Your health is a choice.

For most people, health is a choice.

Current testing for cholesterol, triglycerides and insulin is incomplete.

They do not do a very good job of predicting your risk for heart disease, diabetes or hypertension.

Most doctors are not giving you the information you need to make the best health choices possible.

If you are:

·         A man over 45 or a woman over 55

·         Feeling tired and fatigues

·         Challenged to lose weight

·         Taking a statin (like: Cestor, Lipitor, Zocor a drug to manage glucose & Insulin

If you have:

·         Type II Diabetes or are Insulin Resistant

·         Coronary Heart Disease

·         Inflammation anywhere in your body

·         High cholesterol & triglycerides

·         Low Thyroid function

·         Hypertension

If you are suffering from any of these, you need to take the first step towards wellness now.

Our wellness program starts with a free evaluation and consultation to help you take the steps needed to be healthy. We offer a complete approach to wellness.

·         We use state of the art testing.

·         We deliver a comprehensive metabolic profile

·         We help with creating a sustainable eating lifestyle designed for your specific needs

·         We provide on-going nutritional, clinical and lifestyle support

·         We can get you any needed supplements

Most importantly your health insurance will cover the cost of all the needed testing.

Call today to schedule your free initial consultation and evaluation to start your journey of health and wellness.

Remember, your health insurance will cover the entire cost of the complete metabolic profile.

(It does not matter what your current deductible is)

Other tests included in the metabolic profile include:

·         Thyroid function(more complete then standard medical testing for thyroid health)

·         Adrenal health (including: cortisol & DHEA)

·         All reproductive hormones (including: estrogen, progesterone, prolactin &  testosterone)

·         B12 & folate

·         Liver function

·         Kidney Function

·         Iron metabolism

·         PSA

·         Vitamin D3

In addition to an extremely comprehensive test for cholesterol and triglycerides (VAP test) some of the other tests that are included in our metabolic profile include:

C-Reactive Protein-hs
High sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hsCRP) is a nonspecific inflammatory marker produced by the liver in response to inflammatory adipocytokines and macrophages. It is a strong and independent risk marker for primary and secondary CHD events, sudden death, stroke and peripheral vascular disease. Elevation of hsCRP is also associated with insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.

LpPLA2/PLAC®

Lipoprotein-Associated Phospholipase A2 (LpPLA2) is an enzyme responsible for the hydrolysis of oxidized phospholipase on LDL. It is a specific marker for vascular inflammation and is produced in unstable atherosclerotic plaque. Elevated levels indicate a 2 fold increase risk for CVD events and ischemic stroke.

GlycoMark®
GlycoMark measures I,5 anhydroglucitol (1,5 – AG). It is a nonmetabolized monosaccharide present in small amounts in most foods. I,5 – AG reflects peak glucose levels over 1-2 weeks (short term glucose control). These peaks , not detected by A1C, are associated with the cardiovascular complications of diabetes. 1,5 – AG levels assist in monitoring drug efficacy and treatment alterations including diet and exercise regimens in patients with A1C's at or near goal.

Homocysteine
Homocysteine is an amino acid associated with methionine metabolism.
Homocysteinemia is an independent risk factor for primary and secondary CHD events, CHD death, stroke and all cause mortality. Each increase of 5 umol/L in homocysteine level increases the risk of CHD events by approximately 20%, independent of traditional risk factors.

Cystatin C
Cystatin C is an enzyme mainly used as a biomarker of renal function. Unlike creatinine, cystatin C is capable of detecting mild decreases in GFR and affected only minimally by age, muscle mass, gender and race. It is also a prognostic marker of CV events, CHF, CVA, PAD, metabolic syndrome and all cause mortality even in the absence of established renal disease.

GGT
Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase (GGT) is an enzyme catalyst in the degradation of glutathione, the major antioxidant in the body. GGT is a sensitive proatherogenic, prognostic biomarker for oxidative stress and subclinical atherosclerosis, along with being an independent predictor of metabolic syndrome. Elevated levels are associated with hypertension, insulin resistance, diabetes, obesity, fatty liver and an increase in all cause mortality and morbidity.

NTproBNP
N-terminal prohormone BNP (NTproBNP) is a hormone secreted mainly from cardiac monocytes in response to cardiac stress. It is a sensitive biomarker that has powerful prognostic value for detection of subclinical, unsuspected cardiac dysfunction. NTproBNP is an independent predictor of cardiac events and all cause mortality.

