Despite the Institute of Medicine's recent report, many nutrition-minded oncologists believe high-dose vitamin D supplementation—upwards of 4,000 IU/day—has potential to markedly reduce risk of primary breast cancer as well as breast cancer recurrence, with minimal risk of toxicity.
The Institute of Medicine’s Nov. 30 consensus statement claiming most Americans do not need supplemental vitamin D, and that the vitamin has few benefits beyond bone health, has some folks wondering if committee members had preexisting biases or vested interests against supplementation.
It turns out that at least two members of the committee hold patents on synthetic vitamin D analogs used as prescription drugs, or have significant relationships with companies involved in vitamin D drug development.
Many dermatologists will lip-service the ideas that, “beauty begins from within,” and “Skin health is a reflection of overall health.” But very few of them practice that way. Dr. Julia Hunter, a holistic dermatologist in Los Angeles, is a rare exception. In this interview with Dr. Roby Mitchell, Dr. Hunter shares insight on connections between the skin and the gut, the role of vitamin C in skin care, skin care ingredients to avoid, and much more.
A recent controlled study of 101 people with asthma underscores the potential benefit of aerobic fitness training in reducing the symptom burden and improving the overall quality of life.
Non-healing wounds typically occur in unhealthy bodies. If we want the wounds to heal, we need to understand the connections between poor diet, hormonal decline, unhealthy lifestyle and inability to heal. A comprehensive lifestyle change program coupled with targeted nutrient therapies and conventional wound care can greatly improve wound closure & reduce the need for amputation.
Just as lifestyle change can be hard for patients because it requires them to embrace new ways of doing things, nutrition and lifestyle-based medicine can be challenging for many doctors because it requires new skill sets, new routines, and a willingness to change. But don't let that stop you! The need for lifestyle-based medicine has never been greater and neither have the opportunities who can provide patients with healthy ways to lose weight and improve wellbeing.
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of new cases of vision loss in adults between ages 20 and 74, and more than 40% of people newly diagnosed with diabetes already have some level of retinal damage. The good news is that the disease process can be prevented or arrested by reducing sugar intake, regular exercise and targeted use of nutraceuticals like chromium picolinate, lutein, zeaxanthin, and Pycnogenol.