Jamieson Health Center
JuNE 26, 2012
Volume 4, Number 4
First of all, I wanted to let you know that we are hiring a Practice Assistant for 4-days/8-hours per day, 32 hours a week to help us stay focused on what matters most: treating you -- our patients. If you know of anyone who might be interested in this position, please refer them to our website for the job description and how to apply.
Secondly, I want to spend some time discussing inflammation, what it is, what causes it and how to avoid it. I use this word often in my newsletters, because it’s at the root of so many of our modern day chronic diseases.
Normal inflammation promotes healing.
Most of you know what inflammation is. It’s the natural reaction of our body’s healing systems and occurs in the affected cells and adjacent tissues of our body as a result of an injury. But some of you don’t know that this reaction also happens as a response to an abnormal stimulation or invasion by a physical, chemical or biological substance. Normal inflammation is confined to a specific location, serves a purpose of healing and ends when the problem is solved.
Chronic inflammation promotes disease.
The type of inflammation I keep referring to in my newsletters is not the healthy inflammation. Sometimes inflammation becomes chronic and doesn’t end when the problem is solved. As a matter of fact, this type of inflammation can start to target healthy tissues and just won’t quit; it’s abnormal and promotes disease rather than healing.
Inflammation has become one of the hottest areas of medical research. Hardly a week goes by without the publication of yet another study uncovering a new way that chronic inflammation does harm to the body:
· It destabilizes cholesterol deposits in the coronary arteries, leading to heart attacks and even strokes.
· It chews up nerve cells in the brains of Alzheimer's victims.
· It fosters the proliferation of abnormal cells and facilitates their transformation into cancer.
words, chronic inflammation is the engine that drives many of the most feared illnesses of middle and old age.
Modern diet and lifestyle cause modern diseases.
So what causes it? I believe without question that diet and lifestyle causes inflammation. The choices we make can determine whether we are in a pro-inflammatory state or in an anti-inflammatory one.
I quote from the research 'A healthy diet for a healthy life' SEC(2010)480 Brussels, 28.4.2010 C(2010)2587:
“If common lifestyle risk factors, among others diet-related ones, were eliminated,
around 80% of cases of heart disease, strokes and type 2 diabetes, and 40% of cancers, could be avoided”.
I encourage you to read the full newsletter on our website, where I discuss a 2009 article from the British Journal of Nutrition, offering specific recommendations for foods to include in your diet and foods to avoid as well as lifestyle recommendations.
The article also suggests that many of the modern world chronic diseases are indeed caused by modernity, which is driven by economic growth, further suggesting that investing in growth beyond a certain point begins to yield diminishing returns in health.
Eat healthy whole foods and take your supplements.
Here are the facts as I see them. I have always maintained that supplemental nutrients are not substitutes for the whole foods that contain them. The more regularly we supply our bodies with antioxidants and phytonutrients, the better our health. However, most of us simply can't do that with food, hence the need for supplements.
Apart from providing insurance against gaps in the diet, supplements can provide optimum dosages of natural therapeutic agents that may help prevent and treat age and modern society related diseases. EFA’s, Vitamin D and E are typical examples. They provide anti-oxidant protection against chronic diseases. However most people are deficient and need supplementation.
I always use nutrition response testing as part of your treatment to see what nutritional gaps exist, what foods you need to avoid and what supplements you need to take and in what amounts.
I encourage you to set up an appointment if you haven’t been checked for a while. This may be just what you need to get back on track of leading a long, healthy, quality life!
Yours in good health,
Dr. Samuel R. Jamieson
P.S. Read more of my newsletters at http://www.jamiesonhealthcenter.com/archive.htm
Inflammation – the fire within.
Normal inflammation – promotes healing.
Most of us know what inflammation is. It’s the natural reaction of our body’s healing system that occurs in the affected cells and adjacent tissues of our body as a response to an injury. When a child hurts his knee, histamines are released who usher in the phagocytes to fight the invaders as well as platelets to heal and seal the injury. It is confined to that location, serves a purpose of healing and ends when the problem is resolved. The same happens in the tissues as a response to an abnormal stimulation caused by a physical, chemical or biological substance or invader. This is healthy inflammation.
Abnormal or chronic inflammation – promotes disease.
