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Happy Autumn Equinox!!  It is the moment when the plane of the Earth’s equator passes through the center of the sun’s disk.  It is one of two annual days, where the amount of daytime & nighttime aren approximately equal.  Summer is officially over, and sun will be soon retiring for winter.  With summer ending, and fall starting, now is a great time to check your vitamin D stores to make sure you are prepared for winter.  

 

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which is responsible in many different bodily processes. It is most well known for its role working with calcium to help build and maintain strong bones. Vitamin D is also involved in regulating the immune system and cells, where it can help prevent cancer.

 

The body stores vitamin D and can also make it when the skin is exposed to sunlight. There are also dietary sources of vitamin D, like milk, which is fortified along with cereals, as well as fatty fish like salmon & tuna and mushrooms. There are two forms of vitamin D ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3). Research suggests that cholecalciferol, D3, is better at raising blood levels of vitamin D.

 

In adults, many people may not be getting enough vitamin D, especially those who live in northern areas and the elderly. In Oregon & Washington, this is true.  People with dark skin do not absorb sunlight as easily as those with light skin, so their risk of low vitamin D is even higher.

 

A fair-skinned individual may only need 45 minutes of sunlight a week to meet their vitamin D needs, whereas a dark-skinned individual may need up to 3 hours to get the same benefit. Clouds, smog, clothing, sunscreen & window glass all reduce the amount of sunlight that penetrates the skin.

 

Research has shown that low levels of vitamin D may be linked to other disorders including breast and colon cancer, prostate cancer, high blood pressure, depression, and obesity. It is observed that people with higher levels of vitamin D are less likely to get these diseases.

 

It is recommended that vitamin D be tested twice yearly, once before spring begins and at the end of summer. Deficiency to vitamin D are levels less than 30 ng/mL; however optimal levels are 50-80 ng/mL.

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MTHFR Gene

Possibly the reason for your Depression, Chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia or Irritable Bowel Syndrome

 MTHFR is shorthand for Methyl Tetra Hydra Folate Reductase, an enzyme that is primarily responsible for the process of methylation within the body.  It is most notable for changing homocysteine into methionine.  This enzyme is also involved in the production of many neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, serotonin & norepinephrine, as well as SAMe and glutathione, which is a pivotal anti-oxidant molecule involved in the body’s natural detoxification process.

There are many variations of this gene, but the two most common are known as 677 and 1298, the numbers make reference to the specific location on the gene where the abnormality is located.  These variants produce a MTHFR enzyme that is 30-60% less active than normal.

Having one or two of the lower functioning variants can contribute to symptoms of:

  • Cardiovascular risk associated with elevated Homocysteine, including atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke, and deep vein thromboses.
  • Folate deficiency related pregnancy & development problems, including still-births/miscarriages, pre-eclampsia, and neural defects (cleft lip, cleft palate, etc.)
  • Brain Neurotransmitter issues, like depression, anxiety, insomnia, dementia, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s, and addiction.
  • Significantly diminished ability for detoxification, especially heavy metals, high oxidative stress in all body systems; which can contributes to immune disorders, allergies, autoimmune issues, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, mood issues, thyroid and menstrual disorders, kidney damage, neurological symptoms, cancer risk.
  • Complex disorders that usually cascade from a combination of issues above, include fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, and peripheral neuropathy.
  • Other associates diseases, not caused by MTHFR, but significantly complicated by it, such as diabetes, lymphoma and Leiden factor V, a blood clotting disorder.

How do I know if I have a mutation within my MTHFR gene?  A simple blood test, which is covered by most insurance companies can deliver results within a couple of weeks.  How is MTHFR gene mutations treated?  Enzyme deficiency is correctable by supplementing a special form of folate in very high doses, which is available by prescription.  Many patients that have these less-than-optimal gene experiences experience significant and sometimes dramatic improvement once beginning MTHF Repletion protocol.  The protocol is simple and affordable. 

Our practitioners are capable to test individuals for this genetic mutation.  Please contact our office for more information or to consult with our Naturopaths.  

 

Myers' Cocktail

What is Myers’ Cocktail?

Myers’ Cocktail is an intravenous vitamin nutrient supplement, which was formulated more than 30 years ago by Dr. John Myers, MD.  The potent solution contains a specially balanced combination of different vitamins and minerals.  It is given intravenously to help the treatment of a range of ailments and to increase energy. 

The standard Myers’ Cocktail contains magnesium, calcium, selenium, vitamin B5 (dexpanthenol), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B12 (hydroxycobalamin), vitamin B-complex, and vitamin C.  Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that helps the immune system ward off bacterial and viral infections.  It also makes certain metabolic processes work better. 

Why IV?

Intravenous treatments are more effective than oral therapy for increasing blood levels of nutrients.  It also improves the transport of nutrients from the blood into the cells more efficiently. 

Conditions that can be improved with Myers’ Cocktail:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Depression
  • Acute or chronic muscle spasm
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraine headaches
  • Tension headaches
  • Narcotic withdrawal
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Ischemic vascular disease
  • GI Disorders (Crohn’s, UC, IBS, etc)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Athletes who need quick recovery for athletic events
  • Acute viral illnesses
  • Common cold
  • Acute infections

Duration of Treatment

Patients vary in the number of treatments needed, but most require infusions a minimum of once weekly.  Every patient is different, and response to treatment varies, so more detail determined on a case-by-case basis. 

How the treatment is given

In the Myers’ cocktail, the above vitamins & minerals are mixed with sterile water and infused over 30 minutes.  

Safety

Myers’ Cocktail is safe, effective and minimally invasive therapy that is well tolerated by most people.  It carries a low risk for serious adverse effects.