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Health Info Newsletter November 26, 2012:: Zinc for Colds, IBS, Avocados, Hearing Loss



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Sick every Christmas? Not this year!


Q: Every year, I end up with an awful cold around the holidays. I want to enjoy myself this year. If I do come down with a cold is there anything I do to get rid of it faster?


Dr Wright: Zinc lozenges are one of the best ways to get over a cold FAST -- if you're taking the right ones. One study showed that people taking zinc acetate lozenges got over colds faster (4.0 days vs. 7.1 with placebo), had a shorter cough duration (2.1 days vs. 5.0), and shorter periods of nasal discharge (3.0 days vs. 4.5).


Like I said, though, you have to make sure you're taking the right ones. And that means checking the label to make sure those lozenges are zinc acetate, not any other kind! It has to do with the way it dissolves -- the "acetate" form allows 100% of the zinc to be left behind to do its job -- other forms aren't as effective. In fact, some leave behind close to 0%!

Available at Emerson Ecologics as ZINC LOZENGES (EBY'S ORIGINAL) 30 LOZ (ZIN18)

Treatment with Acupuncture May Provide Additional Benefits to IBS Patients



"Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome: primary care based pragmatic randomised controlled trial," Macpherson H, Tilbrook H, et al, BMC Gastroenterol; 2012 Oct 24; 12(1):150. (Address: Hugh MacPherson, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, UK. E-mail: ).

A parallel-arm, randomized, controlled trial involving 233 irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients found that acupuncture conferred an additional benefit over usual treatment alone. Subjects had IBS for an average duration of 13 years and a score of at least 100 on the IBS Symptom Severity Score (SSS) and received either 10 weekly individualized acupuncture sessions plus usual care (n=116), or usual care alone (n=117). Results showed that at 3 months, the acupuncture group experienced a greater reduction in SSS as compared to the control group, and that this benefit persisted at 6, 9 and 12 months. These findings indicate that acupuncture may effectively provide additional benefit in conjunction with conventional IBS treatment, and that it's benefits may be sustained over a long term.


I have used acupuncture to treat IBS with success. One of the options is that I teach people to treat themselves with acupuncture... it is a very easy thing to learn. Tthat way treatments can be done on a regular basis without any cost.



Newsletter #427 01/24/10


The Hass avocado (Persea americana Mill.) is a great American success story. A California mailman named Rudolph Hass discovered this cultivar, which turns purplish-black upon ripening, and patented the tree in 1935. Every Hass avocado tree in existence is derived from a single tree that Hass planted in La Habra Heights. (The tree was finally cut down in 2002.) While Hass avocados today constitute a billion dollar business, Hass himself made only $5,000 from his patent.


Hass avocados are often shunned by the health conscious because of their high fat content. But most of the fat in question is monosaturated, and thus is similar to olive oil. Other than its potential for adding poundage, avocados are a great source of nutrients, such as potassium and fiber. They have an abundance of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, folic acid, etc. Hass avocados contain the highest content of lutein among all commonly eaten fruits, as well as other carotenoids such as zeaxanthin, alpha-carotene, and beta-carotene.


In the past few years, there has been a steady stream of research on the anti-cancer potential of avocados. Scientists at Ohio State University (OSU) found that an extract of Hass avocado selectively induced apoptosis in cancer but not normal, human oral epithelial cell lines. Apoptosis is the most common form of programmed cell death (PCD) and is the way that most drugs actually kill cancer cells.


OSU scientists believe that consuming avocados may help prevent oral cancer (Ding 2009). "As far as we know, this is the first study of avocados and oral cancer," said Dr. Steven M. Ambrosio of Ohio State. "We think these phytochemicals either stop the growth of precancerous cells in the body or they kill the precancerous cells without affecting normal cells. Our study focuses on oral cancer, but the findings might have implications for other types of cancer" (Science News 2007).


Another promising study from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) showed that an extract of avocado inhibit the growth of both androgen-dependent and androgen-independent prostate cancer cell lines in the laboratory. This caught the attention of many patients, since there are few treatments that will work on prostate cancer that is no longer responding to hormone therapy. The mechanism of action was an arrest of the cell cycle accompanied by increased expression of the p27 protein. P27 helps regulate the normal cell cycle.


Many colorful fruits and vegetables also contain carotenoids. But UCLA scientists speculate that it is precisely because of the high monosaturated fat content that the carotenoids in avocado are absorbed into the bloodstream, "where in combination with other diet-derived phytochemicals they may contribute to the significant cancer risk reduction associated with a diet of fruits and vegetables" (Lu 2005).


So, yes, avocados can be fattening, but the monostatured oil in this case may be serving a very good purpose. Depending on your weight, adding avocados to the diet could be an excellent idea.


In addition, avocados are considered to be among the foods that have the least amount of pesticide residues. They therefore made the "Clean 15" list of the Environmental Working Group. Fewer than 10 percent of avocado samples had detectable pesticides, and fewer than one percent had more than one pesticide.


Ditch that hearing aid!

- Dr. Jonathan Wright


Q: I'm getting older, and I feel like I'm constantly asking my kids to repeat themselves. I'm afraid my hearing is going--is there anything at all that I can do?


Dr: Wright: Dennis Trune, Ph.D., of Oregon Health Sciences University, pioneered research showing that the naturally occurring adrenal steroid hormone aldosterone can often reverse hearing loss in animals.


Based on Dr. Trune's work, I've had aldosterone levels tested in many individuals with hearing loss (most of them "older"), and a significant number turned out to have low or "low normal" measurements. But after taking bio-identical aldosterone in "physiologic" quantities--amounts that would normally be present in adult human bodies--more than half of these individuals have regained a significant proportion of their "lost" hearing.


I've been surprised by two aspects of bio-identical aldosterone treatment for hearing loss. First, when it works, it works relatively rapidly, restoring a significant degree of hearing within the first two months. In fact, a few of the people I've worked with have literally heard improvement within just two to three weeks.


The other thing that surprised me about aldosterone therapy is that it's capable of restoring a significant degree of hearing even years after the hearing loss initially occurred. So far, the longest interval I've witnessed was in an 87-year-old man who'd lost his hearing 13 years prior to regaining a significant degree of it using aldosterone.


None of the people I've worked with have had any adverse effects from aldosterone therapy, likely because the use of bio-identical, physiologic-dose aldosterone restores levels to those that would be found in the body anyway.


I've focused this treatment on individuals with hearing loss and low or low-normal aldosterone levels, but I do know of one individual--an M.D.--who decided to try this approach for his hearing loss even though his aldosterone levels were quite normal. His hearing did improve, but unless you too are an M.D., D.O., or N.D. who can prescribe bio-identical aldosterone and order lab tests for sodium and potassium (sodium and potassium regulation are two of aldosterone's major responsibilities), please don't take aldosterone, bio-identical or not, if your measured levels are perfectly normal!