I have mentioned in previous e-letters and blogs that boosting your natural immune system function is a key component of health and disease prevention, and this is particularly true during the winter flu season. School kids are often prone to these infections, being grouped together in class breathing the same air as other kids, many who are immune compromised already with a cold or flu! As recently discovered by researchers, once your Natural Killer (NK) cells, a specific type of White Blood Cell, reaches a certain threshold, which appears to be around 10 percent, you will not get the flu even if you're exposed to flu viruses. These NK cells can be boosted with a wide range of high vitamin & mineral & antioxidant containing foods, especially those listed below.
Augmenting your NK cell function also becomes increasingly important at either end of the human lifespan, as new borns, infants, school kids and the elderly are more prone to lower levels. NK cell levels tend to naturally decline with exposure to stress, and in those who don’t exercise, eat well or who have had repeated infections.
This is in large part why infants and seniors are more prone to influenza and other infections, because their levels of NK cells are lower than the adult population. NK cells play a very important role in cancer tumour prevention as well. So, in addition to optimising your natural immune system by boosting Vitamin & Mineral levels, consider eating more of the NK cell-boosting foods listed below. Doing so could go a long way toward avoiding colds, flus and other infections at this time of year. It is very important to give your school age kids a welcomed boost of these nutrients during the Winter season.
Zinc & Vitamin C are well known to help boost the immune system, and school age children are often low in both. Now they are available as a tasty powder. This delicious sprinkled on breakfast or in smoothies or shakes.
Call us about our specials on Naturopaths Own Daily C powder.
Vitamin D3 is very safe and hard to overdose on, and it as important than Vit C for preventing colds & flus. Optimising Vitamin D3 levels has received more publicity in recent years, and with the lack of sunlight in Winter this is an obvious area you can now easily boost, with pleasant tasting liquid forms to optimise your levels. A simple blood test can tell what your levels are, the ideal level for adults, according to naturopaths, is at least double the medically recommended level. Being fat soluble it takes at least a few weeks to get into your system, so rapidly absorbing forms are the best way to go. Ask for our suggestions on which are the better Vit D3 brands to get optimal absorption quickly and easily.
Pro & Prebiotics have an NK boosting effect and help improve gut health which is a large part of our immune systems capacity, so this is an important area not to overlook. School kids (and adults) with a sweet tooth or who like junk food snacks end up feeding and growing the wrong bacteria in our gut that erodes health & immunity. Boosting the good bacteria in our intestines with a pleasant tasting powder makes sense and really does give your immune system that much needed boost. Easy to use, sprinkle on breakfast or add to smoothies or shakes daily in winter. Even off the spoon is fine and easy for school kids! We have a special on a combination of both pro & prebiotics called Naturopaths Own Probiotic Immune Repair powder its easy to take and now cheaper than ever! Call us about our winter specials.
Echinacea & Garlic are also well known to help boost immunity, so adding these into your diet is going to help as well. Echincea is ideal as a herbal tea, let the bag steep for as long as possible and fresh garlic bulbs or paste in hot soups and stews is a great idea. Eating a sprig of parsley afterwards will nip the garlic breath in the bud.
Mums or Dads bring yourself in for a 30-min Wellness check at Half Price and bring 1 child in for FREE at the same time! I will do the Antioxidant scan on both of you, do your HAQ assessment as well as do an AK nutrient test on your child to assess their immune nutrients levels at this crucial time of year. That’s $75 of testing for your child for FREE! But only applies to appointments made and kept during the school holidays in July. Book NOW so you don’t miss out!
Yes its that time of year when Christmas and the New Year is a distant memory and when we look down – oops! Its time to set the wheels in motion to do a weight loss plan that will not only get rid of excess fat round your middle, and the upper thighs, but also a time to look at how we can make some permanent changes that will help us keep the weight off once we have got down to where we want to be.
In my 30 years of full time clinical practice I have used 3 main weight loss programs and all of them had issues, either expense, time consuming or just plain difficult. With the advent of Dr Michael Mosley’s “The 5:2 Fast Diet” all these issues go out the window! His plan is good, it works because it is based on science. As a science nerd I like that, as it is quantifiable, and we can prove it works with the VLA testing that I do as a part of my new 2018 Weight Loss Plan package.
This plan includes a copy of the book FREE as well as 3 sessions spaced out 2 weeks apart so over 6 weeks you see me 3 times – first session to do baseline Antioxidant testing and Thyroid testing to make sure this is OK. If it isn’t then we need to help restore your Thyroid back to normal correct physiological functioning.
