Big Lap 2018

Currently travelling with my family on our “Roamin’ Rudds” big lap. I will update this blog again soon with some updates from our trip. We have been travelling now for nearly 2 months and I have heaps to report. We are currently in Tully, Noth Queensland, making our way to Cape York and the towards Darwin. Stay tuned.

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Did you know………

DID YOU KNOW…
Vitamin D contributes to good bone health in children? Children deficient in vitamin D can develop rickets, which can lead to weak bones, fractures, and even skeletal deformities. Furthermore, vitamin D deficiency can lead to chronic inflammation, which can increase the risk of osteoporosis over time.

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Nutritional Therapy saves lives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, June 25, 2012

The Forces Against Health in Australia

Nutritional medicine could save hundreds of millions of lives, but vested interests actively pursue the opposite.

Commentary by Ian Brighthope, M.D.

(OMNS June 25, 2012) Health practice in Australia is still focused on treatment of disease as opposed to its prevention and the optimization of health. Although the scientific literature has recently shown an increasing awareness of the importance of lifestyle factors in preventing disease, mainstream medical professionals continue to be trained to react to disease and pursue drug treatment. This “drug and disease” paradigm is costly, not only in monetary terms but also the human toll of pain and suffering and its impact on productivity and quality of life, and widespread illness and death caused by medical treatment.

Iain Chalmers, director of the UK Cochrane Centre, has said that “Critics of complementary medicine often seem to operate a double standard, being far more assiduous in their attempts to outlaw unevaluated complementary medical practices than unevaluated orthodox practices . . . These double standards might be acceptable if orthodox medicine was based solely on practices which had been shown to do more good than harm and if the mechanisms through which their beneficial elements acted were understood.” Unfortunately, neither of these conditions hold true. [1]

The Australian government has made investent in the prevention of disease a priority in its $7.4 billion comprehensive reform package to the nation’s health system. Yet prevention has been a secondary consideration in most medical schools and practices. A huge amount of disease and death could be prevented by addressing the use of tobacco and alcohol [2]. There remains an enormous void in the government’s health policy because it does not encourage and support the medical profession to practice nutritional medicine.

Changing Attitudes

“Individuals are ceasing to be mindless consumers of drugs and services, becoming more discriminating and aware in their choices. They are also bringing their new options back home to their family physicians, and contributing to an awareness among doctors of the existence and potential of natural therapies.” [3]

Research in the field of nutritional medicine is growing at a phenomenal rate, and now that the human genome has been sequenced, the science supporting nutrition in preventing disease is more impressive than ever. Many general practitioners and academics are open to the use of diet and nutritional supplements as viable alternatives to drugs. However, there are still too few to make a significant impact on public health. There will always be resistance, even hostility from the nutritional “flat-Earthers” – those who believe that “if you eat a balanced diet then you cannot be deficient in essential nutrients” (despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary) [4] – and the academic medical power brokers. But I believe the system will eventually change in line with the accumulating evidence.

Recently, leading economic forecasters Access Economics announced that expanding the use of complementary/nutritional medicines could maintain excellent patient outcomes while saving hundreds of millions of dollars a year in healthcare costs. They studied the cost-effectiveness of common nutritional treatments for common chronic and serious conditions. They evaluated acupuncture for chronic lower back pain, St John’s Wort for mild to moderate depression, fish oils in the prevention of heart disease and for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. The director of Access Economics, Lynne Pezzullo, said that analysing each treatment on a case-by-case basis showed patients could save a considerable amount of money by using nutritional medicines. In the case of St John’s Wort, for the 340,000 Australians who are being treated for mild to moderate depression with drugs that don’t work well, she estimated a saving of $50 million per annum. The potential savings from the use of vitamins C, D, and E and fish oils in heart disease is in excess of $2 billion.

