The most widely sold pharmaceutical drugs in the USA are cholesterol-Lowering drugs AKA, statins. In recent years, statins drugs sales accounted for a large monetary yield, over 12 billion dollars! (Click Here to read an article I wrote about this)Yours in Health, Dr. Tim Irving Optimum Function Portland, Oregon www.OptFunction.com www.FunctionalDetox.com www.YourOptimumNutrition.com Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Just 30 days of eating fast food combined with minimal exercise (walking less than 5000 steps in a day, the average person takes between 5000-7000 steps per day) is all it takes to impair liver function. The Liver is the “Master Chemist” of your body. Scientists reported this disturbing information in a study published in Gut, a peer review journal for health professionals and researchers in gastroenterology and hepatology. This information comes at a time when we are all a little strapped for money and fast food is convenient and inexpensive. To those of us in the healthcare and especially nutrition industry, this information comes as no surprise. I personally have seen a few cases of NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis); in the past, this liver condition was only seen in alcoholics.
In the study, the researchers took 18 healthy people (12 men, 6 women; known as the intervention group) and a matched control group (individuals who did not eat fast food and who walked more than 5000 steps per day). The subjects in the intervention group ate at least two meals at popular fast food restaurants each day and restricted their physical activity to not more than 5000 steps per day. Their mission was to increase their body weight by 5 – 15% by doubling their normal daily caloric intake and adopting a sedentary lifestyle for four weeks.
In order to monitor liver function, blood samples were taken at the beginning of the study and at regular intervals thereafter. One way to identify liver damage is to measure alanine aminotransferase (ALT), an enzyme in the liver. After only a single week on the fast food diet, ALT levels in the intervention group began to climb. ALT is not the only blood chemistry marker for liver function but it is the most specific in a baseline blood chemistry panel.
By the end of the four weeks, seventeen of the eighteen subjects had met their goal of increasing their body weight by 5 – 15%, with 5 of the eighteen subjects reaching the 15% mark. Thirteen of the study participants developed pathological ALT, which was evident in most subjects after the first week. Those in the control group did not experience any such increases.
It doesn’t take a genius to see that a sedentary lifestyle of fast food gluttony will rapidly lead to ill health. According to a Saint Louis University press release, it may be possible to reverse liver damage caused by such a lifestyle. The way to undo the damage to the liver and other vital organs is to adopt a healthy lifestyle and stop eating fast foods.
Brent Tetri, M.D., a professor of internal medicine at the Saint Louis University Liver Center and expert on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, conducted a similar experiment using mice. “There’s strong evidence now that a fast-food type of diet — high in fat and sugar, the kind of diet many Americans subsist on — can cause significant damage to your liver and have extremely serious consequences for your health,” he explains. “The good news,” he continues, “is that most people can undo this damage if they change their diet and they keep physically active. If they don’t, however, they are asking for trouble.”
In the study conducted by Dr. Tetri, mice were given a diet that was 40% fat and loaded with high-fructose corn syrup, a sweetener commonly found in sodas, juices, and bottled sauces and dressings. The mice were also kept sedentary, emulating the lifestyle of many Americans. After four weeks, the mice displayed an increase in liver enzymes and the onset of glucose intolerance, known to be a marker for type II diabetes.
Dr. Tetri points out that while not all fast food necessarily causes liver damage, the problem is a diet containing too many calories with too much fat and sugar (typical in fast food meals consisting of burgers, fries and sodas). Tetri adds, “The fact we’re starting to see kids with liver disease should really be a wake-up call for anyone eating a diet high in fat and sugar and who’s not physically active.” He offers some encouragement to fast food junkies: “Even for those people with the worst kind of diets, it’s not too late to start exercising and eating right.”
If you’d like to have a very comprehensive blood chemistry panel run and evaluated using both the laboratory reference ranges and my optimal health reference ranges, or if you’d like more information on the 10,000 steps movement, call 503-866-9739 to schedule an appointment or email email@example.com.
Yours In Health,Dr. Tim Irving DC, LMT, NutritionistOptimum Function819 SE Morrison St. Suite 230Portland, Oregon, 97214www.OptFunction.comwww.FunctionalDetox.comwww.YourOptimumNutrition.com
Another study touting the benefits and importance of the proper vitamin D levels was published in the June 9, 2008 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study found that low levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin-D (25[OH]D) were associated with a higher risk of having a heart attack
The authors note that in most populations studied, the rate of cardiovascular death is elevated at higher latitudes, increases during the winter months, and is lower at high altitudes. All of these conditions would suggest that cardiovascular death is directly related to low vitamin D levels.
