Health Report, November 18th, 2013

Pipe and cigar smokers often dismiss worries that smoking is bad for their health.

They claim their habit is harmless and perpetuate the common misconception that pipes and cigars are somehow safer than cigarettes. In reality, these tobacco products carry the same or greater health risks as cigarettes. Cigar and pipe smokers often argue that their health isn't at risk because they only smoke one or two a day and they don't inhale. There is also the claim that pipes and cigars aren't addictive.

Yet research shows that cigar and pipe smoking is every bit as dangerous as cigarette smoking, and possibly even more dangerous. Even if you don't inhale, you can get a number of different cancers from smoking pipes and cigars. People who smoke cigars regularly are four to 10 times more likely than nonsmokers to die from cancers of the mouth, larynx, and esophagus. Oral cancer can develop anywhere the smoke touches, including the lips, mouth, throat, and tongue. People who inhale also increase their risk for cancers of the lung, pancreas, and bladder.

No matter what a person is smoking, the advice is the same: quit! If you can't kick the habit on your own, get help from your doctor, another health professional, or a smoking cessation service. Dr. Moss has been able to help patients that want to quit. If you or someone you care about is having difficulties quitting please let us know. Our purpose is to help as many people as possible in their quest for health. Let us help those you know reach a new level of health!

ATTENTION: As of December 2nd, we will be in our new location at:
2005 S Ankeny Blvd Suite 400.
The new office is located next to Wig & Pen and east of the east entrance of DMACC. We will be in a great new location but with all of the familiar faces you love to see!

"To keep the body in good health is a duty....otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear." - Buddha

This week's Health Report:
Cigar and Pipe Smoking and Lung Cancer Risk: A Multi-Center Study From Europe.

Health report, October 30th, 2013.

High fructose corn syrup serves as one of the most damaging food items available.
You will not only see a decrease in normal healthy bodily functions, but an increase in the risks for several harmful diseases and illnesses. A few reasons high fructose corn syrup is bad for you include:

*suppress your immune system and impair your defenses against infectious disease
*feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach
*upsets the mineral relationships in your body: causes chromium and copper deficiencies and interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium
*can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
*can cause premature aging.

Sensitivity to fructose, like most things, is going to vary from person to person. However, our goal this month has been to educate people to look and think when you are at the grocery store. It is best to steer closer to natural whole foods (preferably organic) and less processed foods that are laden not only with HCFS, but are genetically modified and laced with MSG. Read the labels and get yourself familiar with what you buying, where you buying it from, and what it is going to do your body, because you could be putting yourself at risk. We are always more than happy to discuss your eating habits and help you make positive changes.

*ATTENTION* Our office is moving! Beginning Monday, December 2nd, 2013, you will find us located at 2005 S. Ankeny Blvd, Suite 400, here in Ankeny. We will be across from the east entrance to DMACC and located next to Wig-N-Pen. Our look may be different but our staff and friendly faces will remain the same!

Our next home care class is coming up on Tuesday, November 12th, at 6:30pm here at the office. Have you attended yet? Home care can help your body heal faster, help you hold your adjustments longer and can help alleviate pain. If you are interested in attending, please let us know because space is limited and we will be providing dinner for you and the guests you bring. Just contact us at 515-964-9114. We look forward to seeing you there!

"A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison." - Francis Bacon

High Fructose Corn Syrup Linked to Liver Scarring, Research Suggests

Mar. 23, 2010 — High fructose corn syrup, which some studies have linked to obesity, may also be harmful to the liver, according to Duke University Medical Center research. "We found that increased consumption of high fructose corn syrup was associated with scarring in the liver, or fibrosis, among patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)," said Manal Abdelmalek, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology at Duke University Medical Center.

Her team of researchers at Duke, one of eight clinical centers in the Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network, looked at 427 adults enrolled in the network. They analyzed dietary questionnaires collected within three months of the adults' liver biopsies to determine their high fructose corn syrup intake and its association with liver scarring.

The researchers found only 19 percent of adults with NAFLD reported no intake of fructose-containing beverages, while 52 percent consumed between one and six servings a week and 29 percent consumed fructose containing beverages on a daily basis. An increase in consumption of fructose appeared to be correlated to increased liver fibrosis in patients with NAFLD. "We have identified an environmental risk factor that may contribute to the metabolic syndrome of insulin resistance and the complications of the metabolic syndrome, including liver injury," Abdelmalek said.

Research Abdelmalek published in the Journal of Hepatology in 2008 showed that, within a small subset of patients, high fructose corn syrup was associated with NAFLD. Her latest research, published online in Hepatology, goes one step further and links high fructose corn syrup to the progression of liver injury.
"Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is present in 30 percent of adults in the United States," Abdelmalek said. "Although only a minority of patients progress to cirrhosis, such patients are at increased risk for liver failure, liver cancer, and the need for liver transplant," she explained.

"Unfortunately, there is no therapy for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease," she said. "My hope is to see if we can find a factor, such as increased consumption of high fructose corn syrup, which, if modified, can decrease the risk of liver disease."
The idea is similar to what cardiologists have done for heart patients, Abdelmalek explained. They discovered that high-fat diets are bad for your heart, so they have promoted low-fat diets to decrease the risk of heart disease, she said.

"We haven't made it that far with liver disease yet," Abdelmalek said. "We know that alcohol is not good for your liver, and therefore encourage patients to limit alcohol consumption. But what do you do when people have non-alcoholic liver disease?" "Our findings suggest that we may need to go back to healthier diets that are more holistic," Abdelmalek said. "High fructose corn syrup, which is predominately in soft-drinks and processed foods, may not be as benign as we previously thought."

