients, is for a supplement company to advertise about unique fish oil purity and a mercury-free product. First, remember, all 1000+ supplement companies buy from the same five manufacturers. Second, there is no data to support the notion that fish oil supplements are a source of mercury toxicity. In fact, the opposite is true. A recent study looked at fish oil supplements sold by the following brands: CVS, Kirkland, Nordic Ultimate, Omega Brite, and Sundown. In short, either there were no detectable levels of mercury or it was at an insignificant level.1 To my knowledge, there are no reported cases of mercury toxicity from taking fish oil, which is likely one of the reasons the authors suggest that there is a greater chance of mercury toxicity from eating fish, compared to taking fish oil.1

krilloilKrill Oil Kraze

Many are aware of mercola.com, Dr. Joe Mercola’s website for health and wellness. He has regular email newsletter that goes out for free. This newsletter is a bit more commercial than it needs to be; however, each email typically contains an interesting research article. Recently, Mercola has been heavily promoting krill oil as the absolute best oil for humans to supplement with, far better than fish oil.2 He provides fourteen references to his advertisement—only two of which involve krill oil specifically.

The problem with advancing krill oil as the premier oil to supplement is that we have virtually no studies on animals or humans. Even the two papers mentioned by Mercola cite references that do not involve krill oil.

The most objective way to begin looking at whether the claims regarding krill oil use are supported by research is to search pubmed.gov., using krill oil as the search term. Do this for yourself and you will see that only eight papers appear, and many are absolutely useless from the perspective of human nutrition. For example, reference #4 is titled “Feed training of peacock bass.”

Only two human studies seem to have ever been published on krill oil, and both are published in a nutrition company’s journal that is indexed on medline. One study looked at krill oil versus fish oil in the treatment of hyperlipidemia,3 and the other evaluated clinical outcomes in patients with premenstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhea.4 Both studies indicate that krill oil is superior to traditional EPA/DHA fish oil supplements. More studies need to be published.

Summary

There are no magic nutritional bullets. We simply need to eat less high calorie, low nutrient foods, and focus on low calorie foods (fruits and vegetables) that are rich in nutrients. In addition, taking a multivitamin, magnesium [calcium], fish oil, coenzyme Q10, vitamin D, and an anti-inflammatory botanical seems prudent.

Dr. Seaman is the Clinical Chiropractic Consultant for Anabolic Laboratories, one of the first supplement manufacturers to service the chiropractic profession. He is on the postgraduate faculties of several chiropractic colleges, providing nutrition seminars that focus on the needs of the chiropractic patient. He is also a faculty member at Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida, where he teaches nutrition and subluxation theories. He can be reached by e-mail at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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