What's cracking, National (pun intended)?
Hope everyone is having a great week. As with the first couple
weeks of every trimester you have some extra time to work on little
side projects that interest you before you have to bear down and
learn the class materials for midterms/finals. Talking with most
classmates, nobody does anything for the first 3 weeks of classes
unless they have a notoriously hard class (such as Tumors,
Neuroanatomy, Biochem, etc). As always, I don't teach idleness, I
always urge investments of time into exploring your
A couple quick ideas to become a better doc/lead a
better life are:
Idle (pre-midterm/final) time should not
be used for:
Seriously people, you are going to owe $150,000+ graduating from
the same curriculum as 100+ chiropractic students. It begs the
question: What are you doing that differentiates yourself from the
rest of your class? Do you have a unique certification? Are you the
best adjustor? Do you do acupuncture? Nutrition? Homeopathy? You
get where I'm going here?
Sometimes difficult questions are the most important to start
with. You'll thank me later when new patient John Smith walks into
your office, instead of Joe Schmo, DC, down the street, because he
heard you did something great and different and were getting the
best treatment results. If your answer to, "Why should I come to
you?" is "I got a great education at National" or "I'm a good
people person" you have a rude world coming your way. Good
marketing and people skills get people in your door, yes, but great
treating and results keep them there and develop a referral
practice you never have to market because your treatment results
speak for themselves. I digress. :)
How To Make a SuperFood Supplement
I've always been curious about supplements. I've probably tried
every one on the market by now. I do A LOT of experiments on
myself. The best selling and (most widely used/researched) are
multi-vitamins. Multis are extremely practical since they are
affordable and fill the gaps in your nutritional arsenal that are
left from eating a sub-optimal diet of foods that are raising in a
sub-optimal (and therefore less nutritionally dense)
The glaring problem I've found with multi-vitamins is they are
synthetic and isolated. For example, Vitamin C is widely used as
ascorbic acid in supplements. Research has proven it to be
extremely valuable. However, why did nature pair it with
bioflavonoids and other co-factors but Man decided to isolate just
one molecule? Did we think we can outsmart nature simply because we
found that the majority of the benefit is from a single molecule.
That isn't the case in nature, nothing exists in isolation and the
true biological potential comes in the synergistic relationship of
MULTIPLE cofactors and coenzymes.
Nature pairs multiple compounds together not only for more
bioavailability but also to increase metabolically beneficial
actions. When you strip nutrients into single compounds, the body
has to use its own stores to offset the co-factors missing from the
"Vitamin Complex" and in some cases, according to Dr. Francis, the
patient can experience a "rebound deficiency." In other words, you
might be taking a Vitamin C complex but have symptomatology that
mimics C deficiency because your body stores of the compounds that
work with the C have run low because you've been taking an
isolated, man-made synthetic supplement for a while.
So, how do we fix this, get our cake and eat it, too? In other
words how do we still get the benefits of multi-vitamins while also
respecting the healing wisdom of nature with nutritionally superior
We use combinations of the most nutritionally dense (highest
concentration of vitamins/minerals per ounce) foods/herbs on the
planet...AKA = SUPERFOODS!
Through exhaustive research for a couple years and talking with
many NDs and a few supplement company CEOs, here's the list I
compiled. It features a broad array of foods that synergistically
act as a nature's most potent multivitamin to give you lasting
natural energy, boosting your immune system, improving your mood,
increasing your metabolism, and overall making you FEEL WAY BETTER!
Some even have said it can substitute for their morning
CC's SuperFood Formula
Where do I order?
In case you are living under a rock (in which case you'd be
vitamin D deficient), you know the sun is rather important to human
health. Perhaps the biggest reason is the sun ACTIVATES vitamin D
production in our skin.
So why is vitamin D important?
Vitamin D is so important that a simple PUBMED search will
reveal it is the most scientifically studied vitamin in the world
with over 50,000 published journal articles to date. So why are all
these scientists and doctors so excited to study vitamin D if you
get more than enough from 30 minutes in the sun?
The Short List
Most Americans are deficient and don't even know it!
According to statistical reports in the United States, roughly
40% of the ENTIRE population is vitamin D DEFICIENT (sad face) and
90% of people with musculoskeletal pains (muscle, bone, joint) are
vitamin D DEFICIENT (not good). Even more disturbing is that those
statistics are based on lower than optimal blood levels of vitamin
You see we have only begin to really appreciate and study
vitamin D over the last 10 years with newer technology and what
we've found is that the previously recommended 32ng/dl serum (OH)
vitamin D level is far too low. The BEST doctors in the world are
now concluding by reading the current research, that the OPTIMAL
range is 50-65ng/dl. The scary part? If you use that range as the
benchmark instead of the old (and lower) vitamin D level, then over
85% of the POPULATION IS DEFICIENT IN VITAMIN D (sad face x2).
How is that possible?
It's not like we are vampires scared of the sun!
Well, consider how many times you wake up early, get your coffee
and breakfast, and head into work as the sun's coming up. You work
your 9-5 and then sit in traffic on your way home as you see Mr.
Sun slowly fading behind the horizon. Soooo, how much sun did you
get today? None! How much sun do you need. More than none!
Most studies now agree 30 minutes of FULL body (nekked) exposure
at noon sunlight will produce 20,000 IUs of vitamin D in the body.
Very nice. How else can you tell when you saturated your vitamin D
stores for the day? Well, for one you feel really great. Who's ever
felt worse after a beach day? The body won't rely on your intuition
alone though, it has another fail-safe. It will turn your skin a
bit pink. A burn is obviously too much sun exposure. Not too pale,
not to burnt. Just like Goldilocks' porridge...juuust right! Plus,
there's virtually no risk for vitamin D toxicity because your body
has this cool feedback loop that says, "Nope, we've got enough
today...I'm shutting it down."
Some experts have landed on your physiological DAILY REQUIREMENT
being 4,000 IUs. So if your blood levels were in the ideal range of
50-65ng/dl, you would stay perfectly in that range with a 4000-5000
IU intake a day (some genetic variability in individual needs of
course). Unfortunately, if you're deficient, such as in the 20s
(where my mom was before supplementation), you can't just take 4000
IUs. You need to take more. You need to take your daily requirement
PLUS some surplus to get your serum blood levels to optimal human
levels so you can function and reap the numerous benefits of
My mom had been complaining of muscle pains all over her body
(fibromyalgia-like), she needed a nap every afternoon, and she said
she constantly felt "down in the dumps" even though she had no
reason to. I decided to test her vitamin D levels (25 OH-vitamin D
test). Her score was 18. Holy crap, that's low. She had a typical
9-5 job and when I probed her about how much sunlight she actually
got, she realized maybe the only sun was during the weekends
watching my siblings' sports games.
Based on a lot of research, I decided to give her a loading dose
for 2 weeks of 30,000 IU/daily and then a daily 5,000 IU intake for
another 2 months after that. We rechecked and she was back in a
healthy range. Coincidentally, without me mentioning any of the
benefits of vitamin D other than she needed to take it, she told me
that she had more energy than she's had in years, she feels like
her mood has increased for no apparent reason, and her muscle pains
have reduced in magnitude. Clearly vitamin D is a safe, effective,
and cheap solution to human health and well-being.
Get tested and get optimized!
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