Your Medication Could Be Depleting Vital Nutrients


“Many prescription drugs can reduce absorption and cause depletion of vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes crucial for good health.

 If you take prescription drugs, here are some nutritional facts especially for YOU. Many people who are on prescription drugs, as well as many doctors and pharmacist who administer them, don’t understand that some medications can reduce absorption and even cause depletion of vitamins, minerals, and  electrolytes crucial for good health.Dr. Jason Godo DC

Well Dr. Godo, I take prescription drugs, but I take vitamins, should I be concerned? With certain drugs I’d be concerned. Simply put, many drugs while intended to help people, deplete crucial nutrients in the body. Over time, if you don’t replenish the body, nutrients become seriously depleted and can cause a downhill slide to further health problems.

You may have heard that statin drugs deplete CoQ10. But did you know that statin drugs directly or indirectly deplete nutrients like beta-carotene, B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, folic acid, phosphorous, vitamin A, B12, vitamin E, vitamin K, zinc and vitamin D? Coenzyme Q10 is famous for its role in the mitochondria and for energy production. But minerals and vitamins are necessary for energy production as well, especially magnesium, which is deficient in most Americans and is a major influence on heart function. Think about it, you take statin drugs to reduce cholesterol; but in doing so, you deplete the nutrients that are needed for healthy muscle function. Hmmmm, isn’t the heart a muscle? What could possibly go wrong?

Another group of nutrient depletions are caused by diuretics. It makes sense that diuretics as a group will deplete minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium as forced increased urination is the goal of the drug. Increase urination and you will have a loss of minerals, probably all minerals. However, an important nutrient lost with diuretics is B1. Thiamin (B1) is essential for healthy sugar metabolism. Many people are not aware that B1 is a huge deficiency and should be supplemented with anyone who is taking diuretics.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs are another class of drugs that cause stomach bleeding. In fact over 16,000 people die every year from NSAID use.

Some gastroenterologists are aware of this phenomenon and routinely use a natural supplement by Biotics Research Corporation called Gastrazyme. Gastrazyme supports healing of the GI tract when you are taking NSAIDs for pain. If you take NSAIDs, ask Dr. Godo about Gastrazyme.

NitroGreensOral contraceptives are another class of drugs that deplete nutrients. It is very common for families to take oral contraceptives and plan a pregnancy only to find they can’t conceive. I wonder if maybe it is the lack of depleted nutrients that causes the systemic or metabolic inflammatory problems that prevent conception. It’s very possible. The deficiencies caused by oral contraceptives are beta-carotene, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, folic acid, biotin, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, tryptophan, and tyrosine.

SSRIs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, are antidepressant medications that deplete B6, B12, folic acid, vitamin D and sodium. Even if SSRIs don’t directly deplete essential fatty acids we know that “people who are depressed can benefit from supplementing essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids can help with inflammation and depression.”

Anti-diabetic medication will reduce Coenzyme Q10, folic acid and B12.

Do you take antibiotics frequently? Antibiotics obviously cause a need for flora replacement, but did you know that “antibiotics will cause depletions in biotin, inositol, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and vitamin K?

The drugs I’ve mentioned and many more create nutrient deficiencies. If your medication was not mentioned, you may find them on the Nutrient Drug Chart. You may be taking one or more prescription drugs. I recommend that you see Dr. Godo and get examined for factors that cause nutrient deficiencies.

If you’ve made the decision to take pharmaceuticals, especially long term, you should at least compensate by supplementing the nutrients that are depleted by these drugs. Foundationally you need to take a quality multivitamin/mineral, balanced essential fatty acids, and an active probiotic.

Talk to Dr. Godo about the medications you take. They can help you replenish vital nutrients necessary for living healthy. Knowing the truth about your prescription drugs is the first step. The next step is doing something about it.

Dr. Jason Godo

http://www.GoToGodo.com/

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Your Medication Could Be Depleting Vital Nutrients


“Many prescription drugs can reduce absorption and cause depletion of vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes crucial for good health.

 

If you take prescription drugs, here are some nutritional facts especially for YOU. Many people who are on prescription drugs, as well as many doctors and pharmacist who administer them, don’t understand that some medications can reduce absorption and even cause depletion of vitamins, minerals, and  electrolytes crucial for good health.

Well Dr. Godo, I take prescription drugs, but I take vitamins, should I be concerned? With certain drugs I’d be concerned. Simply put, many drugs while intended to help people, deplete crucial nutrients in the body. Over time, if you don’t replenish the body, nutrients become seriously depleted and can cause a downhill slide to further health problems.