In my experience over many years most GP’s completely miss low thyroids especially in women, as they depend on a simple blood test which doesn’t give all the info needed to accurately assess thyroid function. The thyroid is extra important in helping relay chemical messenger info from the pituitary gland deep in the brain to the ovaries. If the thyroid isn’t functioning properly, ideally at optimum, it will sabotage all efforts to lose weight. It is rather like a car wheel spinning in mud, lots of noise but no motion. Balancing the thyroid isn’t that hard when you know what you are doing, but it can take a few months to get it right. This is an extra cost (mainly the supplements & herbs) that is not included in the special price offer we are giving you today. But as thyroid is SO important it is vital we tick that box or you won't lose the weight you want to. If you suffer from tiredness in the mornings, mood swings tending to depression, hard to lose weight and irritable and out of sorts that time of the month for the ladies then suspect thyroid and you will be correct almost all of the time.
So once we get the thyroid regulated then we put you on the Fast Diet where you limit your calories to 500 per day for just 2 days a week for Women and 600 per day for Men. These 2 low cal days as we call them need to be at least 2 days apart. This does 3 things; it trains your brain to accept smaller meals as a norm; it shrinks the stomach so you are satisfied with less on your normal eating days AND it sets you up for getting used to feeling lighter and less full. All of these help re-program your brain into accepting less calories on a regular basis which makes sticking to a healthier diet that much easier after you have finished the diet when you have reached your goal weight.
Age need not be a barrier to weight loss, my elderly mother (bless her she is no longer with us) went on the 5:2 Fast Diet when she was 85 and lost 8 kg in 8 weeks! So if she can do it anyone can. I have used this plan myself and with at least 50 patients in the last year with GREAT results! So I know it works which is why I am offering a money back guarantee!
During the second and third sessions I recheck the Thyroid scores, Antioxidant Scan to make sure you are eating the right foods and getting all your needed nutrients and I redo the VLA test. This accurately tells us exactly how much fat you have lost to 2 decimal places and it breaks down the numbers to fat and ATM muscle. ATM is one thing you don’t want to lose if you can avoid it as this is what keeps your fitness up and improves immunity. I talk you thru it so you get what is the best diet for you, your body type and your age and ethnicity as all of these need to be factored in. So as you can see it is not a one size fits all type plan. This is one reason why it is so successful, so much so that I am offering a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE!! If you pass a simple AK test that tells me if you have stuck to the plan and not cheated and in the unlikely event haven’t lost at least 5 kg then I will refund your money no further questions, but we will ask for the book back!
So what are you waiting for? Call or email Jax and book your first weight loss session today before we sell out of the books or the offer expires (31.03.2018) at the end of this month. email@example.com or call 09 282 3588 . . .
We see if happen to friends and family every year and I have to ask “Why don’t people learn and do things differently next year?”.
What I am talking about is getting stressed out over Christmas, spending too much on gifts and regretting it, putting on too many extra kilos from over eating & drinking, having arguments with the in laws or the teen kids or grand kids, not being organised on how to do Christmas Day or New Year’s Day with the family or friends or generally taking on too much in preparation for the big days ahead.
Having been in the Wellness Sector now for nearly 30 years full time next year (yes we are having a BIG party to celebrate later in 2018, watch this space!) I know only too well how people go over the top and blow their budgets, or their waistlines at this crazy time of year in the Western Calendar.
I would strongly suggest people do 3 things to reduce stress and make life so much easier for Christmas and New Year Celebrations and the long hot summer days coming soon (we hope!):
1. Set a budget for Xmas expenditure and DON’T go over it! You can best achieve this by planning ahead and taking advantage of Xmas sales and if you do what I do, I give my son a voucher from me for a certain dollar value on Xmas day inside a real card (not an e-one) so that he can spend it on heavily discounted products on Boxing Day sales! He has done this the last 5 years now and had gotten some great bargains on his own accord. Smart!
2. For losing weight after the holidays have finished, you have 3 strategies that work but some of them might not work for you:
A) Either don’t eat or drink as much so you don’t put on so much weight over the celebrations anyway, OR
B) go for it then do the 5:2 Fast Diet approach and practise intermittent fasting for 2 days a week after the hols and you can lose easily 1kg a week for as long or as short as you want till your target weight is met. OR
C) you can crash and burn and pick up the pieces when its back to work and the summer break is a long distant memory. Your choice which one or any combination of the above.
3. Plan ahead! Make lists of what gifts you want to give and when just a card will suffice or an e-card (many are free on line these days, but the nicer ones you have to pay $1-2 for so they are still very cheap). You know the old cliché “If you fail to plan you are planning to fail” and this is so true for expenditure over the Xmas hols.