Uric Acid
Uric acid is the degradation product of purine metabolism. Uric acid elevations are associated with gout, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, CVD, CHF, CVA, dementia, preeclampsia, kidney disease, leukemia and oxidative stress. For every 1 mg/dL increase in serum uric acid, there is a 41% excess risk for mortality. Elevated serum uric acid levels in patients with hypertension are associated with a 3-5 fold increased risk of CAD or CVA.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin made by ultraviolet light activity on exposed skin. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a significant graded increased risk for primary and secondary CAD events, PAD, CVA, diabetes and all cause mortality. The Framingham Offspring Study revealed that there was a 1.8X increased risk of CV events when 25(OH) vitamin D levels were < 10 ng/ml. Myalgias from statin therapy may be associated with low vitamin D levels.

For more information about this test, please visit http://www.atherotech.com/vapcholtest/.

Please call 734-726-0153 to schedule a free consultation and evaluation. At Digestive Health Ann Arbor we are known for providing professional and compassionate care. We strive to guide people towards a comprehensive and holistic healing strategy. Restoring your body to health will restore the quality of your life.

The Truth about Cholesterol

Separating facts from soft science, industry propaganda and media misinformation.

Top 5 Myths about Cholesterol

 

 

1. MYTH: Eating cholesterol and saturated fat raises the level of cholesterol in your blood.

 

 

TRUTH: Several controlled, long-term studies have shown that dietary intake of cholesterol and saturated fat has no significant effect on the level of cholesterol in your blood.

2. MYTH: Diets high in saturated fat and cholesterol promote atherosclerosis and heart disease.

TRUTH: Many studies show that people who consume primarily saturated fats from animal origin

have less heart disease than those who consume primarily polyunsaturated fats from vegetable oils. 

75% of the fat in artery clogs in unsaturated, of which over 50% is polyunsaturated.

3. MYTH: Elevated levels of LDL cholesterol cause atherosclerosis and heart disease.

TRUTH: More than 40 trials have demonstrated that lowering cholesterol does not prevent heart attacks. On the contrary, several major studies have shown a higher risk of death with lower levels of cholesterol.

4. MYTH: Low cholesterol prevents heart disease and reduces your risk of dying.

TRUTH: Several large, well-controlled trials have shown an inverse relationship between cholesterol

levels and mortality.  A recent study at Yale University showed that elderly people die twice as often from heart attacks as those with high cholesterol.

5. MYTH: Statins drugs that lower cholesterol (Lipitor, Zocor, etc.) reduce the risk of dying from heart disease, and are safe with few side effects.

TRUTH: Not one study has ever shown that statins reduce mortality in healthy men and women with only elevated cholesterol and no history of heart disease.  Nor are statins effective in the elderly.  Statins do reduce the risk of death inyoung and middle-aged males with preexisting heart disease, but the benefit is small, independent of cholesterol lowering, and comes with many side effects, complications and costs.

Cholesterol: a Hero, not a Villain

 

Structural integrity: cholesterol provides the stiffness and stability our cell membranes need to function properly.

 

Immune health: cholesterol is a precursor to corticosteroids, stress hormones that protect us against heart disease and cancer; cholesterol (especially LDL, the so-called “bad cholesterol”) helps fight infection.

Endocrine health: cholesterol is a precursor to sex hormones (androgen, testosterone, estrogen & progesterone) which govern sexual development, fertility and reproduction.

Protection from fee radicals: recent research shows that cholesterol acts as an antioxidant.

Digestion & absorption: the bile salts are made from cholesterol.  Bile is vital for digestion and assimilation of fats; it is also essential for absorbing fat-soluble vitamins A, D, K & E (which we cannot live without).

Growth & development: is especially rich in cholesterol; babies & children need cholesterol to ensure proper development of the brain and nervous system

Brain & nervous system: 25% of body cholesterol is in the brain, and myelin (coating of every nerve cell & fiber in the body) is 20% cholesterol; synapse formation is almost entirely dependent on cholesterol.

Intestinal wall: dietary cholesterol helps maintain the integrity of the intestinal wall; low-cholesterol vegetarian diets can lead to leaky gut syndrome and other intestinal disorders.

Mood: cholesterol is needed for proper function of serotonin receptors in the brain; low cholesterol levels have been linked to aggressive and violent behavior, depression and suicidal tendencies.

Tissue repair: cholesterol is a repair substance in the body, used to repair wounds, including tears and irritations in the arteries.

The Dangers of Statin Drugs

 

Modern cholesterol lowering drugs act by inhibiting an enzyme (HMG -CoA reductase) needed for the formation of cholesterol in the liver.  These HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, called statins, are sold as Lipitor, Mevacor, Pravacol, Zocor, etc.

 

Weakness & muscle wasting: this is the most common side effect of statin drugs, occurring in as many as one in three users.  Muscle aches and pains, back pain, heel pain, weakness and slurring of speech result from statin interference with the production of Coenzyme Q10 (Co-Q10), needed for the muscles to function.  These side effects are more common in active people and may not show until three years after commencement of treatment.