The executive director of the National Institute of Complementary Medicine who initiated the study, Professor Alan Bensoussan, commented “I think governments should … look more closely at what implications this might have in the context of national health reform.” [5] I agree wholeheartedly, and have been pushing for similar reforms for many years. I hope this will mark the beginning of a new endeavor to change our overburdened health care system. Politicians and regulators are very cautious about such change for fear of reactions from the medical and pharmaceutical establishment, who may perceive competition for the health dollar as a threat. But there is enough work to do in the goal of optimal health to keep every doctor, hospital, naturopath, and nutritionist busy for decades. That is, unless a miracle occurs and megadose vitamin C and a few vitamins and minerals become widely used. For these supplements can prevent widespread deficiencies that are responsible for many age-related diseases.

The “Wellness Model” of health attempts to prevent disease and optimise health by encouraging people with the proper nutrition and lifestyle tools. This can achieve the maximum level of health, physical and mental, for each individual. It creates an optimal environment for the expression of that individual’s genetic potential. The keys to achieving optimal health include the judicious use of nutrition and nutritional supplements, regular physical exercise, the avoidance of environmental pollutants, and the practice of positive outlook through simple techniques such as meditation. This concept of optimising health for everyone is foreign to most traditional doctors and is glaringly absent from medical school curricula and training.

Lobbying for Disease

In this debate there are insidious influences. A powerful lobby group called the Friends of Science in Medicine (FOSM) is actively discouraging the federal government from supporting universities with funding if they conduct courses in what they personally regard as unscientific. Shamefully, the FOSM don’t have members trained in NM and the nutritional sciences. FOSM is predictably against nutritional supplements, regarding them as expensive and wasteful. Could the money spent on nutritional supplements be better spent in more hospitals by treating the sick with drugs? In effect FOSM insists that universities should only teach what it defines as “correct” knowledge – emphasizing the treatment of disease, not the promotion of health. FOSM and the medical establishment would do well to become aware of the vast literature on nutritional medicine and the clinical experience of scientifically trained nutrition-aware doctors and nutritionists.

Nutritional Supplements in Medical and Pharmacy Practice

Most drug prescriptions are unnecessary, an estimated 80% in Australia. [6] The list is long and includes antibiotics, statins, antidepressants, and many more. Yet through the best education, lifestyle, fitness, dietary change and the proper use of nutritional supplements and herbal medicines, patient health outcomes can be optimised and hospital admissions and adverse drug events significantly reduced. In 2009, government expenditure on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) amounted to $6.9 billion [7] and it is estimated that in 2009-10 it grew a further 9.3%. [8] I believe that at least $3 billion could be wiped off the total PBS expenditure and that these savings could be used to promote better nutrition, physical fitness and safe, effective natural therapies. For example, use of more cost-effective niacin or St. John’s Wort as antidepressants could free up more money to psychiatrists for proper counseling and to orthomolecular nutritionists for feeding the mind. Overall this would lead to greater knowledge, more support for the most appropriate research, and an economic benefit to the world’s population.

“There is an angry scornful tone used in leading textbooks of medicine regarding the discussion of micronutrient supplementation; an arrogance and ignorance concerning the evidence for the possible benefit of supplementation.” [9]

Doctors and pharmacists play a major role in informing consumers about the safety, efficacy and correct use of nutritional supplements. A recent Australian study evaluated the use of both nutritional and prescription medicines by pharmacy customers. 72% had used nutritional supplements within the previous 12 months, 61% used prescription medicines daily, and 43% had used both [10]. The most popular nutritional supplements were: multivitamins, fish oil supplements, vitamin C, glucosamine, vitamin B complex, probiotics, Echinacea, coenzyme Q10, Ginkgo biloba and St John’s Wort. The authors of the study explained that customers or patients want more information, ask more questions, and no longer blindly accept the authority of health care providers. This new class of customer differs drastically from the gullible consumer of nutrition supplements often characterized by the mainstream media. According to this study, nutritional supplements were selected by the majority of people themselves, although pharmacists and pharmacy assistants were helpful in this choice. From only a few bottles of vitamins in the 1980s to shelves of vitamins and essential nutrients lining the pharmacy walls, there has been a massive change in the retail pharmacy. The demands of an informed public plus the need for profits drove the pharmacy industry into selling nutritional supplements.

The study also highlighted that some customers currently feel pharmacists are ill-equipped to counsel them about nutritional supplements. Many don’t even refer to pharmacists as an information source. Pharmacists also felt ill-informed about supplements, and experienced frustration when dealing with inquiries about nutritional medicines and natural health products.

