Movember: Mens Health Month!

According to Canada’s Men’s Health Foundation, amongst men aged 30–64, more than 65% are overweight or obese, almost 50% are inactive, more than 40% binge drink, and 26% smoke. In fact, adopting a healthier lifestyle can help prevent up to 70% of men’s health problems. In June 2016 I wrote an article that you might find motivating for your male patients: Guys Unhealthy Behaviour

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According to the Movember Foundation, the life expectancy of a man is 6 years less than that of a woman, men account for 4 in 5 suicides, and testicular cancer is the most prevalent cancer among men aged 15–29. The foundation encourages men to talk with their buddies, know their PSA numbers at age 50 (45 if they are of African or Caribbean descent), and “know thy nuts.”

Read on for a comprehensive naturopathic approach to your male patients:

  1.  Stress reduction: Adrenal support: MediHerb AdrenoCo; Withania Complex; Tribulus; or Nevaton can help with stress and anxiety. My popular Male Adrenal Tonic contains: panax ginseng; astragalus; and ashwagandha in liquid form or Rhodiola and Ginseng. I also use Physica’s ADR adrenal complex to combat adrenal fatigue.
  2. Insomnia and Anxiety: Nevaton; John’s Wort (taken in winter months only, due to photo sensitivity); Kava Forte or Valerian Complex; and 5HTP are other considerations for insomnia and anxiety.
  3. Cancer prevention: 17% of men over the age 18 smokes. Vitanox, an anti-oxidant combination, is a great preventive. If patients are interested in a “vitamin smoothie,” encourage them to use Greens First for detoxification, alkalization and energy; Dream Protein, for a clean whey protein; and try Dr. Gifford’s Medi-C, which contains 500 mg vitamin C, 40 mg Magnesium and 600 mg Lysine per capsule. Vitamin C is an inexpensive know-it-all vitamin that is essential in the prevention of many chronic diseases, including cancer. (See Dr. Cheraskin’s book: “Vitamin C: Who Needs It?” for some timeless knowledge!)
  4. Chemical Detoxification: Men are often exposed to heavy metals or chemical environments, simply due to occupation. This includes firefighters, who see an increased risk of kidney cancer; and miners, who inhale numerous minerals and chemical substances on a regular basis. Test these patients for heavy metals or other cancer causing chemicals to improve their compliance with your treatment programs. Silymarin is number one for liver protection; monitor liver enzymes, as Hep C is an epidemic in the making. The sooner the diagnosis, the better. Pectasol-C and LivCo (phase I and II detox) should be on this list as well.
  5. Elevated PSA Numbers and BPH: If you are “watching and waiting” with a patient displaying elevated PSA numbers, Pectasol C will lower Galectin 3 inflammatory pathways, to not only treat cancer and prevent metastasis, but also helps the body detoxify heavy metals. This is best taken away from other supplements. Saw Palmetto Pygeum Nettle Root may also help, and your patients will notice a decrease in their nocturia. BCQ or Boswellia Complex is also recommended during this “watch and wait” period, and may help to wean male patients off the use of NSAIDS. Prostacaid at 6 per day is Dr Eliaz’s recommendation for prostate cancer treatment. Chaga mushrooms are a treatment of choice for prostate issues. Garlic has been studied to lower PSA levels. See Dr. Eric Yarnell’s article “Improving Men’s Health with Botanicals Eric Yarnell ND”.
  6. IGF 1: If elevated the patient is four times more likely to develop PC. This will lower with lycopene.
  7. ED: Prevalence of coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, erectile dysfunction, metabolic syndrome and diabetes is rampant and interconnected in men (and women, with the exception of ED). Pomegranate juice, horny goat weed and panax ginseng have all been studied to be effective for ED. Additionally, you should consider using your diabetes and cardiovascular protocols with this patient population. For example, I measure Pla2 to monitor arterial inflammation and efficacy of my protocols, as well as two-hour pc serum insulin.
  8. Foundations for Health: Encourage male patients to take selenium 200 mcg, zinc 50 mg (prostate contains the highest concentrations of zinc found in the human body), B-complex 50-100 mg OD, Essential Fatty Acids 3000 mg OD, and vitamin D to serum values of 150 nmol/L upwards of 5000 IU per day.
  9. Foods to Prevent Prostate Cancer: Green tea, organic soy, cooked tomatoes (lycopene), pomegranates, and broccoli are all diet essentials. As well, enoki mushrooms are excellent for prevention, as are garlic and related herbs, such as onions, chives and leeks.

See you all in the New Year!

OAND Convention 2017!

Thank you so much to everyone who came and visited us at our booth last weekend, in Blue Mountain, ON. It was such a pleasure getting to put more faces to names, sharing our Kava Coladas with everyone who came to our event, and spreading the word about our new series of talks, Hillier & Walker.

