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A Letter from Dr. Hayman

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It is with mixed feeling that I announce my retirement from active practice. It is hard for me to put into words how much I have enjoyed all of the wonderful patients I have seen in my practice over the past 39 years. After 34 years practicing Chiropractic and five years of doing nutritional assessments and dietary coaching with patients, I have decided to retire. I am excited about my future, but I will certainly miss the feeling of satisfaction that comes from seeing people regain their health. There is no greater blessing than good health!

Therefore, as of July 1, 2017, I will close my office for patient visits and take no new patients. For those patients who are under active care, I will support them by phone and will continue to provide quality nutritional supplements upon request. I will make medical referrals as needed. I will still provide access to quality whole food nutritional supplements to those former patients and their family and friends through phone orders.  

Orders for supplements can be made by text or phone message at (386) 956-1668. You may also send a request for supplement refills to my e-mail address at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of you who have put your faith and confidence in me over the years and I wish for you nothing but good health in the coming years.

Sincerely,

Stephen W. Hayman, D.C.

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Sleep Apnea

June Newsletter

Sleep Apnea

Sleep is a vital part of our daily routine. While sleeping, the brain is constantly forming neurological pathways necessary for learning, memory and daily functions. Without the proper amount of sleep, it is difficult to focus and can change overall mood patterns. One of the most common reasons for a lack of sleep is obstructive sleep apnea. A recent study conducted that over 25 million Americans have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. 

What is sleep apnea? There are two types of sleep apnea obstructive and central. The most common form being Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This condition occurs due to throat muscles relaxing during sleep. When the muscles relax, the soft tissue of the soft palate collapses and blocks the airway. This can lower the oxygen level in the body. The brain will then wake I you up from sleeping so that the airway opens to allow more oxygen in. Most of the time, people don't even know they awoke during the night. However, those brief periods of awakening prevent the ability to reach REM sleep and cause drowsiness the next day.

Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) is less common. CSA occurs when the brain fails to signal the breathing muscles. This is different than OSA where the muscles are relaxing; the muscles with CSA are not receiving the signal to facilitate breathing. CSA has the same symptoms as obstructive sleep apnea, in that they wake up in the middle of sleep to take in oxygen. CSA is more commonly seen in people who have been diagnosed with heart failure. 

How does one know if they are experiencing sleep apnea? Those that have obstructive and central sleep apnea experience the following signs and symptoms:

•    Excessive daytime sleepiness 
•    Loud snoring 
•    Episodes of breathing cessation while sleeping 
•    Abrupt awakenings during the night 
•    Awakening with dry mouth or a sore throat 
•    Headaches that are present in the morning 
•    Insomnia 
•    Attention problems

Sleep apnea can affect just about anyone. However, there are certain characteristics that can increase your risk factors for sleep apnea. Those include the following but are not limited to:

•    Excess weight 
•    Neck circumference 
•    Narrowed airway 
•    Male 
•    Older than 60 years of age 
•    Family history 
•    African American 
•    Use of alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers
•    Smoking 
•    Nasal congestions

What can we do to nutritionally help reduce chances of sleep apnea? It is very important to maintain a healthy diet and supplement regime. Generally, the population that is most likely affected by sleep apnea are overweight or obese. It is important to maintain a healthy balanced diet that includes proper protein, carbohydrates, and fats.

Included in your daily routine should be at least 1 quart of clean water for every 50 pounds of body weight. However, try not to go over 3 quarts of water a day. Avoidance of dairy products is important as they contribute to airway inflammation and swelling. Temporary avoidance of foods high in serotonin, such as avocados, bananas, nuts and turkey may also be helpful. Nutrition is important but so is reducing the amount of smoking, alcohol, and sedatives used in the day to day activities. 

Make sure to get tested first to make sure you are on the right supplement and nutrition program. By getting a comprehensive blood panel and tissue mineral analysis performed by an experienced healthcare professional, an individualized program can be compiled for you to prepare you for your new healthy lifestyle. That way you won't have to guess what you may need to eat or supplements that you should be on. You can take the guesswork out by getting tested objectively. Don't wait, stop by our office today!

If you have found this newsletter helpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous newsletters archived. You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend.
 
You may have received this newsletter from a friend. If you are not currently receiving my monthly health newsletter and you would like to receive it the first of each month, just fill out your contact information on my website (drstephenhayman.com/newsletters) to be added to the list of recipients. I can be reached by phone at (386) 956-1668. 
 
Healthy Transformations
820 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL. 32720
 
I am currently accepting new patients for nutritional assessment and dietary coaching. 
 
Have a Healthy Day!
 
Dr. Stephen W. Hayman

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Eye Health

 

June Newsletter

Eye Health

The eyes are organs that, although very complex, seem to be ignored until problems actually start to arise.  When was the last time you worried about getting the proper nutrients needed to maintain healthy vision? Whether it's for work or play, many people spend hours a day texting on phones, typing on laptops, or on e-readers. Prolonged use of these technologies can not only cause eye strain but can also cause an array of symptoms such as tension headaches, burning or tired eyes, blurred vision, etc. This may even accelerate age-related eye diseases.

As we age should we just accept that we will have vision loss? Paying attention to what you eat and getting proper supplementation can help support eye health at any age and lower the risk of developing these diseases. Let’s take a closer look at common eye conditions seen today.

Cataracts
Cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens and is the leading cause of blindness worldwide, and the leading cause of vision loss in the United States.1 Cataracts can even be present at birth. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.1 The lens, which focuses light, lets us see both close-up and far away. It is made of mostly protein and water. Some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract.

Over time, the cataract may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see. Cataracts grow slowly, so the earlier you begin preventing eye disease the sooner you can slow, if not stop, the progression.

Macular Degeneration
Macular Degeneration causes central field vision loss which makes it difficult to see objects clearly and impairs your ability to complete common daily tasks such as reading, driving and even recognizing faces.  It’s the leading cause of permanent impairment of reading and detailed or close-up vision among people aged 65 years and older.2

There are two types of macular degeneration a dry form, and a wet form. The dry form is more common and accounts for 70–90% of cases and progresses more slowly than the wet form. 

  • Dry macular degeneration is characterized by light-sensitive cells in the macula slowly breaking down. The macula is centered in the retina (tissues on the back of your eyeball).
  • Wet macular degeneration occurs rapidly when blood vessels under the retina begin leaking blood and fluid. All individuals with wet macular degeneration started with dry macular degeneration.

One of the most common early signs of macular degeneration is drusen. Drusen are yellow deposits made up of lipids and can be located under the retina. They may be the result of the eye’s failure to eliminate its waste products.  

Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic Retinopathy is caused by complications of diabetes and can eventually lead to blindness. It affects up to 80 percent of all patients who have had diabetes for 10 years or more.3

As the disease progresses, the glucose in your body can damage and even block the blood vessels that nourish the retina, depriving several areas of the retina from their blood supply. The body may then attempt to create new blood vessels. However, these fragile, often abnormal blood vessels can easily leak blood into the center of the eye, blurring vision.

Eye support
Foods to eat to support eye health

  • Omega 3 rich foods
    • Salmon, tuna, olive oil, walnuts
  • Green leafy vegetables that contain Lutein as natural occurring carotenoid
    • Kale, spinach, collard greens, green peas
  • Eggs: Be sure to include the yolk which is the prime source of lutein and zeaxanthin, also a carotenoid
  • Almonds (preferably raw and unsalted): Rich in Vitamin E

Daily supplements to consider for eye support

  • Fish oil: 500 mg
  • Vitamin C: 3000 mg
  • Vitamin D: 5000 I.U.
  • Lutein: 10 mg
  • Bilberry: 200 mg
  • Vitamin E: 400 mg

Risk factors are common amongst most eye diseases, if not all. Smoking and alcohol use, high blood pressure, increased cholesterol levels and diabetes or high sugar levels and all heighten your risk level for developing an eye disease. Controlling these risk factors can put you in control of protecting your vision.

By eating a proper diet rich in nutrients and supplementing with proper vitamins and minerals, you won’t only be protecting your vision but you will also be preventing or controlling the diseases that accompany vision loss such as high cholesterol and diabetes. 

When was the last time you had a comprehensive check? Do you know your glucose and hemoglobin A1C numbers? How about your cholesterol levels? When was the last time you had your blood pressure checked or a urine test to look for signs of diabetes, kidney involvement or infection? It’s easier than you might think to get a complete nutritional analysis!

Don’t know where to start? Get a comprehensive blood analysis and tissue mineral analysis to know exactly what you need to optimize your deficiencies and toxicities. Your diet and lifestyle habits do affect your eye health!

If you have found this newsletter helpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous newsletters archived. You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend.

You may have received this newsletter from a friend. If you are not currently receiving my monthly health newsletter and you would like to receive it the first of each month just e-mail me your address (
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and request to be added to the list of recipients. I can be reached by phone at (386) 956-1668.

Healthy Transformations
820 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL. 32720

I am currently accepting new patients for nutritional assessment and dietary coaching. 

Have a Healthy Day!

Dr. Stephen W. Hayman


References:

1.  National Eye Institute.  http://www.nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes/aging_eye.asp.  Accessed on August 21, 2013

2.  Center of Disease Control.  Vision Health Initiative.  April 23, 2013.  http://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/basic_information/eye_disorders.htm  Accessed on August 21, 2013

3.  Kertes PJ, Johnson TM, ed. (2007). Evidence Based Eye Care. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 0-7817-6964-7.

 

 

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Stealth Health

May Newsletter


Stealth Health

 

Have you noticed the labels of the white bread and the cereals on supermarket shelves that read “good source of fiber”? Now read the nutrition label - three grams. That's the minimum amount that manufacturers need to pack into a product to have the words "good source of fiber" placed on the label.1 Some foods (like overly processed white bread) do not contain fiber naturally. So where is this fiber coming from?
 
Many consumers are buying foods that are fortified with synthetic fiber additives.  Food manufacturers, faced with demands to reduce calories, fat, and sodium while increasing fiber and flavor, are increasingly turning to products like inulin.
 
Manufacturers have discovered they can chemically manipulate the chemical structure of inulin (a natural source of fiber found in asparagus, chicory root, onion, and garlic) to mimic the tastes and textures consumers want in food.2 These additives are then used to promote “high fiber” in processed foods. But over consumption of these highly processed additives are actually causing more gastrointestinal problems and sensitivities, causing an array of side effects. 
 
While the food industry is using processed inulin and the “three grams” fiber guidelines as a way to increase their sales of grain-based products1, it’s important for you to understand where to find natural fiber sources. So, how much fiber do you need?  The American Heart Association Eating Plan suggests eating a variety of food fiber sources with total dietary fiber intake around 25 to 30 grams a day from food.3 
 
Dietary fibers are found naturally in the plants we eat as well as whole grains.

  • Soluble fiber:
    • slows down digestion by delaying the emptying of your stomach
    • sources include: oat cereal, lentils, apples, beans, and nuts
  • Insoluble fibers:
    • considered gut-healthy fiber and remain intact as they pass through the gastrointestinal tract
    • mainly found in whole grains and vegetables

The majority of research promoting dietary fibers comes from studies that utilized fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. However, controlled intervention trials have shown no proven protective effects of the dietary supplement of wheat-bran fiber as is used and promoted by the food industry.4

In fact, many studies demonstrate that excess intake of fiber may actually be harmful, particularly for gut health. Excess insoluble fiber can bind to minerals such as zinc, magnesium, calcium, and iron, preventing the absorption of these vital nutrients.1 And large amounts of soluble fiber like pectin and guar can lead to inadequate protein digestion and reduced pancreatic activity. Thus “the addition of insoluble and soluble fibers to processed foods may actually cause these foods to be even less nutritious than if they were not enriched with any fiber at all!”1
 
It is important to note that natural sources of inulin (asparagus, chicory root, onion, garlic, etc) do have beneficial effects on the body as it promotes healthy gut flora. However, the altered version found in processed foods is not gut friendly. Byproducts created during the fermentation process of these foods can cause symptoms of gas, bloating, diarrhea and nausea. The process is very similar by which cornstarch is converted to high fructose corn syrup. Though processing methods can differ among manufacturers, most commercial products use genetically modified enzymes and an intense chemical process.5
 
Supporting the good bacteria in your digestive system is important because 80 percent of your immune system is located there.6 The gastrointestinal tract is the body’s first line of defense in terms of immunity.  Supporting healthy gut flora with prebiotics and probiotics can help prevent and/or treat symptoms such as diarrhea, yeast infections, irritable bowel, and digestion. 


Highly processed inulin is not the only culprit of the additive family that can cause stomach pains. With more foods available now that are processed to ensure a longer lasting shelf life, we as consumers, need to be aware of what these additives are and how excess consumption can affect us. 
 
Reading the labels is one step you can take on educating yourself about ingredients added to processed foods.  
 
Chemically processed foods can wreak havoc on your digestive tract. Get started in the right direction toward making steps to correct and improve digestive health by getting a comprehensive blood test and tissue mineral analysis.
 
By determining deficiencies and toxicities based on your blood chemistry, supplemental guidelines and dietary improvements can correct the balance of your gut flora and help improve your digestive health for the proper breakdown of nutrients.  Call today to get started!
 
If you have found this newsletter helpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous newsletters archived. You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend.
 
