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Want Stronger Bones? Get Vitamin K2

Body Atlas, Human pelvic area

When it comes to bone health, calcium and vitamin D3 are considered “must have” vitamins but it appears there is a new kid in town that could be just as essential. Vitamin K2 has been in the spotlight for osteoporosis (i.e. degeneration of bones) research for the last two decades and there is a lot to say about it. Not to be mistaken for its very close relative Vitamin K1, which plays a significant role in blood clotting, vitamin K2 seems to make our bones stronger.

A report from the Nurses Health Study showed that women supplementing with at least 110 mcg of K2 are 30 % LESS likely to break a hip than women who aren’t supplementing[1].

Bio-Identical Hormones Information Session

Angela HuntBio-identical hormones offer treatment options for menopausal symptoms such as insomnia and anxiety. They also play a role in men’s health, and fertility. Dr. Angela Hunt, Naturopathic Doctor at KIHC, is pleased to announce the addition of bio-identical hormone prescriptions to her practice. For more information, please attend her complimentary information session next month, or visit our facebook page. Call or email to reserve your spot – registration is required for this event.

Tuesday September 27th, 7:00pm

Free Admission

Workshop Space at KIHC

Naturopathic Medicine and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: A new study shows benefit!

View our entire May e-newsletter, Reversing Heart Disease, here.

Dr. Jennifer Wheeler, ND

An exciting new study just released in April 2013 in Canada’s top medical journal, the CMAJ, demonstrated how naturopathic medicine can help prevent cardiovascular disease. It was a milestone achievement for the naturopathic community, as the study was conducted by the naturopathic doctors from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, and was one of the first to compare naturopathic medicine as a system of medicine to that of our standard medical system.

The study followed 207 Canada Post workers, aged 25-65, over the course of one year. Each participant was evaluated for cardiovascular risk before and after the study, including body weight, waist circumference, cholesterol levels, fasting blood sugar and blood pressure. All participants received standard conventional care from their family physician throughout the study period. The control group only received conventional care while the naturopathic intervention group included 7 visits over the course of the year. Naturopathic interventions were limited to individualized dietary and lifestyle counseling, stress management, exercise and a select list of dietary supplements with proven cardiovascular benefit. These included fish oil, plant sterols, cinnamon, ALA and CoQ10.

The results showed that the naturopathic intervention group had a 17% decreased rate of metabolic syndrome over the control group! Metabolic syndrome is a condition that is a precursor to many diseases,

Engage your Heart-Mind

Please see our entire May e-newsletter, Reversing Heart Disease, here.

by Carol Belanger, BA, RM, BHS

Our heart can be both the strongest and the most tender organ in our body.

On the strong side of things, according to standard calculations the entire volume of blood within the circulatory system is pumped by the heart each minute (at rest). During vigorous exercise, the cardiac output can increase up to 7 fold (35 liters/minute). That means a healthy heart pumps about 4-5L of blood through approx. 97km of blood vessels in our body in about 1min. The heart is responsible for keeping activity happening in a crucial way and needs to be kept functional and tuned-up. The brain uses approximately twenty percent of the body’s blood and needs twenty-five percent of the body’s oxygen supply to function optimally. Rejuvenating activity helps keep blood oxygen levels up.

On the tender side of things, our heart is exposed to every strong to nuanced emotion that passes through our body, that changes our hormone levels, nervous system signals, influences how our organs are functioning, how tense our muscles are etc., and how our heart is responding to it all. The heart, and more accurately, the heart-mind, is the epicentre of us. It’s just that we give more of our attention to our minds, mistakenly believing that it alone is ‘running the show’.

Osteopathy’s Role in the Management of Heart Disease

Please see our entire May e-newsletter, Reversing Heart Disease, here.

by Graham Wiltshire, CAT(C), CSCS, DOMP (Thesis Writer)

As most of my patients know I am currently knee deep in my research to complete my thesis for the Canadian College of Osteopathy, the last step in my osteopathic education. I am working with researchers from Queens University, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Hotel Dieu Hospital and Cardiologist Dr. Stephen LaHaye, to determine if osteopathy can improve the ability to exercise for people diagnosed with heart disease.

Osteopathy has been shown to benefit patients with a wide variety of cardiovascular diseases.

High Cholesterol, Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Put Me at Risk of… Dementia? Really?

Most patients associate having high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood sugars with their risk of having a heart attack, stroke or developing type 2 diabetes. A fascinating new look at some old data from the famous Framingham study has found that these risk factors also accurately predict the 10 year risk of developing cognitive decline and dementia. Some symptoms of cognitive decline could include forgetfulness, difficulty following instructions, trouble making decisions or irrational thoughts and emotions.

Another 2013 study in Sweden took these findings further by following approximately 500 women at high risk of a heart attack or stroke, as determined by the Framingham risk assessment. This assessment takes into account blood pressure, cholesterol levels, age and smoking. Some of the women in the study were treated with 81mg aspirin per day.