See you next year! xo ProMedics Team

Prevention & Support: Breast Cancer

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This month’s Dr. Pincott’s Perspective suggests some ProMedics products to consider while you are developing treatment protocols for your patients—whether the goal is to prevent breast cancer, provide support during chemotherapy and radiation, or rebuild them following treatment. In my clinical experience it is very important to support breast cancer patients for one full year after therapy, to prevent a recurrence or long-term side effects.

ingrid-croppedFirst, we want to prevent breast cancer. With every female patient that comes to my office, I encourage them to maintain optimal vitamin D levels of 150 nmol/L, take daily fish oils at 3000 mg, probiotics and GreensFirst. Some research indicates that Nascent Iodine prevents fibrocystic breast disease, thus lowering the risk of breast cancer. I suggest low, preventive dosages such as 1 mg per day. These basic remedies provide anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and alkalizing effects that are the Foundation of Health. I encourage the usual lifestyle support, which emphasizes chemical-free, organic eating (avoid exogenous estrogens including hormones, pesticides and herbicides); drinking chlorine free, high-pH water; and, avoiding plastic in cookware and dishes. A good resource for comprehensive guidelines is The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer by Dr. Sat Dharum Kaur N.D.. Also encourage patients to connect with www.InspireHealth.ca.

  1. Prevention:

If a woman has a family history of breast cancer, you may want to consider long-term treatment with I3C or DIM, or BreastDefend, to lower inflammatory estrogens. JHS Medicinal Mushrooms are fantastic for immune support. Five Mushroom Formula at one per day can aid in prevention. Drinking green tea daily is an excellent lifestyle recommendation. MH Vitanox, which contains green tea, is a powerful anti-oxidant.

  1. During Treatment:

There is a lot of controversy surrounding what is safe to give to patients during chemotherapy or radiation. Please consult Dr. Neil McKinney’s “Naturopathic Oncology” Textbook for helpful insight. Additionally, click to read  Antioxidants and Chemo Dr. Block published in “Alternative and Complementary Therapies,” for a secondary opinion. GreensFirst can help with appetite and energy. I often have patients mix it with coconut milk or goat milk, as both of these help to put on some weight, if weight loss is an issue. Consider adding Dream Protein to this smoothie if the taste buds agree. For another source of protein, try SON Formula. It is an excellent source or pure, useable amino acids. Any of the JHS mushrooms are safe during treatment. Over the years my favorite has been Coriolus Super Strength. Consider rotating mushroom therapies such as Maitake, Cordyceps and Reishi every 3-4 months, as this provides optimal outcomes. Another valuable treatment option to consider is Astragalus. MH Astragalus Complex is an excellent choice. I also immediately start the patient on PectaSol C at 15 g per day, and I encourage the patient to get Galectin 3  (Gal-3_MCP_8.5×11 Handout 2017) testing to monitor the effects. A high dosage is encouraged for the first 6 months, followed by a lower dose of 5 g per day for a full year, as a preventative treatmentBCQ can act as a “natural Advil” to help with pain and swelling after surgery. Warn the patient that it may loosen the bowel. Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes provide a soothing and gently detoxifying bath, as well as providing transdermal magnesium therapy. 

  1. Rebuilding (maintain for one year, post-treatment):

BCQ: can be used in the rebuilding phase in addition to during treatment. Dose at 3 per day, long term.
BreastDefend® for Overall Breast Health and Support* This is an expensive product, but when planning your yearlong post-treatment protocols, it would save the patient from taking many different remedies at once.
GreensFirst: alkalizes the body while acting as a gentle detoxifier. I wait one year to get into more rigorous cleansing programs.
PectaSol C: 5 g per day, taken separate from food and supplements.
Mushroom Therapy: if not taking BreastDefend consider Five Mushroom Formula and alternating with Cordyceps, Maitake, Reishi or Chaga every 3-4 months.
MH Silymarin: provides NRF2 support for the immune system, and an anti-oxidant for the liver during the rebuilding phase.
MH Withania Complex or MH Rhodiola and Ginseng: can be considered for rebuilding mental and physical stamina, post-treatment.

 

Pre- & Postnatal Nutrition.

dr-pincott-header-pinkAt the Northwest Convention held in Vancouver in April 2017, Dr. Nigel Plummer gave an excellent lecture on maternal nutrition, as well as infant nutrition. I have updated my Prenatal and Post Natal Care article to reflect some of this updated information, and have featured it here. I give articles similar to this to my patients who are already pregnant.
Here is a Pre-conception care hand-out for those men and women who are planning a pregnancy.ingrid-cropped Pre-conception health refers to optimizing both male and female health for three to four months BEFORE getting pregnant. This handout was inspired by Dr. Angela Hywood’s N.D. series of lectures. This includes such steps as stopping birth control pills and making sure all detoxification programs take place BEFORE pregnancy. It is also important to understand that treating the male to ensure healthy sperm and DNA is just as important as treating the female!
See January 2017 Promedics blog on Detoxification Ideas for both men and women.
The Prenatal and Postnatal Care sheet contains steps to make sure that women are getting optimal nutrition for developing a healthy baby in utero. Additionally, you will find information on easing the stress of pregnancy and delivery, and tips for the postnatal period, including infant care.
Promedics provides Nordic Naturals Prenatal Caps, with essential fats, for adults and children as well as Klaire Labs probiotics. Greens First and Dream Protein powders are a good smoothie option for women with nausea and vomiting from pregnancy, to help with nutrition during this period. MediHerb Echinacea and Silymarin are two herbs safe for use during pregnancy, if you need to treat an upper respiratory infection or gallbladder stasis. If there is a constipation problem or muscle cramping, taking a JigSaw Magnesium supplement may help, in addition to the recommended Optinatals (Eclectic Institute) which contain the optimal levels of calcium, magnesium and iron recommended for women in their first two trimesters. Often in the last trimester women need more.
I have also attached my handouts on Introducing Solid Foods & Protein in FoodsIt behooves us as naturopathic physicians to educate our patients on one of the most important ways to prevent obesity and chronic diseases: by improving health in utero. Preventive medicine at its best!

