Happy New Year!
Welcome to the following New Patients!
Seth B. Jeremy B.
David H. Andrew R.
Rhoda O. Willow N.
Thank you for your referrals!
Mark L. Rhoda O.
Christa L. Terry C.
Karlin M. Ivan H.
Rhiannon K. Brent S.
Karin S. Kerah W.
Elizabeth B. Jaden R.
Thank you for the gifts, recipes
Keith & Sue E. Lisa B.
Beth & Joel H. Linda G.
Rick & Sharon S. Jean B.
Gloria N. Lynn K.
Dennis C. Carl B.
Telomeres and Aging
Telomeres are repetitive nucleotides sequences that are located at the ends of our gene strands. They are analogous to the caps on the end of shoestrings. When they wear down or fall off, the shoestring frays and disintegrates. It is no longer protected. That is how a telomere functions on the end of our chromosomal strands. The chromosome is compromised. Telomeres have been shown to shorten with age which can lead to deterioration of our chromosomes or fusion with others. They protect our genetic data, make it possible for cells to divide and hold the key to how we age and get diseases such as cancer. Can we do anything to slow down or stop telomere destruction? Dr. Dean Ornish, along with Blackburn and Epel reported that “lifestyle changes can significantly increase telomerase activity and consequently telomere maintenance capacity in human immune-system cells.” The most amazing conclusion to this study was that the benefits happened in just 90 days using no drugs. This shows us that the ability to change the course of our human telomeres does exist.
Over 4,000 peer-reviewed scientific publications relate to telomere biology and aging or disease. Many of these studies establish both associations and causal links between short telomeres or altered telomerase levels and major diseases, and demonstrate the value of these “telomere tests” to monitor health status, disease risk, prognosis, and drug response.
The scientific community is working hard to unravel the answers to the complete telomere story. We have a Nobel Laureate and other top scientists bringing us new information every day. In the meantime, what the studies have proven is that stress can trigger a host of health-related problems including shortened telomeres. Thanks to extensive research by Epel and colleagues, we now realize that the stressful event is simply the trigger — whether or not there will be health consequences or accelerated aging depends on your response. You can modify your internal responses by changing your coping strategies, exercising in a stress-reducing zone, and having a “practice” or a stress prevention technique like biofeedback to ward off the negative effects of life stressors.
“Telomeres are the only part of the genome itself that can be changed by lifestyle choices, and hence telomere length measurements can provide valuable feedback on ones’ disease risks and, potentially, the effects of lifestyle changes,” stated Elizabeth Blackburn.
There are over 180 million people in the U.S. over age 30 — and a growing number of them have an interest in actively managing their health. Telomere length as an overall health barometer will be an integral component in the personalized medicine revolution, which includes individualized lifestyle plans based on new health monitoring tools. It might just be that we are headed for a new blue zone of longevity and optimal health measured by the length of our telomeres. The Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation (FVS) recently published a case report titled “Increased Telomere Length and Improvements in Dysautonomia, Quality of Life, and Neck and Back Pain Following Correction of Sagittal Cervical Alignment Using Chiropractic BioPhysics Technique” in the Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine. Maintaining correct spinal alignment will be an important part of reducing excess stress to the nervous system, allowing it to function as designed for improved neurologic integrity, resulting in better health overall. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ June 18, 2018 ~ Pages 114-120
An update on my new eating plan – I continue to lose/maintain weight without any change in exercise schedule. The side effect of muscle tightness/spasm has gone away. I have lost 15 lbs. total. My supplementation with electrolytes and occasional potassium has remedied this issue. I am still happy to report I experience no cravings, crashes of fatigue in the afternoon or “stress eating”. I do have to be diligent in getting enough healthy fats in my daily intake. Dr. Borski found a magazine at Whole Foods just for ketogenic eating and I found lots of recipes for snacks, meals, shakes and desserts that will help me diversify my diet. I will be going in soon for a general exam and possibly some blood work to see how this new way of eating is affecting my physiology. That will come in a later newsletter!
Keto Cauliflower Ziti
1 lb. ground beef, ( org., grass fed best)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 med. Yellow onion, diced
1 t. oregano
1 28 oz. canned tomatoes
2 T. tomato paste
A pinch of red pepper flakes, salt, pepper
1 T. Extra virgin olive oil
2 c. mozzarella cheese
½ c. parmesan cheese
2 c. ricotta cheese
-Blanch the cauliflower, drain.
-Heat olive oil in big skillet, med. heat.
-Add onion until soft.
-Add minced garlic, red pepper flakes 1 min.
-Add the grd. beef, salt, pepper-brown.
-Stir in tomato paste, oregano- 2 min.
-Stir in crushed tomatoes.
-Reduce heat to med.-low, simmer 15 min. Turn off heat.
-Pour meat sauce over cauliflower, stir.
Spread half of mixture in 9 x 13” pan/dish. Top with half of ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan. Repeat.
Bake 25 min.
Thank you, Mary J.!
Remember to maintain your health this winter with Zinc/Vitamin C lozenges, Vitamin D and multivitamins. Get enough rest, water intake and healthy, live food to keep your immune system strong and vibrant. That is the best defense against colds and flu – not the flu shot. There is no evidence that flu shots are best, in fact quite the opposite is true. Don’t tear down your immune system: build it! Exercise is also found to be helpful in fighting illness.
This month Dr. Mercola posted a top ten list of most searched health topics at his site for 2018. Here they are:
- High blood pressure.
- Ketogenic diet.
- Vitamin D.
- Intermittent fasting.
- Flu shot facts.
New Year’s Laughs/Puns
Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent!
Two peanuts walk into a bar and one was a salted.
I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day, but I couldn’t find any.
I went to a seafood disco last week…and pulled a mussel.
An invisible man marries an invisible woman. And the kids were nothing to look at either.
A little person, who was a mystic, escaped from jail. The call went out that a small medium was at large.
Thank you, Bob D.!