You may have received this newsletter from a friend. If you are not currently receiving my monthly health newsletter and you would like to receive it the first of each month just e-mail me your address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and request to be added to the list of recipients. I can be reached by phone at (386) 956-1668.
 
Healthy Transformations
820 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL. 32720
 
I am currently accepting new patients for nutritional assessment and dietary coaching. 

Have a Healthy Day!

Dr. Stephen W. Hayman


References:

1.  Kresser, Chris.  Myths and Truths about Fiber.  February 17, 2012   http://chriskresser.com/myths-and-truths-about-fiber. Accessed on September 29, 2013

2.  Myers Lowe, Rachael.   Food Additive can cause stomach ache . Journal of the American Dietetic Association.   June 2010

3.  Univeristy of California Medical Center .  Increasing Fiber Intake.  http://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/increasing_fiber_intake/ 

4.  Alberts DS, Martínez ME, Roe DJ et.al.  Lack of effect of a high-fiber cereal supplement on the recurrence of colorectal adenomas.  New England Journal of Medicine.  April 20, 2000

5.  US Patent 5846333—Method of producing fructose syrup from agave plants," Patent Storm

6.  Wall Street Journal Gives BIG Thumbs Up to Good Bacteria Jan 31 2009 mercola 

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Aging: How old is "old"?

April Newsletter


Aging:
How old is "old"?

No two people age in exactly the same way. The US Government defines “older adulthood” at 65 years of age because they’re eligible for Medicare and Social Security. Many people choose to retire in their 50’s while others choose to continue to work and lead active lives into their 80’s and beyond. 
 
Age is a number. Health is a condition.

Does your health confirm your age? What is the quality of life? With increasing age, chronic illness becomes a key factor. Researchers are predicting that, for the first time in many generations, the average life expectancy of Americans will be decreasing in the next few years. Reason? The current obesity epidemic. Obesity rates have been rising by about 50% per decade since 1980, to the point where nearly every third American is now excessively fat. Childhood obesity is also rising at an alarming rate. New England Journal of Medicine, March 17, 2005.
 
What is age?
All body cells are preprogrammed to reproduce and die. At the rate most cells reproduce, you have a new body every 7 years. The food you eat contains the “tools” your body uses to make new cells. Unfortunately, due to suboptimal diets, often the new cells are not as ‘new’ as they should be resulting in progressive decline of function. The body favors short-term survival over long-term health. This short-term survival was achieved by prioritizing the allocation of scarce micronutrients to important body functions necessary for survival. Micronutrient deficiencies that trigger this “triage response” would accelerate cancer, aging, and neural decay but would leave critical metabolic functions, such as ATP production, intact to protect the heart, brain, etc. 

Ask yourself…Why isn’t the body healing and repairing like it used to? You don’t just wake up one day and you’re diabetic.
 
Drugs do not increase life span.

At times they may delay or avert a premature death or crisis. Blood pressure drugs are used so that you don't have a heart attack or stroke today. Antidepressants are used so that you aren't depressed today. Diabetes drugs are used so you don't have high glucose and have a seizure today.

Drugs taken for chronic conditions and even for acute disease are to avert a disaster or problem today. However, the cause of the original condition is rarely considered and then there are the added side effects of the drugs. As these side effects take hold…what is your quality of life?

Case in point… a 70-year-old presented to our office documenting she was on 8 prescription drugs: BP, cholesterol, reflux, depression, diabetes, and arthritis. She had complaints of chronic fatigue, malaise, and joint pain, among others. She tells us that she and her sisters cannot keep up with their mother.  What was our next question? Tell us about your mother!

Her mother is 99 years old with no complaints. She has never been on long term drugs until the last six months.She takes one pill per day for angina. Do you think you will live to be as old as your mother? What condition will you be in if you make it? Do you really think this 70-year-old is going to make it to be as old as her mother considering all of the medications and health problems she has?

“Being old is less a chronological age than a state of mind and physical status”
 
While we always suggest you get tested to determine exactly what you need to supplement, the following nutrients are supported by good research to warrant recommending for the aging population as a whole. Keep in mind, supplements will not overcome a very poor diet. They are meant to increase the nutritional quality of our food. 

Multiple Vitamin and Mineral (MVM):  MVM may boost mood in elderly. In one study, Folate and vitamin B12 levels # significantly in the MVM group but $ in the placebo group. Significant differences were also reported for symptoms of depression scores between the groups, with beneficial effects observed for patients in the supplementation group regardless of the initial level of depression of the individual.   
 
One-a-day MVMs usually do not provide sufficient amounts of many nutrients such as vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C. Even if they did, simple biochemistry explains you can only absorb a limited amount of certain vitamins and minerals at one sitting. With three- to six-per-day multiples, intake should be spread out at two or three meals each day, instead of taking them all at one sitting. A quick guide to determine the quality of your supplement is:

  1. Check the form of Vitamin D: Should be cholecalciferol not ergocalciferol
  2. Check the form of Vitamin E: Should be mixed tocopherol not dl-tocopherol
  3. Check the “other ingredients”: Are there artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated fat, nickel, tin? 
Vitamin D3:  Older people with insufficient levels of vitamin D may be at an # risk of dying from heart disease than those with adequate levels of the vitamin. Researchers followed 3,400 Americans for 7 years. Those with low vitamin D levels were 3x more likely to die from heart disease and 2.5x more likely to die from any cause. Another study showed, high levels of vitamin D to be associated with 33% $ risk of developing cardiovascular disease, 55% $ risk type 2 diabetes, 51% $ metabolic syndrome
 
B12/Folate:  Anemia should not be accepted as an inevitable consequence of aging. A cause is found in approximately 80% of elderly patients. B12 and folic acid depend on adequate intake and intestinal absorption rate. Both are necessary for red and white blood cell production. Folic acid is necessary to make certain precursors of DNA and the synthesis of several amino acids. B12 is necessary for making the active form of folic acid.  Incidence of B12 deficiency in the elderly may be as high at 15%. The B12 content in most multiple vitamins is not sufficient to adequately raise B12 levels. Many medications deplete many
b-vitamins. Those with higher B-12 levels 6X less likely to experience brain shrinkage. Neurology, Sep 2008; 71: 826 - 832.
 
CoQ10 in the form of Ubiquinol:  This supplement is imperative if you are taking a statin drug to lower cholesterol levels.
 
Below, is a complete list of supplements and dosages we would recommend for everyone age 50 and over. It is however most important that you test yourself to determine exactly what you are deficient in. Do you need more protein in your diet? Do you need to back off the carbohydrates? What is your vitamin D level? Set up a consult today to get on your way to optimal health by testing to determine your dietary and supplement needs.  I hope to see many of you in the office to be checked soon.

 
If you have found this newsletter helpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at www.drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous newsletters archived. You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend.
 
You may have received this newsletter from a friend. If you are not currently receiving my monthly health newsletter and you would like to receive it the first of each month just e-mail me your address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and request to be added to the list of recipients. I can be reached by phone at (386) 956-1668.
 
Healthy Transformations
820 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL. 32720
 
I am currently accepting new patients for nutritional assessment and dietary coaching. 

Have a Healthy Day!

Dr. Stephen W. Hayman

 

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Sports Drink Replacement

March Newsletter


Sports Drink Replacement

Thinking about swapping out soda for sports drink instead?  This may sound like a healthier option, but most sports drinks sold in the United States contain higher amounts of sugar than other beverages.  This adds calories to diets and is contributing to the national obesity epidemic.

Over the past three decades, U.S. children and adolescents have significantly increased their consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, which many people assume only means sodas.  But these beverages also include sweetened tea, fruit-flavored drinks, punches and sports drinks.  A review published by Health Eating Research found that “Though the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends most children and adolescents shouldn’t consume sports drinks, more than 27 percent of parents believe sports drinks are healthy.”

Sports drinks are designed to replace fluids that are lost during physical activity.  The sugars in sports drinks provide carbohydrates to the muscles.  However, our bodies are only designed to sustain high levels of activity for short periods of time (around two hours).  After that, our carbohydrate stores run low, causing us to become fatigued to the point where our bodies now have to rely on fat as fuel.

The liver will begin to break down fat and protein to form glucose, which can then be used for energy.  At this point, an athlete may experience symptoms of hypoglycemia, which occurs when blood glucose levels are low.  During hypoglycemia, a person may feel extreme fatigue and a near complete loss of energy.

However, for most of us, using a sports drink for routine bouts of fitness or activity is not necessary and water alone is hydrating enough.  Children opting for sports drinks while sitting at a desk or inside at school is not advised either due to the sugar content.  But what about the drinks that say “low-sugar” or “sugar-free”?  Be warned that it likely contains an artificial sweetener which is even worse for you than fructose.  You also want to avoid artificial flavors and colors as well.

We are now seeing a condition known as “non-alcoholic fatty liver syndrome” (NAFLS) in children as young as 12 due to the excessive amounts of high-fructose corn syrup in sweet drinks.  The artificial sweeteners used in diet drinks are now known to significantly increase the risk of Type II Diabetes at a much younger age.

The hype about coconut water hit the shelves about ten years ago.  Coconut water, not to be confused with coconut milk, has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drink. Ounce per ounce, most unflavored coconut water contains:

  • 5.45 calories
  • 1.3 grams sugar
  • 61 mg of potassium
  • 5.45 mg of sodium

Compared to Gatorade, which has:

  • 6.25 calories
  • 1.75 grams of sugar
  • 3.75 mg of potassium
  • 13.75 mg of sodium

On another note, most Americans don’t get enough potassium either in their diets because they don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.  Coconut water contains 660 mg of potassium vs. one banana containing 422 mg.  Potassium can lower blood sugar, reduce anxiety and stress, improve muscle strength, and improve electrolyte functions. 

 

Some recent news articles have stated that coconut water is likely no better for you than plain old tap water.  However, have you ever gotten your water tested?  Are you aware of toxic elements in your surroundings that could be contaminating your water? 

There are unpredictable levels of unregulated contaminants in public water supplies and there are chemicals intentionally used in water treatments that many experts consider healthy compromising (chlorine, aluminum sulfate and fluoride). 

Consumption of chlorine and especially fluoride will compete with iodine in the body to create poor thyroid function and eventually thyroid disease.  

Robert Slovak, a Mechanical and Astronautical Engineer, has over 30 years of experience in the water treatment industry has written hundreds of articles and presentations on water technology, water quality, and consumer advice for seeking the healthiest water for drinking and bathing.  He simply states that “The primary responsibility of any home port of use drinking water system is to reduce the highest amount and the most categories of contaminants.”

If your family is drinking the tap water from your home, you may want to invest in a Reverse Osmosis filtration system.  You can purchase a RO water filtration system to place under the kitchen sink for drinking and cooking for as little as $150 at Lowe’s or Home Depot.  This type of filtration can provide high reduction of virtually every category of contaminant, convenient and easy to install yourself.  Are you still finding yourself dehydrated often, even if you are not working out or exercising?  Are you experiencing headaches, lightheadedness, fatigue, dizziness, high blood pressure, or increased pulse rate?  Dehydration may not be the only factor to consider. 

Get a comprehensive blood test and tissue mineral analysis by your experienced nutritionist to determine your exact needs.  There may be something underlying that you are missing.  Correcting imbalances of toxicities and deficiencies can be done by supplementation and dietary guidelines can help improve your lifestyle. 

If you have found this newsletter helpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at www.drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous newsletters archived.  You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend.

You may have received this newsletter from a friend.  If you are not currently receiving my monthly health newsletter and you would like to receive it the first of each month just e-mail me your address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and request to be added to the list of recipients. I can be reached by phone at (386) 956-1668.
 
Healthy Transformations                                 
820 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL. 32720
 
I am currently accepting new patients for nutritional assessment and dietary coaching. 

Have a Healthy Day!

Dr. Stephen W. Hayman

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Is Your Hand Sanitizer Safe?

January Newsletter

Is Your Hand Sanitizer Safe?

The long-term use of hand sanitizers which contain triclosan or triclocarbon is under the scrutiny of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They are questioning not only the safety of these products but whether they actually work better than just soap and water at preventing bacterial infections. Triclosan, used as a bactericide in personal care products such as hand sanitizers, toothpaste and deodorant, has been linked to estrogen-mediated responses (which increases breast cancer risk), has been found to suppress thyroid hormone function, and shown to alter testosterone concentrations.