You may have heard that statin drugs deplete CoQ10. But did you know that statin drugs directly or indirectly deplete nutrients like beta-carotene, B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, folic acid, phosphorous, vitamin A, B12, vitamin E, vitamin K, zinc and vitamin D? Coenzyme Q10 is famous for its role in the mitochondria and for energy production. But minerals and vitamins are necessary for energy production as well, especially magnesium, which is deficient in most Americans and is a major influence on heart function. Think about it, you take statin drugs to reduce cholesterol; but in doing so, you deplete the nutrients that are needed for healthy muscle function. Hmmmm, isn’t the heart a muscle? What could possibly go wrong?

Another group of nutrient depletions are caused by diuretics. It makes sense that diuretics as a group will deplete minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium as forced increased urination is the goal of the drug. Increase urination and you will have a loss of minerals, probably all minerals. However, an important nutrient lost with diuretics is B1. Thiamin (B1) is essential for healthy sugar metabolism. Many people are not aware that B1 is a huge deficiency and should be supplemented with anyone who is taking diuretics.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs are another class of drugs that cause stomach bleeding. In fact over 16,000 people die every year from NSAID use.

Some gastroenterologists are aware of this phenomenon and routinely use a natural supplement by Biotics Research Corporation called Gastrazyme. Gastrazyme supports healing of the GI tract when you are taking NSAIDs for pain. If you take NSAIDs, ask Dr. Godo about Gastrazyme.

Oral contraceptives are another class of drugs that deplete nutrients. It is very common for families to take oral contraceptives and plan a pregnancy only to find they can’t conceive. I wonder if maybe it is the lack of depleted nutrients that causes the systemic or metabolic inflammatory problems that prevent conception. It’s very possible. The deficiencies caused by oral contraceptives are beta-carotene, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, folic acid, biotin, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, tryptophan, and tyrosine.

SSRIs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, are antidepressant medications that deplete B6, B12, folic acid, vitamin D and sodium. Even if SSRIs don’t directly deplete essential fatty acids we know that “people who are depressed can benefit from supplementing essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids can help with inflammation and depression.”

Anti-diabetic medication will reduce Coenzyme Q10, folic acid and B12.

Do you take antibiotics frequently? Antibiotics obviously cause a need for flora replacement, but did you know that “antibiotics will cause depletions in biotin, inositol, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and vitamin K?

The drugs I’ve mentioned and many more create nutrient deficiencies. If your medication was not mentioned, you may find them on the Nutrient Drug Chart. You may be taking one or more prescription drugs. I recommend that you see Dr. Godo and get examined for factors that cause nutrient deficiencies.

If you’ve made the decision to take pharmaceuticals, especially long term, you should at least compensate by supplementing the nutrients that are depleted by these drugs. Foundationally you need to take a quality multivitamin/mineral, balanced essential fatty acids, and an active probiotic.

Talk to Dr. Godo about the medications you take. They can help you replenish vital nutrients necessary for living healthy. Knowing the truth about your prescription drugs is the first step. The next step is doing something about it.

Dr. Jason Godo

http://www.GoToGodo.com/

What to do for Cold and Flu


Flu Shot Alternatives

I am talking about the process of strengthening your immune system ahead of time, before you get exposed to bugs.

The “information age” has produced plenty of information. When cold and flu season arrives, so does the information; and it ranges from radio and TV ads, online blogs and social networks to family conversations and even hearsay. But regardless where the information comes from, most likely you will hear the perennial warning “its flu season, you need a flu shot.” Let’s face it, vaccinations are big business. Companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars developing vaccines and bringing them to market. They also devote a large chunk of their budget to sell them, and the flu shot commercials are appealing.

On the other hand, you’ve heard others questioning whether the flu shot is safe. What do you do?  Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but as for me, I take a “wellness approach” to cold and flu season. The good news is there are “flu shot alternatives” available. Of course I am talking about the process of strengthening your immune system ahead of time, before you get exposed to bugs. I am reminded of a story Dr. John Cannell told at the IAACN conference a few years ago. Dr. Cannell is a physician at a psychiatric unit in California. Knowing the research on vitamin D and how it facilitates a healthy immune system, he placed a group of his patients on optimal levels of vitamin D. That year the flu was unusually virulent and just about everyone in the hospital got sick, nurses, support staff and patients in other areas of the hospital. Everyone that is, except his group of vitamin D sufficient patients. His patients were not affected by the flu except for minor sniffles. It was an amazing demonstration of prevention.