The consumption of fructose has increased exponentially since the early 1970s, and with this rise, an increase in obesity and complications of obesity have been observed, Abdelmalek said. "There is an increasing amount of data that suggests high fructose corn syrup is fueling the fire of the obesity epidemic, but until now no one has ever suggested that it contributes to liver disease and/or liver injury." Abdelmalek said the next step is more studies looking at the mechanisms of liver injury.

"We need to do formal studies that evaluate the influence of limiting or completely discontinuing high fructose corn syrup from one's diet and see if there are health benefits from doing so," she said. Other authors on the study include Ayako Suzuki, Cynthia Guy, Anna Mae Diehl, all of Duke; Aynur Unalp-Arida and Ryan Colvin of John Hopkins; and Richard Johnson of the University of Colorado.

Health Report, October 21st, 2013

The current media debate about the benefits, or lack of harm, of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in our diet misses a very large connection.

The average American has increased their consumption of HFCS, mostly from sugar sweetened drinks and processed food, to over 60 pounds per person per year. Obesity rates have more than tripled, and diabetes incidence has increased more than seven fold. Coincidence? The Corn Refiners Association uses doubt and confusion in an attempt to dispel the “myth” that high fructose corn syrup is harmful and no different than cane sugar.

It is believed by some that HFCS is a “natural” product that is a healthy part of our diet when used in moderation. What they fail to tell you is that even in moderation, it is a major cause of heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure, tooth decay, and more. Why is the corn industry spending millions on misinformation campaigns to convince consumers and health care professionals of the safety of their product? Could it be that the food industry comprises 17% of our economy? High fructose corn syrup is indeed harmful when consumed in pharmacological doses of 140 pounds per person per year. High doses of high fructose corn syrup have been proven to literally punch holes in the intestinal lining, allowing nasty byproducts of toxic gut bacteria and partially digested food proteins to enter your blood stream.

This can trigger the inflammation that we know is at the root of obesity, IBS (Irritable Bowel syndrome), Leaky gut syndrome, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, dementia, and accelerated aging. High fructose corn syrup also contains contaminants, including mercury, that are not regulated or measured by the FDA. Still believe HCFS is a "natural" sugar? The bottom line: if you find “high fructose corn syrup” on the label, you can be sure it is not a whole, real, fresh food full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. Stay away if you want to stay healthy. Wondering if your diet contains this dangerous ingredient? Wondering what are some alternatives to HCFS? Our purpose is to help as many people as possible to achieve health naturally.

Talk with a staff member at your earliest opportunity.

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Have you scheduled your massage yet? What are you waiting for?! JaNan has joined our staff to help each of you achieve health with as little stress as possible. She works directly with Dr. Moss to find your trouble areas that need extra attention. Do you know someone who needs a massage but isn't a patient? No problem! We are happy to work with individuals who are not patients. To schedule your, or a friend's, massage today, contact Wendy!

Our next home care class is coming up on Tuesday, November 12th, at 6:30pm here at the office. Have you attended yet? Home care can help your body heal faster, help you hold your adjustments longer and can help alleviate pain. If you are interested in attending, please let us know because space is limited and we will be providing dinner for you and the guests you bring. Just contact us at 515-964-9114. We look forward to seeing you there!

"You just have to start putting one foot in front of the other, making an effort to get healthy every day." - Ali Vincent

Volume 13 - Issue 65

Next time you bite into a Quaker Oatmeal To Go Bar pour on Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup or chomp down on a Manwich Gold Sloppy Joe you may want to think twice.
New research has shown that a good number of products produced by the most popular American food manufacturers that are sweetened with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) may be contaminated with Mercury.

HFCS has become a common replacement for sugar as a sweetening agent in a host of foods in the United States. The product is prevalent in many of the products manufactured by such well-known and trusted organizations like Quaker, Hershey’s, Kraft and Smucker’s. The sweetener is found in just about every type of food on the grocer’s shelf including beverages, breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meats, yogurts, soups and condiments.

A study funded by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) found measurable levels of mercury in one-third of 55 popular food brands tested where HFCS was listed as either the first or the second highest labeled ingredient. With the average American consuming 12 teaspoons per day of HFCS and with teenagers consuming up to 80 percent more than this amount, the consumption level of the mercury-containing product was of concern to researchers.

“Mercury is toxic in all its forms,” said IATP study leader David Wallinga, M.D. “Given how much high fructose corn syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant additional source of mercury never before considered. We are calling for immediate changes by industry and the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) to help stop this avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply.”

Mercury enters the HFCS production process through the use of caustic soda to separate corn starch from the corn kernel. The industry has been using a mercury-grade caustic soda for many years that is produced in industrial chlorine plants. The mercury can contaminate the caustic soda, which in turn contaminates the HFCS with mercury.

Here are just some of the popular products in the study found to contain mercury: Kraft Original BBQ Sauce, Smucker’s Strawberry Jelly, Hunt’s Tomato Ketchup, Minute Maid Berry Punch, Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, Pop-Tarts Frosted Blueberry, and Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt.

“The bad news is that nobody knows whether or not their soda or snack food contains HFCS made from ingredients like caustic soda contaminated with mercury,” said Dr. Wallinga. “The good news is that mercury-free HFCS ingredients exist. Food companies just need a good push to only use those ingredients.”

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