Flu and Allergies info for you

15 12 2010

I copied this excerpt about the Flu and Allergies that was in a newsletter that goes out to doctors.  I thought you would find it informative.

Starts Here:

I am reminded of a story Dr. John Cannell told at the IAACN a few years ago. Dr. Cannell is a physician at a psychiatric unit in California. Knowing the research on vitamin D and how it facilitates a healthy immune system, he placed a group of his patients on optimal levels of vitamin D.

That year the flu was unusually virulent and just about everyone in the hospital got sick… nurses, support staff and patients in other areas of the hospital. Everyone, that is, except his group of vitamin D sufficient patients. His patients were not affected by the flu except for minor sniffles.

It was an amazing demonstration of prevention. However, he is quick to add that vitamin D is not the cure for the flu. Dr. Cannell recommends everyone get tested for vitamin D and shoot for the 50-70 ng/ml range to optimize health and assure that sufficient levels are available to foster healthy genetic expression.

Of the 20,000 genes identified, researchers say we need vitamin D for approximately 3,000 of them to function efficiently. As a side note, sometimes vitamin D levels seem to be resistive getting into optimal ranges. In every case, whenever I’ve recommended:

Bio-D-Mulsion Forte (Vita D) to a doctor or patient, they have been successful in bringing vitamin D to optimal status.  (The reason Vita D absorbs so much better than other products is that it is the smallest available emulsion and absorbs lymphatically)

Vitamin D isn’t the only nutrient star. It may be the super star in recent years, but remember, the white blood cells need folic acid, B12, and zinc to name a few to do battle effectively.

The zinc “taste test” to assess for zinc is a test that can be done by your staff on every patient for pennies. Zinc is needed for well over 100 enzymes reactions. We need zinc to make hydrochloric acid and important enzymes like carbonic anhydrase and the metal transporting enzyme metallothionein.

Let me re-emphasize. Having these enzymatic reactions working properly can have far reaching effects ranging from pain reduction to reducing depression.

A study published in “Agents and Actions,” indicated that high doses of zinc would help to control the release of histamine from basophil and mast cells.  (In other words, zinc may help your allergies)

Zinc may be a key factor with your allergy sensitive patients as well. Helping your patients attain sufficient zinc levels in the fall could make the difference in how they feel when spring allergy season arrives. So that little zinc taste test goes far beyond preventing or reducing flu symptoms.

In talking to clinicians, some of you were discouraged with the zinc taste test as you didn’t see appropriate changes. According to the original research on zinc sulfate, make sure you keep your patients on 6 or more teaspoons a day of the liquid form until they can taste it. (Then reduce dose to once per day or once every other day).

If you have questions, contact me.  Blood Doc John


Vitamin D Helps Flu and Asthma in Trials

20 03 2010

Vitamin D Helps Flu and Asthma in trials !!!!!!!!!!

Athletes, Coaches and Parents, read this. Most of you, especially involved in winter sports, know what it is like to get sick during the season. At XCAP, we strive to bring you information that keeps you healthy and performing your best. We have the best Vitamin D product on the market, Vita D. Remember this, XCAP products are Manufactured in a FDA audited facility with a pharmaceutical license. Only buy quality stuff that actually works when you look for Vitamin D.

A Japanese study is the first clinical trial to test vitamin D against flu; children who took vitamin D were less likely to get one kind of flu!

Last year, American researchers who analyzed data from a survey of nearly 19,000 Americans (NHANES III) found that those with the lowest blood levels of vitamin D reported having significantly more recent colds or cases of the flu.

A Japanese team has just published the results of the very first controlled human trial designed to test vitamin D’s power to prevent the flu.

And the outcomes were encouraging: “This study suggests that vitamin D3 supplementation during the winter may reduce the incidence of influenza A.

This study among schoolchildren included a sharp drop in asthma attacks among the kids assigned to take vitamin D and also showed that kids taking vitamin D were 63% less likely to have developed influenza type A.

Interestingly enough, asthmatic children taking vitamin D were 83% less likely to suffer asthma attacks during the trial.

Sex every 48 hours helps your hormones!

14 12 2009

by Blood Doc John
I attended the annual American Anti-Aging Symposium in Las Vegas last week.

It is a huge event every year with some of the latest research being presented by top doctors and scientists from around the world.

I will share some things that you will find interesting from this last week.

1. Nutrition, Exercise and Sleep are the most important things that effect how you age. (duh, right! Well this was addressed by nearly every speaker)

2. To Look better, Feel better and have better sex eat 75% – 85% plant foods. (Vegetables and fruits). I think the rest should be wild caught fish, grass fed meat and nuts.

3. Flu – when Vitamin D blood levels are over 60, it is very hard for that person to get the flu.

4. For optimal hormones, you should have sex every 48 hours. (This is obviously a favorite)

5. Adrenal Stress is a huge problem in all of society and affects every system of the body in a bad way. (This is why XCAP has the product Adrenal Balance)

6. Systemic Enzyme Therapy has a positive influence on wide ranging therapies including making hormones work better. (This is why XCAP has the product called Xtra EnZymes) People that even take Human Growth Hormone get much better results when taking enzymes.

7. Telomeres are the hot topic since the Nobel Prize was given a few months ago. Preservation of telomeres is helped with Vitamin D (XCAP Vita D), a proper ratio of omega 3’s and vitamin E (XCAP Max EFA’s), anti-oxidants and vegetables (XCAP 4Ever Greens).

8. One company is working on a patent to actually extend telomeres. I had a long conversation with them and will keep you informed on this.