In 2016 companies that use triclosan will be required to provide the FDA with updated data on the product's safety and effectiveness.The FDA has already stated that liquid and bar soaps containing either triclosan or triclocarbon could pose health risks such as bacterial resistance or hormonal effects.2

When you use a product containing triclosan, you can absorb a small amount through your skin or mouth. A 2008 study, which was designed to assess exposure to triclosan in a representative sample of U.S. children and adults, found triclosan in the urine of nearly 75 percent of those tested!3

The World Health Organization announced this year that obsession and over-use of antibiotics has resulted in antibiotic resistance in every part of the world.4 The report focused on antibiotic resistance in seven different bacteria responsible for common, serious diseases such as bloodstream infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and gonorrhoea.4 The rates of antibiotic prescription levels are disturbing. When conducting a new study analyzing the national prescription drug database for 2010, Center of Disease Control Researchers found that 833 antibiotic prescriptions were prescribed for every 1,000 people.5   In the U.S. the overuse of antibiotics in farming (to prevent animals from getting sick and to fatten them up) is also widely fingered as a source of drug-resistant bacteria.  While antibiotics are often prescribed to treat bacterial infections, they are not effective against viral infections. Viral infections that should not be treated with antibiotics include:

  • Colds
  • Flus
  • Most coughs and bronchitis
  • Sore throats (except for those resulting from strep throat)

Triclosan isn't an essential ingredient in many products. While triclosan added to toothpaste has been shown to help prevent gingivitis, there's no evidence that antibacterial soaps and body washes containing triclosan provide any extra benefits, according to the Food and Drug Administration.Washing your hands is your number one protection against the acquisition and spread of infectious disease. You do not need antimicrobial soap to get the job done.
Hand washing tips:

  • When washing your hands use a gentle chemical-free soap and wash for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t worry about the temperature of the water:  Scientists have pointed out that various temperatures had "no effect on transient or resident bacterial reduction." They found no evidence that hot water had any benefit, and noted that it might increase the "irritant capacity" of some soaps, causing contact dermatitis.6
  • Use a clean towel to dry your hands.
  • In a public place, use a towel to open the door.
  • Try to avoid over-washing your hands. This can easily reduce the protective oils in your skin and cause cracks which create an easy entry point into your body for bacteria and viruses.
  • Check the label, especially on liquid soaps.  Be sure they are free of triclosan.  If you're looking for an alternative, consider an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

In addition to proper hand washing, several supplements can be used throughout the year to boost your immune system:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc
  • Oregano Oil
  • Lauricidin (supports a strong immune defense and helps maintain a normal, healthy balance of intestinal flora and yeast. Derived from coconut oil, Lauricidin has been shown to help fight fungal, yeast, bacterial, and viral illnesses.

Also important for good health - Get tested…
Do you seem to be getting sick year round?  Are your allergies getting worse by the season?  Does your “chronic cough” never seem to be going away?  There may be something that you are missing.  By getting a comprehensive blood analysis and hair tissue mineral test, your experienced nutritionist will be able to tell you exactly what you’re missing and provide you with a customized supplement list and dietary guidelines.  Take the guessing game out of your health and get tested today.  

If you would like to have a personal discussion about the subject matter of this newsletter you may reach me at (386) 956-1668.

If you have found this Healthy Times Newsletter helpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at www.drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous Newsletters archived.  You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend.

You may have received this newsletter from a friend.  If you are not currently receiving my monthly health newsletter and you would like to receive it the first of each month just e-mail me your address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and request to be added to the list of recipients.

Healthy Transformations
820 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL. 32720

I am currently accepting new patients for nutritional assessment and dietary coaching. 

Have a Healthy Day!

Dr. Stephen W. Hayman


References:

1. Toxicol. Sci. (2010) 117 (1): 45-53
2.  Saporito, Bill.  Why I’m Breaking Up With Hand Sanitizer.  TIME Magazine May 12, 2014.
3.  Calafat AM, et al. Urinary concentrations of triclosan in the U.S. population: 2003-2004. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2008;116:303.
4.  WHO’s first global report on antibiotic resistance reveals serious, worldwide threat to public health.  April 30, 2014.  http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/amr-report/en/
5.  Stobbe, Mike. Study shows overuse of antibiotics.  USA Today April 10, 2013
6.  www.nytimes.com/2009/10/13/health/13real.html

 

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Diabetes: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

December Newsletter

Diabetes: 
The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

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“Diabetes”: the dreaded diagnosis that silently creeps up on you. However, it really shouldn’t be a surprise considering Diabetes is one of the fastest growing conditions and is the 6th leading cause of death in the US. According to latest report from the CDC, Diabetes affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. today.  This is nearly 10 percent of the population. What’s even more troublesome is 1 out of 4 people do not know they have Diabetes.

 
Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism. Whether “Type 1”, “Type 2” or “Gestational” Diabetes, they’re all a disorder of metabolism.  Our bodies are designed to break down food into a simple sugar called glucose. Glucose then travels in our bloodstream and into cells to provide fuel for energy. Two things drive glucose into a cell: 1. Insulin 2. Need.  If a cell needs glucose for energy, it freely moves in and out of the cell but if glucose starts to back up into the blood stream which is a condition known as Hyperglycemia, the body brings out the “big gun” known as Insulin to kick open the cell doors and force glucose into the cells.  You are diagnosed with Diabetes when there is a chronic elevation of glucose levels in the blood stream. Chronic elevations in glucose can be caused by certain medications, toxic elements in your environment like cadmium and arsenic, poor nutrition or diet, high caloric diet combined with a sedentary lifestyle, mineral deficiencies, infections or digestion issues.
 
How do you know if you have Diabetes? Unfortunately, diagnosis of Diabetes can be tricky at first. In the earlier stages there are no outward symptoms. Once the condition is fully developed the following symptoms may appear:

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased Urination
  • Increased sense of hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Vision problems
  • Poor healing
  • Edema
  • Neuropathy
  • Weight loss (Mainly found in Type 1)
  • Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands/feet (Type 2)
The good news is once you’ve been diagnosed with Diabetes your future prognosis can be promising with proper treatment and monitoring. Type 2 Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes can nearly always be effectively managed and even reversed and Type 1 Diabetics can greatly reduce their insulin dosages if the following recommendations are followed:
  • Exercise Regularly. Exercise burns the excess glucose.  If you are not accustomed to working out, make sure to ease into an exercise routine. Start with at least 10 minutes of exercise and slowly work up to at least 30 to 40 minutes a day.
  • Reduce the amount of carbohydrates and low quality foods consumed in the daily diet. A low glycemic diet is often times recommended to reduce the amount of carbohydrate that is being consumed. This take stress off of the liver and helps maintain glucose levels so they’re fluctuating so much.
  • There are many nutrients that are vital to glucose regulation.  If you’re not getting them in your diet, this will increase your risk of developing some form of Diabetes. Some of the most important nutrients include: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Chromium, Vanadium and fish oil.  The best way to know your true need for any of these nutrients is to get a comprehensive blood and hair test.  These tests are also used to monitor progress and determine when dosing should be reduce or if there is no longer a need to supplement certain nutrients.
  • Have a blood test conducted at least once a year. It is important make sure the blood test includes a Vitamin D test, liver panel, kidney panel, triglycerides and a hemoglobin A1C.  Contrary to what most think, it’s the liver that is the primary regulator of glucose. 
  • Check your C-Peptide level. C-Peptide is produced by the pancreas at the same rate as insulin. If
    C-Peptide levels are low, this means your pancreas may not be producing enough insulin and you could be heading toward Type 1 Diabetes.  
  • Have a hair test done to check on toxic and essential element levels at least once a year. It’s important to see if there are toxic elements in your environment you may not know about.  These toxic elements cause nutrient deficiencies and interfere with vital processes in the body.  A hair test will also check your chromium and vanadium status.  These are two very important minerals in glucose metabolism.
  • If you’re over the age of 30, have a urinalysis every 6 months to check for glucose, ketones and protein.  Generally, the human body doesn’t “spill” glucose into urine unless levels become very high in your bloodstream. When cells are not absorbing glucose, the cells may become desperate for fuel. At this point, the body turns to fat for fuel which produces ketones. If ketones are too high for too long, it can create a life threatening condition known as Ketoacidosis.  Protein in the urine can indicate kidney damage.

The bad news is if Diabetes is not kept under control it can increase the risk of stroke, heart attacks, cancer, loss of nerve function, kidney disease, liver disease, blindness and a possibility of amputation.
 
Medically, Type 2 Diabetes is treated with oral medication to reduce the chances of having further complications with the condition. The ugly truth about diabetic medication is that it is designed to reduce the amount of glucose in the blood stream by force. The question we must ask ourselves: “Where does the glucose go when one takes these medications?”.  Does it simply “poof” away? The medications force the excess glucose into the cells.  But what if the cell is already full?  Glucose is fuel; it’s like gasoline.  Gasoline is very inflammatory.  If you’re “forcing” this inflammatory gasoline (glucose) into the cell, do you think just maybe it’s going to damage the cell?  The kidneys, eyes and peripheral nerves are very sensitive and delicate.  Do you think forcing the glucose into those cells is going to cause some damage?  Damage to these cells leads kidney disease, blindness and painful neuropathies. Can you see how using medication to treat Diabetes can cause so many other problems?  Why not truly reverse Diabetes with proper diet and lifestyle changes?  It is within your control, but proper testing helps you have a perfect game plan! 
 
By having a nutritional blood and hair analysis performed, you will be able to know if you are showing any risk factors for developing Diabetes and develop yourperfect game plan to reduce your risk. The earlier you catch Diabetes the sooner you can start on the path to a healthier and disease free lifestyle. If you think you may need some help, set up a consultation with me today.

If you would like to have a personal discussion about the subject matter of this newsletter you may reach me at (386) 956-1668.If you have found this Health Times Newsletter helpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at www.drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous Newsletters archived.  You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend. You may have received this newsletter from a friend.  If you are not currently receiving my monthly health newsletter and you would like to receive it the first of each month just e-mail me your address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and request to be added to the list of recipients.

Healthy Transformations
820 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL. 32720

I am currently accepting new patients for nutritional assessment and dietary coaching. 

Have a Healthy Day!

Dr. Stephen W. Hayman
 


Work Cited

 

"American Diabetes Month®." American Diabetes Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Oct. 2015.
"Diabetes." - Mayo Clinic. N.p., 31 July 2014. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.
"Diabetes in the United States." 3. Http://www.cdc.gov/Diabetes/pubs/statsreport14/Diabetes-infographic.pdf. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d. Web. 20 Oct. 2015.ov/Diabetes/pubs/statsreport14/Diabetes-infographic.pdf
MacGill, Markus. "Diabetes: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments." Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, 15 Oct. 2015. Web. 21 Oct. 2015
"Role of Insulin Secretion and Sensitivity in the Evolution of Type 2 Diabetes in the Diabetes Prevention Program: Effects of Lifestyle Intervention and Metformin." Diabetes 54.8 (2005): 2404-414. Web. 2 Nov. 2015.

 

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You Found A Lump In Your Breast…Now What?

November Newsletter

You Found A Lump In Your Breast…Now What?

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The focus on breast cancer awareness should not just take place one month out of the year.  For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.1  Prevention of breast cancer, and any other cancer, is a life-long commitment to a healthy lifestyle.  But, within our industrial society and with the very real problem of nutrition misinformation, it is well understood you will unwittingly get exposed to many harmful elements that effect one’s health and well-being.  Later in this newsletter we will speak more about prevention.  The main emphasis here will be placed on detection and what to do after it.  Because many women half halfheartedly go for their annual mammogram without thinking about what they would do if something was found, many women do not understand their options and the statistics that follow them.  Let’s first discuss different methods of detection.

Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams at least once a month.  Johns Hopkins Medical Center states, “Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.2”   Self-exams help you be familiar with how your breasts look and feel.  If you feel a lump when doing your self-exam keep in mind the following information:

  • Benign (non-cancerous) adenomas are round, firm, mobile, and have true borders.
  • Malignant tumors may feel stony hard, have an irregular shape, and non-mobile or fixed.
  • Women with fibrocystic breasts usually get lumps in both breasts that increase in size and tenderness just before they get their period.

Studies show up to 80% of all breast lumps are harmless3, however you may still feel scared and want to know you'll be OK.  So what do you do next if you find a lump?

Exploring your options:  Always remember that not one test is 100% accurate.  You are better off using your options in conjunction with one another for the best outcome.  Sensitivity and specificity are often used as scientific terms to describe the accuracy of testing devices and methods.  Sensitivity describes a true positive result, or, if a person has a disease, how often the test will be positive. Specificity describes a true negative result, or, if a person does not have the disease, how often the test will be negative.  For both measurements, the higher the percentage, the more accurate. 

Mammography:  Sensitivity is dependent on the quality of the equipment, competence of the radiology staff, and the density of the breast tissue. Estimates of mammography sensitivity range from 75% to 90% with specificity from 90% to 95%.4  There are many limitations to mammography that one must acknowledge and be comfortable speaking about with their primary care physician.  The false positives of mammography are becoming more of a concern for women because they cause anxiety and unnecessary follow-up procedures.  About half the women getting annual mammograms over a 10-year period will have a false-positive finding.5Effectiveness of mammograms for women with dense breast tissue is also a concern.  Dense breast tissue and cancer both appear white on an X-ray, making it nearly impossible for a radiologist to detect cancer in these women. It's like trying to find a snowflake in a blizzard.  In fact, many states have passed laws that make it mandatory for radiologists to inform their patients who have dense breast tissue that mammograms are basically useless for them.6  Breast density can decrease as one ages.

Ultrasound:  Since there is no radiation or compression with ultrasound it usually sounds more appealing to many patients.  Ultrasounds are usually recommended as a follow-up procedure if your mammogram comes back with suspicious abnormality.  Sensitivity and specificity of ultrasound is known to be statistically greater than mammography in patients with breast symptoms for the detection of breast cancer and benign lesions particularly in dense breast and in young women.7  Ultrasound cannot image the entire breast at once, so it's used for a diagnostic spot check of areas that a screening mammogram has already revealed.  Other limitations are that the procedure may not be covered by your insurance plan, the facility’s and technician’s expertise, and the equipment. 

