See The Difference Vitamin D Makes


An avalanche of research now shows that low vitamin D levels dramatically increase your risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain & many other chronic health challenges.

Do you take vitamin D? An avalanche of research now shows that low vitamin D levels dramatically increase your risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain and many other chronic health challenges.

Here are just a few recent medical studies using different amounts of vitamin D.Image

  • People with lupus taking vitamin D had a significant reduction of flare-ups and the need for antibiotics compared to a matched group that took a placebo.
  • People with respiratory illness when treated with vitamin D had fewer respiratory illnesses and had less infections and less visits to the hospital.
  • Older Americans with cognitive issues were found to be low in vitamin D. However, those with sufficient levels of vitamin D tended to be more mentally alert.
  • Patients with sickle-cell disease were administered vitamin D or placebo. Those who received vitamin D experienced less pain.
  • Researchers in Italy gave a onetime high dose of vitamin D for patients in  musculoskeletal pain while on bisphosphonates. In 7 days the pain scores were  reduced.
  • Patients with atopic dermatitis, taking vitamin D daily, showed improvement over those taking a placebo.
  • Researchers in Brazil found that vitamin D increased the healing of chronic leg ulcers over placebo.
  • Patients hospitalized with traumatic brain injuries were given progesterone every 12 hours for 5 days and vitamin D once a day, for 5 days. The combination of vitamin D and progesterone improved consciousness and decreased mortality over placebos.

Truthfully, vitamin D is more of a steroid than a vitamin. It is essential for DNA repair. One of the major ways vitamin D works is by turning genes on and off. At least 1,000 genes and up to 2,000 genes are waiting for activation. No vitamin D, no activation.

So how much vitamin D do we need? Dr. William Grant shows evidence that sustaining a minimum vitamin D blood level of 30 ng/ml is protective against breast cancer, cognitive decline, colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome, all cause mortality, osteoarthritis of the hip, physical performance, pregnancy complications and respiratory infections. Numerous authors suggest optimal values of 50-70 ng/ml. Opinions vary on optimal levels yet overwhelmingly everyone agrees that “low levels of vitamin D are associated with exacerbations of almost every disease.”

How widespread is vitamin D deficiency? Life Extension has collected vitamin D blood data on 39,500 people from January 2010 to September 2012. What’s interesting is that the people tested were already taking vitamins on a regular basis. Yet 63.8% of the people tested below 50 ng /ml. In these cases, people are either “not” taking enough vitamin D or they are taking a form of vitamin D that is not being absorbed.

The fact is, we make anywhere from 10,000-20,000 units of vitamin D in 20 minutes in full body sun. But we don’t get 20 minutes of full body sun due to sun screens and northern latitudes. Numerous clinicians report even patients in southern latitudes like Hawaii and southern Florida are deficient. Even countries in the Middle East show severe deficiencies.

Clinically, 2,000 IU is extremely safe and optimal values of 4,000-5,000 are suggested. Biotics Research Corporation makes two vitamin D supplements: Bio-D Mulsion, which contains 400 IU of emulsified vitamin D per drop; and Bio-D Mulsion Forte, which contains 2,000 IU of emulsified vitamin D per drop. Emulsified vitamin D (as D3) by Biotics Research Corporation consistently raises blood levels and is the most cost effective vitamin D on the market.

ImageSo why does the emulsified form work so much better? The emulsified form can be safely and naturally absorbed into the body’s tissues. If you haven’t been using an effective form or if you haven’t supplemented vitamin D, you’re at risk for having a vitamin D deficiency.

The research is clear; your body needs vitamin D to repair genes, reduce inflammation and maintain healthy intestinal barrier function. True wellness means optimizing the factors that repair the body. Dr. Godo knows how to supplement and if necessary test for optimal vitamin D levels. Use the supplements your clinician recommends and never waste money on ineffective forms of vitamin D.

