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imagesKeeping your blood sugar in check by Dr Carrie Decker ND.

In this article, learn more about diabetes, and natural ways to support blood sugar balance. Key Points:

  • Relationship of diabetes with food economics
  • Diabetes statistics and complications
  • Metabolic syndrome as a risk factor for diabetes
  • Holistic interventions for blood sugar management including dietary choices, exercise, and evidence based supplementation

UntitledThis first analysis dealing with the relation between the Mediterranean diet and ADHD in children and adolescents, uncovers some unhealthy eating habits that could play a role in the development of this psychiatric disorder.[1]

More work is now required to identify any causality, however the researchers have raised some interesting points.

CPD_0.previewA research paper published in Jan 2017 (behind a paywall) in the journal Current Pharmaceutical Design, asks an interesting question about cruciferous vegetables.[1] They go onto explore the relationship of the breakdown products from the digestive effects and microbial conversions and conclude that these have multiple points of beneficial intervention.

Mastic GumIn a follow-on to other recent discussions concerning mastic gum for oral health and allergic/asthmatic presentations, a look at studies surrounding the use of mastic gum (Pistacia lentiscus) for management of blood sugar and cholesterol is warranted. The potential benefits of chios mastic gum have long been known to extend far beyond treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection, with historic uses ranging from treatment of poor digestion and oral health maintenance, to the treatment of infection including tuberculosis.[i] However in the 18th and 19th century when mastic products experienced their greatest trade and fame, conditions such as dysglycaemia and dyslipidaemia were not a public health concern. Only in the early 1900’s was cholesterol coming to medical awareness, with discoveries by familiar names such as Virchow and others of circulating lipoproteins and deposition of lipids in atherosclerotic plaques.[ii]

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Mastic resin, or gum, from the mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus), is well known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, as well as bactericidal effect against Helicobacter pylori.[i] However, it also has a history of cultural use, as a gum, for maintenance of oral health.  Historically, chewing of mastic was popular in many regions of the Ottoman Empire during the 18th and 19th century. [ii] Trade from the island of Chios, the primary region in which the mastic tree was found, boomed due to high international demand. It was noted to promote oral hygiene, as well as pleasant and fragrant breath.

eating-disorder-treatment_1_origDr Carrie Decker ND reviews a common screening issue and offers some practical tools.

One of the topics that comes up when working with patients in all types of medical or nutritional practices is how to ascertain if disordered eating patterns or attitudes surrounding food may exist. Although a historic eating disorder is not an absolute contraindication to recommending dietary changes, it is important to be aware of as dietary restrictions may trigger deep-rooted reactions very similar to that which existed when one was active in their eating disorder.

Digestive Enzymes

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 by

digestive-enzymeElisabeth Phillips PhD and Antony Haynes BA, RNT explore the role and nature of digestive enzymes, to unlock some of the mystery around their role in human health and supplementation.

Digestive enzymes catalyse (cause or accelerate (a reaction) by acting as a catalyst) the breakdown of food in the mouth and gut so nutrients are released and can be absorbed across the intestinal barrier into the blood stream. Therefore, one of the main functions of digestive enzymes is to increase the bioavailability of nutrients.

11154Jan 2017 saw the publication of a review article on the potential role of Vitamin D as a risk factor in the development in the generation of autoimmune disorders.[1]

In the last few years, more attention has been given to the “non-calcaemic” effect of vitamin D. Several observational studies and meta-analyses demonstrated an association between circulating levels of vitamin D and outcome of many common diseases, including endocrine diseases, chronic diseases, cancer progression, and autoimmune diseases.

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imagesDr Carrie Decker ND, reviews these common conditions and explores strategies and treatments.

Supporting patients who experience anxiety, depression, insomnia often is a long arduous task for both the patient and provider. Although these conditions have standard labels, there often are many changing factors as contributors, never mind that supplements which have been introduced also can change the playing field. With the information that is now available with genetic assessment, specific nutrient supplementation or nutrient forms such as methylated folate or methylcobalamin are more thoughtfully directed at supporting the biological pathways which impact neurotransmitter balance and symptoms such as these. Even though these nutrients may help facilitate enzymatic function and neurotransmitter metabolism, it still is worthwhile to consider other aspects of physiology which may be dysfunctional in these clinical settings, and how supplemental therapies may be directed at addressing them.

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sept_2016_cover_277468_5_w360So, at what point do you seriously consider being a recipient of another person’s faecal material, surely one would have to be at deaths door to make that determination? Well, your first response may still be ‘Yuck’, even though we have been discussing the merits and potential benefits of triggering a restructuring of the microbiota for some years now. Well let’s say that the implications for beneficial outcome in a wide range of problems exists (subject to finding enough suitable donors) but that Clostrium Difficile resolution is the condition where most are currently preparing to confer credibility.

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