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Osteoarthritis is a common problem that we all face as we grow older. Years of wear and tear and possible trauma to the joint and we have aches and pains that even if they aren’t debilitating, they are very aggravating, maybe just enough to stop us from enjoying a hobby or pastime that we love. If you are experiencing this, we have something that can help reduce some of the discomfort and let you start enjoying life again.
As someone with osteoarthritis you have probably been prescribed anti-inflammatory medication at some point. Perhaps you are one of the lucky ones that do not have G.I. (gastrointestinal) problems due to those NSAIDs, but most likely, you have had to deal with the side effects. Maybe you have tried Glucosamine sulfate that a friend recommended and got some relief. If you have contacted us at Doctor’s Nutrition for our recommendation you are probably familiar with our Perna Max. Perna Max is our joint formula using the Green-lipped muscle or Perna canaliculus. Over the past 20 years we have had great results with those suffering with osteoarthritis when they began taking our Perna Max product.
As mentioned, most prescription therapies for osteoarthritis have G.I. complications. And as you may know, when the G.I. system gets disrupted, there are consequences in other areas. Recent research at the University of Queensland, School of Medicine in Australia found that the Green-lipped muscle and Glucosamine sulfate reduced the symptoms of osteoarthritis and did not cause damage to the G.I. tract. Actually, some positive changes were made, especially in the microbiota profiles; the most notable was a reduction of Clostridia bacteria. Clostridia is a potent modulator of colonic Th17 and CD4+ regulatory cells, known to have the effect of increasing inflammation in the G.I. tract. This in itself would be reason to take Perna canaliculus and Glucosamine sulfate. Hopefully you never have to deal with a Clostridia overgrowth in the G.I. tract, however, if you or someone you know has had that to deal with, you know that it is very unpleasant.
As mentioned, we have been using the Perna canaliculus for a long time and have come to refomulate our compound over the years adding extra Glucosamine sulfate to the formula. We also have added Boswellia for its anti-inflammatory effects as well. This makes Perna Max an excellent formula for the reduction of those pesky osteoarthritis symptoms as well as something that can help protect the gut. That is a win win situation.
If you or someone you know suffers with osteoarthritis symptoms, give us a call and try Perna Max . It just may change your life, and that is what we are all about, living healthy and being healthy.
Yours in Health Dr. Jim Fox
OCTOBER 23, 2017
To get the flu shot or not to get the flu shot, that is the question. Well, it is no secret that most conventional medicine doctors will tell you getting your flu shot every year is the best way to prevent from getting the flu. However, the amount of actual scientific evidence that back this is slim. In fact, there is medical literature out there that suggests Vitamin D is a more effective course of action in preventing the flu.
Dr. John Cannell was one of the first people to bring about the idea that Vitamin D deficiency may be what causes the flu in people. Following his idea on this matter, the largest representative study to date discovered that those with the lowest levels of Vitamin D did in fact report more colds and/or cases of the flu. Recently, a scientific study of 25 controlled trials confirmed that Vitamin D supplementation boosts immunity and cuts rates of cold and flu. This study included 11,000 individuals from more than a dozen countries.
The researchers from this study believe, like Cannell, that Vitamin D offers protection by increasing peptides in your lungs, and that “This may be one reason why colds and flus are most common in the winter, when sunlight exposure (and the body’s natural Vitamin D production) is at its lowest.” This is why we believe that optimizing your Vitamin D levels, along with a healthy diet to build a good immune system, is the best flu prevention strategy available.
It is also important to note that the amount of Vitamin D needed varies case by case, the dose that you would need would really depend on your current Vitamin D blood level ; and the only way to know this is to get it tested at least once or twice a year. If you have a Vitamin D deficiency it could also lead to more problems than just a cold or the flu. Vitamin D deficiency has also been shown to lead to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, depression, autoimmune disease and other chronic issues. So, to sum it up, maintaining your Vitamin D levels year-round could very easily be the simplest and most efficient way to keep yourself safe from chronic diseases and infections!
This is something that we hear all the time; why don’t my insurance company pay for preventative care? Sounds reasonable, if they helped keep us healthier, then it would cost them less in the long run, right? Not so fast. Let’s look at the numbers before we place our bets.
Insurance companies know, from their history, that odds are you are not going to be with them long term. You change employers, you move, some company offers a lower rate, and you are gone, literally.
I think we can all agree that we are not in love with our insurance company, and may change frequently but, we need to understand their position on prevention. Why should one company spend the money to help some other company save money? Try and explain that to the shareholders. Here is where we have to understand that all insurance companies are in business to make money. They are not benevolent societies, they are for profit corporations.
Now that we understand the economics of prevention from the insurance companies standpoint, we can understand why it is up to us individuals to take care of our own health. Prevention pays it’s dividends back to us in the form of better health and longevity. Think about prevention in your car. You change oil, etc. to make it last longer. We need to do the same thing for our bodies. Would you skip the oil change because somebody else refuses to pay for it. I didn’t think so.
Next time you ask your doctor to do a specific test that you are curious about, or have read about, and he or she refuses, you can understand the ‘why’. No insurance company wants to pay for prevention. After all, you probably wont be with them in the long run.