“We must act on the facts and the most accurate interpretation of them, using the best scientific information. That does not mean that we must sit back until we have 100% evidence about everything. When the state of the health of the people is at stake, we should be prepared to take action to diminish these risks even when the scientific knowledge is not conclusive. [11]

Unfit to Practice

There is not a single medical school in Australia teaching adequate nutritional science to future doctors to ensure that they are fit to practice in proper health care. This applies equally to general practitioners and specialists. Most of any doctor’s patients are going to die from a nutritionally based disease, yet for years before they die they have formidably obvious nutritional deficiencies that go undiagnosed. Fortunately in Australia, we have highly qualified nutrition-aware health scientists in the profession of Natural Therapists who can help to correct these deficiencies.

Medicine stands on two feet – the science and the clinical art. Take away either one and it is going nowhere. Science on its own doesn’t work because people aren’t widgets; we all have different needs and different strengths, but medical research finds it easiest to treat us all the same. Got arthritis? Take this painkiller. But painkillers may destroy the joints, and in the case of the most common, paracetamol, cause damage to multiple internal organs – while simple things such as changing the diet, movement, vitamins, glucosamine and turmeric, among many others, have been shown to be very safe and effective.

Clinical skills also need to be advised by good science, the constant quest for understanding. In reality nutritional biochemistry holds the answers to most of our health problems, but movements such as FOSM actively seek to censor our knowledge of this.

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Disclosure:

The author receives funding from the UV Foundation (McLean, VA), Bio-Tech Pharmacal (Fayetteville, AR), the Vitamin D Council (San Luis Obispo, CA), the Vitamin D Society (Canada), and the Sunlight Research Forum (Veldhoven).

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References:

1. Bower H (1998) Double standards exist in judging traditional and alternative medicine BMJ 316:1694.3 doi: 10.1136/bmj.316.7146.1694b

2. A National Health and Hospitals Network for Australia’s Future? Delivering the Reforms. At: http://www.yourhealth.gov.au/internet/yourhealth/publishing.nsf/Content/DeliveringTheReforms. http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2010/s3009673.htm.

3. Fulder S (1989), The Handbook of Complementary Medicine. Coronet Books; Vincent Di Stefano (2006): Holism and Complementary Medicine. Origins and Principles. Allen & Unwin, Sydney.

4. Davies, S (1990) Nutritional Flat-earthers, Journal of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine,1:3, 167 – 170

5. Economic report finds complementary medicine could ease health budget. 2010, Sep 13. http://www.nicm.edu.au/content/view/161/245/ See also: Hall, A. (2010) Call for Nutritional medicine rethink. At: http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2010/s3009673.htm.

6. Personal communication. Avni Sali, MD, PhD, formerly head of the University of Melbourne Department of Surgery at the Heidelberg Hospital, now Director of the National Institute of Integrative Medicine, Melbourne.

7. ABS. 1301.0, Year Book Australia, 2009-10, Health Care Delivery And Financing.

8. The Senate Proof, National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) Bill 2010.

9. Goodwin JS, Tangum MR. (1998) Battling quackery: attitudes about micronutrient supplements in American academic medicine. Arch Intern Med. 158(20):2187-91.

10. Braun LA, Tiralongo E, Wilkinson JM, Spitzer O, Bailey M, Poole S, Dooley M. (2010) Perceptions, use and attitudes of pharmacy customers on complementary medicines and pharmacy practice. BMC Complement Altern Med. 10(1):38.

11. Horton R. (1998) The new public health of risk and radical engagement. Lancet. 352(9124):251-2.

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Nutritional Medicine is Orthomolecular Medicine

Orthomolecular medicine uses safe, effective nutritional therapy to fight illness. For more information: http://www.orthomolecular.org

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An option to the ‘traditional’ job and why you will want to consider it

The times they are a changing!! Uncertain world economies and global impacts on the work environment have caused massive changes to the way in which people interact in the workforce and earn a living. These changes will eventuate even moreso in the years ahead and the link below will show you why and offer a solution. Please read it carefully and consider the ramifications that could affect you and your family (and friends) in the future…..

http://www.truefriendsintl.com/123/player.html

Sincerely,

Colin

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Importance of daily vitamins

NUTRITION

We need to take Daily Vitamin Supplements: Here’s why……..

