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Madonna on 4BC Health Talk…

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Tonight we’re chatting about a couple of topics we’ve seen lots of in the clinic lately:

Topic # 1 – Vitamin D deficiency and winter depression. I’ve taken the following article from Dr Mercola.com Vitamin D is incredible – it affects all of our hormonal and immune functions, is involved in mental health and leaky gut. It improves our genes and is something to definitiely take into consideration for cancer prevention – all cancers!

Vitamin D deficiency is one of those things that many Aussies have and is becoming more prevalent worldwide.

Vitamin D influences over 10 percent of your genes. Vitamin D deficiency is epidemic across the world and could be contributing to hundreds of common health problems. There are 33,800 medical papers on vitamin D, and this veritable mountain of research shows that vitamin D has far-reaching benefits to your physical and mental health.

Recent research found significant interaction between vitamin D levels and inflammatory bowel disease
Vitamin D supplementation has also been found to reduce both depression and pain in diabetic women
Studies show that vitamin D has tremendous protective effects against a variety of different cancers, including pancreatic, lung, ovarian, breast, prostate, and skin cancers

Vitamin D Might Be Able to Slash Your Breast Cancer Risk by 90 Percent

Vitamin D research continues to impress upon us the importance of appropriate sun exposure as the ideal way to optimize your vitamin D levels.

Winter limits sun exposure for many up to six months of the year. Even in states such as Queensland there is a massive vitamin D deficiency.

It has become abundantly clear that vitamin D deficiency is a growing epidemic across the world and could be contributing to hundreds of common health problems. In fact, correcting your vitamin D deficiency may cut your risk of dying from any cause by 50 percent, according to one analysis.

If this sounds too incredible to be true, consider that vitamin D influences nearly 3,000 of your 24,000 genes. This occurs via vitamin D receptors, which can be found throughout your body, and should come as no great surprise given that humans evolved in the sun.

Vitamin D Beneficially Affects Gene Activity

Just one example of an important gene that vitamin D up-regulates is your ability to fight infections and chronic inflammation. It also produces over 200 anti-microbial peptides, the most important of which is cathelicidin, a naturally-occurring broad-spectrum antibiotic.

This is one of the explanations for why vitamin D is so effective against colds and influenza.

According to a January 2013 press release by Orthomolecular Medicine, there are now 33,800 medical papers with vitamin D in the title or abstract, and this veritable mountain of research shows that vitamin D has far-reaching benefits to your physical and mental health. Such research has shown that vitamin D can improve:

•Pregnancy outcomes (reduced risk of Cesarean section and pre-eclampsia)
•Type 1 and 2 diabetes
•Heart disease and stroke
•Autism, Alzheimer’s, and other brain dysfunction
•Bacterial and viral infections

Some of the most recently published studies, which I’ll review here, demonstrate how boosting your vitamin D levels can improve depression and pain in diabetics, Crohn’s disease, and breast cancer.

Relevance of Vitamin D in Crohn’s Disease

While previous research has associated low vitamin D levels with an increased risk of Crohn’s disease and shown that correcting your vitamin D deficiency can improve symptoms of the disease, one of the most recent studies found a “significant interaction between vitamin D levels and Crohn’s disease susceptibility, as well as a significant association between vitamin D levels and genotype.”

Serum vitamin D levels were found to be significantly lower in patients with Crohn’s disease. Of the seven DNA sequence variations examined for effects, two variants showed a significant association with vitamin D levels in those with Crohn’s, and four variants were associated with vitamin D levels among controls.

In short, it shows that vitamin D can affect genetic expression associated with Crohn’s disease, and make matters either better or worse, depending on whether you have enough of it or not.

Vitamin D May Reduce Depression and Pain

In related news, vitamin D supplementation has been found to reduce both depression and pain in diabetic women. As reported by PsychCentral:

“The investigators set out to determine how vitamin D supplementation might affect women with type 2 diabetes who were also suffering from depression.

At the beginning of the study, 61 percent of women reported neuropathic pain, such as shooting or burning pain in their legs and feet, and 74 percent had sensory pain, such as numbness and tingling in their hands, fingers and legs.