Heart failure: rates of heart failure have doubled since the arrival of statin drugs.  Te heart is a muscle that depends on a plentiful supply of CO-Q10. Rhabdomyolosis: rapid breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue which may lead to kidney failure and death.

Cognitive impairment: many patients have reported memory loss and brain fog, including total global amnesia (episodes of complete memory loss).  The implications for pilots and those driving cars and trucks are profound.

Cancer: in every study with rodents to date, statins have caused cancer.  Most human trials are not carried out for long enough to detect any increase in cancer rates, but in one trial, breast cancer rates of those taking a statin were 1500% higher than those of controls.

Depression: numerous studies have linked low cholesterol with depression. Birth defects: almost 50% of pregnant women who took a statin drug in early pregnancy gave birth to a child with malformations.

SOURCES: Weston A. Price Foundation; Te Cholesterol Myths, by Ufe Ravnskov, MD, PhD

If high cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease, what does?

 

Researchers around the world have suggested that atherosclerosis is actually disorder of inflammation and oxidative stress.  Risk factors for heart disease are those that contribute to inflammation and oxidative damage:

 

‣ nutrient deficiencies        ‣ poor glycemic control

‣ cigarette smoking            ‣ high homocysteine levels

‣ psychological stress       ‣ nitric oxide depletion

‣ high iron levels                 ‣ microbial infection

‣ dietary trans fatty acids   ‣ excessive refined carbohydrate intake

‣ excessive omega-6 fatty acid intake and/or deficient omega-3 fatty acid intake

Free radicals and inflammation of any kind inhibit synthesis of nitric oxide, a vital substance that protects against heart disease at every level.  Oxidized LDL is indeed harmful, but it is the polyunsaturated fat - not the cholesterol - inside of the particle that oxidizes.

Chronic infections, inflammation and stress raise cholesterol levels and significantly increase the risk of heart attacks. Thus, it is no surprise that elevated cholesterol levels are seen in people with heart disease.  The mistake is assuming that it is cholesterol - and not the underlying condition - that causes atherosclerosis.

This “oxidative response to inflammation” hypothesis is well-supported by the scientific data and fits

everything currently known about heart disease.  It is also widely accepted within the research community.  Unfortunately, the message that cholesterol is not the culprit has not yet reached most physicians, dietitians and the general public.

Massive conflicts of interest within the medical and scientific community stand in the way of this message being heard.  8 of 9 physicians responsible for writing the cholesterol guidelines receive money from drug companies, and 2/3 of all medical research is funded by the pharmaceutical industry.  Te result is the perpetuation of the flawed hypothesis that cholesterol and saturated fat cause heart disease.

A “Heart-Healthy” Lifestyle

Take a VAP Test. Click here to learn more.

 It provides the most accurate assessment of cholesterol and triglycerides.

Learn techniques for reducing and managing stress, and make them a regular part of your life.

Maintain a healthy weight - neither too heavy nor too thin.

Engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise several days a week, or every day if possible.

Don’t smoke, and avoid exposure to environmental toxins.

Restrict intake of high-glycemic index foods (white four, white rice, sugar, cold cereals, processed foods), as they have been shown to increase the risk of heart attacks.

Avoid processed food, especially foods containing polyunsaturated vegetable oils and trans fats.

Eat the meat, fat and organ meats of grass-fed, organically raised animals.

Cook with butter, coconut oil or palm oil.  Never cook with vegetable oils such as canola, safower, corn and soy as they become easily oxidized and rancid when subjected to heat.

Enjoy eggs from free-range chickens regularly.  Egg yolks are particularly benefcial, and are most nutritious when consumed raw.

Consume raw dairy products, which are rich in benefcial probiotics, enzymes, vitamins and

healthy fats.  Many people who can’t tolerate pasteurized dairy products have no problem with raw dairy.

Eat cultured foods (i.e. sauerkraut, yogurt, kefr) and consume fermented beverages (kombucha, kvass, etc.) regularly

Take cod liver oil and consume plenty of butter from grass-fed cows to ensure adequate levels of vitamins A, D and K.

Increase consumption of omega-3 fatty acids if you are at risk for heart disease or your diet is poor.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:

 

  • The Weston A. Price Foundation http://www.westonaprice.org
  • The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics http://www.thincs.org
  • The Cholesterol Myths  http://www.ravnskov.nu/cholesterol.htm

 

To find out how to obtain an accurate and complete assessment of your cholesterol and other health related risk factors, click on this link.


Please call 734-726-0153 to schedule a free consultation and evaluation. At Digestive Health Ann Arbor we are known for providing professional and compassionate care. We strive to guide people towards a comprehensive and holistic healing strategy. Restoring your body to health will restore the quality of your life.