We are supposed to get our nutrients from food every single day. Basic needs like calcium, iron, Vitamin C, magnesium, and protein, just to name a few, should come from the foods we eat and should provide us with more than enough nutrients to remain healthy and active. Unfortunately, in today’s busy world, we often do not eat the way we should all the time, and that’s where daily vitamin supplements come in. Daily vitamin supplements can help to ensure we are getting the proper nutrition we need each and every day. Most of these supplements will contain the government recommended amount of various minerals and vitamins that are needed to sustain a healthy lifestyle. There are many different kinds and brands of daily vitamin supplements on the market today, and most can be found at any local drug store. Some are especially formulated for different needs, such as women and men, children, those over the age of 50, people who need an extra boost of energy, those looking to lose weight, people who need to lower their cholesterol, and much more. Each of these formulas contains different amounts of necessary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals specific to that person’s individual need. When taking daily vitamin supplements, it’s good to know which ones help which parts of the body. Beta carotene and lutein are both becoming a popular ingredient in many daily vitamin supplements because they can help improve vision. Vitamin C is very common, and can help to keep the immune system at its optimum.

Some other daily vitamin supplements ingredients include the family of B vitamins. These are especially prevalent in formulas designed to help those who are under stress, since B vitamins can help to lower stress levels. Vitamin E is another popular part of many supplements, because of its positive effects on the heart. Antioxidants can help to kill free radicals, and have long been thought to help prevent certain kinds of cancer. Minerals such as magnesium, thiamin, iodine, and others are usually found in most daily vitamin supplements. However, all vitamin supplements are NOT the same, use only quality supplements from quality companies…..there are many substandard and poor quality manufacturers out there. Look for companies that manufacture to pharmaceutical grade standards, NOT food grade standards. It is important to remember that while all of these things are good for your health, vitamins will never make up for a diet that lacks these elements naturally. No matter how often you take daily vitamin supplements, it will never replace a well balanced, daily diet. On the other hand, taking daily vitamin supplements can help you feel better, have more energy and you may even notice that you get sick less. In time, you will also notice the days where you might miss or skip your daily vitamin. This means that they are working well to serve you, and you should always try and remember to take them each day. Set aside a time like at breakfast to take your vitamin so you don’t forget. Remember that children need vitamins, too, so look for a high quality children’s daily multivitamin as well. Taking daily vitamin supplements can give you the extra boost you need and help your body get the nutrients it may have been lacking.

 

I recommend USANA Health Sciences’ products, ” Essentails” for adults and “Usanimals” for children aged 2- 12 and “Bodyrox” for young adults.

 

Please contact me for more details.

 

 

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Soft drinks – Health concerns for children

Children’s soft drink use linked to disease

Sydney Morning Herald Apr 10, 2012 11:01am

PRECURSORY signs of cardiovascular disease can be seen in children as young as 12 who have a high intake of sugary drinks, Sydney researchers have found, which could have implications for the rates of the disease in the future.

While narrowed blood vessels inside the eye are a known precursor to cardiovascular disease in adults, researchers from the Westmead Millennium Institute for medical research have for the first time looked at the link between carbohydrates, which includes sugars, and the retinal health of children.

Nearly 2000 12-year-olds had retinal images taken at the Centre for Vision Research at the University of Sydney. Narrowing of the retinal arteries was seen in those children with an intake of more than 274 grams of carbohydrate a day.

A major source of those carbohydrates was soft drinks or cordial, found the study published in this month’s American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, with high-risk children consuming one or more glasses a day.

The study leader, Bamini Gopinath, said the health of retinal blood vessels gave a ”very accurate” indication of blood vessel health throughout the entire body.

”We need to carry out further studies, but it is definitely a warning to parents and children to cut down on carbohydrates and sugar,” Dr Gopinath said.