We are doing a weight loss special that really works early next year that includes the 5:2 Diet book which is brilliant as part of the deal, more on that later in our January 2018 newsletter. . . This approach is much easier for people of any age to do successfully.
As we age we gain fat and lose muscle a lot more easily so we have to work a lot harder at losing those extra kilos we have gained and the smart ones put strategies in place to pace themselves and not put on as much weight as they would otherwise do anyway!
So I hope this helps and have a great pre-Xmas season and don’t blow the budget or the waistline too much please!
Happy Silly Season
Holden HealthCare is offering a Silly Season Wellness Check Special over Xmas.
Call us on (09) 282 3588 for more details.
By David Holden, Senior Naturopath & Biochemist, specialising in Naturopathic Oncology
As the stats show, 1 in 9 Women will develop some form of breast cancer in their lifetimes. Breast Cancer is now the most common Cancer of all time on planet Earth. In New Zealand, 3,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
One of the many reasons is that breast tissue being mainly comprised of fat, stores toxic chemicals that we are exposed to on a regular basis, especially if you live in a large city. If you live in a rural area where chemical sprays are being used, like most of rural New Zealand; then your risk is even higher! What can we do to prevent developing breast cancer?
This is the $64M dollar question and the answer is – heaps!
Cleaning up your diet, getting regular cardiovascular exercise, having a good mindset and taking specific supplements all make a huge difference to a Woman’s risk profile. If you have a close family relative (mother or grandmother, aunt or sister) who has had a scrape with any type of breast cancer then you are at increased risk.
If you want to decrease your risk of breast cancer then take action and change your lifestyle and get regular check-ups by qualified health professionals who know what to look for. Many breast cancers leave a tell-tale dimpling (or orange-skin) effect on the surface of the breast or a discolouration that health professionals are trained to detect. Have a look at this: https://www.breastcancerfoundation.org.nz/breast-awareness/breast-changes/real-signs
Stop eating all forms of sugar on a regular basis, odd treats for birthdays and Christmas & Easter are fine, it’s what you do every day that makes all the difference. Cancer cells thrive on sugar so the less you eat the lower your risk.
Cut out soy in your diet as one of the most aggressive types of breast cancer, ER+ve (Estrogen Receptor positive) breast cancer, thrives on phyto & xeno estrogens found in soy products in high quantities and chemicals in some processed foods and food packaging.
Eat a lot more high antioxidant rich foods in your daily diet. These include carrots, beetroot, all types of leafy greens, garlic, turmeric, ginger and the best of the lot is organic blackcurrants & blueberries. Being organic is important as berries have a high surface area that traps a lot of chemical sprays so never buy them unless you know they are organic or you wash them very thoroughly before eating with warm water and let them soak for 5 minutes to help lift off any spray residues. At HHC we do a specific Antioxidant Laser Scan test in our clinic with ALL new patients to make sure their levels are optimal, elevated and high. If not we educate them on what to do to increase them circulating in your blood stream. See Super Smoothie recipes on our website.
Eat more broccoli and especially broccoli sprouts several times weekly as these are shown to help decrease breast cancer risk.
Reduce your alcohol consumption. Alcohol is strongly linked to increased risk of all cancers not just breast cancer. Especially avoid binge drinking.
Don’t smoke anything! Tobacco or weed, both are toxic to the lungs and eventually the breast tissue.
The research shows that if a Woman does 40 mins of Cardiovascular exercise DAILY her breast cancer risk is reduced by 40%!! This is a huge % and should be discussed with every Woman who is ever at risk or diagnosed. The reason is the exercise pumps the breast tissue up and down pumping built up toxins out of the breast, reducing toxic residues by flushing them out of breast tissues by the bodies amazing lymphatic system.
Get fit quicker with less effort by using HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) as promoted by the now world famous Dr Michael Mosley, the BBC World doctor. Watch this YouTube video for more info from the man himself.
Ancient Chinese Tai Chi or Chi Gung is also a wonderful way to exercise unwind and relax while exercising very gently. Even the over 80’s can do this easily so there is no excuse.
Mindfulness or having a peaceful response to stresses is vital to reduce cortisol release from the adrenal glands that feeds cancer cells to grow and divide. Learning how to meditate and to let things go that bother you is a vital life skill.
Please visit www.fragrantheart.com and take their FREE 5 day meditation course sent to your email inbox daily over 5 days to learn how to do this easily & regularly.
