OK, the best ways to investigate how well you are regulating your blood sugar is to check fasting glucose levels and hemoglobin A1c (AKA glycosyllated hemoglobin or glycated hemoglobin); here is a questionnaire that will help you decide if you need to go get these important markers checked. Click here
If you need help evaluating your results or want to make an appointment to further investigate how well you’re dealing with blood sugar, call 503-866-9739 or email email@example.com
Yours in Health
Dr. Tim Irving DC, LMT, Nutritionist, CKTP
Optimum Function, Portland, Oregon, 97214
Optimum Function = Optimum HealthYours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
On the recommendation by a patient who has been able to keep her pain and inflammation at bay (she has fibromyalgia) by using the recommendations in an anti-inflammation handout I give to patients who need it, I have decided to make it available to anyone who wants it.
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Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Fructose, in animal models, has been shown to contribute to the development of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) which is also known as non-alcoholic liver disease (NAFLD). It does so by increasing intestinal permeability through bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. In humans, a study has demonstrated that those with NASH consumed significantly more fructose than the control population which also contributed to an increase in plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI). PAI has been linked to various types of liver damage.
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Source: Thuy S, Ladurner R et. al.; Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in humans is associated with increased plasma endotoxin and plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 concentrations and with fructose intake. J Nutr. 2008 Aug;138(8):1452-5.
As lipids in the body are exposed to free radicals, they oxidize via a process called peroxidation. When cholesterol is subject to peroxidation, cholesterol oxidation products (COPs) aka oxysterols are formed and these oxysterols are known to possess cardiovascular damaging properties. A current study found that animals fed a high fat diet but given vitamin C and selenium had significantly lower COPs and similar oxidation markers.
To find out more about your individual health and nutritional status, please contact me at info@OptFunction.com or call 503-866-9739; certain vitamin levels can be tested by various functional medicine tests.Yours in Health, Dr. Tim Irving Optimum Function 819 SE Morrison St. Suite 230 Portland, Oregon, USA, 97215 www.OptFunction.com www.YourOptimumNutrition.com
Menendez-Carreno M, et al. Inhibition of Serum cholesterol Oxidation by Dietary Vitamin C and Selenium Intake in High Fat Fed Rats. Lipids. 2008 Mar 12. Published online ahead of print.Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours In Health,Dr. Tim Irving DC, LMT, NutritionistOptimum Function819 SE Morrison St. Suite 230Portland, Oregon, 97214www.OptFunction.comwww.FunctionalDetox.comwww.YourOptimumNutrition.com
New evidence suggests that in men, it’s testosterone and in women, estrogen. A new University of Michigan psychology study suggests that the sex hormone estrogen may be the female analog to the predominantly male hormone testosterone; which has been known as the hormone of power.
“Estrogen is very behaviorally potent and is actually a close hormonal relative to testosterone. In female mammals, estrogen has been tied to dominance, but there has been scant research examining the behavioral roles of estrogen in women”, said psychology researcher Steven Stanton.
“Our findings perfectly parallel what we have observed for power motivation and testosterone in men,” said Oliver Shultheiss, a psychology professor who directs the Human Motivation & Affective Neuroscience Lab states.
“In men, power motivation is associated with heightened levels of testosterone, particularly after a contest victory. In women, estrogen appears to be the critical hormone for power motivation.” Shultheiss concludes.
Steven J. Stanton, a, and Oliver C. Schultheissa; Basal and dynamic relationships between implicit power motivation and estradiol in womenYours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Health care today is really “disease care” or condition care in that most doctors treat their patients in a “disease management” fashion. The assessment and treatment of most patients in our health care today is focused on the condition or on the part of the body afflicted with a condition. Treatments are also very focused and geared towards reducing morbidity and mortality; not on prevention.
Real health care should be foundational in nature. A true health-focused doctor will assess their patients in a fashion that helps them understand the cause(s) of the resulting condition not just to be able to put a name on a set of symptoms and if one does not exist, make the patient feel like their symptoms are “all-in-your-head”. True health care treatments are geared towards resolving the cause, identifying the triggers and figuring out what is helping to maintain unwanted symptoms. The three components are hallmarks of true health care AKA foundation care AKA functional medicine.
Many true healthcare programs and plans will include these basic characteristics of health and wellness:
Basic nutritional support
Rest and relaxation
Exercise and Movement
Do you want to know more about the functional medicine and other types of health care programs I have created at Optimum Function? 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 Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Are Your Fat Cells Happy: Health has much more to do with happy fat cells than how much total fat you have
Fat cells or adipocytes are MUCH more than “bags filled with fat” (lipids). Recent research has shown that fat cells send out signals to the rest of the cells in your body when they are “happy” and a whole new set of signals when they are “unhappy”.
What makes a fat cell “happy” or “unhappy”?
Well, the internal (intracellular) and external (extracellular) environment that the adipocyte exists in has everything to do with it. If the adipocyte is overfilled with lipids (fat) and/or it is surrounded by inflammatory chemicals, that cell will be “unhappy”.
“Happy” fat cells release signals to many cells in your body, most notably those in the muscles, liver, brain, and pancrease, that help to increase insulin sensitivity and create an anti-inflammatory effect. Insulin is a hormone needed for proper sugar metabolism and decreased sensitivity to it is associated with diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular problems. Inflammation, not coincidentally, is indicated in all these too and also general aches and pains from muscles and joints.
One of the signals sent out by a “happy” fat cell that has just recently been discovered is called adiponectin. When adiponectin is released to important cells in your body, those cells retain their sensitivity to insulin and are protected from adverse inflammation. (not all inflammation is adverse)
Three of the signals sent out by “unhappy” adipocytes are: Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF alpha), C-reactive protein (CRP), and resistin. These signals create insulin resistance (this is bad), and increase adverse inflammation in the cells they communicate with. These signals unfavorably alter the function of these cells (liver, brain, muscles and pancreas) leading to things like obesity, metabolic syndrome, heart problems, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, muscle wasting and muscle weakness.
So, body “fatness” is not directly related to health but fat cell “hapiness” IS. You can be overweight and be healthy as long as your adipocytes are “happy” (although there is a limit to how overweight you can be is you have a lifestyle that keeps your fat cells “happy”); and you can have a skinny person with “unhappy” fat cells who is vastly unhealthy.
How can I figure out if your fat cells are “happy” or not?
At Optimum Function, I utilize blood chemistry markers as my first line of investigation. Markers like:
- High sensitivity C-reactive protein (should be below 0.9)
- Glycosylated hemoglobin (should be below 5.5%)
- Triglycerides should not be more than half of the total cholesterol number
- HDL cholesterol (should be below 40 in men and 50 in women)
- Triglyceride to HDL ratio (should be less than 4:1)
- Liver enzymes should not be elevated above the laboratory range
In addition to these baseline markers, I may look at the levels of your apolipoproteins, these markers are proving to be incredible for monitoring the state of your fat cells and cholesterol in general. I will also ake your blood pressure which should be below 120/80.
You will notice here that I don’t mention blood sugar. That’s not because it is not an important marker but by the time it is affected, your fat cells have been “unhappy” for a while and disease may have begun. I really encourage my patients to investigate all of this BEFORE your blood sugar is affected.
To find out more about my FBC2000 program which entails looking into your current blood chemistry, relating it to your current health status, contrasting that with your desired health status and coming up with a plan to get there…..click hereYours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
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