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Preventing Preeclampsia

A new study was released from the British Medical Journal showed the benefit of using L-arginine and antioxidants supplements during pregnancy to prevent preeclampsia.   Preeclampsia is a condition that comes on after the 20th week of pregnancy (but often 3rd trimester) where there is high blood pressure (over 140/90) as well as protein in the urine (proteinuria).  Read the rest of this entry

The Sugar Rollercoaster

On Thursday I posted this on my acupuncturenutrition.com website….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all collectively pay a high price for the glutton of sugar fed to us through marketingThe sugar addiction starts with children and it may even start sooner with infant formulas. The worst offender is fructose, especially the high fructose corn syrup which is known to cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

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Given all the research about pesticide dangers and diseases it has been attributed to such as Parkinson’s it  still amazes me that foods grown with chemicals still make up the vast majority of foods consumed. This is probably largely due to the fact that  chemical companies have a ton of money and political lobbyists.   The vast majority of commercial farmers only know the way of the past 60 years and are of the false belief that organic farming is out of their reach.     Not only are we exposed to pesticides from foods, but also those nice green lawns.  Read the rest of this entry

Should You Take a Calcium Supplement?

You have probably seen the recent headlines about a study just released that correlated calcium supplementation with an increase risk of heart attacks and strokes.  This certainly confuses people because it has been drilled into us through the media and many doctors that calcium can only be good for us.   I find that some people are afraid to stop taking calcium because of what they have learned.   When I suggest to my patients that they stop taking calcium because it is probably causing their digestive issues and constipation their response is usually  “where am I going to get my calcium?”   A very understandable response given what we have been told.

There are a couple of problems with the mantra of “take a calcium supplement”.   One is the form of the calcium.    A large number of people buy calcium from GNC or CVS and it is most often partially (or fully) comprised of calcium carbonate.  This can be a gastrointestinal nightmare for some.   Also it isn’t the best way to get the calcium to where it needs to go?  You may have read it is very absorbable, but is it bioavailable?  Most likely it is not very usable by the body except for the most calcium deficient individuals which is often the elderly.   Sure research shows taking calcium is beneficial, but it is not without its unwanted side effects.

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a metabolic imbalance of a woman’s hormones. This imbalance can cause changes in the menstrual cycle (amenorrhea, irregular periods, dysmenorrhea), skin changes, small cysts in the ovaries, infertility, hair growth and other problems. In a woman’s normal menstrual cycle one (or more) eggs are released from the follicles in the ovaries. In PCOS the eggs do not mature and instead form small cysts in the ovaries. This can lead to infertility. Read the rest of this entry

Acupuncture for PCOS

PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is a female endocrine disorder where too much androgen hormone (testosterone) is being made in relations to estrogen.  It affects up to 10% of all women.   It is thought that improper insulin  regulation is a common cause and shows up in girls as young as 9 years old through post menopausal women. PCOS is one of the main causes of infertility, but PCOS is a symptom of an underlying endocrine imbalance not the reason for the infertility.

Common symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Irregular or no menstrual periods (for women of reproductive age)
  • Irregular ovulation, with or without monthly bleeding
  • Acne
  • Excess hair growth on the face and body
  • Thinning scalp hair
  • Accumulation of un-ruptured follicles on the periphery of the ovaries (mislabeled as “cysts”, often called polycystic ovaries)

It is not necessary to have all of these symptoms to have PCOS. In fact it is not necessary to have “polycystic ovaries” to have PCOS.  PCOS manifests itself differently in each woman.

I believe that Chinese Medicine is the best medicine on the planet to deal with PCOS and any hormonal imbalances.  Using acupuncture, herbs and nutrition we can regulate the hormonal levels sometimes within a few cycles.

There have been a couple of recent studies which show what has been known clinically for 2000 years.  Below are some of the articles written about the studies:

In addition these studies only used acupuncture and exercise.   There was no dietary intervention or herbal medicine used as treatment.  Once we add in these modalities the success rate increases dramatically!

So if you have been diagnosed with PCOS absolutely consider using Chinese Medicine as a treatment modality.

Yours In Health,

George Mandler CNS LDN LicAc

Eldeberry Extract During Cold Season

Although the flu season has ended (yeah Spring!) a study just came out showing the inhibitory function of elderberry against certain bacteria and viruses. Joy and I kept a bottle of Elderberry on the counter all winter and put it in water a couple of times per day.  We sneak it in our sons applesauce or hide it in juice in the hopes of protecting him from daycare buggers.   This is the first winter we’ve done that and I think believe it helped combat various pathogens that came our way.

Now before we get all excited about this study (like I did), realize that it just showed activity in petri dishes, not humans.  What happens in the body can be different.  Also it may work for some people but not others.    I always tell my patients to try something and see how you feel.

Yours In Health,

George Mandler
Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist
Licensed Acupuncturist

Given the work I do on food sensitivities I appreciate how a minor change in protein structure can cause someone to have an immune reaction to a food vs. not having a reaction.   From the research I’ve done on genetically modified foods I would say we are in danger of having an explosion of food allergies/sensitivities/intolerances among us all.   We simply do not know the long term effects of introducing new protein structures to foods.   Nor do we know of their effects on the environment.    I cut and pasted a great Op-Ed from the Los Angeles Times last month about how the companies that make the genetically modified seeds are protected by their patents.   Also see Jeffrey Smith for more information on the dangers of Genetically Modified Foods.

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Diet and Behavior

Since I do a considerable amount of work with food sensitivities and how it relates to our health the recent Lancet study that made headlines came as no surprise to me. However reading the comments section on NPRs coverage had me realize that we are still in the dark ages in terms of food/emotions/health.    The saying “you are what you eat” is very true -  Whatever we eat has the potential to express certain genes that can have marked effects on our physiology.  Food that we may have lost oral tolerance for will cause an inflammatory response that when eaten over and over eventually will cause chronic disease. Read the rest of this entry

Acupuncture For Dysmenorrhea

I always tell my patients that Chinese Medicine has a lot more to offer than allopathic medicine for the treatment of many gynecological issues. I feel that most cases of menstrual irregularities can be succesfully treated with Chinese Medicine and there is 2000 years of clinical data to back it up.
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