9. Athletes that have taken steroids and human growth hormone may have greatly shortened their telomeres. This is like robbing Peter to pay Paul. Short-term success for long-term disaster. Lengthening the telomeres is very important to these people.

10. Energy medicine using sound waves with multiple frequencies and lasers are becoming very popular due to their ability to help heal. They are even used to rebuild collagen in the face to turn back the clock.

More stuff on the Flu

22 10 2009

We look at statistics for this blog and our most popular blog to date has been about Quercetin and the Flu.  Since there is so much interest in the Flu right now, I will share a few things that our athletes do to strengthen their immune systems.

  1. Take Vita D
  2. Take Adrenal Balance
  3. Make a shake with Whey Isolate and 4 Ever Greens
  4. Take AA Resveratrol

Full explanations of each product are on the product page.

Prevention Foods and Lifestyle

Everybody wants more immune competence. How about limiting our “immune suppressors?” Let’s reduce the things that slow our natural immune system down. Three immune suppressors that you have direct control over are dehydration, stress, and sugar.

So much has been said about sugar but here is a quick reminder about the importance of reducing sugar intake. One sugar related study showed that immune cells in a “no sugar” group destroyed 14 times more bacteria than the “high sugar” group. Reducing sugar consumption is critical and this includes the reduction of simple carbohydrates.

(Yet another reason that I don’t agree with gulping down a bunch of corn sugar such as maltodextrin after a workout)

We also hear about supporting the immune system with botanicals or antiviral drugs. Let’s review some basics that go a long way to augment the body’s ability to fight disease. One of the greatest immune enhancers is sleep. Sleep is natures greatest repair mechanism. I heard one researcher say the greatest antioxidant we possess is a good night’s sleep.

Another thing we often forget about is to assure that the superhighway of the lymph system is open to carry immune fighting WBC’s and remove toxins. We can do that by increasing movement or exercise. Finally, every day we learn more about the phytochemical (High levels are in 4 Ever Greens) effects of foods particularly fruits, vegetables, and spices.

Basic foods can be more powerful than pharmaceutical agents and without the side effects.

So increase water, reduce sugar and processed food intake, get sufficient rest, reduce stress, use movement to keep the fluids moving, increase fruits and vegetables to 10 servings a day. Increase the amount of color you consume in foods, ditch the white, increase the color. Also, boost consumption of garlic, ginger, and green tea.

This is good, sound advice rather if you are a professional athlete, a high school athlete, Randy Couture, Fedor Emelianko or Brett Farve and the Minnesota Vikings for that matter.

Quercetin and Flu

7 10 2009

With all the info on flu shots this time of year, this article seemed appropriate.

XCAP’s anti-aging product, AA Resveratrol, contains Quercetin.

Here is the study:

Mice given quercetin, a naturally occurring substance found in fruits and vegetables, were less likely to contract the flu, according to a study published by The American Physiological Society. The study also found that stressful exercise increased the susceptibility of mice to the flu, but quercetin canceled out that negative effect.

Quercetin, a close chemical relative of resveratrol, is present in a variety of fruits and vegetables, including red onions, grapes, blueberries, tea, broccoli and red wine. It has been shown to have anti-viral properties in cell culture experiments and some animal studies, but none of these studies has looked specifically at the flu.

The study, “Quercetin reduces susceptibility to influenza infection following stressful exercise,” was carried out by J. Mark Davis, E.A. Murphy, J.L. McClellan, and M.D. Carmichael, of the University of South Carolina and J.D. Gangemi of Clemson University. The study appears in the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.

The study was conducted using mice, but if quercetin provides a similar benefit for humans, it could help endurance athletes, soldiers and others undergoing difficult training regimens, as well as people under psychological stress, according to Davis.

Study builds on previous research

“Quercetin was used because of its documented widespread health benefits, which include antiviral activity, abundance in the diet and reported lack of side effects when used as a dietary supplement or food additive,” Davis said.

Earlier mouse studies have found that stressful exercise can increase susceptibility to upper respiratory infections, although it is not yet clear if the same is true for humans. There was also preliminary information that mice may be more susceptible to the flu when they exercise to fatigue. The researchers in the current study hypothesized that exercise would increase the chance of the mice getting the flu but that quercetin would counteract the increased risk.

Davis and his colleagues examined four groups of mice. Two groups performed three consecutive days of running to fatigue on a treadmill to mimic a short period of stressful exercise. One group of runners received quercetin, the other did not.

The remaining two groups did not exercise. One non-exercise group received quercetin while the other did not. All four groups were then exposed to a common flu virus, H1N1.

The researchers found that:

* Stressful exercise increased susceptibility to the flu. The mice that exercised to fatigue for three days were more likely to develop the flu than the mice that did not exercise (91% versus 63%).
* The mice that exercised developed the flu much sooner than those that did not (6.9 days versus 12.4 days).
* Mice that exercised and took quercetin had nearly the same rate of illness as those that did not exercise. In other words, quercetin canceled out the negative effect of stressful exercise.
* The severity of the symptoms among those mice that either did not exercise or those that exercised but took the quercetin was about the same.
* Quercetin had protective effects for the mice that did not exercise.

Although this study was done with mice, a recent human study found that people who took quercetin suffered fewer illnesses following three days of exhaustive exercise compared to those who did not. Unlike the mouse study, the humans were not inoculated with a virus.

“This is the first controlled experimental study to show a benefit of short-term quercetin feedings on susceptibility to respiratory infection following exercise stress,” said Davis. “Quercetin feeding was an effective preventive strategy to offset the increase in susceptibility to infection that was associated with stressful exercise.”