Nov
18

New Study Recommends Statins for Prevention

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New study recommends statin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease

Posted on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 02:32 PM

According to a new study published three days ago in JAMA, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended the use of statins for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. They advocate the use of low- to moderate-dose statins in adults ages 40 to 75 years without a history of cardiovascular disease (CVD) who have one or more CVD risk factors (dyslipidemia, diabetes, hypertension, or smoking) and a calculated 10-year CVD event risk of 10% or greater.1 The USPSTF concluded that the harm of low- to moderate-dose statin use in these adults is minimal.

In contrast, recent studies demonstrated how the education on statins is deceptive and creates the appearance that they are safe and effective in the prevention of CVD. There is no question that statins are effective at reducing cholesterol levels, but they have failed to substantially improve cardiovascular outcomes or reduce the risk of mortality.2 The role of high cholesterol as an etiological factor in CVD has been a source of controversy and debate for decades. Studies have demonstrated that older adults with low levels of cholesterol are just as atherosclerotic as those with high levels.3 

Also, another study demonstrated how statins stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure. This study suggests that statins may be causative in coronary artery calcification and can act as mitochondrial toxins that impair muscle function in the heart and blood vessels through the depletion of CoQ10 and ATP generation.4 

Statins inhibit the synthesis of vitamin K2, a vitamin necessary to protect the arteries from calcification. In addition, statins inhibit the biosynthesis of selenium-containing proteins. This impairment may be a factor in congestive heart failure, as a selenium deficiency is seen with cardiomyopathies.

Health care providers have many more tools today than simply looking at the standard lipid panel to assess cardiovascular health. It is essential to perform a thorough assessment for all of these patients by looking at lipid fractionation profiles, chronic inflammatory markers (ferritin, hs-CRP, fibrinogen), nutrient markers (magnesium, potassium, selenium, copper, folate, B12, B6, zinc, and calcium), fat soluble vitamins (A, D & K, and CoQ10), oxidative stress factors (homocysteine, insulin, and lipid peroxidases), heavy metals, and a fatty acid profile. 

At the end of the day, protocol-driven treatment like this fails. Each person’s biochemical individuality exerts a major influence on his or her health. The level of nutrient intake that maintains the best possible health is highly variable from person to person. Lifestyle choices and environmental exposures filtered through genetic predisposition are fundamental factors in the expression of disease and a successful treatment approach must include investigation into these factors.

By Michael Jurgelewicz, DC, DACBN, DCBCN, CNS

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Sep
27

Nutrigenomic Testing

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How can nutrigenomic testing tell you what nutrition you need and don’t need?

This podcast discusses how this type of genetic testing works and can benefit people of all ages. This cutting edge genetic test is offered by health care providers like Simply Your Health. A simple cheek swab is all that is needed and your results are back to you in 14 days with a personalized report to guide you to the correct supplementation by your DNA.

Each genetic report will provide you with the following: 

  • Evaluation of 26 genes for SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) in 5 key areas: Methylation (MTHFR, FOLR, MTRR), Neurotransmitter Potential, Mitochondria, Detox, Inflammatory
  • Clinical definitions by our experts on what each SNP means to you and your health
  • Recommended nutrients to overcome your genetic weaknesses (SNPs)
  • Nutritional product recommendations created by our experts for these particular genetic SNPs
  • Scientific references on each SNP from top medical journals and research abstracts

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Aug
23

What Is Spagyric Medicine

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Aug
22

Genetic Testing For Better Health

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Jul
19

Clandestine Gene Corruption – Scientists Hold Secret Meeting To Discuss Synthetic DNA Generation

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There were nearly 150 bright minded scientists who attended the closed-door meeting at Harvard Medical School in Boston. They were all told explicitly to not contact the media and not to tweet during the meeting on March 10th. The surreptitious nature of this conference is strange enough, but the subject matter is downright alarming: artificial genome creation. Basically, a bunch of scientists got together in secret to discuss the future of growing babies in test tubes, without parents.

Now, genome modification has been around for a long time. But especially in the last decade, the science of DNA has developed to a point where we can clone animals and select which genetic and physical traits our children are born with. The science is incredibly complex, and is still very much in the early stages of development. But for many people who are uncertain whether messing with the genetic codes of Mother Nature is a good idea, the science is already unsettling. Many are passionately opposed to it.

 

The human genome is essentially the DNA blueprint for human life, and is a sequence of over 3-billion chemical “letters.” Up until now, scientists have only ever discussed reading this genome sequence, or altering it slightly to “design a baby.” But this meeting was held to discuss how to create that 3-billion letter sequence in a laboratory without any natural ingredients (i.e. sperm or eggs). A goal that could lead to breeding super-humans, or applied to other such sinister ends.

So it makes sense that this secret meeting discussing “how the synthesis of a complete human genome could be completed within 10 years” raised alarm. Why were these men and women of the science community hosting an underground meeting solely dedicated to the discussion of artificial DNA production? And what about their discussion was so controversial that it needed to be kept confidential?

These questions have yet to be answered. The idea of synthetic DNA generation and modification is not new – but meddling with human DNA sequencing is still very much in the idea phase. It is a relatively new field of science (although genetic engineering has been practiced for hundreds of years). Our technology has only recently developed to a point where the possibility of creating complete human genomes is a reality. But now that it is within the realm of possibility, to what ends will this strange and unnatural branch of knowledge become a tool for achieving?

Whatever the answer to that question, it can’t be anything the general public would tolerate – otherwise a covert meeting like this wouldn’t be necessary. Most of the time, when scientists discover something new or helpful they don’t go holding cloak-and-dagger sessions closed off to the media and public. They publish their findings in a study that can then be peer-reviewed. So what’s with the secrecy this time?

No matter the reason behind this odd meeting, many people are unsettled by it. But very few details concerning the subject matter or the true purpose of the conference have been publicly released. Whatever these reticent gene scientists were talking about will probably remain unknown, until weird and futuristic gene studies, tests and experiments are well under way. We can only hope that the powers of science and technology are in good hands… which isn’t really much of a hope at all.

Sources: http://www.sciencegroup.org.uk/ifgene/history.htmhttp://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/14/science/synthetic-human-genome.htmlhttp://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/synthetic-dna-harvard-secret-meeting-controversy-a7032836.htmlhttp://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/scientists-hold-secret-meeting-to-consider-creating-a-synthetic-human-genome/http://www.bbc.com/news/health-30742774

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