MRI:  Studies show that MRI offers a significantly higher sensitivity of 91% and specificity of 97.2% compared to mammography.8  Research presented by the Journal of Clinical Oncology concluded that mammography alone, and also mammography combined with breast ultrasound, seems insufficient for early diagnosis of breast cancer in women who are at increased familial risk with or without documented BRCA mutation.  If MRI is used for surveillance, diagnosis of intraductal and invasive familial or hereditary cancer is achieved with a significantly higher sensitivity and at an earlier stage.8  

There are many limitations of MRI though.  Historically, MRI has been known to be unable to effectively image calcifications that are often associated with DCIS.9 Time is another factor.  The test takes up to 60 minutes in a confined space.  Patients often complain of the claustrophobic feeling.  Another drawback is that it is a very expensive exam costing approximately $1000.  If getting an MRI is an absolute must, shop around first.  Freestanding diagnostic centers are alternative places to obtain services at a fraction of the cost charged by hospitals.  Let’s also not forget the contrast agent called “gadolinium” that is used to enhance abnormal tissue.  This chemical is injected intravenously and is known to be toxic.  The majority of the gadolinium is removed from the body within the first 24 hours, mostly by the kidneys. It's important to drink as much water as you can during that first 24 hours, maybe even 48 hours, to eliminate the contrast dye from the kidneys quickly.  You can refuse the contrast but accuracy of the MRI may be affected. 

Thermography:  Breast thermography has an average sensitivity and specificity of 90%.10 It has been documented by a well published study that Thermography is able to detect up to 88% of tumors two cm or smallerwhile mammography detected 80% .11  However, when used as part of a multimodal approach (clinical examination + mammography + thermography) 95% of early stage cancers will be detected.10  Approved by the FDA since 1982 for the use in detection of breast cancer, this tool provides a physiological view of the underlying tissue.  This means that it has the possibility of detecting angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels that feed a tumor, which occurs long before the tumor can actually be detected by a mammogram.  There is no radiation and no compression when this test is performed.    Breast thermography offers younger women a valuable imaging tool that they can add to their regular breast health check-ups beginning with baseline imaging at age twenty. 

One of the biggest limitations of thermography is that it may not be covered under your health care policy.  This all depends on your individual insurance coverage.  Thermography is performed under a very controlled environment.  If the facility does not follow exact procedures such as controlling the temperature of the room, calibration of equipment, and acclimation procedures, the results of the patient’s images can be affected.  Another drawback of the thermography procedure is that the patient is given very specific instructions to follow 24 hours before the test.  If the patient fails to follow these guidelines then the accuracy of the images are effected which can cause a false impression of inflammation.

Blood tests are another way to detect inflammation in the body which can be caused by cancer or other serious diseases.  A comprehensive blood test can indicate deficiencies and toxicities that may be affecting the body’s ability to health and repair.  The C-Reactive Protein (CRP), CBC, Ferritin, and Alkaline Phosphatase are a few markers that are monitored, depending on the type of cancer or infection one has.  For breast cancer, the specific tumor marker, CA 27.29, can be tested as an indicator associated with measuring the antigen in the blood.  The FDA approved the CA 27.29 in 1996 as the first and only blood test specific for breast cancer.  However, this test should be looked at in conjunction with other inflammatory markers for better accuracy. The CA 27.29 breast cancer tumor marker is not specific or sensitive enough to determine if metastasis has occurred.  The normal range for the CA 27.29 is under 38.  However, it will never be zero for anyone.  Other conditions that may cause the CA 27.29 to rise are Endometriosis, ovarian cysts, first-trimester pregnancy, benign breast disease, and kidney and liver disease.12 After establishing that the lump is not just a cyst, most doctors will recommend following up with a biopsy.  Most of the time, the in-office procedure is done by using ultrasound to guide the needle to the suspicious tissue.  What patients don’t realize is that they also have the option to get a lumpectomy, or remove the tumor rather than needle biopsy.  With the potential risk of malignant cells breaking away from the tumor during a biopsy, why wouldn’t one just remove the whole tumor, or get the lumpectomy, from the very beginning?  The tissue removed, whether via biopsy or lumpectomy, will still be tested by a pathologist to determine if it is cancerous.  According to studies, needle biopsies may increase the spread of cancer by 50 percent compared to patients who receive lumpectomies.13  After a clear diagnosis is made, the treatment plan can be discussed.  After the surgery, treatments depend on individual situations.  Some may choose radiation only while others may choose chemotherapy, radiation, and hormonal therapy.  One concerning note is that many doctors do not follow up with prevention strategies such as nutrition, exercise, and supplementing the diet to improve deficiencies and toxicities and thus potentially preventive cancer reoccurrence.

By testing a comprehensive blood panel and doing a tissue mineral analysis, individualized dietary and lifestyle strategies can be formulated and monitored to determine effectiveness of these preventive strategies.  This baseline testing can also can help determine the best course of cancer treatment and monitor the patient’s response to cancer treatment and prevention of reoccurrence.  Many times, patients compliment breast cancer medical treatment plans with nutritional protocols and achieve better outcomes. It’s not easy knowing where to start.  That is where your experienced nutritional healthcare provider can help you by analyzing your comprehensive test results and maybe even giving you a second opinion.  Ask me today on how you can start on your way towards better health!

If you would like to have a personal discussion about the subject matter of this newsletter you may reach me at (386) 956-1668.If you have found this Health Times Newsletter helpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at www.drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous Newsletters archived.  You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend.

You may have received this newsletter from a friend.  If you are not currently receiving my monthly health newsletter and you would like to receive it the first of each month just e-mail me your address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and request to be added to the list of recipients.

Healthy Transformations
820 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL. 32720

I am currently accepting new patients for nutritional assessment and dietary coaching. 

Have a Healthy Day!

Dr. Stephen W. Hayman
 



References:

1.  Breastcancer.org.   http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics  Accessed on 09/27/2015.

2.  http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org

3.  Bouchez, Colette.  You found a breast lump…now what? http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/features/advances-in-diagnosing-breast-cancer.  October 2007. 

4.  Hendrick RE.  Mammography quality assurance.  Current issues.  Cancer. 1993 Aug 15;72(4 Suppl):1466-74.

5.  Cancer.org

6.  Miller AB1Wall CBaines CJSun PTo TNarod SA.  Twenty five year follow-up for breast cancer incidence and mortality of the Canadian National Breast Screening Study: randomised screening trial. BMJ. 2014 Feb 11

7. Devolli-Disha E1Manxhuka-Kërliu SYmeri HKutllovci A.  Comparative accuracy of mammography and ultrasound in women with breast symptoms according to age and breast density.  Bosn J Basic Med Sci. 2009 May;9(2):131-6.

8.    Christiane K. KuhlSimone Schrading et.al. Mammography, Breast Ultrasound, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Surveillance of Women at High Familial Risk for Breast Cancer.  Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2005.

9.  www.imaginis.com

10.   www.iact-org.org

11. Bronzino, Joseph.  Medical Devices and Systems.  CRC Press.  2006

12.  Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.  http://dslrf.org/breastcancer Accessed on September 23, 2015.

13.  Arch Surg. 2004;139(6):634-640.

 

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Reduce Your Hemoglobin A1c Naturally

October Newsletter

Reduce Your Hemoglobin A1c Naturally

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Diabetes is an epidemic.  There are more people walking around today who either are diabetic or pre-diabetic or may not even know it.  The statistics indicate that one in four Americans has either pre-diabetes or the full-blown disease!1  This shouldn’t be surprising.  The standard American diet has evolved into a fast food eating, carbohydrate loading, soda drinking, and fried food loving obsession.  People are accountable for what they eat.

However, it has become increasingly difficult to control eating habits due to what is readily available to us.  Food manufactures are constantly making false or misleading health claims about their products for appeal to the general population. Consequently, there is far less time invested in advertising foods that are actually good for us. “Advertising of fruits and vegetables is almost
non-existent,” says Frances M. Berg in his book “Underage and overweight”.  Most of the food ads children and teens see on television are for foods that nutritionists and government agencies argue should be consumed either in moderation, occasionally, or in small portions.2  These products are minimally nutritious, full of artificial ingredients and trans fats or partially hydrogenated oils.

Diabetes rates for both adults and children are climbing.  The good news is that Type II diabetes is completely preventable and nearly 100 percent reversible. First thing first, get tested.  The Hemoglobin A1C test is a common blood test used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 Diabetes.  The A1C test reflects your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months.  As of now, the clinical ranges that the medical profession uses to diagnose diabetes are between 4.60 – 6.40. These ranges have increased over the years due to the growing population of Americans with diabetes which means you have to be sicker now than you did years ago to become diagnosed. By increasing the ranges and delaying the diagnosis of type II diabetes, are we being set up for failure?  Are we waiting too long and letting complications of diabetes such as nerve damage, cataracts, glaucoma, kidney failure, gum disease, and cardiac arrest catch up?  What if you were given a warning beforehand so you were able to control your A1C levels?  Would you make the necessary lifestyle changes to do so and at what point would you start?

Now is the time.  There are too many people that wait too long and do not understand the importance of how their lifestyle and dietary decisions they are making today will affect their health down the road.  By preventing diabetes you will be saving yourself money and time in the future.   Experts estimate that the average cost of diabetes care is $5,000 a year.3 The cost jumps when complications require hospitalizations and expensive after-care.3 Even if you already are diagnosed with diabetes, it is never too late to start.  In fact, significant improvements can be seen in just days!

  1. Don’t count calories, count carbohydrates.  Any meal high in carbohydrates will generate a rapid rise in blood glucose. To adjust for this rapid rise, the pancreas secretes the hormone insulin into the bloodstream. Insulin then lowers the levels of blood glucose.  The insulin response must be controlled or this roller coaster ride will lead to obesity, insulin resistance, and diabetes. The total storage capacity of the body for carbohydrate is really quite limited.  Carbohydrates to limit or avoid include: bread, pasta, crackers, cookies, cakes, potatoes, soda, alcohol, french fries, fruit juice, cereals, and pretzels just to name a few.  Remember that fruits are carbohydrates too.  Be sure to limit your fruits to no more than one to two per day (depending on the severity of your diabetes).  Many diabetics benefit from a low glycemic menu plan.  The glycemic index (GI) measures how a carbohydrate containing food raises your blood glucose.  The lower the GI, the better.
  2. Don’t be afraid of fats.  As your insulin is moderated, your body will start using fat for energy which can help you lose weight and control diabetes.  Fats to consume include olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, nuts and seeds, and fish.   Watch out for condiments and sauces.  Many cream based condiments contain hydrogenated oils, soy, and artificial sugars.  Use different spices to enhance food’s flavor like turmeric, paprika, lemon, garlic, and pepper.
  3. Protein, protein, protein.  High-protein foods take more work to digest, metabolize, and use, which means you burn more calories processing them. They also take longer to leave your stomach, so you feel full sooner and for a longer amount of time.  In a study published in Nutrition Metabolism, “dieters who increased their protein intake to 30 percent of their diet ate nearly 450 fewer calories a day and lost about 11 pounds over the 12-week study without employing any other dietary measures.”4Healthy protein sources include eggs, nuts, nut butters, chicken, fish, even steak (depending on your iron levels).  Avoid fatty meats like bacon, sausage, ribs and hotdogs.
  4. Eat vegetables with every meal.
  5. Exercise.  Easier said than done.  Take one day at a time and start with 20-30 minutes 3 times a week.  Gradually work in weight routine exercises, stretches, and fast pace intervals of running or walking depending on your endurance level. 
  6. Eat small and frequent meals throughout the day instead of three large meals.  This will keep stress off the liver and keep your glucose leveled throughout the day.
  7. Get tested.  It is hard to know where to start and factors are contributing towards your condition.  There may be a link you are missing that is contributing towards your underlying symptoms.  Be getting a comprehensive blood test and tissue mineral analysis, your experienced nutritionist can get you started on the correct path towards health.  Don’t wait till it’s too late.  Even if you think you are healthy, you may be surprised at what your blood test reveals.  This comprehensive testing can also determine exactly what supplements to take and what vitamins you may be deficient in.  Common vitamins for diabetics include:            
               Vitamin C

               Vitamin E
               Garlic
               Chromium Picolinate
               Fish Oil
               Vitamin D
Get tested today to find out exactly what your needs are!

If you would like to have a personal discussion about the subject matter of this newsletter you may reach me at (386) 956-1668.If you have found this Health Times Newsletter helpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at www.drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous Newsletters archived.  You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend.

You may have received this newsletter from a friend.  If you are not currently receiving my monthly health newsletter and you would like to receive it the first of each month just e-mail me your address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and request to be added to the list of recipients.

Healthy Transformations
820 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL. 32720

I am currently accepting new patients for nutritional assessment and dietary coaching. 

Have a Healthy Day!

Dr. Stephen W. Hayman 


References:

1.  NDIC, National Diabetes Statistics 2011http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/statistics/dm_statistics.pdf.

