Tag: nutrition

Bye Bye Blood Pressure Medications

Man with high blood pressure or hypertension

Healing Hypertension at the Source

High blood pressure is typically a symptom free condition that is only picked up on physical examination and is a common (but not normal) problem with age. There are many possible causes of high blood pressure:

  • Blockage or hardening of the arteries
  • Magnesium or potassium imbalances
  • Poor adrenal gland function
  • High cholesterol
  • Poor kidney function
  • Over stimulation of the nervous system/stress

High blood pressure won’t go away without some intervention. Often borderline high blood pressure people are sent home until their next check up and without making some changes, the only place to go is up. If you neglect your blood pressure, you can expect a lifetime of multiple prescription drugs, and heart disease such as strokes or heart attacks.

To correct high blood pressure we:

  • Clean out the arteries with proteolytic enzymes and herbs
  • Correct magnesium and potassium imbalances
  • Nourish, balance and support the adrenal glands
  • Reduce cholesterol through dietary changes and exercise
  • Heal and support the kidneys
  • Reduce stress and nervous system stimulation through exercise, yoga, tai chi, breathing exercises, psychotherapy, massage therapy, herbs and other nutrients

By Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc (Hons), ND.  Our licensed naturopaths can help treat your high blood pressure to reduce or avoid medications.  Call us at 416-481-0222 or book online now. 

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Top 3 Healthiest Foods

Top 3 Healthiest Foods

  1. Broccoli and broccoli sprouts – proven anti-cancer benefits, rich in minerals like calcium, rich in indole-3-carbinol for liver detoxification and high in fiber
  2. Wild blueberries – anti-cancer, full of bioflavonoids, polyphenols, anti-oxidants, good fiber, beneficial for vision
  3. Dark green leafy vegetables like kale, Swiss chard, collard and beet greens  – good for calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin K, folic acid, B vitamins, beta carotene, good for blood pressure, heart disease, anti-cancer.

This list is of course debatable, there are always new “superfoods” being touted, but these are the ones that have stood the test of time while fads like acai, mangosteen etc came and went.

Low Carb Diets Work for Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

Diabetes nutrition information has, until now, been terrible!  Nutritionists are still trying to follow the Canada Food Guide recommendations, which just doesn’t work with diabetes.  A new study by a consortium of physicians and nutrition researchers suggests the need for a reappraisal of dietary guidelines due to the inability of current recommendations to control the epidemic of diabetes.  In other words, what they have been telling people to do (low fat, calorie restriction, avoid saturated fats etc), isn’t working.

The 12 points of evidence from the study backed up by other clinical studies are:

  1. High blood sugar is the most salient feature of diabetes. Dietary carbohydrate restriction has the greatest effect on decreasing blood glucose levels.
  2. During the epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes, caloric increases have been due almost entirely to increased carbohydrates.
  3. Benefits of dietary carbohydrate restriction do not require weight loss.
  4. Although weight loss is not required for benefit, no dietary intervention is better than carbohydrate restriction for weight loss.
  5. Adherence to low-carbohydrate diets in people with type 2 diabetes is at least as good as adherence to any other dietary interventions and frequently is significantly better.
  6. Replacement of carbohydrates with proteins is generally beneficial.
  7. Dietary total and saturated fats do not correlate with risk of cardiovascular disease.
  8. Plasma-saturated fatty acids are controlled by dietary carbohydrates more than by dietary lipids.
  9. The best predictor of microvascular and, to a lesser extent, macrovascular complications in patients with type 2 diabetes is glycemic control (HbA1c).
  10. Dietary carbohydrate restriction is the most effective method of reducing serum triglycerides and increasing high-density lipoprotein.
  11. Patients with type 2 diabetes on carbohydrate-restricted diets reduce and frequently eliminate medication. People with type 1 usually require less insulin.
  12. Intensive glucose-lowering by dietary carbohydrate restriction has no side effects comparable to the effects of intensive pharmacologic treatment.

These are things I’ve been telling patients for 15 years!  Finally, conventional medicine has caught up.
Source: Nutrition July 2014 and diabetesincontrol.com.

L-Carnitine in Childhood Cognitive Development

L-carnitine therapy at a dose of 50 mg per kilogram-bodyweight per day administered for 3 months in children with suboptimal developmental, social, behavioral and communication abilities significantly improved cognitive function scores in these subjects.

Reference:

Geier DA, Kern JK, Davis G, King PG, Adams JB, Young JL, Geier MR. A prospective double-blind, randomized clinical trial of levocarnitine to treat autism spectrum disorders. Med Sci Monit. 2011 Jun 1;17(6):PI15-23.

Life Insurance or 12 Steps to Avoid Dying Before Your Time

According to a 2009 study, the odds of dying prematurely can be considerably reduced by:

  • Giving up Smoking- by behavior modification, psychotherapy, acupuncture, naturopathic treatment
  • Controlling High Blood Pressure by exercise and diet (medication as a last resort)
  • Getting off of the couch and walking and/or exercising daily- at least 30 minutes per day of some form of cardiovascular exercise
  • Reducing Salt in our food – avoid packaged and processed foods altogether, add only minimal iodized sea salt (you do need some salt in order to get iodine for the thyroid)
  • Increasing Omega-3 Fats in our diet or taking an Omega-3 supplement – fish oil trumps flaxseed oil or other plant oils
  • Controlling Blood Glucose via diet, exercise and stress reduction (medication as a last resort)
  • Lowering LDL Cholesterol via diet and exercise (medication as a last resort)- lowering blood sugar and insulin lowers cholesterol levels nicely
  • Limiting Alcohol consumption
  • Increasing Fruit and Vegetable consumption
  • Using more vegetable oils in cooking and reducing intake of animal source and saturated fats
  • Taking a good multivitamin
  • Having an annual physical exam

Source: Plos Med 6(4): 1000058

Poison Under Any Other Name Would Taste as Sweet

The makers of high fructose corn syrup are hoping to change their product’s image and get people consuming it again by changing the name from high fructose corn syrup to corn sugar. The runner-up names were corn nectar and corn sweetener.  Watch for the new name for the “quick-route-to-heart-disease-obesity-and-diabetes” on a label near you.  Hmm, I wonder if they would consider my name suggestion?