Dr. Laura: PSA Rising? Read This.

Recent research and clinical evidence shows we can slow the doubling time of PSA and reduce the risks of prostate cancer.

What’s so Important About PSA?

The role of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) in the prostate gland is not clear. In addition to a digital rectal exam, the level of PSA is used to screen and monitor risk of prostate cancer.

Overall the PSA specific activity within the prostate gland is relatively low. However, when the amount of this enzyme starts to rise, the activity is significant.

PSA can break apart the Galactin 3 molecule. So, the more the PSA, the more Gal -3 cleaved, the more tumour activity of Gal-3 that occurs.

Experimental data available today demonstrate an association between galectin-3 (Gal-3) levels and numerous pathological conditions such as heart failure, infection with microorganisms, diabetes, and tumour progression- including that of prostate cancer.

  • The cancer-free control patients have lower levels of galectin-3 in the serum.
  • Serum galectin-3 concentrations were uniformly higher in patients with metastatic prostate cancer.

A large and fast-growing body of clinical research shows that controlling Gal-3 is an essential strategy for long-term health. Gal-3 is an active biomarker that impacts organ function, normal cell replication, immunity, joint mobility and more.

According to the research, Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) is the only available solution that can successfully block the effects of elevated Gal-3 throughout the body. By providing a safe and effective Gal-3 blockade, MCP is shown to safeguard and support the health of numerous organs and systems. This is the reason independent researchers and health professionals are increasingly interested in this nutritional supplement.

MCP appears to pretend it is Galactin -3 for the Galectin-3 receptor sites, keeping the real Galactin -3 from activating the receptor. In effect it keeps the tumour cells from building up and growing. This is reflected in the slow rate of rise of the PSA marker, and a reduced risk of tumour development.

References available upon request.

From the research of Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND

Friendly Fats

When we talked about fats in the 4380 Fitness Challenge nutrition night, one person asked me if she was eating too much fat. What she actually has found is that, for her, eating more fat actually helps with anxiety. This is a fantastic personal discovery! In the 6 daily diet tips I mention a goal of 6 tablespoons of healthy fat a day. This of course is a general guideline. I cannot tell you how much fat or carbs or protein is exactly right for you. Only you will be able to what is safe and healthy through individual professional guidance and even then, some trial and error.

Also, keep in mind your needs will change with age and season. We all need to eat for the season. When it is cold outside we need heartier, heavier meals. When it is hot and humid, we need light and refreshing sustenance to fuel us without weighing us down. Babes need higher fat as the brain is rapidly developing and different life situations demand different nutrients.

Time  for an Oil Change?

Did you know that the human brain is nearly 60 percent fat? Getting the right fats in your diet is the most crucial way to boost your brain’s integrity and ability to perform. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are required for optimal message conduction not only in the brain, but across every cellular membrane in the body. 

More of these

If you are sensitive to a food like dairy or nuts, then you need to look at the other alternatives of healthy fats on the list.

  • Fish oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Avocados & their oil
  • Small amounts of real butter or ghee (clarified butter)
  • Oils found in nuts in seeds
  • Fats found naturally in whole dairy
  • Fats found naturally in responsibly raised poultry & meat

Supplemental Fish oil (3rd party tested and cleansed of heavy metals):

  • Reduces cholesterol:
    • reduce triglyceride levels by 20% to 50%
  • In those with coronary artery disease: Heart attacks reduced risk by 20% and sudden death by 30% (better than statins alone)
  • Improves symptoms of depression and increase length of remission
  • Reduces symptoms of psychosis, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
  • Reduces inflammation and severity of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoporosis, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, Behcet’s syndrome, and Raynaud’s syndrome
  • Helpful in weight loss
  • Reduces muscular soreness after exercise

Are saturated fats bad for you?

Yes and no. Too much of anything is not good for you. So, yes trim excess fat off your meat and avoid too much chicken skin, however, eating marbled meats and full fat dairy, coconut products and egg yolks will help  incorporate calcium into the bones, protect the liver from damage by alcohol and medications like acetaminophen, has beneficial effects on cardiovascular function, deliver fat soluble vitamins.

Less of these

  • Sunflower oil
  • Canola oil
  • Peanuts, and peanut oil
  • Safflower Oil

Not all fats are created equal.

