Spring is almost here! As I write this it feels like it is freezing out, which means it has dropped to almost 50 and the winds are blowing. Boy are we spoiled in Santa Barbara. Good news is it looks like lots of Sun and Real Spring, meaning high 60's and low 70's coming none to soon. This is a great time to get outdoors and focus on Healthy Actions!
Dr. Dale Out of Town!
Hooray, Laurie and I are out of town next Friday, April 15th for a short getaway. I will be in the office on Thursday morning before leaving to accommodate as many patients as possible. Please call ahead to adjust for this change in schedule.
My schedule has been very busy lately, so please always schedule ahead if at all possible and please give us as much warning as possible if you are not going to be able to make your appointment. This way we can make room for other patients who want to get in. Also know that whenever I can, I will work later hours at the end of the day to accommodate patients we can't fit in during my normal schedule. This also goes for new patients. I am limited in how many new patients I can see per week, however, I do stay after hours to make room for new patients who need my care. Also, Thank You very much for your referrals. It is extremely fulfilling for me to serve others in Creating a Lifetime of Wellness with Vitality and Longevity.
To date nothing has changed since my last article as far as our risk of radiation exposure. Much of the dramatic noise about this has died down. Radiation from Japan has reached the U.S. and is measured by specific agencies, however so far the levels are extremely low and not significant when compared to our natural exposure on a daily basis from being on Mother Earth.
Unfortunately for those in Japan things are much worse and very threatening to their health. This is a good time for us to pause, appreciate what we have, and continue to make a concerted effort to stay as healthy as possible. In fact, the risks associated with low levels of Vitamin D, one of my main topics again this month, are literally thousands of times greater for Californians who are not getting enough than the radiation from Japan.
Believe me, if the need for iodine becomes real I have stocked up for my patients on the highest quality form I am aware of and I will let you know. For now best thing to do is again, focus on Healthy Actions, like our Spring Cleaning below.
Spring Cleaning Time is Here
Spring-cleaning in this context is all about your body and mind, not your home and closets. It's a one to two week process of cleansing the body of bio-chemical toxins. This type of cleanse is referred to as Bio-Chemical Detoxification. Many of my patients over the last 27 years have found this process simple and rewarding.
Why cleanse? The breadth and quantity of bio-chemical toxins in our bodies are relatively shocking to most Americans when they realize the facts. A short list of some of the common toxins found in almost all Americans are; lead, mercury, DDT and many other pesticides, PCB's, perchlorate (a toxic compound of rocket fuel). Literally, tens of thousands, of man-made chemicals can be found. Many of these originate in all kinds of household products. Chemicals from plastics, flame-retardants, cigarette smoke, carpets, plywood glues, exhaust fumes plus the by-products that escape the factory smoke stacks.
Besides the chemicals we breathe, eat or drink, there are many that are created in our bodies everyday, which are poisonous and need to be processed.
The problem is that the detoxification systems of our bodies can only do so much in a 24-hour period, if they are fully functional in the first place. When our bodies cannot process all the chemicals due to either the overall load or complexity of many of the man made chemicals, or nutritional deficiencies, they are stored in many different cells of our body. Some of these chemicals have well documented disease risks, and for others there is much more research to be done. Most if not all of these chemicals can be found in each and every American
The Seasonal Solution to this problem is a 7 - 14 day cleanse (length of time varies depending on the individual). This will support your body's detoxification pathways, decreasing the toxic burden of chemicals. This is also an excellent way of interrupting any bad dietary habits that have developed over time, and for most people will result in some weight loss.
The Cleanse is quite simple. In general it involves replacing two meals a day with a drink that is specifically designed to cleanse the body of bio-chemical toxins, while at the same time serving as a meal. Your third meal is a feast of very healthy foods. Snacking between meals is fine and includes fresh fruits and raw veggies.
If you are ready to feel better, be cleaner and healthier, just let me know (either via email, call the clinic or stop by) and we will set you up with everything you need, then you'll be ready to go!
If you are interested in understanding this subject in much greater depth and receiving a significant discount on our Cleanse Program, please attend the class listed below.
Bio-Chemical Detoxification aka Spring Cleaning with Dr. Dale
Bio-Chemical Toxicity is a bigger issue today than ever before. Attend this class and by the end of the presentation you will understand:
The Many different kinds of Chemicals that We All have in our bodies.
The differences between Healthy Cleanses and Unhealthy Cleanses.
How and Why Cleansing can help you feel much better quickly!
How best to end your cleanse so you retain the maximum benefits for your long term health.
How to minimize your exposure to many common chemicals.
If you are ready to feel better, be cleaner and healthier, and save money, please sign up for our Free Class today!
