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Blood Pressure Medication can Shorten your Life

Blood pressure medication can shorten life.  While every medication has its place, doctors often administer blood pressure medication to people who are border line.  According to a huge study by Kaiser Permanente, this may not be the best idea.  In fact, it could shorten your life.

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Blood pressure medication can shorten life.  The Merck Manual defines high blood pressure as systolic pressure over 140 mmHg, diastolic pressure over 90 mmHg, or both.  If you have high blood pressure, it can lead to a host of serious health problems.  As a result, you really need to take care of it.  Of course, diet and exercise are the best ways to handle it.  Even the almighty Merck Manual agrees.  In case you’re wondering, the Merck Manual is the text book on diseases.  In fact most health care education programs use it from medical school to chiropractic school.

If you have high blood pressure and can’t control it through diet and exercise, medical intervention may be your only choice.  Again, left untreated high blood pressure can lead to blindness, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and death. So please don’t mistake this article as stating that high blood pressure medication is bad in all circumstances.  Like everything, it has its place.

The Research

However, Kaiser Permanente conducted a study where they analyzed over 400,000 hospital records.  Of course all of them were taking medication.  They found that patients whose readings were between 130/60 and 139/79 — a range doctors consider “pre-hypertension” — had the lowest kidney failure rates. However, patients with “ideal” readings had a much higher risk of kidney failure.

“Many studies of people with high blood pressure have shown that bringing extremely high blood pressure with the top number ranging from 190 to 200, down to readings of about 150 show resounding improvements in the risk for strokes, kidney failure, and heart attack,” said study leader nephrologist and hypertension expert John J. Sim, M.D.

So, we made the assumption that if we further lowered it, even to levels under 120, that would be even better,” he told Newsmax Health. “The truth is that no studies have demonstrated that.”

One of the main reasons doctors prescribe these drugs is to bring down the systolic blood pressure to 120 or lower.  Remember that’s the top number.  However, given what we now know, this may be a fatal mistake.  In fact the study showed patients whose top (systolic) readings dropped into the 120 to 129 range had about a 12% increased risk of death or kidney failure.  However, those with readings between 110 and 119 were 81 percent more likely to die or suffer kidney failure.

Dr. Sim made a point to emphasize this only applies to those whose reduced their blood pressure with medication.  It does not apply to those with naturally low blood pressure.

Multiple Causes

You have to remember that many problems can lead to high blood pressure.  These include adrenal problems, kidney problems, liver problems, heart problems, and brain problems; not to mention dietary issues.

While I don’t treat diseases, including high blood pressure, I can help your body work the way it’s supposed to.  This includes nutritional support for healthy function of the adrenals glands, kidneys, heart, liver and brain.  This support includes dietary changes with the right enzyme supplements. Research also shows that chiropractic may help support healthy blood pressure.  However, I only make recommendations after scientific testing based on sound medical principles.

Are you concerned about your health?  Does your ailment affect your work, family life or active lifestyle?  Would you like to support a healthy body safely, naturally and effectively?  Would you like to avoid drugs or surgery?  If so, give us a call and set up a consultation.  I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life.  I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis, which is trusted by both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  This will help me determine if you are a good candidate for care.  If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.

Kaiser Permanente’s Research

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After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  Furthermore, his extensive knowledge of enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

High Blood Pressure Medication
High Blood Pressure Medication – can be used or misused

Obesity is Increasing World-Wide, NEJM

Obesity is increasing worldwide.  According to CNN Health, obesity has doubled since 1980 in 73 countries.  As the SAD (Standard American Diet) spreads throughout the world, this comes as no surprise.

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While obesity is gaining traction world-wide, can you guess who the leader is?  That’s right, it’s the United States.  In fact, the U.S. has been leading the way to obesity for decades.  As more and more countries adapt the American lifestyle, including poor diet, over 1/3 of the entire planet is overweight.

The new study attributes the cause of this growing epidemic to urbanization, poor diets and reduced physical activity.  In other words, the “modern lifestyle” is to blame.  And just why is that so important?  Obesity is the number one cause of our nation’s leading killers.  As obesity spreads, so will the deadly chronic diseases it causes. Of course the number one disease is cardiovascular disease.

The study comes from the New England Journal of Medicine.

While obesity levels have risen in all countries, income level does not seem to play a role.  This means the issue does not simply boil down to wealth.
“Changes in the food environment and food systems are probably major drivers,” they write. “Increased availability, accessibility, and affordability of energy dense foods, along with intense marketing of such foods, could explain excess energy intake and weight gain among different populations.”

If you need Help

While I don’t treat diseases (including obesity – assuming it gets classified as such), I can help support healthy body mass and composition.  I accomplish this through a customized exercise program, dietary coaching, and the right enzyme supplements. Remember that healthy body mass is not just something you attain to look better, it helps you live a longer higher quality life.  It also drastically lowers the risk of many deadly diseases.  We can even look at your body composition with our BIA analyzer.  This can tell us your muscle mass, fat mass, bone mineral content and much much more.  Learn more here.