However, he is quick to add that vitamin D is not the cure for the flu. Dr. Cannell recommends everyone get tested for vitamin D and maintain sufficient levels to foster healthy genetic expression. Of the 20,000 genes identified, researchers say we need vitamin D for approximately 3,000 of them to function efficiently. But vitamin D isn’t the only nutrient star. The white blood cells need folic acid, B12, and zinc, to name a few, to do battle effectively. The zinc “taste test” to assess for zinc is a test that can be done for pennies. Zinc is needed for well over 100 enzymes reactions. We need zinc to make hydrochloric acid and important enzymes. Having these enzymatic reactions working properly can have far reaching effects ranging from pain reduction to reducing depression. A study published in an online medical journal indicated that high doses of zinc would help to control the release of histamine from basophile and mast cells (white blood cells that help fight invaders in the body). So zinc may be a key factor if you are allergy sensitive. If you attain sufficient zinc levels in the fall, it could make the difference in how you feel when spring allergy season comes around. So testing for zinc goes far beyond preventing or reducing flu symptoms.

In addition to vitamin D and zinc, I also recommend an immune replenishing multiple like Bio-Immunozyme Forte. You can replace your multiple vitamin altogether or just add Bio-Immunozyme Forte to support the trace nutrients that the body needs to keep the immune system in balance. We don’t want to over stimulate the immune system. Bio-Immunozyme Forte contains many of the nutrients necessary to protect against the “cytokine storm” effect which caused such devastation during pandemic flues like the one in 1910.

As you can see, a Wellness approach strengthens your body’s natural defense system-no drugs, no side effects. By nourishing our core wellsprings of health, we promote natural immunity. Ask Dr. Godo about “flu shot alternatives” and a wellness approach to preventing colds and flues. In addition to these recommendations, Dr. Godo may suggest spinal adjustments, reducing sugar intake, stress management, vitamin C or probiotics. With a Wellness approach, not only are you building your immune system and promoting healthy levels of zinc and vitamin D, ultimately you are building cellular reserves. Cellular reserves are the nutrient levels that help rebuild and repair your body. So you can enjoy the benefits even beyond cold and flu season.

www.GoToGodo.com

Are Your Vitamin D Levels Too Low?


“He blew me away when he mentioned that in his practice only 1% of the 2,700 new patients he tested had sufficient levels of vitamin D.”

The latest research tells us, for the most part, we’re just “not getting enough vitamin D.” I was listening to Dr. Mitchell Glen who holds advanced degrees in Osteopathy as well as a PhD in anti-aging medicine. He blew me away when he mentioned that in his practice only 1% of the 2,700 new patients he tested had sufficient levels of vitamin D. The majority of them are from the “sunshine” state, Florida. So we’re not getting enough vitamin D from the sun.

Also a colleague of mine, Julie Burns, works with professional athletes. She tested “trained and fit” professional hockey players from the Chicago Blackhawks. Their vitamin D levels were woefully deficient. She supplemented to help them reach optimal levels. I’m not saying it was the reason they won the Stanley Cup, but optimal levels of vitamin D can help increase performance and reduce injuries.

According to Dr. Glen’s research, patients should have vitamin D levels of 60-100 ng/ ml. So the ranges seem to keep going up as more data accumulates. I must confess I worry about my patient’s pocketbooks when it comes to ordering an expensive vitamin D lab test. Pre and post testing can be a little expensive; but in reality, the benefits outweigh the cost; and I’d like to give you two reasons why. The first reason comes from a study about the lack of vitamin D in “over the counter” supplements. The study was presented at the June 2010 meeting of “The Joint Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers” and “America’s Committee on Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis.” Are you ready? The mean vitamin D content from 10 different “over the counter” brands was only 33% of the label claim. The actual numbers ranged from 0.24% to 81.7% of what was listed on the label. That means when you purchase vitamin D and think you are taking the right dose, you have no idea if you are approaching sufficiency.

There are two sides to the coin of sufficiency. Side A: What is in the capsule? We need to know if what companies print on the label is really in the tablet or capsule. Side B: What are you digesting and absorbing? Sadly the state of the GI tract for many of us is less than optimal.

With my patients, I use Bio-D-Mulsion Forte from Biotics Research Corporation. It’s a form of vitamin D that is already emulsified and goes right into the lymph system and doesn’t have to be broken down or digested in an already compromised GI tract. I am always surprised when other doctors are surprised that Bio-D-Mulsion Forte raises blood levels so consistently. I am thinking, “Isn’t that what it is supposed to do? Why are you surprised?” But considering many products don’t meet label claims, it’s no wonder they are impressed with Bio-D-Mulsion Forte.

Here’s the second reason that pre and post testing is necessary. If tests reveal you are low in vitamin D, it can be a marker for inflammation. If you have inflammation markers, you can make life style “choices” to manage them. These usually include diet, supplementation, and exercise. Vitamin D levels are becoming more popular as one of many inflammation markers. However, sometimes doctors may not be up to speed on the newest levels and may miss the opportunity to optimize your health.

