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Vitamin D: Essential for Health (2 of 4)


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Vitamin DIn our previous blog we began a discussion about vitamin D and the wide ranging impact the steroidal hormone has on regulating a multitude of physiological functions necessary for human health. This week we will continue the conversation by describing what vitamin D is and what the recommended healthy levels of vitamin D are per the Institute of Medicine.

What is vitamin D and Why is it Important?

Vitamin D is essentially a steroidal hormone. There are two forms of vitamin D that are important to human health. The first is ergocalciferol or vitamin D2, derived from the ultraviolet exposure of mold or plant-based materials which has limited bioavailability due to its unstable chemical make-up (Houghton & Vieth, 2006). The second is calcipherol or vitamin D3, produced from the photoconversion of 7-dehdrocholesterol in the skin when exposed to UVB irradiation or, obtained through diet and supplementation (Norman, 2008). The vitamin D3 form is further metabolized by the endocrine system to produce 1α,25(OH)2D3, the steroidal hormone that binds to Vitamin D Receptor (VDR) located in our cells (Norman, 2008). These VDR’s are located throughout the cells of almost every organ in our body and according to a study in the open access journal PLOS one, may regulate the expression of up to 1250 genes in the human body, once activated (Hoessein-nezhad, Spira, & Holick, 2013). This is why vitamin D is so important to human physiological function. The expression of these genes affects a broad scope of vital biological functions from calcium homeostasis and blood pressure regulation, to immune system health and brain development. The synthesis of the metabolite 1α,25(OH)2D3 increases the bioavailability of the hormone in the bloodstream which makes the vitamin D3 form far superior than its D2 counterpart.

Recommended Amount of Vitamin D

To measure levels of available Vitamin D in the body, the Institute of Medicine recommends the following blood serum levels of 25(OH)D, to indicate status[i]:

Table 1: Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] Concentrations and Health* [1]
nmol/L** ng/mL* Health status
<30 <12 Associated with vitamin D deficiency, leading to rickets in infants and children and osteomalacia in adults
30–50 12–20 Generally considered inadequate for bone and overall health in healthy individuals
≥50 ≥20 Generally considered adequate for bone and overall health in healthy individuals
>125 >50 Emerging evidence links potential adverse effects to such high levels, particularly >150 nmol/L (>60 ng/mL)

* Serum concentrations of 25(OH)D are reported in both nanomoles per liter (nmol/L) and nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL).
** 1 nmol/L = 0.4 ng/mL

The recommended daily intake for Vitamin D varies by age as well as environmental factors. The following is the official Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Vitamin D as per the Food and Nutrition Board at the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies[ii]:

Table 2: Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Vitamin D [1]
Age Male Female Pregnancy Lactation
0–12 months* 400 IU
(10 mcg)
400 IU
(10 mcg)
1–13 years 600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
14–18 years 600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
19–50 years 600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
51–70 years 600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
>70 years 800 IU
(20 mcg)
800 IU
(20 mcg)

* Adequate Intake (AI)

[i] Table taken from: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/

[ii] Table taken from http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/

 

Next week we will continue our discussion on vitamin D by examining the best sources of the vital nutrient, important signs to identify vitamin D deficiency, and additional information you can use to optimize your health! Stay tuned…

References

Hoessein-nezhad, A., Spira, A., & Holick, M. F. (2013, March). (R. P. Moray Campbell, Ed.) Public Library of Science, 8(3). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058725

Holick, M. F., & Chen, T. C. (2008). Vitamin D deficiency: a worldwide problem with health consequences. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1080S-6S.

Houghton, L. A., & Vieth, R. (2006). The case against ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) as a vitamin supplement. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 694-7.

Norman, A. W. (2008). From vitamin D to hormone D: fundamentals of the vitamin D endocrine system essential for good health. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 491S-9S.

Surgical Alternative-Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Massage Therapy offers a combination of services designed to help people suffering from acute or chronic pain, return to a pain-free and active lifestyle. We can help treat pain associated with a variety of conditions including, but not limited to degenerative discs, herniated or ruptured discs, joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis, carpel tunnel, neuritis, whiplash, muscle strains and sprains, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, cluster headaches and migraines. In addition we also aid clients who experience pain from multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, lupus, and scoliosis.

