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.
Why Do I Believe in Naturopathic Medicine?
I believe, because I’ve seen success with it time and time again. People who were told they had a 1% chance of success conceiving and having healthy pregnancies, people who were told that they would never conceive on their own and their only hope was donor eggs, conceiving and having healthy pregnancies naturally, people who had had repeated failed IVF attempts, forgoing all the drugs, turning to vitamins, minerals, diet and herbs and having healthy pregnancies. I’ve seen acne improved, hair loss stopped, skin cleared, digestion working normally, hot flashes relieved, weight loss, energy and vitality returned to normal, breathing cleared, babies made, cramps gone, thyroid and immune function restored and on and on.
When you’ve witnessed it for 16+ years with your own eyes, you can’t help but believe in the power of the human body to heal and the power of nature to help it along. We can help you too, call us at 416-481-0222 or book online now.
By Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc(Hons), ND
Healthier Skin from the Inside Out
Moisturize your skin from the inside out, every skin cell consists of a little bag of water, not enough water leads to cells that look like raisins instead of grapes.
Every skin cell that is a little bag of water needs essential fatty acids to hold the water in. Omega 3 fatty acids from foods like avocados, eggs, nuts and seeds and fish are especially important.
Vitamin A, C & E
Because of their antioxidant value, vitamins A, C and E are important for healthy skin. The antioxidant effect helps fight free radicals that can damage the skin. Topical vitamin C cream has also been shown to improve skin quality.
Make it edible
I always recommend that you only use products on your skin that you would put in your belly. At least 25% of the chemicals that you apply to your skin are absorbed into your blood stream and the liver must then detoxify them and remove them. I like extra virgin organic coconut oil to protect my face and lips from winter’s dryness and wind.
Exfoliation can damage the skin because it strips off protective oils that keep moisture in. It also removes layers of skin before underneath layers are ready, exposing tender new skin cells to the elements.
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By Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc,ND.
Vitamin A and Anti-aging
I’m a big believer that it’s what’s inside (and what goes inside) that counts. But we all would like to be more beautiful and here’s some research on vitamin A that can help.
Topical retinol (vitamin A, 0.4% lotion, applied 3 times per week for 24 weeks) improves fine wrinkles associated with natural aging. Significant induction of glycosaminoglycan and increased collagen production are most likely responsible for the demonstrated improvement. Retinol-treated skin is more likely to withstand skin injury and ulcer formation along with improved appearance.
It stands to reason that consuming more Vitamin A (in the form of Beta carotene from green leafy veggies and orange veggies) should also help.
- 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
- Wild blueberries – anti-cancer, full of bioflavonoids, polyphenols, anti-oxidants, good fiber, beneficial for vision
- 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.
I don’t want to embarrass anybody by naming names, but certain other health professionals recommend garbage vitamins to their patients because they haven’t spent 15 years studying vitamin and mineral quality. Buckle your seatbelt because you’re in for a rant. Here are the top 3 garbage supplements in my mind and why:
- Palafer – this is an iron supplement that contains 300 mg of ferrous fumarate per capsule. If I had a nickel for every iron deficient patient who was put on it and then suffered terrible GI side effects like constipation, bloating and diarrhea I’d be rich. It causes these side effects because it’s a very high dose of very poorly absorbed iron. Iron is a metal and metals rust. Rust is oxidation. Oxidation is a bad thing in the body, it’s something we try to avoid because it can damage DNA and cause premature aging. We take anti-oxidants like vitamin C to combat oxidation. It’s cheap for the manufacturer to put this form in and then charge an exorbitant amount of money for it as a pharmaceutical. My approach is to us a much lower dose of much better absorbed iron.
- Materna – This drug store prenatal multivitamin is a perfect example of what’s wrong with drug store vitamins generally. The product contains the cheapest and most poorly absorbed forms of the various vitamins and minerals in it – calcium carbonate, magnesium oxide, synthetic vitamin E, ferrous fumarate (iron), zinc oxide, inactive vitamin B2 and B6 and inactive folate and has no boron, copper or vitamin K. By comparison our recommended prenatal, Thorne Basic Prenatal, has higher amounts of almost everything, active forms of vitamin B2, B6 and folic acid (very important!), readily absorbed forms of all of the minerals, vitamin K to ensure that calcium gets into the developing baby’s bones and teeth.
- Preg Vit – this excuse for a prenatal multivitamin is even more ridiculous. Synthetic vitamin E, cheap, poorly absorbed forms of the minerals, no vitamin K, selenium, manganese, chromium, molybdenum or boron, negligible B12, little vitamin D and inactive folic acid. Depending on which one you are taking you may be getting either 1.1 mg of inactive folic acid or 5 mg. Either way, if you are one of the 25-60% of the population who can’t convert inactive folic acid to active folic acid you aren’t getting any benefit from taking it and there is potential for harm. Some research has suggested that excessive folate in someone with an existing tumor may promote tumor growth. This doesn’t mean you should stop taking your folic acid, there are clear benefits to preventing birth defects, however I would recommend using some of the active form of folic acid, L-5-tetrahydrofolate. And here’s the kicker, look at the list of “non-medicinal ingredients” in Preg Vit: ammonium hydroxide, N-butyl alcohol, carnauba wax, D&C Red #27, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Blue #2, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Yellow #6, isopropyl alcohol, macrogol/PEG 3350, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyvinyl alcohol, propylene glycol, shellac glaze, simethicone, sodium croscarmellose, sodium lauryl sulfate, starch (corn starch), talc, titanium dioxide. Can any of those dyes, chemicals and talc be good for your baby?
The moral of this story are that drug store vitamins are usually formulated with one thing in mind – profit and that it takes a trained eye to choose good quality natural supplements. Here endeth the rant!