While alternative explanations for these observations are possible, they point out that a variety of plausible biological mechanisms support a role for vitamin D in heart disease. For example, vitamin-D affects vascular smooth-muscle-cell proliferation, inflammation, vascular calcification, the renin-angiotensin system, and blood pressure; all of these can have profound affects on cardiovascular health
To look at this issue further, the authors examined Vitamin D levels in relation to risk of heart attack in 18,225 men who were enrolled in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS). The men were aged 40 to 75 years and were free of diagnosed cardiovascular disease at baseline.The results showed that men deficient in Vitamin D were found to be at increased risk for heart attack compared with those considered to be sufficient in Vitamin D.What is the range of vitamin D levels that were used? Well, below 30 ng/mL was considered to be deficient. In another blog, I will explain how I came to the range that I use for optimal Vitamin D status; that range is 50-100 ng/mL. Vitamin D staus can be easily measured in the blood as 25-hydroxyvitamin-D, because I am part of a lab co-op, this important blood marker will cost $45 including the lab draw through a Quest Diagnostics draw station. The lab interpretation with subsequent recommendation fee is normally $89 but I am offering it for $49 for Vitamin D only. This makes having your Vitamin D levels both important and affordable as there is no need to run the test more than once every 12 months unless you are very deficient.Call 503-866-9739 or email info@OptFunction.com today to schedule your vitamin D test today.Yours in Health, Dr. Tim Irving DC, LMT, Nutritionist Optimum Function 819 SE Morrison St. Suite 230 Portland, Oregon, 97214 www.OptFunction.com www.FunctionalDetox.com www.YourOptimumNutrition.com
Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Reference:Giovannucci E, Liu Y, Hollis BW, Rimm EB. 25-hydroxyvitamin D and risk of myocardial infarction in men. A prospective study. Arch Intern Med. 2008;168:1174-1180.
It clearly can. One study showed that 93% of persons 10-65 years of age who were admitted to a hospital emergency department with muscle aches and bone pain–and who had a wide variety of diagnoses, including Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and depression, were deficient in vitamin D.1A second study confirmed a strong correlation between low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) levels in the blood and higher rates and longer duration of generalized bone and/or muscle aches and pains.2 A third study looked at chronic pain patients at a tertiary care pain clinic. They documented that those patients with serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels </=20 ng/mL used almost twice as much morphine, were on opioid medications almost twice as long and generally were in more pain then those with higher vitamin D levels.3 Understanding the what led to, what triggered and what’s perpetuating pain is one of the most important things a clinician can do to help their patients. That’s one of the reasons I have put together so many exciting programs.Yours in Health, Dr. Tim Irving DC, LMT, Nutritionist Optimum Function, Portland, Oregon www.OptFunction.com www.FunctionalDetox.com www.YourOptimumNutrition.com
Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
1. Holick MF. Vitamin D deficiency. N Engl J Med. Jul 19 2007;357(3):266-281.
2. Erkal MZ, Wilde J, Bilgin Y, et al. High prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, secondary hyperparathyroidism and generalized bone pain in Turkish immigrants in Germany: identification of risk factors. Osteoporos Int. 2006;17(8):1133-1140.
3. Turner MK, Hooten WM, Schmidt JE, Kerkvliet JL, Townsend CO, Bruce BK. Prevalence and Clinical Correlates of Vitamin D Inadequacy among Patients with Chronic Pain. Pain Med. Mar 11 2008.
A study published in The Clinical Journal of Pain in it’s March/April, 2008 issue links back pain to gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. This Australian study analyzed data from 38.050 women of different ages who had varying GI symptoms ranging from constipation, hemorrhoids, diarrhea and other bowel problems.
The results showed that with an increase of back pain frequency from “rarely” to “sometimes” to “often”, there was a direct increase in GI symptoms. While the study did not evaluate the cause for this link, it does seem to be strong. Clinically, I have found this to be the case.
Are chiropractors treating GI symptoms with adjustments? Some may make this claim. I would like to point out that some or maybe even many of our back pain patients, especially women, may have concomitant GI problems that are going undetected and maybe even untreated.
At Optimum Function, I have made it my goal to always take this into consideration. This is one of the main reasons that I have spend the time and effort to receive post-graduate training in functional medicine and nutrition and have come up with functional medicine and nutritional programs.
To learn more about these programs, click here
To learn more about my manual medicine programs, click hereYours in Health, Dr. Tim Irving DC, LMT, Nutritionist Optimum Function 819 SE Morrison St. Suite 230 Portland, OR, 97214 www.OptFunction.com www.FunctionalDetox.com www.YourOptimumNutrition.com Reference: Smith MD, et al. The Clinical Journal of Pain. March/April 2008; Vol. 24, Iss. 3, pp. 199-203 Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Heartburn is often mistakenly labelled as GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disorder (or disease). For some time now, HCL or hydrochloric acid has been falsely deemed the culprit. Clinically, I, and many other functional medicine doctors have found that patients with heartburn often have too little HCL, this is known as hypochlorhydria. HCL is needed for proper digestion of proteins, absorption of critical nutrients like vitamin B12 and Zinc and is also needed to signal the pancreas to secrete its enzymes that are necessary for the further breakdown and absorption of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
At Optimum Function in Portland, Oregon, I have put together a series of functional medicine programs that investigate and treat functional conditions like “heartburn” through nutritional and natural avenues of treatment. Click Here to find out more
I recently participated in a 5 month functional medicine program created by doctors Dicken Weatherby and Ron Grisanti. There was a lot of clinical discussion on this topic and Dr. Weatherby has put together an excellent video explaining why heartburn is often mistakenly associated with too much stomach acid.
Here it is:Enjoy!
