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Suggested Supplemental Guidelines - Clinical Nutrition

Hey National, 

Hope the week is going well. I often get asked about supplements, which ones are great, and what amounts should be dosed. 

In clinical nutrition class, we have to memorize popular and effective supplements and the doses that the research has deemed efficacious. It's taught by one of the leading nutritional experts in the States, Dr. David Seaman. I love Dr. Seaman's anti-inflammatory diet and supplemental approach to disease, prevention and health promotion. The new integrated/functional MDs are catching on that most disease processes, such as the biggest killers in America (heart disease, stroke, some cancers, Alzheimer's, hypertension, etc., etc.) are rooted in chronic inflammatory processes! 


The three biggest physiological disruptions in a person in a chronic inflammatory state are: 

  1. Excess Pro-Inflammatory Chemicals (TNF, IL1, etc.)
  2. Decreased ATP production (mineral/vitamin def)
  3. Increased Oxidative Stress (Free radicals >> antioxidants) 

Dr. Seaman recommends his 'Basic' Supplemental Suggestions: 

  1. Multi Vitamin
  2. EPA/DHA 1-3g/day
  3. Vitamin D 1000-10,000 IU
  4. Cal Mag (1:1 and 400-1000mg/day)
  5. Probiotics 

The general supplemental guidelines we have to memorize for the quiz this week: 

  1. Multi Vitamin
  2. Mag 400-1000mg/day
  3. Calcium 1:1 cal:mag
  4. EPA/DHA 1-3 g/day
  5. CoQ10 >=100mg/day
  6. GLA 200-500mg/day
  7. ALA 2 gr/day
  8. Vitamin D 1000-10,000IU
  9. Lipoic Acid 200mg BID
  10. Acetyl-L-Carnitine 500mg BID
  11. Ginger 2-6 g/day
  12. Turmeric 1-2g/day
  13. Garlic 1g/day (5mg allicin)
  14. Proteolytic Enzymes
  15. Bacteria
  16. Fiber >10-15 g/day
  17. White Willow  1-4g/day
  18. Glutamine  4-8g/day
  19. Hydroxyapitate 1000mg
  20. Glucosamine Sulfate 1500mg/day
  21. Chondroitin Sulfate  1200mg/day
  22. MSM
  23. Vitamin C  500-1000mg/day
  24. Vitamin E 400-800mg/day
  25. Citrus Bioflavanoids  2000mg/day
  26. Proanthocyanids/GT extract 1-2 caps/day
  27. Cayenne  300-600mg/day
  28. Gingko 120 mg/day
  29. Ginseng 200 mg TID
  30. Saw Palmetto 160 mg BID
  31. Valerian Root 150-300 mg/ b bed

Whew...that was a lot! Obviously you SHOULD NOT TAKE ALL THESE SUPPLEMENTS, but if you're interested in taking a few, here's a cool research for what sort of dosage you'd be looking at.

Have a great healthy week,

Hacking Your Supplements - How to Make a SuperFood Multi-Vitamin

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 curiosities. 

A couple quick ideas to become a better doc/lead a better life are:

  1. Study past seminar notes.
  2. Take out a book on nutrition from the library (or off Amazon/borrow from friend)
  3. Grab some buddies and ask an experienced upper tri student to work on adjusting (consider setting up weekly meetings. That's how our Monday Gonstead adjusting gathering came to be, led by Jordan Bray. Go to the clinic and request him. He's the best in the clinic. Might as well go to the best. :)
  4. Make a workout program based on restoring functional deficits and rehab.
  5. Make a great healthy Paleo meal for dinner (optional: with friends/family).
  6. Make your own supplements! (Haha How to do so is below!)

Idle (pre-midterm/final) time should not  be used for:

  1. Watching TV
  2. Being lazy
  3. Doing anything not related to bettering yourself as a person or a doctor.

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) environment. 

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 ingredients?

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 coffee. 

CC's SuperFood Formula

  1. Camu Camu
  2. Dong Quai
  3. Kola Nut
  4. Cayenne
  5. Rose Hips
  6. Chlorella
  7. Spirulina
  8. Nutritional Yeast
  9. Astragalus
  10. Turmeric
  11. Noni
  12. Purple Dulse Seaweed

Where do I order?

Cheers Everyone,