Doing so could play a role in reducing overall cardiovascular disease rates and deaths in the long-term, she said, with the condition causing more deaths each year in Australia than any other disease.

There was a slightly higher association between high carbohydrate diet and narrowed blood vessels in girls than in boys. Even allowing for physical activity and screen viewing time, the results remained largely unchanged. The same children from the study would be followed throughout adolescence to see if the damage persisted beyond childhood.

The nutritionist Rosemary Stanton said the research added to evidence that consuming soft drinks was bad for overall health.

”There are no advantages of soft drinks,” Ms Stanton said.

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World Health Day

World Health Day, which is on April 7th is approaching. If you don’t know 
anything about World Health Day, here’s your chance to find out.  World 
Health Day is celebrated every year to highlight the anniversary of the 
founding of the World Health Organisation back in 1948. The timely topic 
this year is on ageing and health with the theme, “good health adds life to 
years”. We know that proper health and nutrition throughout your lifetime 
can help individuals to “lead full and productive lives and be a resource 
for their families and communities”. This is why proper nutrition should 
start at a young age and becarried throughout life!
The theme, “good health adds life to years” is what USANA has and will 
always stand for..true health adding life to years! Life is to be enjoyed 
and fully experienced and it is our hope that our products help you on that 
journey!
We must work to leave a legacy of health and nutrition for the future 
generations and lead by example…true health and nutrition is EVERYONE’S 
responsibility.
So this year, while the message of good health is focused on, don’t forget 
to get out there and remind friends and family about the importance of 
health and nutrition and how “good health adds life to years”.
Let’s all work together to be healthy, and to make the USANA family the 
healthiest family on earth!

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Where are you going and what do you want?

“Look at your past. Your past has determined where you are at this moment. What you do today will determine where you are tomorrow. Are you moving forward or standing still?” — Tom Hopkins

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Site update information

Health and Lifestyle Freedom, publishes a natural health blog (healthandlifestylefreedom.wordpress.com ), which allows me to share a wealth of natural health tips, gained from decades of cutting edge research. This gives millions of people access to the highest grade of supplements and other healthy life style support products on the market and allows anyone to take control of their health and attain financial freedom.

Our goal at Health and Lifestyle Freedom is to educate you, and create a new awareness that allows you to make smart and healthy choices toward obtaining vibrant and prosperous health and wellbeing.

We are currently accepting applications and resumes for open positions as Associates with our continually growing company. You are invited to contact me to discuss this opportunity and how it can help you improve your health and lfestyle.

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Cellular nutrition – what it means to you.

The following is an article taken from the eminent Dr Ray Strand, MD. I happen to strongly adhere to these principles and would like to share this information with you. It will benefit you, your family and friends. Everyone you care about.

“My Concept of Nutritional Medicine

Most people truly do not understand the concept of nutritional medicine and fewer yet understand the concept of cellular nutrition. This article will give you a better understanding of how I approach my patients as a specialist in Nutritional Medicine. Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding of how and why you can better protect your health or even regain your health by applying these concepts to your own life.
Concept of Oxidative Stress

Even though oxygen is necessary for life itself, it is inherently dangerous for our existence. In the process of utilizing oxygen within your cells to create energy, you also create a by-product referred to as free radicals. Free radicals are charged oxygen molecules that are missing at least one electron and desire to get an electron from the surrounding area. If it is not readily neutralized by an antioxidant, which has the ability to give this free radical the electron it desires, it can go on to create more volatile free radicals, damage the cell wall, vessel wall, proteins, fats, and even the DNA nucleus of the cell. So the same process that turns a cut apple brown or rusts metal is causing you to rust inside. In fact, the medical literature now shows us that over 70 chronic degenerative diseases are the result of this process. Diseases like coronary artery disease, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s, arthritis, macular degeneration, MS, lupus, among others are the result of small oxidative changes that occur over a long period of time.
It is all about Balance