It’s no exaggeration, something as simple as vitamin D really does make a difference. Now that you know the facts, talk to Dr. Godo or your clinician.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC

http://www.GoToGodo.com

http://www.GetBiotics.com/drgodo (Purchase your vitamin D from Biotics)

 

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Biotics Tableting Base Loaded With Antioxidants


With most over the counter brands, if you take a 50 mg tablet of B6, you would also be getting as much as 450 mg of compressible sugar, starch, lactose, cellulose, or dicalcium phosphate?

 We all like to get more than we pay for, don’t we? We like a good deal, which is one of many reasons why I recommend you purchase your nutrients from a health care professional instead of a chain or discount store. With most over the counter brands, if you take a 50 mg tablet of B6, you could also be getting as much as 450 mg of compressible sugar, starch, lactose, cellulose, or dicalcium phosphate?

What if you are taking 3 products at a dose of 2 three times a day? The “inert” filler in that product could easily add up to 4 or 5 grams. But what if you could buy a supplement that had “food” as the tableting base. Even better, what if therapeutic levels of nutrients were added to that food source while it’s growing? This would give the product enhanced nutrient levels to support clinical therapies yet the fillers used would be food.

If the food was processed at low temperatures, it could have therapeutic value and even enhance the effectiveness of the nutrients. That was the thinking behind the Biotics Research “vegetable culture tableting base,” and the results have been beyond their expectations.

Due to the exciting research in the late 70’s on superoxide dismutase, Biotics acquired a biotechnology division of a midsized pharmaceutical company that was the first to commercially prepare superoxide dismutase or SOD for short. It is essential that our bodies make SOD in the mitochondria as well as the cytoplasm to protect the inner working of the cell.

Researchers estimate that SOD is the 5th most prevalent enzyme in our bodies. Here are some of the ways SOD is used therapeutically: conditions associated with excessive free radicals, low white blood cells, rampant viral or bacterial infection, all forms of arthritis and inflammation.

Most of the tablets and capsules in supplements by Biotics Research have both SOD and catalase as the filler; so rather than “inert sugars and powders,” the Biotics tableting base provides real food. About 20 years ago, Biotics expanded their phytochemistry lab and hired additional biochemists with the express purpose to find out what else was in their tableting base they call the vegetable culture.

One of their scientists, whose last name was so difficult to pronounce everyone called him Dr. Dave, had worked for years with pharmaceutical companies in the jungles isolating plant compounds. Dr. Dave found Biotics’ vegetable culture loaded with antioxidant compounds far beyond the SOD and catalase. He found gram for gram that the tableting base had the highest antioxidant capacity of any one single herb. That’s amazing, the “filler” yields significant antioxidant activity. Now, that’s a good deal.

Wellness clinicians worldwide use Biotics because they can guarantee a biologically active tablet that will dissolve quickly and easily and therapeutically delivers far more than is what is on the label. Which product would you prefer to take if given the choice? Nutrients from a discount store with “inert” fillers or therapeutic nutrients integrated into a whole food base? This doesn’t even take into consideration the purity and activity of the therapeutic product. We are just talking about the tableting base.

Years ago I began using nutrients by Biotics Research with my patients. Through clinical use, I’ve come to respect and depend on the purity, potency, and consistency of their supplements. Their unique tableting base offers something you can’t find with other products. Purchasing nutraceutical grade supplements through your Wellness professional guarantees you are not only getting what you pay for, you are getting more than what you pay for, and you can’t go wrong with that.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC

http://www.GoToGodo.com

http://www.GetBiotics.com/drgodo  (order Biotics Products)

Healthy Bacteria & Immune System Health


“Some researchers believe many degenerative disease like Type II diabetes & some types of cancer are the result of a dysfunctional immune system.”

When a topic catches my attention, I attend conferences, pour over research papers and trace references until I have satisfied my intellectual lust for information. Such is the case on the topic of autoimmunity and the work of Dr. Alex Vasquez.

Autoimmunity, a condition in which our own immune system attacks other bodily systems, is one of the most rapidly growing conditions of our time. As we age there is a natural progression of our immune system. It changes and moves toward degrees of autoimmunity.

Some researchers believe that many of the degenerative diseases we contract like Type II diabetes and some types of cancer are the result of a skewed or dysfunctional immune system. Selfishly we want to be aware of the factors which modulate or encourage a balance of our immune system.