During the course of the study, the participants took a 50,000 IU vitamin D2 supplement every week for 6 months (7,000 iu daily). By the end of the study, the women’s depression levels had significantly improved following the supplementation.

Furthermore, participants who suffered from neuropathic and/or sensory pain at the beginning of the study reported that these symptoms decreased at 3 and 6 months following vitamin D2 supplementation.”

Additional support for the theory that vitamin D can be beneficial in the fight against type 2 diabetes was published in last year. Here, the researchers found “a strong additive interaction between abdominal obesity and insufficient 25(OH)D in regard to insulin resistance.” They also claim 47 percent of the increased odds of insulin resistance can be explained by the interaction between insufficient vitamin D levels and a high body mass index (BMI).

Yet another study published in Diabetes Care also suggests vitamin D supplements may help prevent type 2 diabetes mellitus in people with pre-diabetes. While the study is only an observational one and cannot establish causality, the researchers report that the participants who had the highest vitamin D levels were 30 percent less likely to develop diabetes during the three-year evaluation period, compared to those with the lowest levels.

Cut Your Breast Cancer Risk with Vitamin D, Cancer Surgeon Suggests

Meanwhile, a recent Science World Report highlighted the recommendation by British breast cancer surgeon, Professor Kefah Mokbel, who urges women to take daily vitamin D supplements to cut their risk of breast cancer. According to the featured article:

“Prof. Mokbel has also requested Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, to make [vitamin D] pills freely available as this would result in saving about a 1,000 lives annually. ‘I am calling for all women from the age of 20 to be given free vitamin D supplements on the NHS because it is effective in protecting against breast cancer,’ Prof. Mokbel said.

Vitamin D Is Critical for Cancer Prevention

Indeed, an ever growing number of studies show that vitamin D has tremendous protective effects against a variety of different cancers, including pancreatic, lung, ovarian, breast, prostate, and skin cancers. Theories linking vitamin D deficiency to cancer have been tested and confirmed in more than 200 epidemiological studies, and understanding of its physiological basis stems from more than 2,500 laboratory trials.

For example, a 2007 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine concluded that a serum 25(OH)D level of more than 33 ng/mL was associated with a 50 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer. And research published in the International Journal of Cancer two years ago found that a mere 10 ng/ml increase in serum vitamin D levels was associated with a 15 percent reduction in colorectal cancer incidence and 11 percent reduction in breast cancer incidence.

Another 2007 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that after four years of follow up, cancer-free survival was 77 percent higher in women who received 1,100 IU vitamin D and 1,450 mg calcium per day, compared to those who received either a placebo or calcium by itself. According to Carole Baggerly, founder of GrassrootsHealth, as much as 90 percent of ordinary breast cancer may in fact be related to vitamin D deficiency. Breast cancer has even been described as a “vitamin D deficiency syndrome,” much like the commoncold and seasonal flu.

Most Important—Maintaining Optimal Vitamin D Serum Levels

Of utmost importance is the maintenance of a therapeutically beneficial serum level year-round. Here, studies indicate that the bare minimum for cancer prevention is around 40 ng/ml. Research suggests an ideal level might be around 60-80 ng/ml. A 2009 review article15 titled: “Vitamin D for Cancer Prevention: Global Perspective,” published in Annals of Epidemiology states that:

“Higher serum levels of the main circulating form of vitamin D, 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), are associated with substantially lower incidence rates of colon, breast, ovarian, renal, pancreatic, aggressive prostate and other cancers. Epidemiological findings combined with newly discovered mechanisms suggest a new model of cancer etiology that accounts for these actions of 25(OH)D and calcium. Its seven phases are disjunction, initiation, natural selection, overgrowth, metastasis, involution, and transition (abbreviated DINOMIT). Vitamin D metabolites prevent disjunction of cells and are beneficial in other phases.

It is projected that raising the minimum year-around serum 25(OH)D level to 40 to 60 ng/mL (100–150 nmol/L) would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year, and three fourths of deaths from these diseases in the United States and Canada, based on observational studies combined with a randomized trial.