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Vitamin D: Essential for Health (1 of 4)

Vitamin DIn April of 2003, scientist speaking on behalf of the Human Genome Project announced they had reached their goal. The collaborative efforts of scientist from across the globe had successfully mapped the entire human genome, the DNA sequences that make up Homo sapiens. The research findings gave rise to a whole new set of fascinating questions about human biology. For example, what caused the gene for a particular trait to be expressed or “turned on” in one person, while that same gene is “silenced” or inactive in another?  These inquiries sparked renewed interest in the field of epigenetics. Epigenetics studies heritable and non-heritable changes in gene expression that are not a consequence of altering DNA nucleotides. In other words, epigenetics is how our environment interacts with our genes to affect our appearance, behavior, and biological functions; the link between nature and nurture.

So what does this have to do with vitamin D…? Well, amidst all of the new biochemical studies, research suggest that vitamin D may be responsible for regulating the expression of over 1000 different genes (Patrick, 2013). Many of these genes regulate biochemical pathways associated with certain cancers, autoimmune disorders, transcriptional regulation (copying of a DNA segment to mRNA which will be used to make a protein), and cardiovascular disease (Hoessein-nezhad, Spira, & Holick, 2013), in addition to many other physiological functions. Of course, we are already familiar with the vital role vitamin D plays in the absorption of calcium and magnesium, necessary micronutrients needed to produce dense bones and prevent osteoporosis in adults or rickets in children.

Over the course of the next few weeks, we will dedicate a series of articles discussing the latest developments in vitamin D research, the essential role vitamin D plays in our bodies, and the source of vitamin D in our diets. We will also look at the current recommendations for vitamin D levels in the blood and discuss some easy ways to monitor your own baseline blood levels so that you can put the information to use and optimize your personal health! Until next time…

References

Hoessein-nezhad, A., Spira, A., & Holick, M. F. (2013, March). (R. P. Moray Campbell, Ed.) Public Library of Science, 8(3). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058725

Patrick, R. P. (2013, August 14). The “Vitamin D Sweet Spot” and its Relationship To Aging. Retrieved from Wellness FX: http://blog.wellnessfx.com/2013/08/14/the-vitamin-d-sweet-spot-and-its-relationship-to-aging/

Surgical Alternative-Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Massage Therapy offers a combination of services designed to help people suffering from acute or chronic pain, return to a pain-free and active lifestyle. We can help treat pain associated with a variety of conditions including, but not limited to degenerative discs, herniated or ruptured discs, joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis, carpel tunnel, neuritis, whiplash, muscle strains and sprains, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, cluster headaches and migraines. In addition we also aid clients who experience pain from multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, lupus, and scoliosis.

For more information on the services we provide or for a free consultation, please contact us via the channels listed below or visit our Facebook page. Thank you for your support!

For an appointment please visit our website to use our interactive calendar feature or call us at (813) 948-6300.

Web:  http://surgicalalternative.com/

Email: info@surgicalalternative.com

ATMA has released five ways massage can improve your health!

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A lot of people still see massage a luxury; however, it can a very important element to your health regime.  The following is a list from the American Massage Therapy Association f five ways that massage therapy can improve your health:

  1. Massage lowers stress.  The physical and emotion pain caused by long term stress can be unbearable.  Massage therapy is a proven treatment for stress and the ailments it can cause, like tension headaches.
  2. Massage increases immune function.  Massage therapy can boost the function of your immune system, according to medical research.  Massage helps to increase the activity of your body’s natural “T Cells”, which help you fight off viruses.
  3. Massage can help boost mental health and well-being.  Research suggest that massage therapy directly effects the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression (all associated with mental health).
  4. Massage can help you manage pain.  Recent research suggest that massage therapy can directly effect your quality of life when relating to pain and pain management.
  5. Massage can improve your overall physical fitness.  All athletes can benefit from regular massage therapy.  Massage therapy has been prove to reduce muscle tension, improve exercise performance, and prevent injuries.