In the past, normal levels were 20-56 ng/ ml. Here are the latest guidelines supplied by one of the professional laboratories who have been at the forefront of vitamin D testing. Vitamin deficiency is defined as 0-5 ng/ml; insufficiency is 5-20 ng/ml; hypovitaminosis 20-40 ng/ml; sufficiency is 40-100 ng/ml; toxicity is greater than 100 ng/ml. Deficiency, insufficiency, and hypovitaminosis are just academic terms. The point is, we want to make sure you have enough vitamin D for optimal gene function and physiological performance.

As I mentioned, Dr. Glen found only 1% of his patients in the sunny state of Florida had the levels of 60-100 ng/ml, the levels considered optimal for cancer prevention and gene protection. Dr. Godo provides reliable testing for vitamin D levels. The price for the Vitamin D test is $77. You can purchase the test and go to a blood drawing station near you https://www.labcorp.com/wps/portal/findalab

I think it is important to take responsibility for you own health. Get tested. Obtaining and maintaining optimal levels of vitamin D can be a major factor in preventing all kinds of diseases. For some it will be life “changing;” but for all, it will certainly be life “enhancing.”

www.GoToGodo.com

Flu Shot Alternatives


I am talking about the process of strengthening your immune system ahead of time, before you get exposed to bugs.

The “information age” has produced plenty of information. When cold and flu season arrives, so does the information; and it ranges from radio and TV ads, online blogs and social networks to family conversations and even hearsay. But regardless where the information comes from, most likely you will hear the perennial warning “its flu season, you need a flu shot.” Let’s face it, vaccinations are big business. Companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars developing vaccines and bringing them to market. They also devote a large chunk of their budget to sell them, and the flu shot commercials are appealing.

On the other hand, you’ve heard others questioning whether the flu shot is safe. What do you do?  Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but as for me, I take a “wellness approach” to cold and flu season. The good news is there are “flu shot alternatives” available. Of course I am talking about the process of strengthening your immune system ahead of time, before you get exposed to bugs. I am reminded of a story Dr. John Cannell told at the IAACN conference a few years ago. Dr. Cannell is a physician at a psychiatric unit in California. Knowing the research on vitamin D and how it facilitates a healthy immune system, he placed a group of his patients on optimal levels of vitamin D. That year the flu was unusually virulent and just about everyone in the hospital got sick, nurses, support staff and patients in other areas of the hospital. Everyone that is, except his group of vitamin D sufficient patients. His patients were not affected by the flu except for minor sniffles. It was an amazing demonstration of prevention.

However, he is quick to add that vitamin D is not the cure for the flu. Dr. Cannell recommends everyone get tested for vitamin D and maintain sufficient levels to foster healthy genetic expression. Of the 20,000 genes identified, researchers say we need vitamin D for approximately 3,000 of them to function efficiently. But vitamin D isn’t the only nutrient star. The white blood cells need folic acid, B12, and zinc, to name a few, to do battle effectively. The zinc “taste test” to assess for zinc is a test that can be done for pennies. Zinc is needed for well over 100 enzymes reactions. We need zinc to make hydrochloric acid and important enzymes. Having these enzymatic reactions working properly can have far reaching effects ranging from pain reduction to reducing depression. A study published in an online medical journal indicated that high doses of zinc would help to control the release of histamine from basophile and mast cells (white blood cells that help fight invaders in the body). So zinc may be a key factor if you are allergy sensitive. If you attain sufficient zinc levels in the fall, it could make the difference in how you feel when spring allergy season comes around. So testing for zinc goes far beyond preventing or reducing flu symptoms.

In addition to vitamin D and zinc, I also recommend an immune replenishing multiple like Bio-Immunozyme Forte. You can replace your multiple vitamin altogether or just add Bio-Immunozyme Forte to support the trace nutrients that the body needs to keep the immune system in balance. We don’t want to over stimulate the immune system. Bio-Immunozyme Forte contains many of the nutrients necessary to protect against the “cytokine storm” effect which caused such devastation during pandemic flues like the one in 1910.

As you can see, a Wellness approach strengthens your body’s natural defense system-no drugs, no side effects. By nourishing our core wellsprings of health, we promote natural immunity. Ask Dr. Godo about “flu shot alternatives” and a wellness approach to preventing colds and flues. In addition to these recommendations, Dr. Godo may suggest spinal adjustments, reducing sugar intake, stress management, vitamin C or probiotics. With a Wellness approach, not only are you building your immune system and promoting healthy levels of zinc and vitamin D, ultimately you are building cellular reserves. Cellular reserves are the nutrient levels that help rebuild and repair your body. So you can enjoy the benefits even beyond cold and flu season.

www.GoToGodo.com