Industry seed oils are those made from the seeds of corn, cotton, sunflower, safflower or a hybrid called canola. A small amount of these oils is not an issue, as we do need some omega 6 fats in our diet. Problem is with the North American tendency to eat fast food, restaurant food, processed and packaged foods, we tend to get way too many of these and not enough omega 3 fats. This tips the scale towards inflammation. Industry seed oils are easily oxidized and oxidized fats is a leading contributor to modern inflammatory diseases such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimers, non alcoholic fatty liver disease and fibromyalgia.

 

Never these

  • Transfats
  • Super heat vegetable oil (fried foods)
  • Rancid oils

Trans fats that are manufactured by hydrolyzing an natural fat tends to do all the wrong things to cholesterol. Trans fats raise LDL and triglycerides and lower HDL.  Not good.

Rancid oils, or fats that are past their shelf life will contribute to oxidative stress in your body. This means aging!

Anything eaten in excess can be converted and stored in the body as fat. That includes protein and carbohydrates. Did you know one of the main reasons for young people today being diagnosed with non alcoholic fatty liver is the excessive sugars in their diet?

Friendly Fat Facts

  1. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) must be taken in the diet as they can not synthesized by the body. It is often necessary to supplement. Fish oil that is third party tested and cleansed of heavy metals in either a gel cap or, more economically, liquid, is best.
  2. Fats are required to help us absorb fat soluble vitamins  (A, D, E & K)
  3. Healthy fats consumed earlier in the day (breakfast) will help curb afternoon cravings.
  4.  Naturally occurring saturated fats that marble meat or as a part of dairy have benefits when consumed in moderation

This means

  1. Breakfast: could include your dose of fish oil (EFA’s) and vitamin D, a handful of nuts, or simply a tablespoon of coconut oil in your cup of coffee.
  2.  Lunch & Supper: Salad or vegetables could be complimented with either 2 TBSP of olive oil, 1/4 avocado or  some omega-3 rich fish like sardines, salmon, herring. Even lamb or chicken – light or dark meat or strips of steak will help get the most out of all your nutrients.

From the research and mind of Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND.

 Reference:
Kresser, Chris. 2014. The Paleo Cure. Eat Right for Your Genes, Body Type, and Personal Health Needs — Prevent and Reverse Disease, Lose Weight Effortlessly, and Look and Feel Better than Ever. Little, Brown & Company. New York.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Fish Oil monograph accessed Dec 30, 2014. Full monograph available upon request.

 

5 things you might not know about levels of toxins in your body.

 You will know if toxins are overflowing in your body if you experience things like frequent headaches, joint aches, bloating, digestive discomfort, diarrhea or constipation, multiple chemical of food sensitivities, rashes, irritability, fatigue, repeated injury, brain fog, or troubles concentrating.

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5 things you might not know

about levels of toxins in your body.

 

  1. Your body is constantly in a detox mode.  Your skin, lungs, kidneys, bowels, liver, and ability to self regulate emotions all contribute to detoxification.
  2. A baby born today has over 50-200 recognized toxins in their blood stream? Reports from Scientific American and University of Toronto.
  3. Drinking Alcohol adds to your toxic load. So could the pesticides on your food, the cosmetics you might use, renovations in home or office, cooking and freezing food in plastics, your daily commute, and the emotional stressors in your life.
  4. You can measure your levels of toxins with hair, urine and blood analysis.
  5. A naturopathic doctor can help you prioritize your actions and boost your body’s ability to naturally detoxify.

Download your Toxic Questionnaire here.

from the heart and mind of Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND

 

Muscle Cramps or Tension?

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Do you experience muscle cramps or tension? This could be a sign of intra-cellular magnesium deficiency. Although there are many forms of magnesium on the market, not all are absorbed or do the same thing. For example, magnesium citrate is very good for loosening up the bowels. Magnesium oxalate is so tightly bound not much is readily absorbed. Magnesium bisglycinate is a pretty good form of capsule based magnesium that is useful for muscle tension.

An interesting and clinically effective product is Magnelevures, the only organically based magnesium on the market. It is procured through the Saccharomyces cerevisae strain of yeast. This is very healthy and uniquely provides the best bio-availability of magnesium on the market. Packaged in a synergistic formula with B vitamins and amino acids to additionally promote intestinal absorption, tissue utilization, and increase of intra-cellular magnesium stores.

Take one sachet of powder and add warm water and stir well.

Best if taken an hour away from other medications.

Magneluevures contains no glucose, fructose, lactose or saccharose.

Magnelevures is beneficial for maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism, menstrual cramps, muscle cramps, and to promote a good night’s rest.