The number of free radicals you produce is not steady. In other words, some days you produce more than others. Because of our stressful lifestyles, polluted environment, and over-medicated society, this generation must deal with more free radicals than any previous generation that has ever walked the face of the earth. If you want to prevent oxidative stress, you need to have more antioxidants available along with their supporting nutrients than the number of free radicals you produce. You see, we are not defenseless against this process. Antioxidants are the answer. The question is whether or not we are able to get all the antioxidants we need from our food. This was the question I had to answer for myself and the reason that I wrote my book What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know about Nutritional Medicine. After spending over 2 years reviewing the medical literature, I concluded that the only way you have a chance of preventing oxidative stress is by taking high quality, complete and balanced nutritional supplements that provide, what I refer to as, cellular nutrition. If you have not read my book or listened to any of my CD’s on this subject, I would certainly encourage you to do just that. The medical references are detailed in my books and provide the medical evidence that demands a verdict—should you be taking nutritional supplements?
History of Nutritional Medicine

Over the past half century, nutritional medicine has been practiced with the belief that you had to determine what nutrients in which you were deficient and then supplement that particular nutrient. It became very obvious to me early on in my research that the underlying problem most of us are facing is not a nutritional deficiency, but instead, the result of oxidative stress. It was also apparent to me that medication, which actually increases the production of free radicals, would never be the answer to preventing any of these diseases. Also if this was the case, the goal had to be to provide the nutrients that were necessary to build up our body’s natural antioxidant defense system so that you did not develop oxidative stress. It became so apparent to me that our bodies, not the drugs I could prescribe, were the best defense against developing any of these diseases. The problem is NOT a nutritional deficiency. The problem is oxidative stress.
Modern Nutritional Research

Today’s research is focused on trying to find the magic bullet in regards to a particular disease. For example, there were many studies that showed that those smokers who had the highest antioxidant levels in their blood stream had a significantly lower risk of developing lung cancer than those smokers who had the lowest level of antioxidants. Most of the researchers felt that it was primarily due to the high levels of beta carotene. So they decided to do a study and supplement a large number of smokers with just beta carotene. They were dismayed when they found that the group that received the beta carotene alone actually had a higher incidence of lung cancer than the control group. This led researchers and the media to actually claim that beta carotene was dangerous and should not be taken in supplementation in smokers. A review of the same data reported a couple of years later showed that those smokers who had the highest levels of total antioxidants in their blood stream had a significantly decreased risk of developing lung cancer compared to those who had the lowest levels of antioxidants.

Beta carotene is NOT a drug. It is merely a nutrient that we get from our food; however, because of supplementation we are now able to get it at levels you cannot obtain from your food. Beta carotene works in only certain parts of the body and against only certain kinds of free radicals. Beta carotene needs the other antioxidants along with the antioxidant minerals and B cofactors in order to do its job effectively. However, researchers are focused on trying to find the magic bullet instead of stepping back and understanding the basic principles and concepts of cellular nutrition. The amazing thing is how so many of these studies that look at just one or possibly two nutrients actually show a health benefit. What would the health benefit be if you would put all of these nutrients together at these optimal levels? Enter in the concept of cellular nutrition.
Concept of Cellular Nutrition

There are over 180 epidemiologic studies (studies that involve a very large number of people) that all show the very same thing. Those individuals who have the highest levels of total antioxidants in their body compared with those who have the lowest levels have a 2- to 3-fold decrease risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s dementia. Obviously, those individuals who consume more of the fresh fruits and vegetables, which contain a large amount of these antioxidants, had the highest levels of antioxidants in their body. This only makes logical sense when you understand the concept of oxidative stress as being the root cause of over 70 of these chronic degenerative diseases. Therefore, a physician would conclude the best thing that they could advise their patients to do is to be consuming at least 8 to 12 servings of fresh whole fruits and vegetables each and every day. The second best thing would be to recommend high quality, complete and balanced nutritional supplements that provided cellular nutrition.

Cellular nutrition would be defined as providing ALL of the micronutrients to the cell at these optimal or advanced levels that have been shown to provide a health benefit in our medical literature. In other words, you would want your supplementation to be balanced and complete, much like a healthy diet is. The only difference is the fact that, unlike today’s food supply, supplementation can provide all of these nutrients at optimal levels. We all need to be supplementing a healthy diet; however, because of our stressful lifestyles, polluted environment, and over-medicated society we do need to be supplementing.