Are you concerned about your body mass?  Does it affect your job, family or fun? Are you worried about the long term affects?  If so, give us a call and set up a consultation. I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life. I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA). In fact did you know that both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America rely on BIA? These tests help me determine if you are a good candidate for care. If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.

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After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

Obesity increasing world-wide
Obesity is now a world-wide problem

Allergy Medications Hurt your Brain

Allergy Medications – It’s allergy season. Sadly, many Americans suffer a wide range of symptoms.  These range from itchy eyes, discharge from the eyes and nose, sinus congestion and many more.  While most Americans turn to medications to manage their symptoms, new research shows this  may not be the best idea.

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Allergy Medications: Perhaps you’re like millions of others who suffer from seasonal allergies.  In fact maybe you turn to one of the popular over the counter medications.  Have you ever heard of Benadryl, Paxil or Dramamine?  New research links these drugs to dementia and even brain damage.

A 2013 study by scientists at the Indiana University Center for Aging Research found that many allergy medications cause cognitive problems when taken continuously for as few as 60 days. Drugs with a weaker effect could cause brain problems within 90 days.  This research was so remarkable that it even made it into CNN headlines.

These allergy medications fall under a category of drugs called anticholinergic drugs.  The cognitive tests revealed that people taking these types of drug performed worse on short-term memory tests and tests of executive function, including verbal reasoning, planning and problem-solving.

In fact, one of the researchers by the name of Risacher stated, ““These findings might give us clues to the biological basis for the cognitive problems associated with anticholinergic drugs, but additional studies are needed if we are to truly understand the mechanisms involved.  “Given all the research evidence, physicians might want to consider alternatives to anticholinergic medications, if available, when working with their older patients.”

How Allergies Start

So where does it all start?  Often times, it all starts in the liver.  In fact, your liver acts like a filter straining out toxins from the blood.  This of course keeps your blood clean and healthy.  But what happens if the liver gets overloaded and can’t keep up with demand?  Sadly, due to the Standard American Diet, that’s too true way too often.  Now these harmful toxins back up into the blood stream.  Unfortunately your body knows they’re not supposed to be there.  So what does it do?  It uses the immune system to attack them.  And this is what causes your allergy symptoms.  The common medical approach is to block the immune system cells responsible for that attack.  Can you see why this only patches the symptoms?

Healthy Liver & Immune Function

It’s important to remember that neither I nor enzyme nutrition treat allergies, or any disease.  Fortunately, there is a solution to helping both your liver and immune system work properly.  In fact that’s exactly what enzyme nutrition does.  Through scientific testing based on sound medical principles, our testing will identify the source of stress in the body.  Then with a precise combination of gradual dietary changes and enzyme supplements we can support the healthy function of that organ.  In this case that may end up being the liver, and/or the immune system.

Are you concerned about your liver or immune health?  Does your condition affect your work, play or family?  Would you like a more active lifestyle?  Or perhaps you’re worried about a loved one.  Give us a call and set up a consultation.  Let us help your body work properly by finding and addressing the source of stress.  In fact, we will take the time to sit down and talk with you about your suffering.  We will even do some preliminary testing to determine if you are a good candidate for care.

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After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

link to CNN article

Allergy Medications hurt your brain
Allergy Medications hinder brain function

 

 

 

 

Enzyme Testing – Addressing the actual stress

Enzyme Testing – Addressing the actual stress: I recently had someone walk into my office.  She attended one of my workshops on muscle health recently.  She immediately asked what enzymes to take for chronic muscle pain…

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Enzyme Testing: I really found that odd.  You see at all of my workshops I explain several things quite clearly.  First of all I don’t diagnose or treat any disease.  This, of course, includes chronic muscle pain.  Second, each case is unique.  As a result, I would need to perform tests to find the actual source of stress so I can implement a targeted plan that allows those stressed organs work better.  Otherwise we’re just guessing.  Do you remember what I call “taking this for that”?  It’s called “pop & pray.”  Lastly, it is likely that dietary changes are necessary and if she’s not willing to change her diet I probably can’t help her.

Sadly her response was “well I just want something for muscle pain, so if you won’t sell me anything I’ll just go somewhere else.”  I pointed to the GNC across the street and sincerely wished her the best.  However, I hope she realizes that anyone giving her supplements for muscle pain is violating FDA laws.

An “Instant” World

For better or worse, we live in an instant world.  Between social media, on demand entertainment on our mobile devices, and many other luxuries, our society wants things right away.  But when we’re talking about true wellness there are several key points to remember.

First of all, I don’t diagnose and treat disease.  I find stress in particular parts of the body and use a specific combination of enzyme supplements and dietary changes to help those parts work properly.  We accomplish this through scientific enzyme testing based on sound medical principles. Second, that stress may lie way upstream from where your symptoms are.  Why would I want to treat “muscle pain” when the muscle pain arose from the fact that your body has trouble using protein.  Protein carries calcium, and muscles need calcium to work properly.  Third, why would I guess at what supplements you should take rather than run actual proven tests?