You may find Magnelevures in the naturopathic dispensary at Forward Health.  This information is meant for educational purposes only and does not constitute or replace individual medical advice. If you wish to find out if this product is right and safe for you, please arrange a personalized medical plan with Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND.

Beat the Bugs: Tips for Outdoors

™Avoid bug bites

 Black flies and mosquitoes and fear of tick bites can quickly drive you indoors. –

The theoretical risks associated with wearing an insect repellent should be weighed against the reduction or prevention of the risk of fatal or debilitating diseases including malaria, West Nile, Zika,  Dengue/Yellow fever, Lyme and filariasis.

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Cover Up!

Best way if you have to go out doors is to wear loose fitting, light coloured, full length pant and sleeve with tall socks or pants tucked in. Nets are available for over the head and face.

Dangers of DEET

If you are in the deep woods and are at risk for disease,  you may consider the very strong (and poisonous) option of DEET, but be sure to avoid the face, eyes and mouth and wash your hands afterward in order to additionally help avoid contact with nose, eyes and mouth. After you return indoors you are best to wash completely with soap and water. Know that the long term exposure to DEET can lead to memory loss, headaches, weakness, fatigue, muscle/joint pain, nausea, tremors, and shortness of breath. This is because DEET is actually  a pesticide and your skin will absorb it.

What are some alternatives to DEET?

–Mozi-Q  I have seen this in health food stores around Guelph.   http://www.mozi-q.com

Picardin: Structurally based on chemicals in pepper, it appears to interfere with the mosquito’s ability to smell its prey. The chemical is extremely effective for some species of mosquito (including important disease-carrying mosquitoes such as A. aegypti), but is less effective for other species that don’t appear to rely on smell, so overall it may be somewhat less effective than DEET. A 20% Picaridin formulation has been shown to repel mosquitoes for 8-10 hour.

–Vitamin B1 – Thiamine – Take a dose of B1 daily and mosquitoes avoid you when you smell like a vitamin!

–Natural insect repellent recipe:

™Combine in a 16oz spray bottle:

– 15 drops of lavender, clove, thyme, or geranium oil

–10 drops of lemon eucalyptus or citronella oil

–4 Tbsp of vanilla extract

–1/4 cup of lemon juice

Fill with water and shake. Apply & re-apply as needed.

KEEP ESSENTIAL OILS OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN

Itchy bites

Mix Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) with water to form a paste and apply to bee stings, poison ivy rash and insect bites.

Oatmeal: crush up oats and make a colloidal oatmeal paste with a little water and apply to itchy rashes or insect bites.

Calamine lotion: you can buy it at the store or make your own with recipes from http://everydayroots.com/homemade-calamine-lotion

Apis ™Homeopathic 30 C 2 pellets under tongue every 15-30 min until relief, up to 3 hours. Then as needed 2 pellets /3x per day up to 3 days. ™Indicated in conditions hot, red, inflamed, swollen, itchy insect bites & bee stings.

Removing Ticks

Always do a check for ticks on your skin after trail walks and hikes in long grasses. Carefully remove from the skin at the tick’s head and mouth area using a pair of tweezers. Save the tick for testing. Wash the area with mild soap and water. Ticks have the potential to carry Lyme, Rocky mountain spotted fever, Tularemia, Ehrichiosis, Relapsing fever, Colorado tick fever and Babesiosis.

Feeling Ill?

In any case of bug or tick bite followed within a few days of feelings of flu like symptoms, fever, headache, nausea, vomit or fatigue, see your health care provider immediately as you may need a course of antibiotics to prevent long term sequelae of insect borne diseases.

 

Information in this post does not constitute individual medical advice. Readers apply this information at their own risk. Please seek care from your health care provider for professional and individual advice.

Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND.

Recipe for BBQ Lamb & Meal Plan

Lamb finished

New Zealand Spring Lamb

Follow this meal plan and Father’s Day dinner will be simple to prepare for and easy to please Dad on his special day.

Chops are easy to manage and quite tasty. I buy mine at Costco on Imperial Road in Guelph. One tray has about 8 chops.  Of course if you are an Ontario Lamb fan, that’s always fantastic to support local farmers.  Marinade 12-24 hours ahead of cooking and if you don’t need all 8, freeze the remaining marinaded chops for a future date. They easily defrost within 12 hours in the fridge, so take them out in the morning and they’ll be ready for BBQ that night.