However, what many of
us don’t realize is that sometimes inflammation to an abnormal physical,
chemical or biological substance becomes chronic and doesn’t end when the
problem is resolved. It extends beyond its appointed limits in space and
time. The inflammatory process starts
unleashing some of the immune system's most sophisticated weaponry, including
enzymes that can rupture cell walls and digest vital components of cells and
tissues. When inflammation targets normal tissues, when it just won't quit,
it is abnormal and promotes disease rather than healing. Abnormal
inflammation has been linked to a wide range of diseases, including cancer,
coronary heart disease, stroke and the autoimmune diseases--Type 1 diabetes,
multiple sclerosis, rheumatic fever, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus.
Chronic disease and inflammation, a result of modern life.
So what causes it?
Research clearly shows that the number one cause of inflammation is an inappropriate lifestyle, including insufficient physical activity, hyper-caloric food uptake with lack of vitamins, inadequate stress coping, exceeding work load and little recovery time.
Adjacent figure 1 from a 2009 article in the British Journal of Nutrition, describes how the environment and lifestyle effects the development of chronic disease through inflammation, also showing that you don’t need to be obese to suffer from inflammation.
How to avoid inflammation.
As the British Journal of Nutrition further describes, researchers have identified a number of inducers of inflammation (both pro- and anti-) in the body. A list of those is shown in Table 1:
Avoid pro-inflammatory inducers.
The left-hand side of Table 1 lists inducers with evidence of a pro-inflammatory response.
As well as obesity and weight gain, this includes excessive alcohol, acute excess energy intake, a Western-style diet and a range of nutritive factors including saturated and transfats, and excessive fructose- and glucose-rich foods.
Non-nutritive factors include inadequate sleep, smoking, stress and depression. While some of these (e.g. inactivity, excess energy intake) can cause weight gain, this is not a prerequisite for chronic inflammation to occur.
Nutrient overload from acute excessive energy intake, for example, even in the absence of weight gain, can abnormally tax the intracellular metabolism, cause acute oxidative stress, possibly disrupt normal protein folding in the endoplasmic reticulum and lead to the accumulation of intracellular metabolites, activating inflammatory pathways and inducing insulin resistance.
Similarly, a high glycemic index load, or even an excess of otherwise benign low glycemic index foods, can have an inflammatory effect in the absence of obesity. At the other extreme, a similar response results from extended fasting.
Paradoxically, there are also similar pro-inflammatory effects of both inactivity and excessive exercise, suggesting a healthy range of certain lifestyle actions, above or below which there is a negative metabolic outcome.
Adopt anti-inflammatory inducers.
Interestingly, the pro-inflammatory inducers shown in Table 1 are all relatively new to the human environment. The British Journal of Nutrition suggests that these pro-inflammatory inducers and the increase in chronic disease are linked to modernity, and to economic growth, which is the primary driver of modernity. This is supported by the identification of the inducers with evidence of an anti-inflammatory effect listed on the right-hand side of Table 1. Anti-inflammatory responses have been associated with physical activity and fitness, a healthy lifestyle change including smoking cessation, weight loss and a reduced energy intake, a ‘Mediterranean’ style, or a varied diet, and a range of nutritive factors including a moderate alcohol intake, fish, fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, nuts, etc, all of which have been part of the human diet throughout history.
Your lifestyle choices define your quality of life.
The British Journal of Nutrition not only describes that inflammatory environmental inducers and the increase in chronic diseases are linked with modernity and with economic growth, but furthermore, it says that epidemiological data suggests diminishing returns in aspects of health from economic growth beyond a certain point in advanced economies. This supports a view becoming more and more prevalent that investment in growth beyond a certain point begins to yield diminishing returns of health.
So what can be done to counteract this environment initiated epidemic, given that a return to a pre-industrial society is unlikely? There is a need for an array of workable solutions at many levels of modern society, and away from an isolated view of health as simply being a pharmaceutical problem. We know that a major economic paradigm shift is unlikely to happen in the immediate future.
However each one of us can make healthy lifestyle choices and do what’s best for our health to the best of our knowledge. Hence a reason why we take the time to write this newsletter and educate you on what you can do to avoid chronic disease. After all, you are in charge of your health. Your lifestyle choices define your quality of life, both now and in the future.