Such intakes also are expected to reduce case-fatality rates of patients who have breast, colorectal, or prostate cancer by half… The time has arrived for nationally coordinated action to substantially increase intake of vitamin D and calcium.” [Emphasis mine]

Buy PROVEN vitamin D which is cleansed, which works, which doesn’t add toxins to your body. Call us on 3348 6098 to discuss your nutritional needs.

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098
94 Edith Street, Wynnum 4179

Madonna on the Radio: 4BC with Alex Bernard

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Today Alex and I discussed chronic pain with a few callers..  A few thoughts on pain:

1 in 5 Australians have chronic pain at some stage in their lives, so pain management is a huge challenge for many health professionals.  Pain can come from so many sources, and is often linked to emotional pain and traumas in our lives: deaths of a loved one, an operation, a nasty viral infection, financial difficulties.  Neck and shoulder pain, for example, is notoriously worse when someone is stressed.  Eventually this can lead to chronic pain for which medical science has no answers for other than stronger and stronger drug therapies.

Natural pain management works to reduce irritation to the nerves; regenerate the areas which are degenerating and re-mineralise the body.  This combination helps to reduce acidity, reduce pain and increase longevity.  Drug pain management suppresses the symptoms allowing nerve damage, acidity and degeneration to continue.

New Leaf Natural Therapies has many treatments for pain management:  naturopathic supplements; frequency specific microcurrent; remedial massage; infrared saunas; structural kinesiology and acupuncture.  It’s time to get to the cause of health problems, not just suppress them!

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies

Madonna on the Radio…4BC & BayFM

Friday, December 18th, 2009

We really hit an interesting discussion this week on 4BC (1116) & BayFM (100.3) when we started discussing natural pain options, and we started talking about how long anesthetics stay in our bodies.  We had several callers who have never recovered since having anesthetics for one problem or another.

We use Frequency Specific Microcurrent and clinical nutrition in order to remove anesthetics from the body.  It can take several sessions and months (or years for some very toxic people) of supplements to remove anesthetics from the body.

Side-effects of anesthetics include liver and gut dysfunction; exhaustion; muscle aches and pains; numbness and neuropathies; headaches and lots more.  If you feel that you may fit into this category, give us a call and we’ll talk to you about how we go about removing these substances from your body!

Madonna Guy ND on Radio 4BC with Alex Bernard

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Well, this week we chatted about a few cool topics:

What can we do to increase longevity (and how can we start reversing ‘genetically predisposed health problems’?)  

  1. There has been very cool research in the past twelve months about genes.  And yes, they can be reversed and turned around…have you been blaming your health problems on genes and therefore been doing nothing about them?  Well, these days we can look at your blood with Live Blood Analysis and see whether or not genes have been activated.  We can tell if your body is chronically inflamed (which is also known to activate ‘bad’ genes) and also prescribe therapeutic doses of nutrients in order to start reversing these processes.
  2. Keeping your body more alkaline is one of the proven ways of protecting your genes:  plenty of filtered water and 6-7 cups of veggies every day!!!  The more acidic we are the more chronic disease we have.  Simple.
  3. Maintaining a healthy body weight:  this is the one thing that has been known for 50 years to help with longevity and wellbeing.  The higher our Body Mass Index is the more likely we are to develop heart disease, diabetes and cancer, just to name a few problems.

Take care, and see you next week!!!

Madonna Guy ND

Madonna on the Radio with Alex Bernard 4BC

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Today was great: we had 4 varied calls come in on different topics.  We started chatting about  Thyroid Issues: we see so many sluggish thyroids here in our clinic.  Medically, thyroid issues tend to be undiagnosed until it’s time for medication.  This is actually a good thing, however people can feel pretty exhausted for many years before it’s actually found.  The thyroid is involved in metabolism, when it slows down, it also slows down digestive function, liver function, ability to detoxify and, as most people know, is involved in weight control.  Good naturopaths won’t just ask for you to get blood tests, they’ll take a look and know what’s ‘optimal’ for the thyroid, bring in your tests and we’ll take a look for you!

