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Cancer Patients with higher Vitamin-D levels have Better Outcomes

Cancer patients who had higher levels of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D were linked with better survival rates and longer remission than those who are vitamin D-deficient.

The findings were published in July 2014 in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

The meta-analysis reviewed 25 studies that measured vitamin D levels at or near the time of diagnosis in 17,332 cancer patients. The authors found that patients with higher vitamin D levels were linked with better outcomes in a several cancer types.

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Written by Dr. Alex Rinehart

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Antioxidants for Healthy Skin during Summertime

It’s that time of year–the kids are out of school and are (hopefully) spending lots of time outside playing, swimming, or just being. I’ve enjoyed sitting out in our yard on a blanket with a book while the kids practice lacrosse, and we’ve also been leash-training our bearded dragons, Fifi and Sprite. Yes you read that right.

I bring it up for a valid reason–not just because I’ve become a bit obsessed with them. That reason is that bearded dragons are desert reptiles which require large amounts of heat and direct UV-B light to be healthy in captivity. Of course their tanks are fully equipped with a high temperature basking spot and a separate light that emits UV-B radiation, but our holistic reptile vet (yes they exist) suggested having them outdoors in real sunlight on leashes as often as possible.

While humans aren’t cold-blooded desert animals like Fifi and Sprite, many of us do live lives in captivity with artificial light, temperature regulation, and restricted movement. One of the reasons reptiles and humans need sunlight is the same–it helps us naturally produce Vitamin D. And though we must enjoy the sun responsibly to avoid skin cancer and wrinkle-causing free radical damage, there’s a lot we can do internally–in addition to proper use of topical sunscreens and protective clothing–to strengthen our skin’s ability to resist UV damage.

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Written by Rachel of Holistically Haute

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Get Fat for Great Skin

Fat gets such a bad rap, and most of the fat-bashing misinformation out there is a direct result of the mass marketing efforts of fad diet companies and of course our friends at Big Pharma. So much time has been spent telling people that “fat makes you fat,” and causes heart disease and other health conditions; which, thankfully is starting to change.

Now research is showing that all fat isn’t the enemy–it’s mostly manufactured fats like trans-and hydrogenated fats (shortening, margarine, etc.) that cause these health issues. Integrative, functional, and other holistically-minded doctors and researchers even place less blame now on saturated fats (butter, whole milk, fat found in red meat), which, of course used to be the devil.

People need fat.

Fat serves many purposes. It provides support to the skeletal system and cushioning/protection to vital internal organs, it helps to lubricate joints and other connective tissue (like the skin), it helps to build strong cellular membranes to prevent water loss and maintain overall cellular health, regulates body temperature, and also (along with carbohydrates–the other devil) provides energy.

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Written by Rachel of Holistically Haute

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The Importance of Vitamin D

I attribute much of our epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency to our sedentary lifestyles lived largely indoors. Dietary sources of Vitamin D such as fatty fish are also consumed infrequently by most Americans and their acidic diets high in sugar, grains, dairy, and grain-fed animal fats. Darker skinned individuals are at greater risk for deficiency as more sunlight is needed to produce healthy levels of Vitamin D.

Much of the negative effects of our diet is that we do not balance it with liberal quantities of vegetables, especially of the green leafy variety which are also dietary sources of calcium!

Even more interesting is that Vitamin D supports much more than bone health and calcium metabolism. Vitamin D actually modulates on the genetic level (influences over 200 genes) and there are vitamin D receptors on every tissue in the human body!

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Written by Alex of DrAlexRinehart.com


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Bad Yoga: Spread Your Toes for Better Balance

…Step to the front of your mat and try to find equal weight in the feet and ankle joints. Now pick up your toes and spread them wide. Keep your toes spread wide as you slowly bring them back down to the floor. Try to keep the toes open, and spread the flesh underneath the feet so as to expand how much of your mat they usually cover. This action will help you to be rooted to the earth and give you a better sense of balance…

The above action is commonplace in a yoga class and sounds nice. But following these cues will not help you achieve a better sense of balance in performing asanas. The suggestion of spreading your toes and bottoms of your feet may make you feel as if you are creating a more stable base of support, lending a certain sense of security.

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Functional Medicine Explained

Functional medicine is the new kid on the block when it comes to primary care.

It is still controversial in some circles and ultimately, still some years away from becoming mainstream.

So what is it all about?

Functional medicine sees health on a continuum – using unique testing that can help clinicians find out where you are exactly on that continuum and offer some predictive advice as to where you might be 1, 5, or 10+ years from now BEFORE problems develop.

Functional medicine is not a replacement for alternative or conventional medicine. It is a bridge between the two, and can be applied both acute and chronic conditions.

Think of functional medicine as “Personalized Lifestyle Medicine”.

It is NOT focused on a diagnosis. It is focused on identifying functional impairments on a spectrum of health. Once you see how different systems are functioning on a continuum of health, you can then work with your healthcare provider on unique food, supplement, and lifestyle strategies to actively promote a better place on that spectrum. Pharmaceutical and surgical options are still turned to when necessary. []

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Written by Alex of DrAlexRinehart.com


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Reasons Why You Don’t Meditate and 5 Ways to Overcome Them

Often when I suggest to my clients to find time for daily meditation, the response is: “No, I don’t have time for that” or “We don’t meditate in my religion” or “Meditation seems weird.” Fortunately I’ve gotten quite good at reading between the lines, because I’ve come to realize that more often than not, what the client is telling me is “I don’t know how.”

Preconceived notions about meditation:

Though Eastern philosophies are more prevalent and widely accepted in Western culture than possibly ever before, many Westerners still picture a Ghandi-like figure sitting in full lotus position, wearing nothing but a loincloth, and chanting “OMMMMMMMMM.” Familiar?

Another image might be that of a Buddhist monk wearing an orange toga-like garment, holding mala beads and chanting mantras over and over again in a temple full of other people, with the thick scent of incense wafting through the air.

While these images are certainly real–meditation has long been associated with Buddhism, Hinduism, yoga, and other Eastern religions and practices, but it’s done in the West too. The difference is that most Western religions use a different word to describe it: prayer. Think about it–are rosary beads really that different from mala beads? Is reciting prayers in a church or temple really that different from chanting mantras? Not really. []

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Written by Rachel of Holistically Haute


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Natural Deodorant that Works

Trying to find a natural deodorant that really works is like searching for the Holy Grail. I know because I have been searching for one since I was 18.

Most women, like myself, have the best intentions for their health, but after trying every natural deodorant known to man, they give up and just stick to what works. For me, I use a natural kind in the winter when it’s less hot and I sweat less and in the summer I just use Dove, and I pray that the aluminium in it is not slowly killing me or giving me cancer.

Earlier this year, I got renewed interest to try and find the perfect natural deodorant I could wear all year long. I thought surely it is 2013, some body at some company has finally figured that shit out. This is probably a good time to point out, that I am a heavy sweater. Always have been, probably always will be. I get nervous super easily, and I just sweat. I sweat as soon as temp is above 62 degrees. I sweat drinking a cup of tea or coffee, or a glass of wine. I sweat as soon as I start talking to someone I don’t know. I start sweating as soon as I start talking to someone I do know. I am a nervous, sweating, nelly. []

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Written by Stephanie of Mama and Baby Love