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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
January 29, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,

3 Days Left to Get NCI Well Connect!

5th Healthy Behavior of 2014 is complimentary today for your viewing pleasure. Well Connect subscribers get a "for your eyes only" article with every Wednesday issue. Click here to subscribe at 40% OFF today.

Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Why Listen to Your Doc About Wellness?

We ask our clients this question frequently. While we work with some wonderful physicians who are very knowledgeable about wellness, they are far and few between. We greatly respect doctors who refer clients to us because they know wellness is not their area of expertise. Unfortunately, these docs are the exception, not the rule.

 

We should not expect doctors to know everything about wellness. They are not trained to do so. However, we do expect doctors to be open minded. Fiive years ago, doctors would not stand in the way of their patients wishing to incorporate complementary therapy. Many have now taken an adversarial stance. Because of this, patients either shun complementary therapy or do not discuss it with their doctors altogether. Both strategies are ill advised. 

 

In a recent Council for Responsible Nutrition poll, 55% of those surveyed said that they sought advice from their physicians for reliable information about supplements. That beat 34% for pharmacists and 30% for nutritionists. The problem with this is that most doctors have one semester of nutrition during their entire education! In addition, a large group of physicians have now taken the stance that supplements and other complementary therapies are worthless. These doctors are hypocritical.

 

In the newly released "Physician Lifestyle Report" from Medscape:

  • 8% of physicians are obese and 34% are overweight. General surgeons were the most overweight physicians (49%), followed by Family physicians (48%) and Gastroenterologists (46%).
  • Which eating style did most physicians adhere to? The Standard American Diet, unhealthiest of them all.
  • What did physicians say when asked if they took supplements? The percentage that take them exceeds the national average. So when your physician tells you supplements are worthless, chances are he or she is taking them.
  • What did physicians say when asked if they use complementary and alternative therapies? The percentage that use them matchesthe national average. So when your physician tells you not to use these therapies, he or she is probably using them.
  • For physicians who claim that their patients exercise regularly should claim "do as I say, not as I do". Physicians are below the national average for exercise. 
On a positive note, med school curricula have slowly begun to require more courses in nutrition and complementary therapy. We are still a generation or two away from doctors who can give accurate advice on all things wellness.
 
Let us reiterate that there are doctors out there who are wonderfully trained to attend to all of their patient's needs. If you can find one, you are ahead of the game. But do not let your doctor browbeat you because you choose to incorporate a multifaceted wellness approach! 

  

Fifth Healthy Behavior of 2014:
Refuel Mitochondria. Lengthen Telomeres.

Mitochondria and telomeres are key players in the aging process.

 

Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell. When mitochondria is dysfunctional, aging accelerates. 

 

One way to enhance mitochondrial function is to consume a wide variety of vegetables and fruits in all colors. Phytochemicals, especially polyphenols like quercetin and resveratrol, aid mitochondrial function.

 

Co-EnzymeQ10 from supplements directly enhance mitochondrial integrity and are a must if taking statin medication, which is known to degrade mitochondrial function. 

 

Telomeres protect the ends of our chromosomes. The longer our telomeres, the longer we live. Inflammation is one of the greatest contributors to shortening telomeres. What are the three best ways to protect telomeres?

  1. Maintain an optimal vitamin D3 level, called 25(OH)D.
  2. Take an optimal amount of magnesium.
  3. Make sure your omega 3 to omega 6 ratio is ideal. For most of us, this means taking supplemental fish oil or eating sufficient amounts of wild caught fatty fish.