If you have an ailment that you think massage therapy may be able to help you with, please Contact Us!

Here is a link to ATMA’s original article.

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The healing effect of Manual Therapy Protocol for symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome!

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Recently, research investigators have been studying the therapeutic effects of  manual therapy protocol on improving with pain and quality of life.  The study measured quality of sleep, function, pressure pain threshold, and depressive symptoms in both men and women and men with fibromyalgia syndrome.

Eighty-nine patients were randomly assigned to experimental or control group, according to an abstract published on www.pubmed.gov. The experimental group (24 female, 21 male) received 5 sessions of manual therapy and the control group (24 female, 21 male) did not receive any intervention.

Pressure pain thresholds (PPT), pain, impact of FMS symptoms, quality of sleep and depressive symptoms were assessed in both groups at baseline and after 48-hours of the last intervention in the experimental group, according to the abstract.

Here are the results:

• Manual therapy protocol was effective for improving pain intensity, widespread pressure pain sensitivity, impact of FMS symptoms, sleep quality and depressive symptoms.

• Gender differences were observed in response to treatment: women and men get similar improvements in quality of sleep and tender point count, whereas women showed a greater reduction in pain and impact of FMS symptoms than men, but men reported higher decreases in depressive symptoms and pressure hypersensitivity than women.

If you would like to read the original article, Click Here.

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Healthy Holiday Recipes

Since the holidays are right around the corner, we are always on the lookout for healthy alternatives for some of the heavier and more indulgent foods that we may eat.  Please feel free to look through some of our favorite recipes that we found and collected for your viewing.

Have a great holiday season everyone!

GLUTEN FREE CHEWY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

ROAST BEEF & HORSERADISH SPIRALS

BITE SIZED CRAB CAKES WITH WASABI MAYO

HERB AND NUT COVERED GOAT CHEESE LOGS

SLIDERS WITH SHALLOT DIJON RELISH

EASY GUACAMOLE

GRILLED STONE FRUIT ANTIPASTO PLATE

 

Yoga for the Holidays!

During the busy times of the year, we tend to disregard our bodies and what our bodies are telling us.  One of the best preventative things you can do while busy this holiday season is Yoga.  We have aligned with one of Tampa Bays Premier Yoga Studios- Sun Yoga!

Some of the primary benefits of yoga include:

  • Increased range of motion
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased blood flow
  • Overall relaxing feeling
  • Low impact –  great for rehab and elderly!

Yoga has many more benefits that range from better heart health to better overall psychological awareness and attitude.

We recommend yoga to any and all of our clients on various skill levels.  By engaging in yoga sessions, we can all feel the benefits and prevent further or future damage!

If you have any questions or would like to speak about yoga, please feel free to CONTACT us today for more information, or you can CONTACT SUN YOGA here!

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder : Symptoms and Signs

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur when a person witnesses or experiences a traumatic event. It can affect even the strongest of people. According to the National Mental Health Association, 30% of people who have been directly involved in wars experience PTSD. Approximately 8% of people in the United States will experience post-traumatic stress disorder in their lifetimes. More than 5 million people experience PTSD each year.
Treatment of PTSD has had a wide and varied approach by many of the doctors and therapists around the world.  At Surgical Alternative we work through energetic structural therapy and other methods to naturally release the energy that leads to PTSD.  Most of our treatments are “invasive” in the way that we do not ask the patient to recall points of pain, or traumatic memories.  We simply us our methods identify and allow your body to naturally release the energy that is causing the stress, pain, insomnia and other negative effects of PTSD.
Surgical Alternative is a Tampa Florida based alternative therapy provider specializing in a wide range of bodily ailments such as PTSD, hiatal hernia treatment, energetic therapy, and many other bodily issues.  If you have ANY issues with your body or have any negative effects from past injuries, please CONTACT US today for your evaluation!

CALLING ALL VETERANS! Surgical Alternative is now performing PTSD therapy for FREE!