Starting with the basics, Dr. Vasquez, a physician on the forefront of Wellness, brings to light some very interesting benefits of probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria in our bowel, prebiotics are foods that feed the bacteria and synbiotics are combinations of probiotics and prebiotics.

Did you know that “diet” profoundly affects probiotic flora in the gut? We know that sugar and refined starches can create an environment that “limit” healthy flora. But according to Dr.Vasquez, food can be an “accelerator” for healthy bacteria.

Most people think of food in terms of taste. Some consider the types of calories they are ingesting. A rare individual may consider a food’s vitamin/mineral content. But to think that food can enhance probiotic growth is an idea most of us have never thought of.

Although the human body, consists of about 100 trillion cells, there are as many as ten times more microorganisms in our intestines. Over 95% of the bacteria in the gut are anaerobes. Directly, we can only supplement aerobic bacteria, but by eating more plant based foods and taking the right supplements, we can create an environment to let bacteria “intercreate.”

Plant based foods support healthy probiotics. There is a cross feeding that takes place. As elements interact, they can have an anti-inflammatory and a barrier strengthening effect on the gut. And here’s something I find both interesting and amazing. Healthy bacterial flora can “modify” the food we eat into a more viable or bioavailable form, which means nutrients are absorbed more readily.

We commonly think of probiotics flora as protection. For example, our flora can modify or change methylmercury, a highly absorbable toxin found in fish, and demethylate it into an inorganic form that is far less bioavailable. But bacteria in the gut actually modify many of the phytochemical agents in plants to make them more bio-available.

Some nutrients in foods are either non-absorbable in their natural state or they are not in their active forms. Once they are acted upon by the enzymatic activities of healthy bacteria, they can be utilized by the body. Probiotics can stimulate the conversion of the “inactive” nutrients from plant based food into “active” substances with anti-cancer properties. This modification process not only protects us but helps create an environment that facilitates a stronger immune system.

Hope this will inspire you to get off the refined foods and consume a higher percentage of plant based foods. Eating more plant based food could mean you might need to discover new ways to shop for food and maybe even new ways to prepare food. But eating healthier is a major component for wellness.

Also talk to Dr. Godo about probiotics. He will know which probiotic is best for you and which probiotic contains active healthy bacterial flora. Dr. Godo can help you with dosage, monitor your progress and even offer suggestions that will help you improve your diet.

We truly are living in exciting times that we can see the interconnectedness and interdependence of the human body. Conditions like autoimmune disease may be on the rise, but by practicing Wellness principles and living a Wellness lifestyle, you can stay healthy and live life to its fullest.

Dr. Jason Godo

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Increasing Vitamin K for Healthy Bones & Heart


Is vitamin K on your nutritional radar screen? Mom always said “eat your green leafies;” but as kids, we never quite understood why. If we knew back then what we know now about the benefits of vitamin K, it might have made it a little easier.

 

We are all familiar with the profound effects vitamin D has on our metabolism. Some clinicians are calling vitamin K the next vitamin D due to its systemic effects. Vitamin K has powerful effects upon bone building, cardiovascular health especially plague build up, certain forms of cancer, and even dementia in addition to its commonly associated coagulation effects.

 

Three basic forms of vitamin K exist. K1 which is from green leafy plants is called phylloquinone or phytoquinone. “Phyto” helps me think plants. Sources of K1 are green leafy vegetables like collard greens, spinach, kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli and other foods like cauliflower or olive oil.

 

K2 is called menaquinone and comes primarily from fermentation. For example, K2 is found in fermented soy or natto, some cheeses, sauerkraut, butter from grass fed cows, Kim chi and certain meats. We make K2 naturally through the fermentation of anaerobic bacteria in our colon. The third form of vitamin K, K3, represents several synthetic forms that we will not discuss.