Marinade

Olive oil – about 1/4 cup

Fresh Sliced Garlic – 1 bud

Rosemary – about 1 Tbsp

Ground black pepper corns – about 1 Tbsp

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Usually I find a glass Pyrex rectangular container or something similar works best for this. One with a plastic seal able lid so the whole fridge doesn’t smell like garlic while it is marinading. Use about 1/4 c of olive oil, pour this in the glass container, then add about 1 tbsp of dried rosemary, slice up one bud of garlic thinly or in chopped finely. Course ground black pepper or grind peppercorns fresh with mortar and pestle – about 1 Tbsp. Rinse lamb chops off in cold running water, drip dry for a moment, then transfer to container with oil and herbs. Roll the chops around in the marinade so each is well coated. Arrange in the pan – a tight fit is good as it keeps the air out. Allow to marinade in fridge for 12-24hours.

BBQ Time

Lamb3Heat the grill with all burners on high. Allow to come to 500 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter. We have three burners on our BBQ, which is average sized. After all is hot, turn the one burner at the far end where you will place the meat on low, the middle burner with nothing on it at medium and the burner furthest from the meat, leave on high. This will give lots of heat to the cooking (mine went up to 700degrees Fahrenheit) and will minimize flares. Note to the chef… charring meat to a crisp is not healthy! Close the lid. Cook on one side for 6 min. Then turn meat over. Cook on other side for additional 6 min. When lamb comes off the BBQ it will continue to cook for a minute or two. Once it reaches the plate it will be pink in the middle but cooked.

Side Dishes

BBQ Lamb goes great with whipped sweet potatoes. Peel, chop and boil in a little water. Drain water once potatoes are soft. (Hint: I save the water the sweet potato boiled in a mason jar and will add to soups or use as a stir fry base later in the week.) Back to the day: Add 1 Tbsp of coconut oil to the cooked sweet potatoes and use a hand mixer on medium or high for 2-3 minutes until all the lumps are out.

Lamb isn’t the same without mint sauce or jelly. Mint is growing fresh you might take task to do this at home. Everyone in our home likes the Presidents Choice Mint Sauce and Mint Jelly you can find in the condiments section at Zehrs. Even the smaller Zehrs at Gordon and Clair area in Guelph carries this.

Veggies: hmm… any will do & lots. Steamed organic broccoli or peas and mushrooms or grilled or steamed asparagus is always a great companion. Of course always a big side serving of healthy leafy salad greens with a balsamic and olive oil vinaigrette.

New thing we found follows the meal very well  is sliced mango. Peel the mango and slice onto a plate – it’s great to taste near the end of the meal.

Vino – a glass a day is OK

I would pair this lamb meal with a glass of Valpolicella Ripasso, Amorone or Chianti Classico.

 From the heart and kitchen of Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND.

Increase Focus & Attention

With such a frenzied state of work, school, and family life, I have met many patients for whom reducing stress and anxiety is a priority. In reducing the stress and subsequent feelings of anxiety patients find they enjoy an increase focus and attention. What a bonus!

Along with a body wide acupuncture protocol, dietary changes to soothe the liver, I have found cerebral acupuncture to amp up the therapeutic value. This makes sense as the lines I treat on the head are over the temporal lobe which is linked to language, organization of sensory input and is highly associated with memory skills.

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  • Temporal lobe is linked to organization of sensory input and is highly associated with memory skills
  • Acupuncture helps lower state of anxiety, increase focus & attention
  • Needling specific points with mild electrostim increases therapeutic value
  • Within the first 1-3 treatments patients are feeling a difference that lasts about 5 days.
  • Many prefer to maintain weekly sessions during stressful periods of work, home or school.

 

Most patients say they notice some change after the first treatment, but it feels much more enhanced after the third session. Weekly acupuncture sessions lasting 30min each are highly recommended during periods of stress. After 6 weeks of treatment, most are feeling highly refreshed and are ready to see how they feel with a monthly maintenance appointment.

Cerebral acupuncture is just one of many ways Dr. Laura M.Brown ND, can help you increase your focus and attention. Individualized treatment plans are medically assessed and naturally focused. Click here to book your appointment with our online booking system.

 

5 minute no-bake chocolate avocado mousse

This easy dessert whips up in 5 minutes. A fun, delicious and healthy treat even a kid could make (hint: Mom might like it on Mother’s day). Garnish with fresh mint leaves, dip fresh strawberries or sprinkle some coconut on top.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted.

