Anthony Norman, an international expert on vitamin D, in a paper published in the August issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, further enforced vitamin D’s potential for contributions to:
- Adequate immune system health
- The secretion and regulation of insulin by the pancreas
- The heart and blood pressure regulation
- Muscle strength and brain activity.
Access to adequate amounts of vitamin D (My recommendation: 1000-2000 i.u/day) is also believed to be beneficial towards reducing the risk of cancer.
Norman also lists 36 organ tissues in the body whose cells respond biologically to vitamin D, including bone marrow, breast, colon, intestine, kidney, lung, prostate, retina, skin, stomach and uterine tissues. Vitamin D acts hormonally in the body which sets it apart from the rest of the vitamins we know of.
According to Norman, deficiency of vitamin D can impact all 36 organs. Vitamin D deficiency is already associated with a reduction in muscle strength, a high risk for falls, and an increased risk for colorectal, prostate and breast and other major cancers.
To find out more about vitamin sources and supplementation or to inquire about an inexpensive way to check your vitamin D status through Quest Labs, email info@OptFunction.com or call 503-866-9739
Yours in Health
Dr. Tim Irving DC, LMT, CKTP, Nutritionist
Portland, Oregon, 97214
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition August 2008, Vol. 88, No. 2, 491S-499S
This is a bold statement….I know.
I made the statement in the title of this blog because of the new optimal movement program at Optimum Function. For years, I have been studying chiropractic and manual medicine. One common denominator of all that I have studied is that these techniques help to relieve pain by balancing movement. Too little movement tears down the foundation of your movement patterns. Techniques like chiropractic manipulation, soft-tissue mobilization, the Graston Technique, Kinesiotape and more help to increase movement when there is not enough and reduce movement when there is too much. What I have known for a while now is that there is another component to optimal movement and optimum function…..STABILITY!
This is where many manual techniques fall short and many doctors/therapists fail. Granted, you cannot have stability without first having mobility but you must eventually address any stability issues you may have or you will almost always injure yourself in the future.
As an infant, you had absolutely no mobility issues, you had all the mobility you needed for any task at hand. The problem back then was stability; your immature nervous system could not control all of that mobility thus not being able to stabilize your movements. Back then, it was hard to stand, walk, do complex tasks and movements because of a lack of stability. WIth no lack of mobility, gaining stability was a matter of time; your nervous system was like a sponge that soaked-up all the information it needed to eventually stabilize your body….well….what happened?
As you grew older, minor injuries, bad habits etc. created lack of mobility in certain areas but because you are a human being with a very adaptable nervous system, you just adapted by creating compensatory patterns of movement to bypass that which was not there. Now, a little bit of this is OK but the more compensation that occurred the more your primitive movement patterns were affected. Things like touching your toes, squatting, reaching behind your back etc. became dysfunctional or maybe somewhat impossible.
Because you like many others, have a busy, active life, the lack of proper, foundational movement patterns eventually spells the breakdown of things like ligaments, tendons and muscles. In addition, movement in general takes more energy and things that you used to be able to to without fatiguing become tedious.
Well, improving the health of your ligaments, tendons and muscles while also addressing the mobility of your muscles and joints helps immensely but if your primitive, foundational movement patterns are not addressed and stability is not improved, you WILL BECOME INJURED AGAIN….period. It won’t matter if you’re an athlete, office worker, mom, dad, grandma or grandpa, your system will continue to create compensation and when there are too many compensatory patterns, it will break down again.
This is where my optimal movement screen and treatment program comes into play. I utilize some very insightful yet simple movement patterns discovered by Gray Cook PT, Brett Jones RKC, Dale Buchberger DC, PT, and others to evaluate the current state of your movement foundation. Then I deal with any movement problems that I find with the many manual techniques that I have at my disposal in addition to some custom mobility and movement prep exercises.
Once your mobility is adequate, I will work with you to develop some simple yet effective movements and exercises to regain the stability that you so desperately need. In the end, I will eventually help you transition into functional movement and exercises like kettlebell workouts to help you maintain optimal movement and start building performance on top of your new found whole body efficiency.
These techniques have never been paired with the unique combination of manual techniques at Optimum Function until now. The screening process has been used to improve the function of professional athletes while also decreasing the rate at which they get injured. I have combined the screening with some real-world techniques to make it more applicable to the general public. It will help you to also perform better, feel better, function more efficiently and not become injured as much in the future.
To find out more about my optimal movement screening and treatment program, click here
To get more information about me and Optimum Function, email email@example.com, go to www.OptFunction.com or call 503-866-9739.
Yours in Health
Dr. Tim Irving DC, LMT, CKTP
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A Japanese study comparing native Japanese men, American men living in the United States, and Japanese born men living in the United States has found that men with the highest consumption of omega-3 fatty acids has a decreased risk of developing atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. The native Japanese diet had far superior (two-fold higher) levels of omega-3 fatty acids when compared to the American diet or a modified Japanese diet. The article goes on to state that pollution concerns with regards to many forms of fresh fish make the recommendation for omega-3 fatty acid supplementation prudent and effective to promote cardiovascular health.
To learn more about omega-3 fatty acid supplementation and to find out how to tell if you need it, contact me at info@OptFunction.com or call 503-866-9739; in addition, you can go to my website, www.OptFunction.com for more info on my functional medicine and nutritional programs.Yours in Health, Dr. Tim Irving DC, LMT, Nutritionist Optimum Function 819 SE Morrison St. Suite 230 Portland, Oregon, 97214 www.OptFunction.com www.YourOptimumNutrition.com www.FunctionalDetox.com
Sekikawa A, Curb JD, Ueshima H, et al. “Marine-Derived n-3 Fatty Acids and Atheroscierosis in Japanese, Japanese-American, and White Men – A Cross-Sectional Study. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Volume 52, pp417-424. Aug 2008Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health