 

Both K1 and K2 in the form of vitamin K are needed and here’s why. Osteocalcin is a type of protein which is made by the osteoblasts during bone formation. Osteocalcin must be modified in a process called carboxylation which allows it to bind to calcium. Vitamin K is essential for this carboxylation process. Researchers have found that low levels of carboxylated osteocalcin are accompanied with low levels of vitamin K. The inverse is also true; high levels of carboxylated osteocalcin are accompanied with elevated levels of vitamin K. If we want to build healthy bones we need adequate amounts of carboxylated osteocalcin. Can you see why Vitamin K is so important to bone health?

 

Several studies have shown “vitamin K is a key factor with vitamin D, calcium and trace minerals to reduce osteoporosis.” It appears that when using the plant form, phylloquinone or K1, significantly higher doses are needed to attain adequate levels of carboxylated osteocalcin.

 

K2 or menaquinone has been shown to have some exciting cardiovascular protective attributes. There are proteins that are vitamin K dependent and these proteins have been shown to inhibit vascular calcification. The 2004 Rotterdam Study showed those consuming the upper levels of menaquinone or K2 had the lowest levels of aortic calcification, cardiovascular mortality as well as all cause mortality. People who consumed 45 mcg lived seven years longer than participants ingesting 12 mcg per day.

 

A follow up study called the Prospect Study tracked 16,000 people for 10 years. Each additional level of dietary K2 of 10 mcg resulted in nine percent fewer cardiac events.

 

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2008 reported on an 8 year prospective study following over 11,000 men comparing vitamin K and prostate cancer. Their conclusions: “our results suggest an inverse association between the intake of menaquinones, K2, but not that of phylloquinone, K1, and prostate cancer.”

 

Dr. Vermeer, one of the principal European researchers, suggests 45 to 185 mcg of vitamin K. It appears most of his interests are in coronary heart disease and vascular integrity.

 

In Japan, scientists are using 45-90 mg of vitamin K to treat osteoporosis with good success and without side effects. More doesn’t mean better, but taking more is not causing side effects.

 

If you are in any stage of osteoporosis or heart disease, consider increasing your levels of vitamin K1 and K2 by eating more green leafy vegetables as well as the fermented foods mentioned earlier.

 

In addition, ask Dr. Godo how to supplement with a form of vitamin K that is biologically active and pharmaceutically pure. You won’t find this type of vitamin K in your traditional over the counter multi-vitamin. The different forms of vitamin K are worth paying attention to. Put vitamin K on your nutrient radar screen for healthy bones and a healthy heart.

 

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Here’s a Way to Reduce Surgical Healing Time


Do you enjoy watching Grey’s Anatomy, House or other medical shows on TV? Perhaps the reason medical shows are so popular is because a large percentage of us will go “under the knife” for some type of surgery, whether major or minor and if not you, a family member or friend will. Here’s a way to use nutrients to help reduce healing time and possible complications.

 

Let’s look at the rationale as to why pre- and post-operative nutrients are essential. Think about the last time you visited someone in the hospital. Have you ever left a hospital feeling recharged or revitalized? Personally, I feel drained when I get back in my car. If that’s the feeling the visitor gets, how about the patient? The stress, worry and anxiety are multiplied when you are the one going through a procedure.

 

My cousin had a stroke about 6 years ago and in the same year my other cousin died of stomach cancer, so I still have some vivid memories about the experience. Confusion and stress were my first emotions. “Where to go, who to see, where is the doctor on call, has the doctor been called, what tests have been ordered, what’s taking so long.” So right off the bat we can see a need to support the adrenal glands.

 

What are some of the other factors to consider? Many patients are depleted of vital nutrients before they get to the hospital which could be one of the reasons why they are there. While in the hospital, depending on the patient and quality of care, a patient’s diet may still be deficient of nutrients.

 

Routinely patients will receive electrolyte fluids which have the potential of further depleting magnesium and possibly thiamine. Keep in mind patients are injured by the surgical procedure itself. Also, a patient has to detoxify the anesthesia drugs that are used to perform the testing or surgery. A good night sleep is a rare commodity during a hospital stay. Nurses may be in and out, and lack of sleep can be an added stress. Also your immune system may be compromised because in any hospital there are plenty of germs to go around.