2.  Huff, Ethan A. Big Food’ Manufacturers Being Called Out for False Nutritional Claims. Article, 200

3.  Winston-Salem Journal, N.C. February 17, 2009. 

4. Yeager, Selene. Protein: Your secret

 

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Obesity and its Connection to Cancer

 

September 2015

 

Obesity’s Connection to Cancer


 

 

Almost 30 percent of the worldwide population is overweight or obese (BMI, or “body mass index” greater than 30 for adults = obesity). Worldwide, obesity is also responsible for about 5 percent of deaths annually 1.  In one recent report obesity is driving an estimated half a million cancer cases annually 2-3.  Two-thirds of obesity-related cancers including colon, rectum, ovary and endometrial cancers occur in North America and Europe. Women have the highest risk factor and are developing obesity-driven cancers almost twice as often as their male counterparts4.  If this trend marches on the experts think that roughly half of the world’s population will be overweight or obese by the year 2030 5. This will drive cancer cases up at an absolutely alarming rate.  

How can these two occurrences be linked?      
The global dietary tendencies help to paint the picture that connects obesity rates and cancer cases. In developed countries the average citizen consumes a diet filled with processed foods.  On the contrary, in developing regions food choices that are traditionally more natural are the norm.  Obese women in developed nations account for 8 percent of all cancers, by contrast these same obese women from developing countries account for only 1.5 percent of cancers.  Obese men in developed nations account for 3 percent of all cancers and by contrast obese men from developing countries account for 0.3 percent of cancer cases. 

Costs attributed
When one takes into consideration lost work days, higher health care costs and lowered productivity due to the far reaching effects of obesity it all adds up to $2 trillion annually. This currently comes in right next to global cost to care for smokers and just below the global cost of war and terrorism.  If and when people begin to take ownership of their own bodies, form healthier eating and exercise habits and STOP smoking, the collective cost savings will be staggering.  The obese patients would see the return not only in lowered health care costs but also in overall productivity at work and with their families.

What can you do now?    
The best news is that each person can single-handedly fight the battle of the bulge, to prevent this problem from becoming even more catastrophic.  Eating whole organic foods (with an average daily cost difference of only $1.50 per meal vs. non-organic eating) is a great place to begin.  When we “clean-up” our food supply it lowers our pesticide and genetically engineered ingredient exposure. 

Don’t forget to include the right percentage of healthy fats within the diet too, most people need up to 50-85 percent of these.  Avocados, raw nuts and seeds, organic eggs and coconut oil are just a few examples of these healthy fats.  Choosing grass-fed meats can make another big impact on your body’s weight balance.  This is due to the fact that in these meats we can avoid pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and other drugs.   Two tremendously important supplement options exist here also:  

  1. Omega-3 intake from fish oil capsules will help to keep inflammation at bay.
  2. Gut flora support:  (Bio-dophilus or S. Boulardii) can be extremely beneficial for strengthening the body’s response to inflammation.  The pro-biotic support will also contribute to a more predictable elimination schedule.  This in turn helps control weight by keeping the system running as cleanly and clearly as possible.        

No discussion of obesity and cancer would be complete if exercise and Vitamin D weren’t covered.

Exercise helps to lower insulin levels.  This in turn promotes weight loss and can even discourage growth and spread of cancer cells.  A beneficial exercise program should include focus on strength training, cardiovascular work and even time spent on balance/flexibility.

The scientific evidence abounds on how specific levels of Vitamin D supplementation and sun exposure can help to keep blood levels optimal.  If the patient is currently being treated for cancer, then a blood level between 80-90 ng/ml is recommended.  A simple web search for the connection between Vitamin D levels and obesity reveals 6.4 million hits in just a quarter of a second. Certainly there is enough reading material for many new studies to take root.  

In conclusion, my goal at Healthly Transformations is to help people live their lives in the healthiest way possible.  If it has been awhile since you had blood testing done, maybe it’s time we check your scoreboard. By testing a comprehensive blood panel and hair tissue mineral analysis, we are able to determine other necessary vitamins and minerals you may need to optimize your health.  Get tested today to find out where you start and to know exactly what to do and what to take for better health!

If you would like to have a personal discussion about the subject matter of this newsletter you may reach me at (386) 956-1668.

If you have found this Health Times Newsletter helpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous Newsletters archived.  You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend.

You may have received this newsletter from a friend.  If you are not currently receiving my monthly health newsletter and you would like to receive it the first of each month just e-mail me your address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and request to be added to the list of recipients.

Healthy Transformations                                 
820 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL. 32720

I am currently accepting new patients for nutritional assessment and dietary coaching. 

Have a Healthy Day!

Dr. Stephen W. Hayman


References:

  1. McKinsey.com November 2014

  2. Lancet Oncology November 26, 2014

  3. WebMD November 26, 2014

  4. Mail Online November 25, 2014

  5. Mercola.com January, 2015

 

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It's All Genetic

 

August 2015

 

It's All Genetic

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One of the big promises of the Human Genome Project was that it was heralding in a new era of medical treatments as genes were predicted to the root of much of the chronic disease experienced today.  However, since its completion in 2003, genetics has been found to account for only about 10% of diseases. 

Each of us inherits our own unique set of genes. We can’t change the hardwiring of our genetic code (hair and eye color, etc), but epigenetic factors such as lifestyle, environmental exposures and diet can radically change what our genes do or how they “express”.  One positive attribute to evolve out of the Human Genome Project is concept of the “exposome”.  The exposome is defined as the measure of all the exposures of an individual in a lifetime and how those exposures relate to health. An individual’s exposure begins in utero and includes exposures from environmental and occupational sources. Understanding how these exposures from our lifestyle choices and environment interact with our genes, physiology, and metabolism and thus impact our health, can be keys in helping us to experience long term, optimal health.  Basically, certain environmental exposures, nutrient deficiencies and lifestyle choices can turn genes off and on!

This is not to say that genes do not have a powerful influence on our susceptibility to disease.  They do!   However, in most cases, genetic predispositions will often only manifest in the presence of certain environmental factors.   The obesity epidemic is a very good example. In the last 40 years, our genes have not changed very much but during that 40 year time span, we’ve seen an exponential increase in the rates of obesity. Genetics are clearly not the primary driver of this obesity epidemic. There are genes that may predispose some people to obesity more than others.  However, what’s most often the “genetic” cause of obesity is that the obese person has similar genes to the parent but they ALSO have similar lifestyle choices (diet and physical activity) and live in the same environment which cause that ‘obesity gene’ to express.  Change the diet, remove environmental toxicities and a healthier weight is achieved.  The tricky part is that while exposure to a certain toxic element may contribute to obesity in one person, it may affect another person in a totally different way causing that person to develop high blood pressure or an auto immune disorder.

Another popular genetic test right now is the MTHFR testing.  The MTHFR gene…everyone has it…some of the genes in some people just don’t copy very well.  Among the most likely reasons for the copying errors and thus variants of the enzyme are zinc deficiency and the presence of toxic metal poisoning such as mercury and copper toxicity.  Copper, for example, directly antagonizes or blocks the action of zinc in some cases.  This is critical to understand because these copying problems can be reversed, at least in some cases.

This concept can be very empowering.  To know that your environment, not genetics, is the primary driver of your health and disease is enough to motivate one into healthier lifestyle choices. How demoralizing is it to think your genes are the only determinant of your health?  There wouldn’t be much motivation to optimize your environment or lifestyle choices would there? But now knowing that the choices we make in our lifetime predict 90% of our risk of disease and early death, we have a strong reason to take action to improve our health.

Where do you start? First of all, test.  Are there toxic elements in your environment?  Are you excreting them efficiently? There are two important tests to consider when answering these questions.  A Hair Elements test shows what toxic elements and nutrient elements you’ve excreted for about a 4-6 months period.  However, just because it’s not coming out in the hair doesn’t mean it’s not in you.  That’s where the next test comes in…Urinary Toxic Element Challenge.  The test takes 2 days to complete.  The Day 1 is a 6 hour urine collection to see what the individual is excreting on their own within that 6 hour period (vs the slower 6 months period via hair).  On Day 2, another 6 hour urine collection but this time you take a chelating agent prior to the urine collection.  This will show what may be stored that the body isn’t excreting efficiently.

There are many benefits (and some limitations) to both tests but doing both tests give you a better overall picture of your excretion abilities as well as our ability to help you improve excretion rates.

Finally, blood work.   A good overall metabolic profile is the best way to determine if you’re following the correct diet, if you need to supplement your diet or make changes to your supplement regimen and to make sure there isn’t anything critical creeping up on you.  Many diseases can be seen in the blood long before you have symptoms.

By knowing deficiencies and toxicities that make up one’s metabolic analysis, one can evaluate their lifestyle and make better choices to optimize their health.  It’s not easy knowing where to start.  That is where I can help you by analyzing your comprehensive test results.  Ask me today on how you can started on your way towards better health!

If you would like to have a personal discussion about the subject matter of this newsletter you may reach me at (386) 956-1668.

If you have found this Health Times Newsletterhelpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at www.drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous Newsletters archived.  You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend.

You may have received this newsletter from a friend.  If you are not currently receiving my monthly health newsletter and you would like to receive it the first of each month just e-mail me your address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and request to be added to the list of recipients.

Healthy Transformations
820 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL. 32720

I am currently accepting new patients for nutritional assessment and dietary coaching. 

Have a Healthy Day!

Dr. Stephen W. Hayman

References:

CDC Website accessed 05/2015. Exposome and Exposomics Overviewhttp://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/exposome/

*The information provided in this newsletter has not been evaluated by the FDA.

 

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Incorporating Protein into Your Diet

 July 2015

Incorporating Protein into Your Diet

Protein is found throughout the body is virtually almost every tissue and organ.  In fact, 20% of the human body is made up of protein.1 The building blocks of protein are amino acids which carry out many roles such as transportation of nutrients, supporting our immune system, healing and repairing of tissue, and help remove waste. The Institute of Medicine recommends that adults get a minimum of 8 grams of protein for every 20 pounds of body weight.2 Beyond that, there’s little information on the ideal amount of protein you need from the diet.  Generally, the more active you are, the more protein you will need.  Athletes or individuals who exercise on a regular basis may even need up to double the amount depending on the intensity, duration, and frequency of the exercise.

Essential amino acids are required to get from the diet because our body does not produce these types of amino acids.  If you do not get essential amino acids in your diet, proteins break down, resulting in muscle loss and problems with repair.  You can get protein from animal sources and from plant sources.  Adding a protein supplement can give the body an extra boost to heal and repair after workouts as well.  We will talk more about supplementing protein later on.

Most desirable sources of animal based proteins would be fish, eggs, chicken, turkey, and red meat (if OK’d by your nutritionist).  If you have a normal serum ferritin and normal serum iron, then 4-6 oz. of red meat should be OK for you to consume on a weekly basis.  Plant based sources of protein would include beans, seeds, nut, sprouts, and quinoa.  Nut butters such as peanut butter, cashew butter, or almond butter are good sources as well.  Vegans and vegetarians need to be aware of their protein levels.  It is very common for these individuals to lack the appropriate amounts of protein for the body’s ability to heal and repair.  Chlorella is a good supplement to be taking and is vegan friendly.  Chlorella consists of 58% of protein and generally they are about 2 g of protein per 2-3 capsules/tablets.

Proteins to eliminate from the diet include soy protein and whey protein.  Many vegans or vegetarians often times refer to soy as their main source of protein.  You may not know it, but 80% of the oil Americans consume is soy.  If you look on the ingredient list of many foods, especially processed foods in the aisles of the supermarket, you will see ingredients such as “soy lecithin” and “isolated soy protein”.  Soy lecithin has known effects on reproductive abnormalities and sexual dysfunction. Containing the compound phytoestrogen, it produces similar effects on the body as estrogen. Unfortunately, about 75% of breast cancers are estrogen-receptor positive.3   Soy is also highly genetically modified (MSG).  Common side effects of MSG exposure include:

  • tachycardia
  • heart attacks
  • asthma
  • headaches
  • joint pain
  • sterility in females

Types of Soy to Eliminate

  • Tofu
  • “Soy Protein Isolate” [Isolated Soy Protein]
  • “Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein”
  • “Texturized Vegetable Protein”
  • “Soy Protein”
  • Soy Protein Supplements

When choosing to supplement with protein for added nutrients to the diet that can help with healing and repairing, you want to be sure to choose wisely.  There are many products on the market today which are full of artificial flavoring, colors, dyes, and fillers.  Whey protein is one of the most popular supplements however, most are actually harmful.  Most whey protein manufactures use a lot of heat for production which actually denatures the protein and makes it insoluble in water. This is why the manufactures add chemicals to restore the flavor and solubility.  Also, many whey protein supplements are deficient of the healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals due to the acidic processing as well.4 Genetically modified ingredients, such as soy lecithin, are added as well artificial sweeteners such as sucralose (also known as Splenda). 

Protein supplements to consider would be egg white protein, pea powder protein, and rice protein.  Jay Robb’s Egg White Protein Powder (contains no whey, soy, or added sugar).  One scoop equals 24 grams of protein.  Here are a few recipes to consider:                    

Basic Protein Smoothie 

 Strawberry Delight 

Super Food Protein Drink

1/2 scoop of Jay Robb chocolate or vanilla egg protein powder with enough coconut milk (unsweetened) to mix

6 oz. pure water 4 ice cubes, ½ frozen strawberries, 1 scoop Jay Robb egg protein, 1 tbs almond butter

1 Scoop NanoGreen, 1 Scoop Jay Robb Egg Protein Vanilla, ½ C (4 oz) Pineapple Juice, 
½ C (4 oz) Water, ¼ C (2 oz) Coconut milk. Combine water, pineapple juice & coconut milk into blender, mix in 1 scoop each of NanoGreen & Jay Robb egg protein and blend on low/medium for 5-10 seconds.

