Posts Tagged ‘vitamin D’

Dr Rich Snyder (Kidney Disease) and Dr Larry Hoberman (probiotics) Interviewed.

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Snyder-RichardMy first guest, Dr Rich Snyder is an osteopathic physician board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology (the study of kidney disease). His areas of specialization include kidney disease, high blood pressure, adrenal health and medical education. He is Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is the author of five books including Adrenal Fatigue For Dummies and What You Must Know About Kidney Disease: A Practical Guide For Using Conventional and Complementary Treatments. He is also the author of What You Need to Know About Dialysis: The Secret to Surviving and Thriving on Dialysis and is also the High Blood Pressure Expert on About.com

L HobermanMy second guest, Board Certified Gastroenterologist Lawrence Hoberman, MD, is the creator of EndoMune Advanced Probiotic and founder of Medical Care Innovations. He has spent more than 40 years practicing medicine and is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Frustrated by the lack of options to treat his patients suffering from Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) in the early 2000s, Dr. Hoberman met with a PhD microbiologist to identify a combination of bacteria that might work to destroy the harmful bacteria living in the intestines, improving and maintaining the health of adults. The result is the development of his own effective probiotic supplement: EndoMune Advanced Probiotic.
Dr. Hoberman currently sees patients as a part of a health and wellness practice that stresses preventative medicine. He is in practice at Health by Design, located in San Antonio, Texas. He is available for speaking engagements about digestive health and the benefits of probiotics and has spoken at several conferences. More information is available at: http://www.endomune.com

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Dr Michael Finkelstein on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

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Michael Finkelstein, MD, FACP, ABIHM, aka The Slow Medicine Doctor®, is the author of Slow Medicine: Hope and Healing for Chronic Illness, endorsed by Andrew Weil, MD and Mehmet Oz, MD. Dr. Finkelstein is the founder and medical director of SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine; he is an adjunct professor at SUNY Binghamton; he has been featured in top media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, and Real Simple; he has presented at leading venues including GE Corporation, Stanford University, and Omega Institute; and he blogs on the topic of Slow Medicine for The Huffington Post.

Dr. Finkelstein was trained at premier institutes for both conventional and integrative medicine – including The University of Pennsylvania, where he received both his Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Medical Degree (MD) and where he was awarded the honors of Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, and Dean’s List; and The University of Arizona College of Medicine, where Dr. Finkelstein completed an Associate Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, studying directly with integrative medicine pioneer Andrew Weil, MD

Certified in both Internal Medicine and Integrative-Holistic Medicine, Dr. Finkelstein is the recipient of numerous distinctions, including Fellow of the American College of Physicians; The John O. Vieta, M.D. Award for Academic Excellence and Personal Achievement; and “Attending of the Year, “an honor he received two years in a row. Over the past three decades, Dr. Finkelstein has distinguished himself not only as a doctor in private practice but also as the Medical Director of several major hospitals and health institutes, including two Integrative Medicine hospital departments/programs that he founded. Drawing from this diverse medical expertise, Dr. Finkelstein offers both a micro and macro point of view on today’s healthcare needs and challenges, and he provides a tried-and-true solution for healing individual
patients and the medical system as a whole: Slow Medicine.

 

 

Interviews with Dr Veronique Desaulniers (breast cancer) and Dr Carl O Helvie (lung cancer) now Available.

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

DrVpictureDr Veronique has been in practice since 1979 and has written Heal Breast Cancer Naturally a best selling book on Amazon based upon her experience with breast cancer.  She discusses her 7 essential step coaching program to heal any chronic disease. More information is available earlier on this site or at:  http://www.BreastCancerConqueror.com

 

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Dr Carl O Helvie has been a nurse practitioner, author, researcher and educator for 60 years, has published 8 books and 4 additional book chapters including one best seller book You Can Beat Lung Cancer:Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions, hosts the Holistic Health Show on BBS Radio and is Founder and President of the Carl O Helvie Holistic Cancer Foundation. He has been listed in most nation references,  was awarded the Distinguished Career Award from the American Public Health Assn and is listed in Wikipedia. More information at: Http://www.HolisticHealthShow.com or http://www.BeatLungCancer.net

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Prostate Cancer, Inflammation, and Vitamin D.

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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A new study published in the journal Prostate concluded that inflammation may be the link between Vitamin D and prostate cancer. Specifically the study demonstrated that the gene GDF-15, known to be upregulated by Vitamin D, is missing in samples of human prostate cancer driven by inflammation.  The researchers wanted to determine what genes Vitamin D is turning off in prostate cancer because it was known that puting vitamin D on prostate cancer cells inhibits their growth but has not been declared an anticancer agent.

The researchers said ” We thought there might be high levels of GDF-15 in normal tissue and low in prostate cancer, but we found that in a large cohort of human prostate tissue samples, expression of GDF-15 did not track with either normal or cancerous prostate tissue.” They then discovered that GDF-15 was uniformly low in samples of prostate tissue containing inflammation.  They said “Inflammation is thought to drive many cancers including prostate, gastric and colon. Therefore, GDF-15 may be a good thing in keeping prostate tissue healthy–it suppresses inflammation, which is a bad actor potentially driving prostate cancer.” They also found that the gene GDF-15 supresses inflammation by inhibiting another target, NFkB that has been shown to promiote inflammation and contribute to tumor formation in previous studies. Research is ongoing.

Does Increased Vitamin D Increase Breast Cancer survival?