 

Both stress and injury require an increased caloric need for adequate recovery and rehabilitation. Caloric need alone is increased by 30 to 50%. I start by evaluating a patient’s nutrient status 4-6 weeks before surgery. If the patient is elderly, their nutrient status may already be marginal. But you don’t have to be elderly to be deficient.

 

My point in discussing these factors is to help you realize maintaining adequate levels of basic nutrients and trace minerals, along with vitamin C, zinc, essential fatty acids and proteolytic enzymes can mean fewer days in the hospital, a reduction in the risk of infection or secondary disease, and a faster recovery. Basic nutrients and trace minerals are needed for tissue repair and wound healing.

 

Vitamin C is one of the most important single nutrients; it is effective for any kind of stress and known for wound healing and healthy scar formation. However, large doses of vitamin C (over 1,000 mg per day) should not be taken 12-24 hours prior to surgery as it may interfere with anesthesia.

 

Also Zinc is a critical pre- and post-nutrient. Zinc plays a role in wound healing through its effects on nucleic acid and protein synthesis and enhances immune function. Because Western diets are borderline low in Zinc, increased Zinc is needed for tissue healing.

 

Essential fatty acids are needed to modulate pain, reduce inflammation and enhance immune function.

 

Proteolytic enzymes can enhance healing by improving drainage and facilitating the removal of damaged cells which allows oxygen and nutrients to reach the site of injury faster. Proteolytic enzymes when taken properly can reduce healing time by as much as 50%. That’s half the recovery time. If you’ve ever felt the pain and stiffness from surgery, think what that could mean.

 

If you or someone you know is going in for surgery, consult with Dr. Godo far in advance. Ask about pre- and post-operative nutrients. Dr. Godo can show you which nutrients are effective and recommend the dosage that is right for you. Building your nutritional reserves for surgery can set you up for a safe and speedy recovery. And honestly, it’s the smart thing to do.

 

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Stop Running to the Drugstore for This


Stop Running To The Drugstore For This

 

Are you wellness minded? Maybe you are or maybe you’re somewhere in the process of becoming wellness minded. Changing how we think can take time. It’s exciting to discover nutrition and wellness because it is so life-enhancing. With wellness “in mind” you make decisions about “what to do” when you experience health problems.

 

With wellness “in mind” you evaluate foods and nutrients to feed your body. Becoming wellness minded is turning a corner to face the underlying cause of a condition rather than to cover up the symptom, or push it back in a corner. You may say I take vitamins, try to eat better and exercise a little but with certain areas of my health, I cave in. I either “avoid” dealing with the underlying causes, stay in my “comfort zone” or make choices that may make the problem worse. As a chiropractic physician, I can tell you, you are not alone. Many people do the same thing.

 

This can happen for several reasons. You may get impatient and want a quick fix. But it’s possible that you may not recognize certain health problem can be helped by taking a Wellness approach; for instance, that little headache you get in the afternoon. What’s your first thought? Is it to grab some ibuprofen or is it what did I eat? Did I drink enough water today? Is my toxic load high from breathing commercial chemicals, being exposed to mold or some allergen? If you know these factors, you can avoid taking drugs and address the problem naturally and often just as quickly.

 

Here’s an example: Are these the kind of things people say if they are wellness minded? “I get dandruff so I have no choice but to buy dandruff shampoo; I’m getting arthritis, like my mom. I guess that just means I’m getting old; My ankles swell during airplane flights, I have to take something for it or I won’t be able to get my shoes on; Some days my joints are so stiff I just don’t feel like exercising; My allergies are acting up again, I’d better take an antihistamine; Every winter I get sick with bronchitis. It’s a good thing my insurance covers antibiotics; My real fingernails break or crack, so I wear the fake ones; Every night, I take a harmless little sleeping pill before bed or I don’t sleep well; I’m having horrible indigestion. Somewhere I have a coupon, buy one antacid get one free.” These may sound funny but they are real.

 

Can you see how people fall into a routine? Without thinking, people make choices and the consequences are prolonged health problems or worse. On the other hand, if we are wellness minded, each situation I’ve just illustrated would be played out differently. Common conditions like dandruff, nails breaking or other skin conditions are signals your body is deficient. By ignoring the symptom and the deficiency, we leave the door open for other problems.