*Consult your nutritionist before adding protein supplementation to your diet

Adding more protein to the diet has many benefits and is even necessary in many situations.  However, before starting any new diet or lifestyle change it is important to discuss your concerns with your experienced nutritionist.  By testing a comprehensive blood panel and hair tissue mineral analysis, we are able to determine other necessary vitamins and minerals you may need to optimize your health.  Get tested today to find out where you start and to know exactly what to do and what to take for better health!

If you would like to have a personal discussion about the subject matter of this newsletter you may reach me at (386) 956-1668.

If you have found this Health Times Newsletter helpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at www.drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous Newsletters archived.  You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend.

You may have received this newsletter from a friend.  If you are not currently receiving my monthly health newsletter and you would like to receive it the first of each month just e-mail me your address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and request to be added to the list of recipients.

Healthy Transformations
820 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL. 32720

I am currently accepting new patients for nutritional assessment and dietary coaching. 

Have a Healthy Day!

Dr. Stephen W. Hayman

 

 

 

References:

1.  http://www.aminoacid-studies.com/amino-acids/what-are-amino-acids.html

2.  Institute of Medicine, Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids (Macronutrients). 2005, National Academies Press: Washington, DC.

3.  Breastcancer.org

4.  Mercola, Joseph, Hofmekler, Ori, Stroden, Kipp.  Not all whey protein is created equal.  Food Matters.  July 23, 2013

 

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Obesity’s Connection to Cancer

 June 2015

Obesity’s Connection to Cancer

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Almost 30 percent of the worldwide population is overweight or obese (BMI, or “body mass index” greater than 30 for adults = obesity). Worldwide, obesity is also responsible for about 5 percent of deaths annually 1.  In one recent report obesity is driving an estimated half a million cancer cases annually 2-3.  Two-thirds of obesity-related cancers including colon, rectum, ovary and endometrial cancers occur in North America and Europe. Women have the highest risk factor and are developing obesity-driven cancers almost twice as often as their male counterparts4.  If this trend marches on the experts think that roughly half of the world’s population will be overweight or obese by the year 2030 5. This will drive cancer cases up at an absolutely alarming rate.  

How can these two occurrences be linked?      
The global dietary tendencies help to paint the picture that connects obesity rates and cancer cases. In developed countries the average citizen consumes a diet filled with processed foods.  On the contrary, in developing regions food choices that are traditionally more natural are the norm.  Obese women in developed nations account for 8 percent of all cancers, by contrast these same obese women from developing countries account for only 1.5 percent of cancers.  Obese men in developed nations account for 3 percent of all cancers and by contrast obese men from developing countries account for 0.3 percent of cancer cases. 

Costs attributed
When one takes into consideration lost work days, higher health care costs and lowered productivity due to the far reaching effects of obesity it all adds up to $2 trillion annually. This currently comes in right next to global cost to care for smokers and just below the global cost of war and terrorism.  If and when people begin to take ownership of their own bodies, form healthier eating and exercise habits and STOP smoking, the collective cost savings will be staggering.  The obese patients would see the return not only in lowered health care costs but also in overall productivity at work and with their families.

What can you do now?    
The best news is that each person can single-handedly fight the battle of the bulge, to prevent this problem from becoming even more catastrophic.  Eating whole organic foods (with an average daily cost difference of only $1.50 per meal vs. non-organic eating) is a great place to begin.  When we “clean-up” our food supply it lowers our pesticide and genetically engineered ingredient exposure. 

Don’t forget to include the right percentage of healthy fats within the diet too, most people need up to 50-85 percent of these.  Avocados, raw nuts and seeds, organic eggs and coconut oil are just a few examples of these healthy fats.  Choosing grass-fed meats can make another big impact on your body’s weight balance.  This is due to the fact that in these meats we can avoid pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and other drugs.   Two tremendously important supplement options exist here also:  

  1. Omega-3 intake from fish oil capsules will help to keep inflammation at bay.
  2. Gut flora support:  (Bio-dophilus or S. Boulardii) can be extremely beneficial for strengthening the body’s response to inflammation.  The pro-biotic support will also contribute to a more predictable elimination schedule.  This in turn helps control weight by keeping the system running as cleanly and clearly as possible.        

No discussion of obesity and cancer would be complete if exercise and Vitamin D weren’t covered.

Exercise helps to lower insulin levels.  This in turn promotes weight loss and can even discourage growth and spread of cancer cells.  A beneficial exercise program should include focus on strength training, cardiovascular work and even time spent on balance/flexibility.

The scientific evidence abounds on how specific levels of Vitamin D supplementation and sun exposure can help to keep blood levels optimal.  If the patient is currently being treated for cancer, then a blood level between 80-90 ng/ml is recommended.  A simple web search for the connection between Vitamin D levels and obesity reveals 6.4 million hits in just a quarter of a second. Certainly there is enough reading material for many new studies to take root.  

In conclusion, my goal at Healthly Transformations is to help people live their lives in the healthiest way possible.  If it has been awhile since you had blood testing done, maybe it’s time we check your scoreboard. By testing a comprehensive blood panel and hair tissue mineral analysis, we are able to determine other necessary vitamins and minerals you may need to optimize your health.  Get tested today to find out where you start and to know exactly what to do and what to take for better health!

If you would like to have a personal discussion about the subject matter of this newsletter you may reach me at (386) 956-1668.

If you have found this Health Times Newsletter helpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous Newsletters archived.  You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend.

You may have received this newsletter from a friend.  If you are not currently receiving my monthly health newsletter and you would like to receive it the first of each month just e-mail me your address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and request to be added to the list of recipients.

Healthy Transformations                                 
820 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL. 32720

I am currently accepting new patients for nutritional assessment and dietary coaching. 

Have a Healthy Day!

Dr. Stephen W. Hayman

 


References:

  1. McKinsey.com November 2014

  2. Lancet Oncology November 26, 2014

  3. WebMD November 26, 2014

  4. Mail Online November 25, 2014

  5. Mercola.com January, 2015

 

 

 

 

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Diet Soda-Why Should You Avoid it?

May 2015

Diet Soda – Why Should You Avoid It?

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High fructose corn syrup is a blend of glucose and fructose and is significantly cheaper than table sugar, therefore making it very attractive to the food industry for its use as a sweetener.  It is found in very poor quality foods that are nutritionally void and filled with other disease promoting fats, salt, and chemicals.  The scary thing is that we are consuming high fructose corn syrup and sugar in pharmacologic quantities never before experienced in human history: 140 pounds a year per person versus 20 teaspoons a year 10,000 years ago! (1)

What happens when one consumes high fructose corn syrup?

  • Insulin spikes
  • Production of triglycerides and cholesterol is triggered
  • Toxic gut bacteria enter your blood stream and trigger inflammation  

These rapidly absorbing sugars enter the blood stream and go straight to the liver, causing damage and “fatty liver” conditions which affect 70 million people in this country. (1)  The glucose that is absorbed and causes the insulin spike leads to increased metabolic disturbances that drive increases in appetite, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and more. With childhood obesity rates more than doubling in children and quadrupling in adolescents in the past 30 years, it’s hard not to overlook the consequences of a diet that contains high fructose corn syrup in many of the foods we consume.

What about the effects of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) on the brain?

HFCS depletes the body of the natural mineral zinc which is responsible for cleansing the body of heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, and cadmium, as well as aluminum and other toxins that are known to disrupt proper brain development. (2) 

Not only does it deplete the body of minerals that help detox the body, but research has revealed that high-fructose corn syrup is contaminated with the toxic heavy metal mercury.  Studies published in Environmental Health and The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy found detectable levels of mercury in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first or second highest labeled ingredient. (3)

Aspartame can also have damaging effects on the liver and the brain.  Also known as NutraSweet and Equal, Aspartame is manufactured from aspartic acid and phenylalanine.  Methanol is released from the aspartame within hours of consumption and begins traveling through the body via the blood4.  Methanol coverts into Formaldehyde are a serious neurotoxin and carcinogen.  Aspartic acid also can affect your brain cells since it is capable of crossing your blood-brain barrier. (4)  These amino acids mediate the death of central neurons after intense exposure. (4)

Your blood-brain barrier, which normally protects your brain from toxins, is not able to adequately protect you against the effects of aspartame consumption because it: (5)

  • Is not fully developed during childhood
  • Does not fully protect all areas of the brain
  • Is damaged by numerous chronic and acute conditions
  • Allows seepage of excess aspartate into the brain even when intact

Pregnant woman should especially avoid the diet drinks sweetened with aspartame.  One large study which included more than 59,000 Danish women found that even just an average of one soda per day increased their risk of going into labor before the 37th week by 38 percent! (6)  The study also showed that those who drank four or more diet sodas increased their risk of premature birth by 78 percent. 

The research and publications are endless when linking diet soda to disease.  It is an addictive substance that is often hard for someone to give up.  However, by becoming aware of the potential side effects of “diet” foods and drinks, one can conclude that it should not be a part of anyone’s diet.  Soda can affect the absorption of many minerals and vitamins which are crucial for development of many systems of the body. 

Diet soda is just one of the many culprits in today’s society that is causing disease.  By knowing deficiencies and toxicities that make up one’s metabolic analysis, one can evaluate their lifestyle and make better choices to optimize their health.  It’s not easy knowing where to start.  That is where your experienced nutritionist can help you by analyzing your comprehensive blood analysis and hair tissue mineral test.  Ask us today on how you can start on your way towards better health!

If you would like to have a personal discussion about the subject matter of this newsletter you may reach me at (386) 956-1668.

If you have found this Health Times Newsletter helpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at www.drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous Newsletters archived.  You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend.

You may have received this newsletter from a friend.  If you are not currently receiving my monthly health newsletter and you would like to receive it the first of each month just e-mail me your address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and request to be added to the list of recipients.

Healthy Transformations
820 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL. 32720

I am currently accepting new patients for nutritional assessment and dietary coaching. 

Have a Healthy Day!

Dr. Stephen W. Hayman

 

References:

1.  Diet Soda Intake Is Associated with Long-Term Increases in Waist Circumference in a Biethnic Cohort of Older Adults: The San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging.  Journal of American Geriatrics Society.  15, March 2015. 

2.  Meeting of the American Diabetes Association, San Diego, California, June 26, 2011

3.  Gain weight by “going diet?” Artificial sweeteners and the neurobiology of sugar cravings.  Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine.  Nueroscience 2010

4.  Martino, Joe. Aspartame Damages The Brain at Any Dose.  Collective Evolution. October 6, 2012

5.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/24/aspartame-affects-brain-health.aspx

6.  Intake of artificially sweetened soft drinks and risk of preterm delivery: a prospective cohort study in 59,334 Danish pregnant women.  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  2010 September.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20592133

 

 

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High Fructose Corn Syrup

April 2015

High Fructose Corn Syrup

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High fructose corn syrup is a blend of glucose and fructose and is significantly cheaper than table sugar, therefore making it very attractive to the food industry for its use as a sweetener.  It is found in very poor quality foods that are nutritionally void and filled with other disease promoting fats, salt, and chemicals.  The scary thing is that we are consuming high fructose corn syrup and sugar in pharmacologic quantities never before experienced in human history: 140 pounds a year per person versus 20 teaspoons a year 10,000 years ago!

What happens when one consumes high fructose corn syrup?

  • Insulin spikes
  • Production of triglycerides and cholesterol is triggered
  • Toxic gut bacteria enter your blood stream and trigger inflammation

These rapidly absorbing sugars enter the blood stream and go straight to the liver, causing damage and “fatty liver” conditions which affect 70 million people in this country.1  The glucose that is absorbed and causes the insulin spike leads to increased metabolic disturbances that drive increases in appetite, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and more. With childhood obesity rates more than doubling in children and quadrupling in adolescents in the past 30 years, it’s hard not to overlook the consequences of a diet that contains high fructose corn syrup in many of the foods we consume.

What about the effects of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) on the brain?

HFCS depletes the body of the natural mineral zinc which is responsible for cleansing the body of heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, and cadmium, as well as aluminum and other toxins that are known to disrupt proper brain development.

Not only does it deplete the body of minerals that help detox the body, but research has revealed that high-fructose corn syrup is contaminated with the toxic heavy metal mercury.  Studies published in Environmental Health and The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy found detectable levels of mercury in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first or second highest labeled ingredient.

Mercury and its compounds affect the central nervous system, kidneys, and liver and can disturb immune processes. It is known to cause tremors, impaired vision and hearing, paralysis, insomnia and emotional instability; not to mention all of the neurological, behavioral, and developmental damage it can cause on a fetus.

Glutaraldehyde is another toxic chemical that is used to turn corn into corn starch and then to high fructose corn syrup.  This toxic chemical kills living cells and is used in industrial water treatment systems and to sterilize medical equipment. It's also a well-known embalming chemical that is toxic to the human body and causes eye, nose, throat and lung irritation including asthma, sneezing, wheezing, and burning eyes.  It can also cause drowsiness, dizziness and headaches.

Neurodevelopment can be adversely impacted when gene expression is altered by dietary factors such as zinc insufficiency/deficiency, or by exposure to toxic substances found in our environment like mercury or organophosphate pesticides.