From the British Journal of Nutrition (2009), 102, 1238-1242.
Eat healthy whole foods and take your supplements.
Here are the facts as I see them. I have always maintained that supplemental nutrients are not substitutes for the whole foods that contain them. Taking supplements does not excuse you from eating a healthy diet. This is particularly true for the micronutrients. Take a good daily multivitamin-multimineral supplement as insurance against gaps in your diet. The more regularly we supply our bodies with antioxidants and phytonutrients, the better our health. Most of us simply can't do that with food, hence the need for supplements.
Apart from providing insurance against gaps in the diet, supplements can provide optimum dosages of natural therapeutic agents that may help prevent and treat age-related diseases.
· Consider vitamin E.
Oil-rich seeds and nuts are the main food source of it. Many studies suggest that doses in the range of 200 IUs to 400 IUs of alpha-tocopherol (or, better, 80 mg to 160 mg of the whole complex, including tocotrienols) offer great antioxidant protection against common age-related diseases. Nuts are good for you, but you would have to eat far too many to get that amount of vitamin E.
· Consider vitamin D.
We get vitamin D from the sun. Unfortunately most people I know are sun phobic and are therefore vitamin D deficient. What’s more, new research shows that high serum levels of vitamin D can help curtail insomnia and sleep apnea and ensure deep restorative sleep, which is very important to fight age related chronic diseases.
· Consider Essential Fatty Acids.
The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats has changed dramatically due to the widespread use of vegetable oils in cooking and to the processing of omega-3 oils to improve shelf life and eliminate their strong taste. (Think non-fishy cod-liver oil). Historic estimates place the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 oils at nearly 1:1 in prehistoric humans. By the turn of the century (1900), the ratio had increased to about 4:1. Today, in the US the ratio is 25:1.
Maintaining a healthy balance between all of the dietary fats may be one of the most important preventative measures a person can take to reduce the likelihood of developing one of the diseases of modern day civilization, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, irritable bowel syndrome, Alzheimer’s and autoimmune disease. And for patients who already have one of those diseases, EFA testing and therapy has demonstrated to reduce both morbidity and mortality associated with these diseases. For more information, read our newsletters about the truth about fats and transfats.
I always use nutrition response testing as part of your treatment to see what nutritional gaps exist, what foods to avoid and what supplements you need to take and in what amounts. If you haven’t been seen for a while, I encourage you to set up an appointment. This may be just what you need to get back on track of leading a long, healthy, quality life!
JAMIESON HEALTH CENTER
Samuel R. Jamieson, D.C.
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Seminars we’ve taken.
Since I want to make a difference in your lives and that of your children, I’m constantly trying to keep up with the latest developments in healing practices, clinical research and new discoveries in the area of integrative holistic medicine. To that end, I have attended the following seminars and conferences over the last several months:
· International College of Applied Kinesiology – annual conference
· The Neuorendocrine-Immunology of Hepatic Detoxification
· Functional Neurology – ongoing at the Carrick Institute of Neurology
· Understanding the complexity of gluten sensitivity
· Breaking the complex web of leaky gut
· Neurochemistry of childhood brain developmental disorders
· The neuroendocrine immunology of andropause
· The neuroendocrine immunology of perimenopause
· The aging brain
· The brain-gut axis
· Nutrition Response Testing
· NeuroIntegration therapy– Level 1 and Level 2 training
· Alpha/Theta training with neurofeedback
· Deep States training with neurofeedback – level 2
· Level 2 advanced neurofeedback training
· Alpha-Theta advanced training
· Autoimmune regulation
· Metabolic Biotransformation: an overview of detoxification and weight management
· Restoring Gastrointestinal Health
· Practical Blood Chemistry
· Neurotransmitters and Brain
· The Thyroid-Brain–Immuno Connection
· Restorative Endocrinology: Balancing Female Hormones in Menopausal Women
· Restorative Endocrinology: Balancing Hormones in Cycling Women
· The Impacts of Estrogen on the NeuroEndocrine-Immune Axis
· Restorative Endocrinology: Balancing Male Hormones
· Advanced Nutrition Therapeutics for Addictions and OCD
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