The team at Surgical Alternative hold our nations service members near and dear to our hearts, but have not yet to date figured out a way to make a difference.  We recently agreed to begin a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder study on Post War Veterans in Tampa Florida.  If you are an active or past service member and would like some relief with your PTSD, please CONTACT US today to discuss what we can do to help ease your pain.  Thank you again to ALL of our service members!

Peyton Manning : Was Another Neck Surgery the Right Decision?

If you are at all a sports fan which many of us are, you have undoubtedly heard about the “Peyton Manning” effect and all of the fanfare that surrounds it. In the past weeks, he has been cleared to return to regular play, been involved in one of the most prolific free agency releases of all time, and pushed out an up and coming star in Tim Tebow to New York into a seemingly backup position.  All of these events stem from the neck surgery that kept Manning out all of last season while his beloved colts were battered by opponents all over the league. I am here to talk about that surgery, its effects, and its risks.

The reward for the surgery is quite simple: use of your neck for the remaining years of your life while maintaining a relative range of motion. My first question lies here. I am sure that Peyton Manning could afford only the best treatment, so why were so many surgeries needed? (3 separate surgeries) The answer lies in the root of the problem, a pinched nerve. Years of wear and tear taking hits from 285 pound monsters had taken its toll. By undergoing two unsuccessful surgeries, not only was he living in pain, but also causing further damage by not allowing for full recovery.

The risks are not as simple as the reward. Peyton Manning underwent what is called a single level anterior fusion, which involves removing an entire disk in your spine, and replacing it with a bone graft. The surgery is performed through an incision in the front of the neck, while a surgeon carefully works around every muscle to get to the disk.  There also runs a great risk by going under with anesthesia and creating a dependency on the pain medications after the surgery itself.

We would like to offer our surgical alternative to this surgery. By using our proprietary brand of therapy, we can ease your pinched nerves removing the need for surgery, down time, pain, and risks that come along with them.

If you have any questions regarding pinched nerves, or any other pain that you would like to overcome, please CONTACT US today or go to www.surgicalalternative.com for more information.

Scar Tissue from Breast Augmentation can cause Capsular Contracture (update)

A month or so ago, I’d recently started working with a woman that was having encapsulation issues after a breast augmentation and lift surgery and want to update everyone on where we are now. We are continuing to work on the one remaining encapsulated breast in order to prevent her having a 4th surgery on that breast.  With her doctors encouragement we did therapy on her 2 times a week for approximately 3-4 weeks.  I say 3-4 weeks because the therapy has now stopped.  We were successfully getting the breast to slowly drop.  The thickness of the anchor cut scar tissue was thinning nicely with each successive appointment.    Progress was slow but the patient would call me after appointments to let me know she was now wearing blouses that she’d not been able to wear since the surgery because of the breast being noticeably off balance with the encapsulation.  Upon our last visit which was at the end of the week, the patient had noticed a painful nodule had popped up on the breast we were working on and pointed it out to me.  Since it was not in the area that I needed to work in we continued to thin out the scar tissue under the breast.  We were happy with the results of the breast thus far and now she would have her follow up appointment with the surgeon at the beginning of the week.    Monday morning I received a call from the woman.  She told me that over the weekend that the nodule was very tender so she’d gone in to see her surgeon.  He gave her antibiotics for the breast but said since she has been such rare and difficult case; he wanted to take no chances and scheduled her for another surgery on her breast.  As you can imagine this is not the way I was hoping the story would end.  The patient was firm in letting me know that even with the outcome; she would not change a thing.  She needed to have that peace of mind that she had done everything she could naturally, first! Surgical Alternative is not against surgery.  Everything has its place.   When natural routes have been responsibly explored and exhausted to that individual’s satisfaction and with a doctor’s guidance then there may come that time when it is necessary.  We just want you to know there are many ailments we can help reverse and cure with our therapy techniques.  These blogs are all about getting the word out that massage can help with the rehabilitation of lesser know ailments like jaw pain, cluster headaches, chest pain, abdominal pain, sacroiliac joint pain, sprained ankle, tendonitis and many more things. 

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