Where: Santa Barbara Wellness For Life, 3892 State St., Suite #220
When: Wednesday, April 13th, from 6:00-7:15. Small snack provided.
This class is for existing patients plus friends and family of patients who are interested in Creating a Lifetime of Wellness.
To register for this Free Class, Please call the office and let us know you are coming (687-0533), and the names of any guests you will be bringing. Also, please be a few minutes early for class so we can start on time. I look forward to seeing you there.
Please Call Right Away, as This Class Should Fill Fast!
Special Offer: For existing patients attending the class there will be a Special Cleanse Package that will save you over $35.00! For guests attending the class there will be a special offer that will save them over $70.00!
Your M.D. May be Dangerous to Your Health - The Definitive Study on Vit. D
Over the last couple years, more M.D.'s have been ordering Vit. D tests for many of their patients. That's the good news.
In fact, if your M.D. is ordering your blood tests, I recommend that you ask them to include Vit. D as one of the tests. Most of them will agree to do this, while some are so behind the times they are not aware of why they should and may resist doing so. I will reserve comment on this group.
The bad news is that the vast majority of these M.D.'s don't have the necessary background when it comes to anything having to do with nutrition, i.e. Vit. D, and can in fact offer advice that increases your risk of disease. Many of my patients frequently say that their M.D. has suggested they take no additional vitamin D, as they are in the normal range (above 25 or 32 on their blood test). And patients who currently follow my recommended dosage (4,000 - 10,000 units depending on the patient) are often told by their M.D.'s that they are taking too much Vit. D. Some M.D.'s prescribe 1,000 units of Vit. D and consider this to be a substantial amount, but as I explain below, they are mistaken.
Depending upon how patient I am on a given day, I may take the time to explain what the vitamin D experts have been saying for some time. Or, on occasion, when I am less patient, I have been known to say, "quite frankly your M.D., doesn't know what they are talking about"! "Don't listen to them they are ....... when it comes to anything having to do with nutrition."
My recommendations for how much vitamin D to take are based on years of reading research that has clarified the required Vitamin D blood levels necessary to significantly reduce the risk of numerous diseases. Based on that research and the amount of sun a patient is exposed to (percent of time they are in the sun and covered in clothes, or clothes and the ubiquitous sunscreen), I usually recommend a dose anywhere from 4,000 - 10,000 units of vitamin D daily. I then follow the patient's blood test results to see what level this amount brings them to, and based on those tests, I can increase or decrease their dosage, or leave it just as it is.
The really good news is that scientists at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha have conducted new research confirming the ideal dosage of Vitamin D, and it just so happens to agree with me. It is groundbreaking research because it establishes the relationship between vitamin D dosage and circulating vitamin D levels in the blood.
"We found that daily intakes of vitamin D by adults in the range of 4,000 to 8,000 IU [international units] are needed to maintain blood levels of vitamin D metabolites in the range needed to reduce by about half the risk of several diseases -- breast cancer, colon cancer, multiple sclerosis and type 2 diabetes," said Dr. Cedric Garland. Link to Article
They also confirmed that there were no vitamin D toxicity issues in the group of 3,600 citizens, even in those with levels up to 200 on their blood tests. Most lab's normal "high" are either 80 or 100. I will occasionally get patients taking higher dosages whose levels rise over 100. I assure them that they need not worry and simply lower their dosage slightly.
The other key nutritional principal that they confirmed and has been mostly lost even amongst many alternative practitioners is the principal of "patient individuality". This seems so obvious, but is rarely considered anymore. This research clarifiedthat some individuals need much higher dosages than others to reach the same ideal levels of vitamin D in their blood.
We really want your vitamin D levels to be in the 60 -100 range to maximize protection from the many diseases that vitamin D can "reduce the risk of. Let me clarify one other very important point here. Many writers of health related articles, whether they are about nutrients or drugs, often misuse the term "prevent". What vitamin D does, when at proper levels, is "reduce" the incidence of certain diseases, however it does not "prevent" that disease from happening. If it did, the incidence for people taking the right amount would be Zero. This is only the case with some specific diseases, and specific amounts of a nutrient, i.e. Beriberi and Vit. C, or Vit. D and Ricketts.
The take home message, when it comes to nutrition, is please don't listen to the vast majority of M.D.'s. When it comes to Vitamin D, please take it, check with me as to a good amount for you, and then be sure to always have it checked on your blood test so we can make sure you are in the ideal range.
And please let me know if you have any further questions on this subject.
Quote of the Month
"The reason why we have two ears and only one mouth is that we may listen more and talk less." Zeno of Citium
Coming Next Month: The Latest Confusion and Clarity Regarding Hormones
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