Take a regular dose of Vitamin C to neutralise cancer cell formation and to help detox your system from chemical exposure on a daily basis. The new Lypospheric Vitamin C is by far the best but good quality Daily C powder is a close second. See our webstore for both.
In winter take Vitamin D3 supplements as this is one of the best nutrient life insurance policies and is one of the most powerful immune boosting vitamins you can take.
Take a quality Women’s Multi-Vitamin like Metagenics Femme Essentials to ensure your immune system has all it needs to be very active and alert.
There are others you can take but these need professional advice and prescription as a lot of people take what they don’t actually need. Get scientific testing done to find out what you do actually need in the way of supplements and which ones you should avoid.
Avoid the contraceptive pill over age 40 if at all possible. Maybe ask your partner to have a reversible vasectomy so you can still have unprotected sex, if you have a regular sex partner, and not be at risk of a “geriatric pregnancy”. Or look at an IUD instead of the pill.
Avoid HRT wherever possible as it increases all types of female cancer risk significantly.
Avoid wearing underwire bras all the time. Breast tissue is designed to bounce to pump the lymphatics that clear toxins out of the ducts in breast tissue. Using a sports bra is another option when exercising as these compress the breast rather than stopping it from moving when exercising like an underwire bra does. Go bra less after work and at weekends for a change.
Stop using anti-perspirants that contain aluminium. Most commercial brands have at least 30% aluminium in them to make them dry on the surface of the skin quickly. Read the label on yours now, you may be surprised! When you exercise or it’s a hot summers day your pores open and the aluminium goes straight into the breast tissue which is very close to the armpit. Aluminium blocks the breast ducts and can allow build-up of toxins in the breast tissue, creating fertile ground for breast cancer to develop. Use herbal deodorants instead.
Regular breast self-massage and self-examination especially around ovulation is a smart move. Many breast cancers are picked up by aware Women who examine themselves regularly. Get to know the shape and texture of your breasts and what is your normal. Then abnormalities stand out more easily and you can go to your doctor and ask for a professional breast examination and if necessary early tests.
Mammograms are controversial in some circles as some people believe that when the breast is compressed during a mammogram the breast ducts are squeezed and this can make some cells burst – so if they have an early stage cancer it can be spread. Further research is needed but as the cancer industry has so much invested in early detection and mammograms it is unlikely that the authorities and the Ministry of Health will ever admit to this but alternatives do exist called breast thermograms. These detect minute changes in breast tissue temperature using an infra-red camera. The theory being cancer cells are hotter than normal cells and will show up as red hot spots on the thermogram. Ultra sound is another safe way to detect changes in breast tissue. As women age their breast tissue changes and loses its elasticity as well as increasing the chance of breast cancers to form with increasing build-up of cellular toxins from our environment, both inner and outer.
Stay within 10% of your ideal BMI (Body Mass Index). If you are overweight lose it with the 5:2 Fast Diet as it really works. For more information, watch another YouTube video by Dr Michael Mosley.
Doing regular annual detoxes in Spring or Autumn is a smart move especially if you have increased risk or are over 50.
Remember early detection is ALWAYS best regardless of how you treat breast cancer once it has been detected. All these lifestyle improvements above will certainly give you more peace of mind knowing that you are doing all you can to improve your chances of not getting diagnosed and if you do, of beating it naturally and more easily and with less medical interventions. After all who wants to have their breasts removed or to be exposed to toxic radio or chemotherapy if you don’t need to?
If breast cancer is caused by build up of toxins and stress - as the evidence shows - then it makes perfect sense to avoid and manage these factors. In short, try to live as naturally as possible. By living as Nature intended, you will not only have more energy and wellbeing, you may find you live a happier and more contented life.
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, support and help is available. See here for further information.
David Holden has authored numerous articles on holistic health, wellness & wellbeing over the decades since he started practise nearly 30 years ago and specialising in naturopathic oncology since 1997. Blending the best of both medical and naturopathic / alternative medicine has always been the goal with both sides offering their own strengths when it comes to cancer diagnosis and treatments. Getting to causes as well as symptoms has always been the clinical goal. To this end David works with a range of hand picked professionals, all with different and dovetailing skill sets to help achieve the clinical goals of getting and keeping cancer patients well wherever possible. Natural is always better and keeping medical interventions to a minimum unless absolutely necessary is the aim.
Senior Naturopath David Holden offers ten things to think about if you have been diagnosed with cancer.