The number of children ages 6 to 21 in the United States receiving special education services under the autism disability category increased 91% between 2005 to 2010.6  A study published in Clinical Epigenetics revealed that both the standard American diet and various toxic environmental factors play a definitive and synergistic role in the development of autism.

How to avoid high fructose corn syrup:

If high fructose corn syrup is found on a label, then you can infer that the item is very poor quality.  To avoid eating high fructose corn syrup, try eating vegetables and fruits that are fresh or frozen.  Stay away from processed foods that are most likely found within the aisles of the grocery.  If you limit your shopping to the perimeter of the store you are most likely shopping where the fresh ingredients are located. 

Nutritionally void foods can lead to many deficiencies and toxicities which may cause disease and inflammation.  It is easy to detect vitamin and mineral status with comprehensive testing.  By testing a blood panel to determine where your diet is void of vitamins and minerals, you can quickly make changes to your lifestyle and dietary habits to optimize your level of health. 

By discovering what vitamins and minerals you need to supplement with, you can live a life towards optimal health. An experienced nutritionist can help get you on the right track with individualized dietary and supplement guidelines based on your test results. 

If you would like to have a personal discussion about the subject matter of this newsletter you may reach me at (386) 956-1668.

If you have found this Health Times Newsletter helpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at www.drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous Newsletters archived.  You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend.

You may have received this newsletter from a friend.  If you are not currently receiving my monthly health newsletter and you would like to receive it the first of each month just e-mail me your address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and request to be added to the list of recipients.

Healthy Transformations 
820 W. New York Ave. 
DeLand, FL. 32720

I am currently accepting new patients for nutritional assessment and dietary coaching. 

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Dr. Stephen W. Hayman

 

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Be smart and add these 5 foods to your diet!

March 2015

Be smart and add these 5 foods to your diet!

One of my frustrations as a health care professional working in the field of nutrition and diet is discussing dietary food choices with patients.  I know they want to eat better, and healthier, but they are reluctant to make positive changes in their food choices.  No matter how much evidence you provide them about dangerous food and healthy food choices, the old programs running in their mind want to point them back to comfort foods.  They do this even though they know it may compromise their overall health. 

With the internet, there is a plethora of information about eating and health. Most people get confused and don’t know what to do so they do nothing.  They continue eating the same old devitalized foods that created their bad health in the first place.  My job is to provide my patients with accurate information about healthy food choices and how they can successfully make changes to their diet without too much personal pain.

Most people eat too many highly refined devitalized foods each day.  Eating devitalized foods leads to a devitalized body low in energy and vitality.  To truly be healthy you MUST eat REAL foods!

In this month’s edition of my “Healthy Times” newsletter, I will share with you the FIVE foods I feel everyone should eat.

ORGANIC EGGS

It pains me every time I think of how bad eggs have been vilified.  Please know that “The Egg” is one of God’s greatest creations and should not be eliminated or restricted from your diet.  Please visit my website, http://www.drstephenhayman.com/videos.html and view the video I have there about the magnificent health benefits of eggs.  There are literally no other foods that have the nutritional power of good organic eggs.  Eggs are the best source of amino acids, the building blocks of protein.  Eggs have not only healthy protein but healthy fat.  Adequate protein and fat help absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.

Some people think that it is healthy to only eat the egg whites.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Egg yolks are one of the riches sources of carotenoids including lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which aid the body with eye disease such as macular degeneration.

Many patients are under the mistaken impression that ingesting eggs will raise their cholesterol levels.  This is another myth.  There are no studies proving that eating eggs raises the body’s cholesterol levels. 

Another essential nutrient in eggs is choline, which is found in every one of the body’s cell membranes and is particularly concentrated in the brain.  Choline is absolutely necessary for proper nerve function.  Choline deficiency can even cause cancer.  I encourage my patients to eat eggs as a regular part of a healthy diet.  How many?  I personally eat 8 to 12 organic eggs each week. 

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WILD-CAUGHT FISH

One of the important reasons that fish should be a part of a healthy diet is the presence of omega-3 fatty acids.  This substance has anti-inflammatory properties and as we now know ALL chronic disease has as its underlying cause chronic inflammation.

Omega-3 fatty acids prevent blood clots, can function as an antidepressant, reduce triglycerides, and decrease the risk of developing hypertension and coronary artery disease.  You want to get your omega-3 fats from healthy fish and that means “wild-caught” NOT “farm-raised” fish.  Farm –raised fish are feed a very poor diet under most fish farming practices and usually contain significant levels of PCBs and other dangerous chemicals.  Let me recommend that you stay away from fish from other countries as some may be extremely toxic. 

When salmon is farm-raised the meat is gray.  In order to trick consumers into buying their product, the fish farmers feed them dye to turn the meat into a pleasant pinkish color like normal wild-caught salmon.

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FREE-RANGE MEATS

Patients always ask me ----- Why Free-Range?  Since beef is a staple in most American’s diets, we need to have a good understanding of what you are getting when you buy beef in the grocery store.  Conventionally raised animals are treated to a lifetime of confinement and fed grains and soy beans.  Animals eating this way, experience rapid weight gain and translates into more money in the farmers pocket. 

Farmers want their animals to reach market weight as soon as possible. Therefore growth hormones and antibiotics are regularly used as part of the process of raising these cattle.  Organically raised animals are not fed on soy and grains.  They get to graze on grass in a pasture.  Because of the way conventional cattle are raised, there is a difference in the meat.  Conventionally raised cattle meat, contains a much higher percentage of omega-6 fatty acids compared to organically-raised cattle meat.  Omega-6 fatty acids are inflammatory within the body while omega-3 is not. 

A great deal of the vitamin B-12 we get in our diet comes from red meat.  Make your red meat choices wisely.  Organic free-range meats are always a better choice.  If you contact me, I can tell you were quality free-range meats are available. 

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COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil is one of the healthiest fats you can consume each day.  It is good for cooking and handles heat better than olive oil.  Critics of coconut oil think it is a poor choice because it is a saturated fat.  Most of the saturated fat in coconut oil is short and medium-chain fats.  About 50% of the fatty acid content in coconut oil is a medium-chain fat called lauric acid.  Lauric acid has a number of antibacterial, antiviral, and antiparasitic properties. 

These healthy short and medium-chain fatty acids are not found in polyunsaturated oils like corn, sunflower, soy or canola oil.  Many different viruses can be inactivated by coconut oil including:

  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Herpes simplex
  • HIV
  • Measles

Patients suffering from chronic infections can benefit from adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil into their diet each day.

If you have read or been told that consuming coconut oil could put you at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, nothing could be further from the truth.  Researchers have reported that native Pacific islanders who have a high intake of coconut oil had no signs of atherosclerosis until they migrated to New Zealand and significantly lowered their intake of coconut oil.  The heart muscle loves to utilize medium-chain fatty acids for fuel.

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FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Fruits and vegetables provide our bodies with a host of antioxidant nutrients including:

  • Carotenoids
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E

Because of the high sugar content of fruits, I always recommend to my patients they eat 4 times as many vegetables as fruits. 

Selecting organic produce will reduce the exposure to pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides.  The less toxic you are the healthier you can become.  Fruits and vegetables are best eaten as soon as they are harvested.  This is sometimes a challenge as most produce you buy in the grocery store, travel an average of 15,000 miles before you purchase them.  Support your local farmers whenever possible and you will eat healthier.

Below you will find a chart listing the “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean Fifteen.”  If you have a smart phone put this list in your phone to refer to when shopping.

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You can significantly reduce the toxic load of pesticides you consume by buying the dirty dozen organic.  It is OK to buy the foods listed as clean fifteen as conventional foods. 

Try to eat at least one third of your vegetables raw and the remainder lightly cooked. 

Please try to add these 5 foods to your diet on a regular basis.  Doing so will reduce your risk of chronic disease and improve you energy and vitality.

If you would like to have a personal discussion about the subject matter of this newsletter you may reach me at (386) 956-1668.

If you have found this Health Times Newsletter helpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at www.drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous Newsletters archived.  You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend.

You may have received this newsletter from a friend.  If you are not currently receiving my monthly health newsletter and you would like to receive it the first of each month just e-mail me your address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and request to be added to the list of recipients.

Healthy Transformations
820 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL. 32720

I am currently accepting new patients for nutritional assessment and dietary coaching. 

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Is your gut healthy?

February  2015

Is your gut healthy?  

This is a question that we all should ask ourselves.  Before we discuss gut health issues, let me take a minute to define for you what I mean when I refer to your gut.  Although many people think we are talking about our stomach when we say gut, what we are really referring to primarily is the intestinal system.  If you include the stomach when talking about the intestines, it should be referred to as the Gastrointestinal System.  It is my experience that patients don’t want to talk about their bowels (gut) however, a healthy gut is one of the most important things you can strive for to stay truly healthy.  Why is it so important you ask?  The reason our gut health is so important is because 80% of our immune system resides in the gut!  Anyone can understand that this fact makes the gut tremendously important to our overall health.

So how are we doing as a nation when it comes to having healthy guts?  Gastrointestinal issues plague approximately 75 million Americans.  There are almost 50 million doctor visits and 21 million hospitalizations for gastrointestinal problems each year.  With this in mind, I would say that we aren’t doing well at all in this area of health.  To say the American gut is not healthy is an understatement!  Most of these gut issues are self-induced due to our exceptionally poor diets and the enormous amounts of pharmaceutical products that we consume. 

Reflux

One of the most common complaints voiced by patients when visiting their doctor is heartburn, also known as “Acid reflux” or G.E.R.D. (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease).  When taught about heartburn in medical school most doctors, including myself, were taught this is the result of producing too much acid.  We were then taught to prescribe antacids for the condition. 

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I have seen very few patients over my 39 years in practice who produce too much stomach acid.  The real problem is many individuals fail to produce enough stomach acid, and as a result, suffer from recurrent reflux symptoms.  Because of this lack of stomach acid, much of the food we eat just sits in the stomach too long and begins to ferment. As this undigested food begins to travel upward into our esophagus (especially when we lay down after a meal) we start getting the characteristic burn in the stomach and chest.

Most patients I explain this to are not easily convinced.  I then ask them to take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (a mild acid) with 3 or 4 ounces of water before each meal.  The majority of these folks suffering from reflux return and report that their symptoms are easing off as they follow this advice.  If this simple remedy doesn’t help this gives us information that allows us to take a different approach.  Other common gastrointestinal complaints besides reflux include; bloating, poor digestion, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and colitis. 

Gluten and Dairy

Like most doctors, I was not taught in medical school how common food allergies are in the American public.  The two most common food allergies that plague patients are dairy and gluten.  By far dairy is more common than gluten.  Any patient complaining of bloating and poor digestion should consider going dairy-free for at least two months.  It is easy enough to be tested for dairy and gluten allergies with a simple blood test. 

If avoiding dairy doesn’t give the relief that you desire, then a two month avoidance of gluten would be advisable.  For those who may not know, gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye and barley.  Today, our food supply has much higher gluten content than 40 years ago because of the use of genetically modified foods.

Gluten--- Wheat, Rye, and Barley

In extremely difficult cases, a patient may need 6 to 12 months avoiding gluten to see positive results. 

How Important are Bacteria to Our Overall Health?

Our gastrointestinal system contains more than 100 trillion microorganisms.  These bacteria help us digest food, protect us from infection, enhance the immune system, help us to digest carbohydrates, regulate metabolic functions, and even produce many different vitamins.  They also enhance the absorption of minerals such as iron and magnesium, and help prevent allergies, both from food and environmental sources. 

Based on the facts, I would say that the health of your gut is one of the most important factors in staying healthy.  My patients wonder why I spend so much time questioning them about their digestive symptoms.  As you can see there is a very important reason for this if I am to having a chance to truly give them the best nutritional health care advice. Probiotics have also been found to help with cases of diarrhea, urinary tract infections, vaginal infections, and eczema in children. 

Probiotics

I recommend a quality probiotic supplement to many of my patients in order to optimize the bacterial effects of the gut and thus improve their overall health status.  People ask me how they can know if they are taking a quality probiotic supplement.  I have excellent quality supplements in my office (see the products below) I use for patient treatment plans, but there are a few important things you should know when you are picking a supplement. 

·        Make sure the probiotic product is gluten-free.

·        Severely allergic people should avoid probiotics made from dairy. 

·        Make sure the supplements have at least 20 billion live microbes per capsule. 

·        Good products will have at least 7 different microbes in each capsule.
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BioDoph-7 Plus from Biotic Research Corp and ProSynbiotic from Standard Process Laboratories are among some of the best available.

There isn’t any one probiotic supplement that is perfect, so if you have tried one brand of probiotic without success don’t give up.  If I can be of any help finding you a better product just call me.

If you would like to have a personal discussion about the subject matter of this newsletter you may reach me at (386) 956-1668.

If you have found this Health Times Newsletter helpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at www.drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous Newsletters archived.  You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend.

You may have received this newsletter from a friend.  If you are not currently receiving my monthly health newsletter and you would like to receive it the first of each month just e-mail me your address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and request to be added to the list of recipients.

Healthy Transformations
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DeLand, FL. 32720

I am currently accepting new patients for nutritional assessment and dietary coaching. 