Cellular nutrition has been shown in our medical literature to build up our body’s natural immune system, antioxidant system, and repair system. You not only replenish any nutritional deficiency within 6 months of supplementation, but you also optimize all of the body’s micronutrients. You are given the absolute best chance to reverse or prevent any oxidative stress and protect your health. You see, nutritional supplementation is really about health—not disease. Nutritional supplements are natural to the body and the nutrients the body requires to function at its optimal level.

Every man, woman, and child needs to be supplementing a healthy diet and be involved in a modest exercise program. This is the key to protecting and maintaining your health. However, what if you have already lost your health and have developed one of these chronic degenerative diseases? Does supplementation provide any hope? This is the question that I had to answer for myself and for my patients. This has been the focus of my practice for the past 11 years and why I have developed my online practice located at http://www.raystrand.com.
The Concept of Synergy

The medical literature had showed me over and over again that those patients who were already suffering from a chronic degenerative disease like rheumatoid arthritis, MS, or diabetes actually had significantly more oxidative stress than the normal, healthy patient. Cellular nutrition is generally adequate to help someone who is in excellent health; however, it would not be enough supplementation to bring oxidative stress under control in someone who is already suffering from a major disease.

It became very apparent to me early on that if you were going to be able to have any effect on improving the health of someone who was already suffering from cancer, heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes, macular degeneration, and the like that you would have to truly optimize every aspect of the body’s natural defense systems. I quickly began to realize that by placing all of my patients on basic cellular nutrition, I was able to create a synergistic effect. Vitamin E is a great antioxidant within the cell membrane. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant within the plasma. Glutathione is the best intracellular antioxidant. However, all of these antioxidants needed the antioxidant minerals and B cofactors to do their job well. Also, vitamin C was able to replenish vitamin E so it could be used over and over again. Alpha lipoic acid, another great antioxidant, was able to regenerate both vitamin E and glutathione. I found that 1 plus 1 was no longer 2, but instead, 8 or 10. This powerful approach allowed me a much better chance of bringing oxidative stress back under control.

Once my patients were consuming my recommendations of cellular nutrition, I simply began adding enhancers to their nutritional supplement regime. I began looking for the most potent antioxidants that were available. Grape seed extract was found to be 50 times more potent than vitamin E and 20 times more potent than vitamin C at handling oxidative stress. CoQ10 was not only a very important antioxidant but has been found to significantly boost our natural immune system and help provide increased energy for the cell to function at its optimal level. Other nutrients like glucosamine sulfate, saw palmetto, phytonutrients, additional vitamin E, calcium, magnesium in various illnesses produced amazing results.

Over the past 12 years, I have learned how to best support my patients’ natural defenses and allow them the best chance to take back control of their health. Again, it is all about balance. I want my patients who are already suffering from an illness to also bring oxidative stress back under control. This is my entire goal. Then and only then do they have a chance to see their health improve. By combining cellular nutrition with specific enhancers, I give all my patients the best chance of bringing oxidative stress back under control. The results that I have seen in my medical practice using these principles have been nothing short of amazing and something that I had never witnessed in my first 20 plus years of medical practice.

Now, I want to share a couple of precautions that I have learned along the way. First, nutritional medicine is not like taking drugs. It takes a minimum of 6 months to build up the body’s natural defenses and many of my patients did not even begin to see any improvements in their health until after 6 months. Not everyone responds to my recommendations; however, I feel the majority of my patients have had significant health improvements when they followed these recommendations. None of my patients were cured of their underlying illness. Nutritional supplementation is not an alternative or substitute for traditional medical care. You should never quit taking any medication prescribed by your doctor without his or her consent and direction. Many of my patients have been able to decrease their dependence of medication and in some cases even discontinue some of their medication. However, this is always because of a significant positive improvement in their health and under the direction of their personal physician.

It is my mission in life to spread these health concepts and help as many people as I can. This is why I have developed my online medical practice at http://www.raystrand.com. I would encourage you to take advantage of this website and share the potential health benefits of following my recommendations either to protect your health or possibly even to regain your health if you have already lost it.”

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Ray D Strand MD

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