This list is not exhaustive but is a good start! For help or any questions please contact us
By David Holden, Senior Naturopath & BioChemist
specialising in Naturopathic Oncology
That’s the stats and it needs to change, and the reality is you are the only one that can make your own stats change. Lifestyle Medicine is the science behind lifestyle and how it affects your health and the impact it makes on it. Diet, exercise, relaxation, mindfulness, meditation, attitude all make an enormous difference on gene expression and whether you will get what your parents had. These are all areas your GP has had little training in as a rule. Naturopaths & Health Coaches do extensive training in all these areas and know well their impact on health stats and outcomes.
This Blue September for Prostate Cancer awareness do something about your risk and get tested via a simple PSA blood test and prostate exam if you are over 50 and especially if you have a family history of a father or grandfather or uncle who had or has prostate cancer. If you have a partner with a risk profile in the immediate family then ask him to get tested, it could save his life!
In the early stages BPH (Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy) or swelling of the prostate gland can be helped a lot with Lifestyle Medicine. Usual symptoms are the dribbles when peeing, having to get up at night to pee urgently, reduced urinary flow and /or pain or discomfort in the prostate area & sexual issues. This condition isn’t life threatening but it is a bloody nuisance and can make many Men’s lives a misery, especially at night and can play havoc with their sex lives.
Here at HHC we use advanced testing and scientific analysis to accurately assess your lifestyle and its impact on your health & wellness. If you show elevated risk we can teach you how to reduce it significantly. It really is a case of getting things early and acting sooner than later to get the best results with your health short, medium & longer term. Think of your health as your best investment. Without it, saving for retirement is, frankly, futile if you won’t live long enough or aren’t well enough to enjoy it. You spend money on your vehicle and toys so spend on you and reap the benefits.
Book you or your male partners Prostate Month Blue September Wellness Check-up this month and save over $125! It may be the best investment in your health you ever made!
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This is a Health Issue we should ALL be concerned about especially in Prostate Cancer Blue Month.
As a health aware male Health Practitioner, I see way too often men who finally come in for a Wellness Checkup when they have been sitting on a major health issue for far too long. Unfortunately, it has reached the stage where it is already hugely impacting their quality of life. Only due to pressure from their wife, partner, sister or daughter, do men agree to seeking help, IF they finally listen.
Men can be fastidious about maintaining their vehicles and homes though ironically, they ignore their most important asset – their health! Without good health, all the money in the bank is worth little if you are unable to be around to enjoy it with family and friends.
I have had many very wealthy Men come and see me after a serious health diagnosis, offering me vast sums of money if I can cure them and take their health problems away with a magic bullet. In some cases, I have to tell them I can’t because they have left things too late! It takes 10-20 years for the body to develop most cancers and advanced CVD (Heart disease). If men received regular health checks much can be done during these years to change the course of your health history for the better.
Like investments, car, and house maintenance your body and mind need constant attention as you get older. Please give your dad and/or partner a nudge if he hasn’t been for a checkup for over a year, especially if he is over 50. Small issues can develop into big ones when we avoid addressing them. Most health issues can be dealt with quickly if caught early.
Does your Father or Partner identify with the following?
If the answer is yes, now is your chance to show him some love and shout him a heavily discounted Wellness Check up with someone who knows what to look for. I see advanced cases of Prostate Cancer / CVD / and /Diabetes every day of the clinic week. Addressing these early is ALWAYS best.
Minor health issues like snoring, beer belly, that disgusting rash or itch that doesn’t go away, smelly farts, poor eating habits and excessive coffee, energy drinks or alcohol consumption all can develop into serious health issues if not nipped in the bud early.
Women who are still mostly in the role of primary caretakers for infants and toddlers naturally extend this to themselves as part of their feminine nature. Health statistics are evidence of this. Mothers visit health practitioners with their children more frequently than fathers do. Women are in the habit of nipping things in the bud and dealing with them by getting professional advice far more quickly than men are. This is one major reason why women outlive men according to Worldwide Statistics. Women are used to taking care of themselves and others more. They are more interested in preventative health care which is what Alternative & Complementary Medicine is ALL about. Alternative medicine encourage Nutrition, Lifestyle changes, Mindfulness, Herbs and Supplements instead of drugs wherever possible.
Changing the culture for male health is going to be a generational thing. “Metrosexual” and Gay men are far more health aware these days and there are a lot more treatment options than there have ever been. Doctor, Naturopath, Herbalist, Acupuncturist, Chiropractor, Osteopath, Massage Therapist, who do I go to for what and when?? It is great to see more younger men not only taking an active interest in their cars and sports but also their health, vitality, skin care and grooming. This is a positive sign of future trends which we should all encourage.
We would like to offer you this great opportunity to purchase a Wellness Check-up for our $99 special (saves over $100!) is a smart way to be proactive with your health.