 

Symptoms like arthritis, swelling ankles, allergies or stiff joints are glaring red flags. Your body is giving you a warning sign. Someone who is wellness minded will allow the signs to be a catalyst for change: changes in diet, a detox, a regiment of supplements, all to get to the underlying cause. With a wellness approach, symptoms do go away but something greater happens. You experience a higher level of health.

 

The same is true with winter colds, trouble sleeping or indigestion. A wellness approach puts you on a higher path that leads to feeling better and offers greater immunity for the future. I want to encourage you. Keep watching the “Wellness Minute” and learn to be wellness minded.

 

Obviously, you will get the very best results by working with Dr. Godo. It’s like having a personal trainer or coach. With diligence and patience you can do it. How you feel every day defines the quality of your life; and as we age, that can make the difference between a “just getting by” life or a fulfilling life.

 

Dr. Jason Godo

http://www.GoToGodo.com

The Dangers of Discount Store Supplements


“If you purchase supplements from your discount store, consumer reports show it’s likely you are not getting what you pay for.”

My friend who is a nutritionist and clinician for over thirty years and I have worked with thousands of patients; and we are continually asked “Why can’t I buy supplements from my discount store? Do I have to get them from my clinician?” Of course who wouldn’t ask? Hey, we all want to save money. So in answering, let me start by saying “all supplements are not created equal.” I’m not exaggerating at all when I say, if you purchase supplements from your discount store, consumer reports show it’s likely you are not getting what you pay for.

After years of practice I’ve come to the conclusion that any patient, but especially those with a health crisis, should get their nutrients from a reputable source. A knowledgeable, trained and researched clinician is a reputable source. Consumer reports like the one I am about to share will help you understand why it’s a no brainer.

This report comes from ConsumerLab.com in their November 9, 2010 posting. This is a subscription service that sends watchdog information about supplements. They reveal individual company names, but let’s step back and get the widescreen view. They analyzed 10 different forms of valerian root and found only 3 met label claims.

Herbal remedies have many properties or chemical components that have health benefits. However there is usually one group of compounds that has been given credit for its effectiveness. “Valerenic Acids” have been given credit for the “anti-anxiety” effects of valerian root. So ConsumerLab used valerenic acid and related compounds as the set of chemical markers to determine potency. They also looked for the heavy metals lead and cadmium. Here’s what they found. 5 of the 10 tested did not meet label claims. They had levels of 0%, yes 0%; 26.7%; 36.8%; 57.1% and 82.5 % of what the label claimed. Three of the 10 products had measurable amounts of lead. In this investigation they did not find cadmium. However prior testing by ConsumerLab.com has found the heavy metals lead and cadmium in valerian supplements.

Cadmium is a carcinogen and a kidney toxin. Lead can impair mental functioning and may affect blood pressure. The amounts of cadmium and lead in supplements tend to be small when present and will “unlikely” cause toxicity. But heavy metals “accumulate in our system over time.” The effects of heavy metal build up can be an underlying factor in many health problems. But here’s the point: heavy metals are a common problem but few manufacturers are looking for them.

Let’s look at another area of testing, solvents. Right now there is a worldwide shortage of curcumin due to all the positive health benefits. Food manufactures are starting to put curcumin in designer foods to give them a little extra sizzle. A reputable manufacturer of supplements called Biotics Research Corporation has used two suppliers in the past, but demand has forced them to look for other suppliers. Biotics found a supplier who provided curcumin that was free of heavy metals but when they checked it for solvents found out that it contained a carcinogenic chemical that was nearly 30 times the allowed limit, 30 times.

If manufactures are not checking for heavy metals which are relatively easy to spot, do you think they are checking for solvents? Dr. Godo will know and carry supplements that are safe. He knows which supplements meet label claims so you won’t waste your money on products that are compromised or that don’t work. What’s the point of trying to save money if the tablet won’t dissolve or if the nutrient that’s listed on the label isn’t there at full potency?

I said earlier “All supplements are not created equal.” It really is worth it to invest a little more and get the right supplements. Ultimately the person that’s going to benefit the most is you.

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