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

logo1267406_mdA new strudy published in Anticancer Research concluded that breast cancer patients with high levels of vitamin d in their blood are twice as likely to survive the disease as women with low levels of this nutrient. .The researchers performed a statistical analysis of five studies  of 25-hydroxyvitamin D obtained at the time of the patients diagnosis and their followup for an average of nine years  on 4,443 breast cancer patients. The researcher said “Vitamin  D metabolites increase communication between cells by switching on a protein that blocks aggressive cell division. As long as vitamin D receptors are present tumor growth is prevented and kept from expanding its blood supply. Vitamin D receptors are not lost until a tumor is very advanced. This is the reason for better survival in patients whose vitamin D blood levels are high.”

Women in the high serum group had an average of 30 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml)  of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in their blood compared to an average of 17 ng/mg in the low group. In addition, the average level for breast cancer patients in the United States is 17ng/ml. Clinical trials to validate the findings were recommended as well as incorporating a safe dose of vitamin D as part of breast cancer care comparable to 4,000 International Units daily of vitamin D from food or supplements in order to reach a serum level of 50ng/ml.

Interview with Dr Michael A. Smith Now Available

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

CWP2013__smith_13Yesterday I interviewed Dr Michael A. Smith, Senior Health Scientist and Health and Wellness media Personality for Life Extension. In the interview he talks about the latest information on Disease Prevention and Treatment that you wont want to miss. His book on the Dietary Supplement Pyramid was published this month. More information was presented earlier on this site and can be found  at:                            https://www.lef.org/PressPass/Michael-A-Smith-MD_01.htm 

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Interview with Dr Edward Kondrot on Eye Health now Available

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

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Dr Edward Kondrot is founder of Healing The Eye and Wellness Center and also author of three beast selling books. More information was presented earlier on this site and can be found at: http://www.HealingTheEye.com

 

 

 

Can Grapes and Blueberries Enhance Your Immune System?

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

logo1267406_mdA new study published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research concluded that red grapes and a compound from blueberries called pterostilbene were the two from 446 compounds that had the ability to boost the immune system in humans. Both of these compounds, called stilbenoids, worked in synergy with vitamin  D to have a significant impact on raising the expression of the human cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (CAMP) gene, involved in improving the immune system. The researchers said “Out of a study of hundreds of compounds, just these two popped right out.” “Their synergy with vitamin D to increase CAMP gene expression was significant and intriguing. It’s a pretty interesting interaction.”  A strong link has been found between adequate vitamin D levels and the function of the CAMP gene, and this research shows that other compounds may also play a role. Stilbenoids are compounds produced by plants to fight infections, and in humans seem to affect some of the signaling pathways that allow vitamin D to work effectively according to the researchers. It seems that combining these compounds with vitamin D has considerably more impact than any of them would have separately.

Continuing research may lead to better understanding of how diet and nutrition affect immune function, and possibly lead to therapeutically useful compounds to boost the immune system. However, the researchers said the findings were made in laboratory cell cultures and do not prove that similar results would occur as a result of dietary intake but do add to our interest in this area of research.

 

 

Interviews with Dr Dean Silver and Laurie Beck (cancer survivors) Now Available.

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

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Guests on my show yesterday were Dr Dean silver and Laurie Beck.

Dr Silver  is board certified  and specializes in cardiology, internal  medicine and anti aging medicine. He overcome lymphoma using natural interventions.   More information was presented earlier and can be found at: http://deansilvermd.com/

Laurie Beck is a cancer survivor and wrote the book Living to Tell: surviving Incurable Cancer without Killing My Mother, My Branny or My Rx.  She appeared on the Dr Oz show. More information was presented earlier and can be found at: http://lauriebeck.squarespace.com/

 

Can Vitamin D Reduce Your Risk for Cancer and Many Other Diseases?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

logo1267406_mdA new study published online in PLOS ONE  concluded that improving vitamin D status by increasing the level in the blood could have a number of non-skeletal health benefits including cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases and autoimmune diseases reduction by impacting genes involved in a number of biological pathways associated with these conditions., The study shows that improvement in vitamin D status plays a large role in improving immunity and lowering the risk for many diseases.

The study involved a randomized, double blind, single-site pilot trial of eight healthy men and women with an average age of 27 who were deficient of vitamin D at the start of the trial.  Three subjects received 400 IU’s of vitamin D  daily and five received 2,000 IU’s  daily for 2 months. Samples of white blood cells (immune cells) were collected at the beginning and end of the two month period. Samples were subjected to a broad gene expression analysis and more than 22,500 genes were investigated to determine whether or not their activity  increased or decreased as a result of the vitamin D intake.

At the end of the trial, the group that received 2,m000 IUs achieved a vitamin D status of 34ng/ ml, that is considered sufficient, whereas the group receiving 400 IU daily received 25ng/mg that is considered insufficient. Results of the gene expression analysis indicated statistically significant alterations in the activity of 291 genes and that the biological functions associated with these genes are related to 160 biological pathways linked to cancer, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases and CVDs. The researchers concluded that the study “reveals the molecular fingerprints that help explain the non-skeletal health benefits of vitamin D.” They further said “While a larger  study is necessary to confirm our observations, the data demonstrates that imp[roving vitamin D status can have a dramatic effect on gene expression in our immune cells and may help explain the role of vitamin D in reducing the risk of CVDs, cancer and other diseases.”