You will be able to identify the following:
In all cases prevention is way better than cure so encourage the men in your life to get checked out. Statistics indicate people most likely to read this article are Female!
Our $99 Wellness Check up Special with Senior Health Practitioner David Holden includes:
This testing and discussion takes a full 60 minutes and is one of the best gifts you can give your Dad / Father / Husband / Brother – the gift of Health!
A printed out report with recommendations is given as a part of this Wellness Check up.
If you would like to take advantage of this exclusive offer then please call our office manager Jax Nicholls and make a time slot – this genuine discounted offer is for bookings made in September only! Save over $100!!
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Senior naturopath David Holden talks about the Holden HealthCare clinic, and exciting new team members!
Come and see us at our smart new clinic at the Samsung Building, 24 The Warehouse Way, Northcote Business Centre, just off the Northern Motorway.
In this first of a series of informational videos, senior naturopath David Holden talks about the exciting new developments in Holden HealthCare, including new premises, new team members, and new products!
By David Holden, ND, MS - Naturopath & BioChemist
Yes, you can do it! The Wellness Approach to winter is to boost your system with specific foods, herbs, exercises & Lifestyle Medicine so bugs done get a look in! As an ex-Microbiologist of 5 years before I became a Naturopath, I studied all bugs known to mankind at the time of my training. Interestingly we are discovering new bugs all the time due to advances in microscopes and detection technologies as well as better scientific understandings of how the immune system works.
I personally haven’t had a major flu or cold in winter for nearly a decade now! And it isn’t rocket science folks, it is actually very simple, but it takes time to do it, so if you wish to avoid all the office worker colds and flus going around (dirty air con is a major contributor) or to boost your kids immune system from all those nasty school bugs before the colder weather you need to start NOW! It takes on average 3 months to build immunity if it is really low in a healthy adult, about 2 months for kids unless either has a diagnosed disease in which case it will probably take longer. So this article was written in March, so if you start now by June you have a good chance of boosting YOUR immune system by at least 25%, in some cases 50% and this can be tested with our equipment at HHC to prove it.
The key principles that Big Pharma doesn’t want you to know is:
1. Specific Vitamins & Minerals DO WORK and can significantly protect you BETTER than the flu vaccine and are much safer! The main Vitamins are C & D3 and the main Minerals are Zinc & Selenium.
2. The key herbs are Astralagus and Garlic.
3. The key exercises are Cardio Vascular HIIT & Yoga / Qi Gung & Tai Chi.
4. The key Lifestyle Medicine tips are to be relaxed and stress free as much as possible, to do this Mediation and Creative Visualization are the main methods used as they help reduce Immune System stresses.
Let’s look at these in more detail:
Vitamin C is well known as an Immune System stimulant. The research dates back well over 60 years mainly by Dr Linus Pauling, PhD who was one of only 2 people in World history to win 2 Noble prizes in Medicine. (The other one, Dr Otto Warburg, MD discovered Medical Ozone, one of 5 known Naturopathic cures for many types - but not all - of Cancer and other diseases).
Dr Pauling’s work concluded that Vitamin C protects the cell wall from viral & bacterial infiltration by strengthening it and making it impermeable to them; thus protecting and ‘rate limiting’ the spread of viruses & bacteria when they try and multiply rapidly making the person very sick and contagious quickly.
As viruses, and to some lesser extent bacteria, spread rapidly – viruses can multiple 1,000 x within a few hours, bacteria 100 x so if you don’t hammer them quickly they will take over and you will get sick very fast, within 24-48 hours, as anyone knows who has contracted a real flu.
Bowel tolerance is where you take as much oral Vitamin C until you get loose bowels then back off the dose by 10-20% until the loose bowel firms up. This is the ONLY major uncomfortable side effect of high dose Vitamin C – diarrhoea. If you take the new fat soluble forms of Vitamin C like Lypospheric, Nano or Micro Particle Vitamin C you can take much higher doses without loose bowels. Intravenous Vitamin C (IVC) is by far the best way of getting huge doses of Vitamin C into your system quickly but it is very expensive compared with oral Vit C, but dose have this distinct advantage over oral dosing – it won’t cause loose bowels. So the average dose for a 60-80kg adult is between 2-3grams daily as a preventer, much more, 5-15grams daily if you actually have a full blown infection. At these levels you need to be taking the new fat soluble Lypo C’s to reduce the incidents of diarrhoea. IVC is the only way to go if you gte a life threatening infection like Swine Flu or Bird Flu, here really high doses can actually cure the infection completely as has been show so well in the much publicised case of Alan XXXXXXX in 20XX in Auckland.