BACK ON TRACK!

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With my patients, I’ve found that September is the best time of year to get back on track with heath goals. This blog entry will prepare you, and your patients, before the busy back-to-school season starts:ingrid-cropped

CHILDREN
Immune System: The Nordic Naturals Nordic Berries and Fish Oil supplements are a yummy way for children to get extra nutrition in their diets. As children get older they can be graduated to stronger dosages, which will also have a lower sugar content. Vitamin D: taking this in liquid drops is ideal and inexpensive. Our office favorite is Seroyal brand.
Probiotics: Ther-Biotic Complete Powder is easy to add to beverages without changing the taste. Important for gut health, brain health and immune system support.
ADHD: Bacopa and Nordic Naturals DHA are great help. Anxiety/Sleeplessness/Growing Pains: Ancient Minerals provides a magnesium lotion with melatonin, which can be rubbed into achey areas to help provide relief. Give children liquid or chewable calcium-magnesium supplements like Jigsaw Magnesium SRT.

TEENAGERS
Acne: Teenagers constantly struggle with ways to improve their skin. I have used Citricidal tabs at 3 per day as an antiobitic, and the Citricidal Skin Cleanser as a topical soap to use in the shower (I also use this throughout my professional office, for hand washing). Probiotics are important for skin health, so make sure teens are also taking Ther-Biotic Complete. Additionally, Core Nutrients EPO provides 1200mg of EPO per capsule, and when dosed at 2 capsules per day can provide relief from skin issues.
Stress: If teenagers are stressing out about their school work load then consider Kava Forte or Nevaton. If they are not sensitive to licorice or have blood pressure issues, Adrenal Complex is great treatment option that can be used year-round. Often I will alternate herbs month to month, so consider alternating with Nevaton.
Anxiety/Depression/Insomnia: As the fall days grow shorter, St. John’s Wort can be added to teen’s protocols, for help alleviating depression and insomnia (due to light sensitivity). I dose it at HS. Did you know that one of the most important active constituents of St. John’s wort is hyperforin, and the Mediherb brand has a very high content? However, keep in mind that hyperforin is not found in the tincture form of St. John’s Wort. Bacopa is also used for memory and concentration. For additional brain power around exam time, suggest Gingko! Kerry Bone is known to take up to 9 per day as needed when he is recovering from jet lag.
Menstrual Disorders; Wild Yam Complex helps to regulate periods, lessen the flow and help with cramping. In addition, try taking extra calcium/magnesium at night. Try Jigsaw Magnesium with SRT. Also, rubbing topical magnesium onto the abdomen may be very soothing during menarche.
Diet: Most teenagers don’t eat as well as they should, so helping them come up with a smoothie recipe that incorporates Dream Protein and Greens First/Berry or Greens First Chocolate will help provide vital antioxidants and protein–especially for breakfast and before sports.

ADULTS
Immune System Support: Children are constantly exposed to germs and infections at school, which they can bring home to the rest of the family. In addition to supporting their immune systems, consider supporting yours as well. A great start is probiotics, Vitamin D and Echinacea daily, ALL YEAR ROUND! Mediherb Echinacea does not contain any of the upper parts of the plant so it can be taken year round. One per day is all you need. Dose as 6 per day at first signs of Upper Respiratory Infections, or use Andrographis at 3 per day. If the immune system is very poor, recommend Astragalus Complex for 3 months or longer.
Cleansing: This is the time of year adults like to cleanse after a summer of poor habits. See January Blog for reminders.
Creative Health Habits: I love the Ancient Minerals bath flakes. I grind one cup in the Nutribullet and then add 8 drops of a favorite essential oil blend. This makes a lovely “parasympathetic spa bath” and is a great gift idea. For containers, I use small glass jars for the dollar store. If you are treating pain and inflammation, you will want to use a much larger dose. You can create a similar effect with Ancient Minerals’ Magnesium Lotion and Oils. For those of your patients with a penchant for essential oils, this activity will be a blast. Topical magnesium is a lovely home remedy for many aches and pains.

What I Learned this Summer
– Buckwheat pancakes are a hearty, gluten-free option for breakfast. Easy to make and      great as left overs.
– Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker: create meals within 30 minutes, including potato salad!

Have the family challenge themselves: NO SICK DAYS THIS YEAR!