A holistic read of an individual’s health provides us with the clues needed to tailor treatment recommendations. But one of the less accessible parts of the total picture is the role of genetics. We know that SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) can affect an individual’s ability to utilize dietary supplements. Could this factor be at work when taking coenzyme Q10?
It turns out the answer is yes. There is a SNP called NQ01 that affects the body’s ability to convert coenzyme Q10 to Ubiquinol. Let's take a closer look at what happens there.
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In our previous blog “Ubiquinol and Your Heart: The Cellular Story,” we discussed the role of Ubiquinol, the active antioxidant form of coenzyme Q10, in energy production and heart health. Given its critical role, it is important to understand its bioavailability and pharmacokinetics to aid in proper clinical use.
As you may know, coenzyme Q10 in its basic form is not highly absorbable in the body. But studies suggest that Ubiquinol has...Read more
From 1997 to 2016, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) diagnoses have almost doubled, from 6.1% to 10.2%, in children and adolescents age 4 to 17.1
In 2013, the 5th Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was released. In this edition, the criteria for identifying ADHD symptoms was expanded and modified to make it easier for physicians to provide a better diagnosis. Instead we are seeing a larger percentage of children being misdiagnosed and ultimately suffer the consequences of taking unnecessary prescription...Read more
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) and human growth hormone (HGH) work together in the body to support optimal aging. This is a very complex process and if excessive levels of IGF-1, either low or high, are present in the body, it can lead to various health problems. HGH is generally considered to employ anti-insulin actions, whereas IGF-1 has insulin-like properties. By maintaining relatively low levels of IGF-1 and synergy between HGH and IGF-1 throughout your patients’ adult life, they may be able to live a healthy lifestyle and experience optimal aging.
HGH and IGF-1 Play...Read more
Given the exponential increase in use, and emerging research on the effective application of cannabidiol (CBD) for pain, anxiety, PTSD, seizures, and more, the concern for potential drug interactions is both reasonable and prudent. Consumers often consider natural substances to be safer than pharmaceuticals, and while this may often be true, it is important for consumers and healthcare providers (HCPs) alike to familiarize themselves with the possible interactions that can occur when CBD is mixed with common medications.
Studies of CBD inhibition and induction of major CYP450...Read more
Kevin Spelman, PhD, Restorative Medicine Conference faculty, has an extensive background in research as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health, a Marie Curie research fellow in the EU, as well as a past adjunct professor of botanical medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine. He has over 20 years of clinical experience, and brings to his lectures the optimal blend of both science and clinical relevance.
At the 2019 Restorative Medicine conference in San Diego, he will be speaking on the fascinating role of mitochondria in health and disease,...Read more
According to A.J. Schenkman:
“… if Washington did cut down a cherry tree it was most likely to make room for planting a walnut tree, and if he did have wooden teeth his real teeth likely were ruined breaking walnuts. One thing is true, confirmed by sources both foreign and domestic: General Washington, whether at home in Mount Vernon or at his headquarters in Newburgh, always had plenty of walnuts on hand."
Washington's personal papers are littered with references regarding purchases of [nuts] he was, in fact, fond of nuts of all kind. Walnuts, however, were his favorite. He...Read more
Curcuma longa-tumeric-who hasn’t heard of this vibrant golden spice?! Like many botanical medicines with a history of significant traditional use, turmeric has been turned to for millennia for a myriad of different health complaints. But turmeric (or its popular bioactive constituent curcumin) has been able to affirm its treatment for many of these health indications through an impressive accumulation of clinical research that eclipses what is available for most other phytomedicines.
We all know it’s good for a whole lot of stuff. So much so that it is not worth referencing...Read more
With all the articles about measles and measles vaccine in the news these past few weeks, I am reminded about a topic I wrote about in 2013, the Non-Specific Effects of Vaccination. This term describes an interesting phenomenon - vaccines provide protection against a range of infections besides the infection caused by the organism from which the vaccine is made and which it is intended to prevent.
Looking specifically at the measles vaccine, in 2013 I wrote:
A 2013 African study reported that the measles vaccine cut deaths from all other infections combined by a third, mainly...Read more
The ketogenic diet is gaining increasing attention and popularity in the mainstream. The name and concept, unknown to most only a few years ago, is now well-recognized in many North American households. Medical literature, however, dates back as far as the Hippocratic era investigating the therapeutic efficacy of dietary interventions that induce ketosis.1 While varying degrees of clinical evidence supports this nutritional modification in conditions such as epilepsy,2 Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s,3 brain tumours,4 and obesity,5 the...Read more