Vitamin D3 is not so well known publicly, but has been the focus of a lot of attention in recent decades with people like Dr Joseph Mercola, DO et al, who wrote some major articles on Vitamin D3 in the late 1990’s and throughout the OO’s (noughties). Vitamin D3 is at the core of immune system function and unlike the old medical model that says Vitamin D3 is only good for strengthen bones, we now know so much more about Vit D3 and how it works and how vital it is in immune system function and support. It is estimated scientifically that if everyone on the planet was dosed on Vitamin D3 regularly then the incidence of Cancer would drop nearly 50% within 3 months as it takes time to build it up in your body stores. Unlike Vitamin C which is water soluble, Vitamin D3 is fat soluble so it is stored for longer in the body tissues, not washed out by fluids like Vitamin C is. But it takes at least 3 months to get your levels up to the recommended, over 100d/l which is much higher than the medical RDA levels of between 40-80d/l. I prefer patients to have levels above 120, especially if there is a cancer family or personal history.
Vitamin D3 is just as, if not MORE important than Vitamin C in combating colds and flus. As it is stored in the human body for much longer than Vit C, it is more helpful but it does take time, weeks to months if you are very low, to build the levels up unlike Vit C which is absorbed rapidly within a few minutes or hours.
I specify Vitamin D3 as D2 is toxic in higher doses and doesn’t have the same immune building effects of D3. The best dose is actually much higher than is given medically over time. An average adult should be on 5-15,000iu Vit D3 daily if their levels are low or if they have a compromised immune response like a herpes or other longer term viral infection like HIV or various Cancers. The Medical range is 40-80 d/l the Naturopathic range is over 100, ideally 120+. Most people can go up to 200 d/l with no toxic side effects. However, some people are more sensitive and can get skin rashes and in severe cases kidney stones if they take very high doses of Vit D3 for extended periods of time without medical blood testing which I recommend at least 2 x annually.
While there is no substitute for having elevated levels of C & D3 you also need to boost minerals to get more complete protection.
NZ & Australian soils are very low in both minerals, especially Selenium. In the 1990’s the World Health Organisation (WHO) linked low Selenium (Se) levels in soil to elevated Cancer rates from the results of World Wide scientific research studies. The evidence is very clear, countries that have low Selenium levels have high Cancer death rates, end of story, just like Australia & NZ. If it’s not in the soil, then it won’t get into our foods so we need to supplement. Selenium is best derived from Brazil nuts, aim for between 3-6 daily for a couple of months and that will tip the scales in the right direction, again a simple cheap blood test is useful to find out exactly where your levels are. Be aware that you can OD on Se levels! If you levels get above 2.5 you can get some liver toxicity, it is reversible, but best not to go that high. In NZ the standard medical levels are low normal range is 0.5-1.5, but in the USA where I trained it is over 1.4-2.2. So I ignore the medical range here in NZ as it is deliberately low, which is bizarre and reflects the lack of knowledge of this vital immune boosting mineral to human health.
Zinc is involved in over 60 different enzyme systems in the human body so is a vital mineral for immune recovery after illness, as well as helping to heal all skin diseases and mucous membrane conditions. Food sources are unreliable at best, especially if the food is grown in Aussie or NZ as the soils are low in it. So supplementation is the best and most cost effective options for most people I see. I recommend the Metagenics Meta Zinc product as its well absorbed, just 1 daily with breakfast is enough to bring most people up to good levels within 2-6 months depending on the person’s lifestyle. I always add Zinc testing to my new patient blood reports so we know exactly where it is early on especially with Cancer and other serious illnesses. Tell this to your average TGA or Medsafe bureaucrat who want to restrict what dose you can take and get access to. It’s easy to see why conspiracy theorists get their nickers in a twist as the levels of these 2 key vital immune nutrients, D3 & Se are restricted publicly and it is hard to get the really big doses endorsed by scientific research because Governmental agencies are treating Supplements like Drugs when they are not. It certainly isn’t backed up by the hard scientific research. We need a separate category for Nutrients that are used in mega-doses to heal medical conditions.