1 TBSP coconut oil

3 TBSP almond (or other) milk

4 TBSP maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 c cocoa powder

1/8 tsp Himalayan pink salt (other salt is OK too)

ingredients for avocado mousse

How do I tell when the avocado is ripe?

Avocados are ready to eat when they are firm but impressionable. Like a peach. If hard, they are not ready.  If you place a couple of ripe bananas beside your avocados on the counter, they will ripen with in a day or two, and then you can conveniently store them in fridge until you are ready to eat them.

How do I mix this up?

Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Use hand mixer first on low speed to keep the cocoa from flying everywhere, then move up the speed as things start to get smooth.

You will need to stop the mixer every once in a while and use a spatula to clear the sides and be sure all is getting mixed in.

It will take about 3-5 min of mixing.

All the lumps should be gone and the mousse should take on a thick, creamy texture that peaks. whipped mousse

Store in the fridge for up to 24 hours or eat right away.

What’s good about the ingredients:

All natural whole foods with no artificial colours or flavours.

Cocoa: equivalent of 2 squares of dark chocolate a few days a week can boost your energy and mood.

Avocado: High in healthy fats, fibre and packed with over 20 minerals and vitamins. In moderation can help lower LDL (the “bad” cholesterol).

Coconut Oil: Cholesterol neutral so better than using butter!

Maple Syrup: Tasty local and seasonal treat. 

 

From the heart and kitchen of Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND.

 

 

 

How Body and Emotional States Relate

Experience the State of Calm Energy

Can you really change your emotional experience by changing the expression on your face or the shape of your body? How does an actor cry on demand?

Is it possible that the very tools you need to bring yourself into a state of calm energy are with you where ever you go?

Emotions and physiology are undeniably linked. We see it when the blood pressure rises in anger, the heart beating rapid before we get on a stage, and muscle tension when we are holding mental anguish.

The ability of the nervous system to engage the metabolic resources in response to external pleasure or pain is crucial to our survival.

From such simple examples to complex paradigms, how can we deny the relationship between body, mind and also the spirit?

How do our body actions and energetic states relate?

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Do you find your shoulders constantly up around the ears, eyes squeezed and darting back and forth, thoughts circulating around being emotionally attacked? You are in a state of fear. Fear can often be paralyzing.

If you take a moment to observe your breath, is it shallow, do you maybe even feel light headed or dizzy from hyperventilating, are your muscles tender and sore from being tense? You are likely in the company of an old friend named anxiety.

Or can you sense your breath to and fro from the abdomen, your body relaxed without being slack, feeling alive without feeling stiff, consciously in touch with the many blessings in your life? You are in the blessed state of gratefulness.

Have you ever been wrapped up tight in a ball and feeling weak and small? Try making your body into the shape a very big star – stand tall, step one foot sideways,  a little wider than shoulder width apart. Reach the hands up and then out to the sides. Ideally you are making your body take up as much physical space as possible. Take a very big breath in and out, then let the breath naturally rise and fall and you look up to the sky – stay here for at least 90 seconds. Do you feel free and strong?

When you visit a naturopathic doctor, your health assessment is medically focused however your emotional, spiritual, cognitive, physical aspects are holistically considered. Learn more about the Physiology of Emotions with Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND on Thursday May 12th at Goodness Me! in Guelph (at the corner of Gordon and Wellington).

Find out  your one of a kind, individualized treatment plan to help bring the paradox of calm energy back into you life by booking an appointment with Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND at Forward Health in Guelph (at the corner of Gordon and Kortright) today.

 

Fish Soup: Easy Recipe

Heart Healthy recipe sure to warm your heart and your belly. Low in saturated fat, high in protein, poured over lots of veggies of choice and a small amount of complex carbs.

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Dr. Laura’s Fish Soup (Pickerel or any white fish)

Cook up until celery and onion clarify in colour:

1 rib celery, chopped.

5 sliced white mushrooms

¼ onion chopped finely

1 1/2c chicken or vegetable broth

if not dairy problem, add 1tsp butter otherwise use olive oil.

Add 2 pieces of preferred white fish frozen or fresh

 

Cook separately 1/4 c Brown rice  in 1/2 c water. Takes about 40min to simmer and cook.

 

Simmer Fish Soup 30-60 min, while rice is cooking.

When ready, pour fish soup on to rice, kale or add green peas or lightly steam coloured peppers

Top with Frank’s hot sauce, chili peppers or plain with salt and pepper.

Recipe from the heart and mind of your local Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND

Picture credit: elledecor.com