Yours in Health,
Dr. Tim Irving
www.YourOptimumNutrition.com Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Well, with all the exciting programs that I have developed with help from some of my patients (you know who you are), I am left reflecting on the questions that seem to be on many of my new patients’ minds:
- Can chiropractors order blood and lab work?
- Do chiropractors work on shoulders, knees, etc.?
- Does “Nutrition Counseling” mean “Supplement Counseling”?
- What is Functional Medicine?
First, let me say that not all chiropractors will practice the same. This fact is both the beauty of chiropractic and in some extents, the bane of our profession’s existence. The variety and individualism that exists in the chiropractic profession does so at the expense of a solid identity at times.
I do, firmly believe that the treatments offered at Optimum Function and other, progressive chiropractic clinics represent the evolution of chiropractic. So…YES! At least here in Portland, Oregon, chiropractors can (and in my opinion, should) order blood work. This is one of the reasons I teamed-up with Quest Diagnostics and Doctor’s Choice to develop the “Dr. Irving Panel”, which, at $89* is INCREDIBLY comprehensive (I’ve included everything from cholesterol to thyroid hormones, glucose and more!). If you are being treated with functional medicine, nutrition, or any of the other wellness-based treatments without first having a comprehensive blood chemistry run and evaluated correctly, your doctor may be missing some key elements. Each and every one of use has a different chemistry that affects the way we do things like: produce hormones, metabolize fats, proteins etc. and more. The values in a comprehensive blood chemistry , in the hands of someone who knows what to look for may prove to be invaluable.
Also, at Optimum Function, restoring musculoskeletal function is one of my main focuses…..even if it’s restoring it in your knees, ankles, shoulder etc. In fact, back pain often arises from weaknesses and/or imbalances in these areas. If your doctor is not looking at these key components, they may be missing some key information that may be exactly why you never quite feel 100%.
At Optimum Function in southeast Portland, Oregon, “Nutritional Counseling” does not equate to “Supplement Counseling”. While supplements are used when necessary to improve your health status, my main focus is on FOOD. It’s what we’re made of and everyday, the healthcare community finds out that when balanced and nutritious, the food we eat produces healthy results the like of which no drug on the market today can compare to.
Lastly, in addition to chiropractic, massage, and nutrition, I utilize the principles of functional medicine in the treatment of my patients. What is it? Well, it’s the art of figuring out (to the best of my ability)what unique processes are going on in your body that have produced your own unique health status in the present. In addition, this means I will look to things like lifestyle, dietary habits and other things that may have predisposed you to your current health status. With your help, I will look to uncover what was or were the triggers that sent you down the path to your current health status and what is keeping you there. This is individualized healthcare! And it’s VERY exciting.
Want to know more?
Yours In Health,
Dr. Tim Irving DC, LMT, Nutritionist
*This price does not include the cost of the office visit and/or interpretation of the resultsYours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
There are certain, “experts” out there who have used “fuzzy-physiology” to propagate a potentially harmful dietary myth! (Click Here to read an article I wrote about this)Yours in Health, Dr. Tim Irving Optimum Function Portland, Oregon www.OptFunction.com www.FunctionalDetox.com www.YourOptimumNutrition.com Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek out care from a doctor. While we tend to think of pain being a result of some type of injury, pain can occur even if there is no acute injury present. For this reason, the sensation of pain has been one of the most elusive and frustration symptoms to treat. (Click Here to read an article I wrote about this topic)Yours in Health, Dr. Tim Irving Optimum Function Portland, Oregon www.OptFunction.com www.FunctionalDetox.com www.YourOptimumNutrition.com Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
A journal article in the January 2000 issue of ”Epidemiology” found that Air Force veterans who had reason to suspect exposure to dioxins, had an increased risk for contracting diabetes. In the Optimum Function Functional Detoxification manual, I talk about a study by the EPA that showed 100% of the fat samples from cadavers in the US had dioxins in them! EVERY SINGLE ONE!
Dioxins are mainly by products of industrial processes but may also be produced during natural processes, such as forest fires and volcanic eruptions. Dioxins are unwanted by products of a wide range of manufacturing processes including smelting, chlorine bleaching of paper pulp and the manufacturing of some herbicides and pesticides. Dioxins may be released into the environment through waste incineration (solid waste and hospital waste), these are often the worst culprits, due to incomplete burning.
Environmental distribution of dioxins is global they are found throughout the world. The highest levels of these compounds are found in some soils, sediments and food, especially dairy products, meat, fish and shellfish. Very low levels are found in plants, water and air.
Yet another reason to look into a way to increase your detoxification system, functionally, and effectively. Click here to find out more about the Optimum Function Functional Detoxification ProgramYours in Health, Dr. Tim Irving chiropractor, nutritionist Optimum Function Portland, Oregon www.OptFunction.com www.FunctionalDetox.com www.YourOptimumNutrition.com
1. Longnecker, MP; Michalek, JE; “Serum Dioxin Level in Relation to Diabetes Mellitus Among Air Force Veterans With Background Levels of Exposure”, Epidemiology; 2000, Jan; 11(1):44-8
2. World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs225/en/Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health