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Preventing Diabetes

January 2015

In this month’s edition of my “Healthy Times” newsletter, I would like to revisit a topic that I have written about before, and that subject is DIABETES.  I will present to you much of the latest nutritional research, show you some new and valuable ways to prevent becoming diabetic and nutrients that can effectively treat or at least limit the damaging effects of this disease.  Diabetes and pre-diabetes are becoming epidemic in America today.  There are currently 28 million diabetics and 79 million pre-diabetics in our country today. We are adding almost one million new diabetic cases to this total each and every year.  Some medical experts think that by 2050 a full one half of our population could become diabetic.  Among citizens who are 65 or older, more than 1 in 4 suffer from diabetes. 

As you know, most, but not all diabetics are also obese or at the very least have excessive bellies.  Most fat in the body is a type called “subcutaneous fat,” which means that it lies just under the skin.  Medical studies suggest that this type of fat is relatively harmless.  Belly fat is also known as “visceral fat” and this is the type of fat that surrounds the intestines and internal organs. 

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Unhealthy and dangerous “Visceral Fat”

Visceral fat is associated with:

  • Heart disease
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Heart failure
  • Insulin resistance
  • Diabetes Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease

The reason visceral fat is so harmful is that it releases chemicals (cytokines, adipokines, and chemokines) that produce a slow, smoldering inflammation throughout the body. 

Even individuals that appear to be of normal weight can have a great deal of visceral fat.  When evaluating body composition we measure BMI (body mass index), but this does not differentiate between subcutaneous fat and visceral fat.  Since visceral fat is extremely inflammatory, a good test to have your doctor run for you is a very important test known as hsCRP.  This will measure the levels of inflammation within your body. 

Nutritional Tip:    If your inflammatory marker (hsCRP) is too high, you can substantially reduce this by supplementing with curcumin (the active ingredient in the spice turmeric), quercetin, natural vitamin E, and DHA (found in fish oil).

This can reduce your risk of Diabetes and also Alzheimer’s disease (which more and more researchers are beginning to call “Type 3 Diabetes”). 

Bad Foods and Drink Fuels Inflammation

High fat/high carbohydrate diets such as the “Standard American Diet---S.A.D.” are extremely inflammatory and will eventually lead to chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory joint disease, and neuro-degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease, ALS, MS, and Alzheimer’s disease. 

If you are my age, or older, you remember that soft drinks used to come in 6-oz. bottles. For most people, they were consumed as an occasional treat.  Today, in many fast food restaurants and convenience stores, the serving size has swollen to a 72-oz. monstrosity.  I see people of all ages swilling these “sugar-laden death drinks”all the time.  If your goal is to become a diabetic, just keep on drink these soft drinks and you will eventually be rewarded with your insulin vile and needles.

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Ways to Avoid Inflammation

  • Avoid sugar and chemical sweeteners
  • Avoid polyunsaturated oils and fats (canola oil, soy oil, vegetable oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil, etc.)  These oils are extremely inflammatory.  The best oils and fats to consume are extra-virgin olive, organic coconut oil, and organic butter.  People are afraid of saturated fats such as butter, coconut oil, and animal fats but in reality these are the healthier fats and will reduce inflammation. Polyunsaturated oils will only add to the inflammatory cascade within the body.
  • The most powerful anti-inflammatory foods include cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, brussel sprouts, broccoli, kale, fruits, and omega-3 oils such as those found in salmon. 

Nutritional Tip:  Supplements that can reduce inflammation, regulate blood sugar levels, decrease free-radical formation (and thus decrease aging) and boost immune function.

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Curcumin
  • Quercetin
  • DHA
  • Natural Vitamin E
  • Magnesium
  • Flavonoids and plant extracts ---- white tea, green tea, resveratrol, silymarin, and cinnamon extract
  • Probiotics
  • Vitamin D3

Toxins Will Provoke Inflammation

As we age, our bodies become progressively more inflamed.  This is the main reason why the risk of Type 2 diabetes increases as we age.  Many elderly folks also give in to their favorite comfort foods that are high in sugar, hydrogenated fats and other inflammatory substances. 

We must consider the influence of toxins on the inflammatory cascade and find ways to reduce these toxins in our internal environment. 

Toxins that will increase the risk of diabetes include:

  • Mercury
  • Aluminum
  • Cadmium
  • Lead
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Other industrial chemicals

Of the above listed risk factors mercury is by far the most dangerous.  The major sources of mercury contamination are dental fillings and mercury-containing vaccines.  Please visit my website at www.drstephenhayman.com and read the January 2014 newsletter about the dangers of dental mercury amalgams. 

Vaccines expose people to high concentrations of mercury and aluminum, which inflames the brain and other organs.  Mercury is one of the most dangerous toxic substances found on our planet. There is NO GOOD REASON to ever inject a human being with this toxic substance.  In my opinion, the flu vaccine is worthless as a preventative measure.  However, if you are convinced (either by your doctor or the propaganda of the pharmaceutical companies) that a flu shot may give you some measure of protection from the flu then at least ask your doctor to inject you with the mercury-free vaccine.   

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Vitamin D3 Deficiency and Diabetes

Vitamin D deficiencies are extremely common among diabetic, especially Type 1 patients.  A link to low vitamin D3 levels has been found in multiple sclerosis (MS), irritable bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis as well.  These are all autoimmune diseases as is Type 1 diabetes.  God designed us to get normal levels of vitamin D from exposure to the sun.  However, people are afraid of the sun because of fear of premature aging of the skin and skin cancers. 

Nutritional Tip:   Consider supplementing with 4,000 i.u. to 6,000 i.u. per day for good general health and to keep your immune system functioning at peak levels.  Personally I take 6,000 units daily and 10,000 units during the flu season.  This, in my opinion, is the best prevention against the flu.  For those with autoimmune diseases such as Type 1 diabetes, cancer, or viral illnesses, doses as high as 5,000 i.u. to 10,000 i.u. should be considered. 

Ask your doctor to check your vitamin D3 levels the next time he orders blood work.  Normal levels range from 30 to 100 ng/mL. But optimal levels need to be in the range of 70 to 100 ng/mL.  The cancer fighting properties of vitamin D don’t kick in until the levels exceed 50 ng/mL.

This vitamin D3 supplement is the best, by far, that I have ever found to maintain healthy vitamin D levels and to treat deficiencies.  Each drop is 2,000 i.u. and is easy to use.  I have seen true miracles happen when using this supplement to treat vitamin D deficiencies. 

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Inexpensive and powerful.

If you would like to have a personal discussion about the subject matter of this newsletter you may reach me at (386) 956-1668.

If you have found this Newsletter helpful in your quest for good health, please visit my website at www.drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous Newsletters archived.  You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend.

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Healthy Transformations                                  

820 W. New York Ave.

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Good Fats vs. Bad Fats

December 2014

In this month’s newsletter, I would like to discuss a subject that many are confused about due to new information being released concerning how important this substance is and if it is a healthy or unhealthy substance to be consuming.  What is this substance you ask?   FAT!

Let me just say it right out--------- we have been lied to for years about fat!

For almost 60 years, we have been lied to by organizations like the American Heart Association, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Diabetes Association, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and even the American Medical Association.  We were told that if we lowered our dietary fat intake, especially from animal sources, that we would lower our risk of heart disease, obesity, and even cancer. Well, we have dutifully obeyed their call for reduced fats and changed our diets to include products like polyunsaturated plant fats such as margarine (instead of butter) and soy, corn, and canola oils.  With all that said, how well has the massive change toward low-fat diets served our citizens?

  1. We are the most obese people to ever inhabit the plant.  Two-thirds of Americans are over-weight and one-third are clinical obese.
  2. There are now 29 million diagnosed cases of diabetes, 79 million pre-diabetics, and 1.9 million new diabetic cases being added to this total each and every year. 
  3. Cancer rates are rising to epidemic levels.  Cancer cure rates are far from encouraging.  We are NOT winning the battle against CANCER!
  4. Heart disease is still the number one killer in our country. 
  5. More than 5 million Americans now have Alzheimer's disease.  Every 67 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer's.

Clearly, the Low-Fat dietary changes we have may have not helped the overall health status of Americans.  

Unfortunately, due to some very bad science of the early 1950’s, we have been on the wrong track now for more than 60 years.  Thankfully good new research is telling the real story about how important fat is in our diet.  That is of course if it is the right kind of fat.    

In the early 1950’s, after these erroneous facts about fat began to take-hold, our medical associations began to make health recommendations that have not served us well for the last 6 decades.  Well-meaning, but totally ignorant politicians jumped on the band-wagon and began legislating changes to our food supplies in this country.  The food industries saw it as a chance to financially benefit by producing foods that had considerably longer shelf-life and thus maximize their profits.  

Where has all this lead us?  We now have foods in our grocery stores that hardly resemble REAL food but will stay on the shelf without spoiling for months and months.  These so-called foods are loaded with sugar (and even worse high fructose corn syrup), salt, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, and worst of all BAD FATS commonly known as hydrogenated fats/oils (trans-fats).   These are devitalized food products that will result in nothing but poor health for those who choose to consume them.

The medical associations we mentioned above have been pushing the Low-Fat/High Carbohydrate diet for decades now and our nation just gets sicker and sicker!  Low-Fat and High Carbohydrate eating has never worked and never will.  It is physiologically wrong for the human body.  Our bodies were not designed to function on this type of diet. 

   

OK, I will get off my soap box now and give you some good information about fats and how you should consume them for better health.

IMPORTANT FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT GOOD FATS

I do feel that people are being harmed by the misrepresentation that low-fat is healthier, so let’s look at how the low-fat diet can be harmful. 

  • There are a number of vitamins that are fat soluble and it is the fat in our diet that allows these vitamins to be absorbed and assimilated into our systems.  Without adequate fat, we will eventually become deficient in Vitamins A, D, E, and K.  In my own practice, I find patients that have been following a low-fat diet for a long time, especially vegans, tend to be deficient in these vitamins.
  • The trillions and trillions of cells in our bodies, each have a cell wall that is composed primarily of fat.  Deficiencies in good fat can cause these cells to not be able to let nutrients enter the cell or waste to be expelled.  As the years go by, this spells CANCER. 
  • Cholesterol is a very important fat.  Without adequate amounts of cholesterol, hormone production will not occur and the immune system will not function optimally. 
  • New studies show that a high percentage of patients with Alzheimer’s disease have low cholesterol levels and especially the LDL cholesterol (the type commonly known as “bad cholesterol”).  Our brains need fat, especially cholesterol.
  • Proteins cannot be properly utilized without proper amounts of fat in the diet.
  • Because good fats are so important to our overall health, ingesting the wrong types of fat may promote a poor immune system, poor healing capacity, and a malfunctioning hormonal system.

So if I have convinced you that fats are not evil, and fat are a MUST for good health, then let’s discuss good fat that you should have in your diet and dangerous fats that you need to avoid at all cost. 



RECOMMENDED HEALTHY FATS

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Organic coconut oil
  • Organic butter
  • Avocado oil
  • Walnut oil
  • Flaxseed oil

These are the only oils I recommend to my patients and use personally.

FATS TO AVOID

  • Vegetable oil
  • Corn oil
  • Canola oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Cottonseed oil
  • Peanut oil
  • All margarines and butter substitute spreads

These oils are highly linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and are highly inflammatory to the body. 

There are many hidden fats in processed foods.  You MUST learn to read labels to protect yourself from consuming these dangerous health destroying fats and oils.  The best way to accomplish this is to avoid packaged processed foods altogether. 

Another important thing to remember about fat-free products is the high sugar content they contain.  Fat is what gives food its flavor. When you remove the fat, the only way to make a product palatable enough for consumers to buy again and again is to load it up with sugar.  Excess sugar in the diet (the average American now consumes on average 170 lbs. of sugar annually) will lead to obesity, diabetes, and YES even cancer. 

THE TAKE AWAY FROM THIS NEWSLETTER

Please don’t continue falling for the “Low-Fat, High Carbohydrate” recommendations that many doctors and some medical organizations push on the American public.  There are plenty of good books available giving the real facts about fat that is based on good science. 

  • “Low-Fat Lies”----by Kevin Vigilante, M.D. & Mary Flynn, Ph.D
  • “The Great Cholesterol Con” ---- by Dr. Malcolm Kendrick
  • “The Cure for Heart Disease” ---- by Dwight Lundell, M.D.
  • “Know Your Fats” ---- by Mary G. Enig, Ph.D
  • “The Calorie Myth” ---- by Jonathan Bailor
  • “Grain Brain” ---- by David Perlmutter, M.D.
  • “Wheat Belly” ---- by William Davis, M.D.
  • “The Coconut Oil Miracle” ---- by Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D.

There are many volumes now written concerning this subject, and the new science is getting to the general public about how incredibly important good fat is for the human diet.  Please do not be fooled by old, out dated claims touting the dangers of natural fats.  Most of these claims are based on really bad science that only benefits “Big Pharma”, “Big Food”, and “Big Farming”.

If you would like to have a personal discussion about the subject matter of this newsletter you may reach me at (386) 956-1668.If you have found this Newsletter helpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at www.drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous Newsletters archived.  You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend.

You may have received this newsletter from a friend.  If you are not currently receiving my monthly health newsletter and you would like to receive it the first of each month just e-mail me your address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and request to be added to the list of recipients.
 
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