I suggest that the restrictions we have seen in recent years on Vit D3 and Se doses is fuelled by vested commercial Big Pharma(ceutial) interests rather than science! Big Pharma doesn’t want you to be well! There is no money in that, they want you to remain sick so you will see your GP more often and get prescribed useless antibiotics, that do diddly squat for viral infections. In-fact the recent research shows routine antibiotic prescribing for flus actually makes them last longer!! Taking probiotics would be far more useful in reality. But tell that to some Medical Doctors, they seem to have their heads in the sand when it comes to Vitamin & Mineral prescribing, and the reason is they are not taught enough in mainstream Medical Universities about the healing effects of nutrients. Big Pharma dictates to a high degree what is taught at Medical schools around the Western (and now Eastern) World, but happily this is starting to change as nutrients are taking their rightful place alongside restricted medicines as therapeutic agents, but they need a different category to be regulated under as their levels of safety are orders of magnitude safer as a general rule than Pharmaceuticals. Because Nutrients work differently to drugs by correcting nutrient deficiencies they are generally a quantum level safer than drugs. No one died of a Prozac or Asprin deficiency, but people do die of B & C vitamin deficiency (Beriberi and Scurvy). The main reason Nutrients are safer than Drugs as a rule rather than exception is because they are made from mostly nature derived products, not something synthesized in a lab. The better supplement companies have strict quality controls so they rule out contamination from external sources like heavy metals and solvents used in lower quality extractions. But not all supplements are equal, many cheaper products often made in Asia are contaminated by pesticides and heavy metals as we have seen in recent years so there is a case of regulation, albeit muted compared with Drugs.
So that covers the basics on Vitamin & Mineral boosting of the Immune System function especially before winter. If you start taking these nutrients in early to mid-Autumn (March – April) you should get sufficient momentum up to significantly boost your immune system before all the winter colds and flus do the rounds.
Herbal Medicines that add to this list are Astralagus and Garlic. Both herbs are supreme at boosting immunity but in different ways. Astralagus has a distinct immune boosting function as it increases White Blood Cell (WBC) count quite quickly in lower level individuals. The exceptions are those on Chemotherapy – these need special attention as their system is drug side effect lowered so more work is needed to get the levels back up to where they belong. But for normal folks not on Chemo Astralagus hits the mark most times with little else other than the Vitamins and Minerals mentioned above.
Garlic has traditional been used to kill bacteria and viruses for centuries and is as safe as houses. I prefer to eat the Elephant Ear strains of garlic with the big bulbs as they contain more of the active ingredients in them so you are getting a more useful dose. 2 cloves daily in cooking (not eaten raw) is best for most 60-80 kg adults, half this dose for kids under 16.
With Lifestyle Medicine you need to be exercising at least every second day, daily is best to stimulate your lymphatic system and get things moving generally in your immune system. Any form of exercise is better than none! I prefer HIIT / Yoga / Weights as the best forms – see my article on “Smart Exercise: for much more detail on this vital subject to help immunity. It has been said by the World famous Nutritionalist, Dr Paavo Airola, ND, PhD who was well recognised last century as an authority on Naturopathic Medicine and as a PhD in Applied Nutrition that he would “… rather treat a patient that ate rubbish and exercised every day, than someone who ate the best organic foods on the planet but didn’t do any exercise . . . “. And he is right.
Exercise stimulates your lymphatic system, the bodies waste disposal system that connects to the bowels and kidneys, to dump more wastes out quickly and easily. This is what it was designed to do and it will not function properly without good daily exercise as long as you don’t overdo it, which many people do these days! Unfortunately, it is far too common for people to not exercise at all. Reaching over for the TV remotes and ‘weight lifting’ junk foods into their mouths is many people’s idea of exercise especially in the US and other industrialised Western (and now Eastern) countries. This is why we are seeing such epidemic waves of obesity hitting our shores. And not just mildly overweight either, but both morbidly and fatally obesity. This is well publicised so I won’t dwell on it here, suffice to say if you are more than 20% above your normal body weight you are going to start having health issues eventually, so bets get the weight down before it gets too out of control. This is a HUGE area (pun intended) and if it affects you please read my article on balancing the Thyroid to enable people to maintain a healthy body weight and BMI.
1. “The Vitamin Bible” by Earl Mindel, PhD available world-wide
2. “How to Get Well” by Dr Paavo Airola, ND, PhD available world-wide
3. “Healing with Foods & Nutrients” by Dr Bernard Jensen, DC, ND, PhD available world-wide
4. “Prescription for Nutritional Healing”, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements Paperback – October 5, 2010 by Phyllis A. Balch CNC (Author)
5. Various research studies on Vitamin C spanning 40 years by Dr Linus Pauling, MD, PhD, twin Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry 1954 and Peace in 1962. The only person in history to receive two unshared Nobel Prizes
6. Numerous articles on www.mercola.com by Dr Joseph Mercola, DO, USA; http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/04/why-this-vitamin-is-better-than-any-vaccine-and-improves-your-immune-system-by-35-times.aspx
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