nutritional deficiency

  1. The sunshine treatment

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    If your child is loaded up on asthma meds, it's time to look to the sky for some answers.

    New research confirms that a lack of vitamin D – called the sunshine vitamin, because our bodies can make it from natural daylight striking our skin – may be one of the culprits.

    In the latest study, researchers found a direct connection between vitamin D deficiencies in children and more severe asthma and allergies.

    The researchers looked at 616 asthmatic children in Costa Rica, where you might be tempted to think they get all they need from the sun.

    But clearly, they don't.

    More than a quarter of these kids weren't getting enough of the stuff, and they were suffering as a result.

    The researchers found that 24.6 percent of the kids had "insufficient" levels, while 3.4 percent of them were "deficient" in vitamin D. These children had more severe allergies and higher odds of being hospitalized for asthma symptoms.

    The results were published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

    I've been helping both kids and adults win their battles with asthma for years, and in almost all cases, it's caused by either an allergy or a nutritional deficiency in something as essential as vitamin D.

    I've found vitamin D can even help folks who have the harder-to-control steroid-resistant asthma, and other studies have confirmed that link.

    It's a nutrient that's easy to ignore – if our bodies can make it from the sun, we probably get what we need, right?

    Wrong. After all, if the children in a sun-rich nation like Costa Rica aren't getting enough vitamin D naturally, chances are you're not either.

    Many of my neighbors here in Montana spend all day working in the sun. But I often advise them to take a supplement, even in summer, because everything from cloud cover to clothing to sunblock can impair your body's ability to make enough vitamin D from sunlight alone.

    It's an inexpensive and widely available supplement, and it protects you from so much more than asthma. It can help you prevent or fight neurological diseases, breast and bowel cancers, eczema, colds and even the flu.

    There's even evidence that vitamin D can help you live longer, too – all from a natural supplement that beats out any pricey Big Pharma "wonder" drug.

  2. A study only Big Pharma could love

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    You may have noticed by now that I’m always suspicious of studies that “prove” the only solution to a health problem comes on a prescription pad.

    Take this new survey out of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, which concluded that patients suffering from high blood pressure get better results from drugs alone than from drugs and lifestyle changes combined.

    Since this flies in the face of all clinical evidence, the researchers concluded that people in the “real world” must be making lifestyle changes differently than people being studied in a clinical setting.

    I can buy that… I truly can. And the next step should be to find out how to duplicate the clinical success of lifestyle changes in the real world.

    But, of course, the researchers went in a different direction – and you’ll have no trouble believing the direction they chose. They outrageously concluded that drugs are the only real and certain solution for lowering blood pressure.

    All I can say is, try telling that to my patients. I cure high blood pressure all the time, and I’m not relying on dangerous prescription drugs to do it. In fact, many of my patients come to me after they have unsuccessfully tried prescription drugs for years.

    You see, high blood pressure is often the result of an imbalance of epinephrine and norepinephrine, which are produced by your adrenal glands. This imbalance can be caused by a simple nutritional deficiency. Fix the deficiency, and you can fix the high blood pressure.

    That may seem overly simple, but I’ve seen it work time and again. In fact, I’ll be sharing the nutrient regimen I recommend to my patients with high blood pressure in the May issue of Health Revelations. Click here to sign up for Health Revelations today!

    I’ve also seen patients experience remarkable results from lifestyle changes, like altering their diets, exercising more and managing stress.

    You’ve got to realize that developing hypertension is not like catching a cold. You don’t go to bed one night perfectly healthy and wake up the next morning suffering from consistently high blood pressure.

    It’s something that develops over time. Lifestyle modifications can take you at least part of the way back, but how far – and how long it’ll take – will depend in part on the severity of your high blood pressure and what’s causing it.

    But don’t believe for a second that lifestyle changes can’t help. I have too many patients who are living proof that they can make a big difference. And, unlike prescription drugs, the only side effect of lifestyle changes is overall better health.

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