We also had calls about high and low levels of iron in the blood:  high levels is generally known as hemachromatosis, the medical treatment is basically regular taking of blood.  Naturopathically, we like to treat the liver and help it cope with the excess iron levels so that it doesn’t cause a problem.  Low levels of iron in the blood can obviously cause chronic exhaustion, but is also linked with low blood pressure.  Red blood cells with a low iron count are too small, they don’t drop off oxygen throughout your body effectively, therefore we’re also more likely to develop bugs regularly…  A great supplement we use a lot for this is Hemagenics, which gives a whopping high dose of iron, in an easy to take form.

We also had a woman with a painful spleen.  The spleen is like a big tonsil – it’s a lymphatic cleansing organ of the body, so detoxification processes will help:  lymphatic drainage massage with Alison Honour, Bowen Technique with Jacqueline Dekoke or Madonna Guy; infrared saunas help to mobilise toxins and move blood and lymph throughout our bodies are just a few options to support cleansing the spleen.  Save $$$ by grabbing a 10 pack of infrared saunas in our clinic.

There was a query again about live blood analysis (see separately under ‘our tests and equipment) and a question about pre-diabetes.  It’s important with ‘pre-diabetes’ to start changing diet is a rather large way.  See the article on ‘insulin resistance’ as this gives a huge amount of information.

Until next week,

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies

Madonna on Radio 4BC: chronic sinusitis, magnesium and iron deficiency

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

I did another session today on Radio 4BC with Alex Bernard: the callers asked about chronic sinusitis; magnesium deficiency in the soil (and foods) and a wife with iron deficiency. 

The poor girl with the chronic sinusitis has been treating it medically for sometime, with lots of doses of anti-biotics.  The problem with anti-biotics is that although it helps in the short-term it doesn’t help the long-term problem – the immune system isn’t functioning properly.  Rhinocort and claryntyne seem to work in the short term but long term the problem simply returns – the cause of the inflammation hasn’t been found.  What can we do?  We can do a live blood analysis and determine how active the immune system is, along with the gut.  If there is leaky gut that needs healing before the sinusitis can ever be healed.  We can do some food or environmental sensitivity testing and immune balancing with kinesiology.  We would also provide some supplementation to really kick the body into action, reduce the inflammation of the sinuses and prevent further damage of the gut.

Another gentleman asked why Australian soils are magnesium deficient.  It is my understanding that it’s not just magnesium, but many other minerals as well that are very deficient, and that over 70% of Aussies are magnesium deficient – of course lots of other things deplete this mineral such as coffee, tea, stress, insomnia as well as many drugs.

And with the lady who has long-term iron deficiency, it was asked if liquid iron tonics were better than tablet iron supplements.  This may be true except that it’s more ‘dodgy forms’ of iron which cause constipation (the concern) so when naturopaths prescribe iron we use good forms such as ‘diclycinated iron’ which is absorbed without causing constipation.  If the stomach or small intestine are not working properly, we don’t absorb iron very well either…we break it down firstly in the stomach and then absorb in the small intestines…

Until next week,

Madonna Guy ND

Another caller asked about iron supplements

Madonna Guy ND On the Radio!!!

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

I’ve been thinking how great it would be to be on the radio for years!  Having a love of public speaking and teaching people what I know, having any audience has always given me a huge sense of satisfaction.  I was a member of Powertalk International for 12 years or so, and now it’s finally happened!  Alex Bernard runs a show on 4BC on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and she’s a spicy entertainer who, no doubt, will challenge Madonna into action!  November 2009 is our first month on Radio 4BC (AM 1116) so tune in at around 3.30pm on Sunday afternoons and check me out if you want to hear me in action.  I’ll be taking calls and look forward to helping people out across the airwaves.

There’s really nothing I don’t help treat (along with your doctors of course!) and as you’ll know it’s always about getting the body back into balance…  since I’m trained in naturopathy, clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, kinesiology, learning problems, natural fertility management, live blood analysis, cellular analysis, bowen therapy and much more… there’s not a lot I don’t have experience with, or an opinion about!

Talk to me on the radio soon!

Madonna Guy ND