Why we’re Different

Of course this is why I require a consultation before I’ll accept a patient.  I need to make sure my services are appropriate for that person.  I also need to know what tests I need to perform to get the right information.  It’s also important to get an overall picture of your nutritional health before we start, which is where BIO impedance analysis comes in.  It will reveal your body composition and overall cellular health.

Are you concerned about your health?  Does your ailment affect your work, family life or active lifestyle?  Would you like to support a healthy body safely, naturally and effectively?  Would you like to avoid drugs or surgery?  If so, give us a call and set up a consultation.  I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life.  I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis, which is trusted by both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  This will help me determine if you are a good candidate for care.  If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.

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After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  Furthermore, his extensive knowledge of enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

Enzyme Testing
Enzyme Testing – let’s find the ACTUAL source of stress

Chronic Diseases a Crisis in the U.S.

Chronic Diseases – a Crisis in the U.S. – Chronic diseases are steadily increasing in the U.S.  Sadly, experts predict that about 50% of all Americans will suffer at least one chronic disease by 2030.  Yes, you read that right about one half of all Americans will suffer at least one chronic disease by 2030.

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Chronic Diseases – a Crisis in the U.S. – So what exactly is a chronic disease?  Chronic diseases are a set of long term illnesses such as heart disease, asthma, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and many more.  While some state they are incurable, the CDC reports that many of these are reversible and avoidable.  But before I get into that, let me provide you with some more powerful statistics.  First of all, did you know that chronic disease is the number one cause of death in the United States?  Currently, about 133 million Americans suffer from at least one chronic disease (Rand Corp).  Secondly, chronic diseases are responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths in the U.S.  In fact, chronic disease kills more than 1.7 million Americans every year (CDC).

In addition to shortening your life, chronic diseases can be disabling and reduce your quality of life.  The risk is even greater if the disease goes undiagnosed or untreated.  In fact, did you know that every 30 doctors amputate a lower limb as a consequence of diabetes?  In addition to physical suffering, chronic diseases also play a serious economic toll on the United States. in fact, chronic diseases account for 81% of hospital admissions; 91% of all prescriptions filled; and 76% of all physician visits in the U.S (RWJF).  According to Kaiser, health care premiums for employer-sponsored family coverage have increased by more than 87% since 2000.

 Prevention is Best

While the best solution is prevention, if you catch most of these problems early enough you can reverse them.  Fortunately, the solution is the same for either.  It’s eat well, move well and think well.  After all the number one cause of chronic disease is stress.  And there are three forms of stress.  They include mechanical stress, nutritional stress and emotional stress.  Sadly, your body doesn’t know the difference between them.  As a result your body responds to each of them the same way.

Worried?  Let us Help

While I don’t diagnose or treat any disease (including chronic diseases), I can help your body work the way it’s supposed to work in a healthy way.  I provide this support with a specific plan. And this plan usually includes custom dietary changes and the correct enzyme supplements, home exercises, chiropractic treatment, and positive thinking. Of course I only make recommendations after scientific testing based on sound medical principles.

Are you concerned about digestive health? Do you spend hours or days at home waiting for your problems to subside? Are you missing out on work family or fun? If so, give us a call and set up a consultation. I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life. I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA). In fact did you know that both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America rely on BIA? These tests help me determine if you are a good candidate for care. If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.

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After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  Furthermore, his extensive knowledge of enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

Chronic diseases crisis
Chronic diseases- a crisis – on the rise in the U.S.

 

Roundup Causes Cancer? Strong Evidence on both Sides

Roundup Causes Cancer?  While the EPA states there is little to no risk of cancer from roundup, the World Health Organization may think otherwise.

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RoundUp causes cancer?  In fact as of this year, there are over 800 lawsuits against a major food company for causing cancer.  These cases allege that a chemical called glyphosate is the cause. So what exactly is it?  It’s a popular weed killer.  Have you ever heard of RoundUp?   While other companies also use this controversial chemical, RoundUp pioneered it.  Meanwhile, the company that makes RoundUp states there is no risk.  In fact they claim there are over 800 worldwide studies showing no connection between their products and cancer.

However, The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer begs to differ.  They stated that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”  This means that it can lead to cancer.  In fact, the report states that there is evidence for this herbicide to cause non Hodgkin lymphoma.

The evidence comes from studies in the USA, Canada, and Sweden.  The studies are ongoing  since 2001. In addition, there is convincing evidence that glyphosate also can cause cancer in laboratory animals.  This report spurred hundreds of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients to take legal action.

Take Control of your Health

While I don’t treat any disease, I may be able to help your body filter out toxins properly.  I only make recommendations after scientific testing based on sound medical principles.  However, my treatment usually involves dietary changes in combination with the right enzyme supplements.

Are you concerned about your health?  Does your ailment affect your work, family life or active lifestyle?  Would you like to support a healthy body safely, naturally and effectively?  Would you like to avoid drugs or surgery?  If so, give us a call and set up a consultation.  I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life.  I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis, which is trusted by both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  This will help me determine if you are a good candidate for care.  If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.

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After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  Furthermore, his extensive knowledge of enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

Roundup Causes Cancer?
Roundup Causes Cancer?